Why do Yoga for Pain Training
1 in 5 people experience persistent pain, including children and adolescents. Pain is typically treated as a medical issue but it has a huge social impact. Pain stops people working, and stops kids going to school. Depression, anxiety and suicide risk are much higher.
Understanding the social, psychological and physical sides to pain will help you do better work. Course design skills and inquiry-based lesson planning will help you work with a wide range of people with specific needs.
How we developed Yoga for Pain Training
Yoga for Pain Training for health professionals and yoga teachers was the result of research into challenges of mainstream pain care. Many people “fall through the gap” after tertiary pain clinics due to lack of community options to transition to. People with pain said they felt yoga would help, but we noticed their capacity to participate regularly enough to receive full benefit was limited by a range of reasons, including lack of appropriate teachers within an acceptable distance of their home, frequency of pain flares, and misunderstanding about yoga and pain. Health professionals told us they wanted to refer people to yoga but didn’t know sufficiently educated providers and were concerned about their skills at dealing with the psycho-emotional side to pain. (Many health care providers also didn’t realise yoga offers a psycho-emotional education as well as a physical education).
Yoga for Pain Training goes beyond yoga and pain as purely physical
Pain is a rich and complex human experience, influenced by a person’s beliefs, culture and life history. We wanted to show yoga can do more than help people manage pain. Yoga for Pain Training offers a unique learning opportunity, to critically examine your own beliefs about what you think pain is, and how you think you can help. Develop an inquiry-based approach that will help you unravel the story each client has about pain, and the pathway they can follow to reduce pain and get back to things they love – while preserving the rich lineage of yoga.
Feedback from previous participants
“I feel a lot more comfortable referring people with pain to yoga. The pre-reading and resources were excellent and it was really valuable to understand the four stages of pain healing. I think this program will continue to grow and support the integration of pain management at a community level.”
Physiotherapist, Shelley Barlow, Ballina Community Health Pain Clinic
“I learned how to integrate yoga and neuroscience in a non-threatening and balanced way. Translating these skills to the classroom will be beneficial on many levels for my clients with persistent pain.”
(Physiotherapist Alana Brass, Canberra)
“Excellent, comprehensive training and a nice mix of experiencing yoga, didactic information and practical application. I really enjoyed Rachael’s teaching style – warm and inclusive, offering correction and feedback to facilitate my learning.”
(Clinical psychologist Gemma Barter, Perth)
“I really appreciate your bringing together of health professionals and yoga teachers who are interested in evidence-based practice and working with groups who often feel isolated and not safe or confident in making a start in general yoga classes.”
(Physiotherapist Jane Leslie, Perth)
“I learned a lot and came away more inspired, not just for teaching for pain, but about yoga teaching in general.”
(Yoga teacher Rosemary Harding, Bunbury)