Training pathway


Learn to help your clients with persistent pain to move better, reduce pain and get their lives back. With options from 2 hours to 80 hours over 10 months, Yoga for Pain Training is open to health professionals and yoga teachers who want to make a difference.

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

Yoga teacher and Alexander technique practitioner Kate Morris, Melbourne


“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

We regularly offer short online introductions. Those interested in more depth start with the 2.5-day foundations level training. From there you can pick and choose modules that suit you, including:

Foundations level training 2.5-days
Yoga and arthritis 1
Yoga and pelvic pain 1
Delivering skillful one-to-ones
Become a Yoga for Pain Facilitator
50-hour training (2017)
80-hour training (2018)

About the experience

Yoga for Pain Training goes beyond yoga as a purely physical practice. You’ll learn an inquiry-based approach that invites you to critically examine your own beliefs about the rich and complex human experience of pain and how to unravel the story each client has about pain, and the pathway they want to follow to reduce their pain and get back to things they love – while preserving the rich lineage of yoga.

1 in 5 people experience persistent pain, including children and adolescents, and it’s the main reason people see their health care provider. Whether your interest is pelvic pain, fibromyalgia or back pain , Yoga for Pain Training will give you the skills and networks to think strategically and practically about using yoga to help.

Feedback from previous participants

“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)

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