Practitioner Training Pathway

Give your clients with pain more options and make their next step after health care, easy.

This unique training program is open to health professionals, yoga teachers and social service providers who want to make a difference. Aimed at providers who want to help clients develop skills outside the medical environment, Yoga for Pain Practitioner Training comprises a series of thought-provoking courses with tools for helping new and existing clients, and an exploration of the rich and complex human experience of pain.

As a yoga teacher you will learn to be a reliable, effective part of multi-disciplinary pain care. You will develop the skills to help clients take their first step outside the medical environment. Health professionals develop new approaches to enhance the potency of their professional expertise and how to integrate yoga effectively into their clinic.

Practitioners get ongoing access to a diverse network of support. This ensures you and your clients continue to grow.


“The best professional development course I have experienced in a long time. So well prepared, full of up to date information, interactive, challenging and stimulating.”

Yoga teacher and Alexander technique practitioner Kate Morris, Melbourne


Join the 2.5-day Practitioner Preliminaries as a standalone course. (25 hours)

Health professionals and yoga teachers learn from and with each other to better understand clients with pain, devise effective programs, and take a systems approach to long term progress. A blend of practice, theory and groupwork, you’ll see how pain science and yoga frameworks correlate, participate in a Yoga for Pain workshop with people with pain, and be guided through a collaborative course design process to improve client outcomes.


4-day Yoga for Pain Experiential (25 hours)

Yoga teachers are equipped to receive referrals for pain-specific classes (helping people with pain reduce symptoms) and pain-friendly classes (for people with pain who are ready for more activity). Health professionals experience important distinctions between generic gentle yoga and Yoga for Pain, and how to start patients in the right place for long term outcomes.

With a highly practical and experiential focus, you’ll identify key progressions to look for in someone moving forward in pain-sensitive yoga, and the benefits of engaging with Yoga for Pain as a field of practice that grows with you and your client. You’ll teach pain-sensitive yoga (or yoga-inspired movement if you’re not a yoga teacher), experience teaching from two different Yoga for Pain Practitioners, and delve into new frameworks that make your work more precise.

Mentoring in Application (30 hours)

Receive support to run a pilot course, and specific instruction in clinical application of yoga. Subject to assignment completion, yoga teachers are equipped to fill roles in a multi-disciplinary pain team offering a range of group and individual services for pain patients. Health professionals understand how to select a yoga teacher for their multi-disciplinary pain team, and provide yoga in a way that suits client needs and clinic aims.


Specialist: Select further modules in arthritis, pelvic pain (varying lengths)

Work more effectively with specific pain diagnoses.


Design, prototype and evaluate a Yoga for Pain program for your clinic, client population and health aims. Your program can be rolled out repeatedly offering a new client service that enhances your overall pain care provisions.

All courses include pre-reading, extensive feedback on assignments, and workbook or handouts. Places are by application, and numbers in programs are limited.

Email for further information. See schedule for dates. Most of our programs are run in partnership, so please get in touch if your organisation would like to work with us.



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