About Yoga for Pain Practitioner Training

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

Who is Yoga for Pain Practitioner Training for?

Yoga for Pain Practitioner Training is a unique education program open to qualified health professionals, yoga teachers and social service providers who want to make a difference. Aimed at providers who want to reflect on their own practice in this field, and to support their clients to find skills, self-efficacy and inspiration outside the medical environment, Yoga for Pain Practitioner Training is a thought-provoking program with tools for helping new and existing clients, an exploration of the rich and complex human experience of pain, and methodologies for providing solutions at client and community level.

How you’ll develop

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, and to continue a lifelong journey with yoga and increased wellbeing. Health professionals develop new approaches to enhance the potency of their professional expertise, how to integrate yoga effectively into their clinic and how to work with community providers to improve ongoing health outcomes.

“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

What happens after Yoga for Pain Practitioner Training

Once you complete your first phase of Practitioner Training, including assignments and attendance requirements, you are invited formally to join as a Yoga for Pain Practitioner. You are then eligible for ongoing access to a diverse network, ongoing education and support that ensures you and your clients continue to grow.

Short courses for clinicians

Groups of health professionals in clinics can complete individual modules relevant to their practice. A standard intro to Yoga for Pain applies, followed by a selection of theory, practical and group work. Email info@yogaforpaincare.com to discuss your workplace’s needs.

The Yoga for Pain Practitioner Pathway


2.5-day Practitioner Preliminaries (25 hours)

Work with like-minded health professionals and yoga teachers on ways to bring yoga to the 1 in 5 people with persistent pain.

The 2.5-day Practitioner Preliminaries takes you beyond yoga as purely a physical practice, exploring how yoga’s rich philosophy can help people appreciate the social and psychological factors that contribute to pain, and how to be part of their own solution.

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.

Outcome: L0 Yoga for Pain Practitioner (subject to meeting requirements around participation, attendance and skill)


5-day Experiential (35 hours + pre-reading + assignments)

With a practical and experiential focus, learn the key principles for introducing movement to people with pain so they improve their capacity, calm the nervous system and build the foundations of a good yoga practice they can continue for years.

A training highlight is the Yoga for Pain workshop on day 2, which shows how yoga can be used to help people with pain relax, move better, calm the nervous system and build confidence. This is a valuable chance to meet and learn first-hand from those in pain. You’ll also work in groups to design a short course that helps people with pain get back into exercise, reduce social isolation and manage stress.

Preliminaries Training has been designed to encourage relationships between yoga teachers and referring health professionals. You have time to talk with people with pain about their pain experience and barriers they face attending regular classes.

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.

  • Identify key progressions to look for in someone moving forward in pain-sensitive yoga
  • Benefits of engaging with Yoga for Pain as a field of practice that grows with you and your client
  • Teach pain-sensitive yoga (or yoga-inspired movement if you’re not a yoga teacher)
  • Experience teaching from two different Yoga for Pain Practitioners
  • Delve into new frameworks that make your clinical and studio work more precise

Mentoring in Application (30 hours)

Receive support to run a pilot course, or 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.

Outcome: L1 Yoga for Pain Practitioner



Select further modules in arthritis, pelvic pain (varying lengths) so you can work more effectively with specific pain diagnoses and high need client groups.

Outcome: Yoga for Pain Practitioner with specialist expertise. Eligible to apply for L2 status.


Design, prototype and evaluate an in-depth Yoga for Pain program for your clinic, client population and health aims. We guide you through a rigorous process that considers long term outcomes for clients and community, socioeconomic factors, and funding considerations. 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.

How to join a training

Email info@yogaforpaincare.com for information. Most of our programs are run in partnership with health and community organisations with content tailored to meet your community needs, so please get in touch if your organisation would like to work with us. To be advised of public course dates, sign up to the newsletter below. 

“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.”

(Shelley Barlow, Physiotherapist, Ballina Community Health Pain Clinic)

Some of the topics covered

  • IMG_8751Pain science
  • Mainstream pain management interventions
  • Research into yoga and pain
  • Adapting yoga to reduce pain symptoms, increase activity and reduce social isolation
  • Techniques to improve proprioception and movement quality
  • Overcoming barriers to participation
  • Skills for referring people with pain to the right yoga class
  • Yoga course design
  • Application of yogic philosophy in pain care yoga
  • Mapping a biopsychosocial model of health to a yogic model of wellbeing

Outcomes for health professionals

EquipYoga for Pain Practitioner Trainings health professionals with transferable skills to get clients moving, relaxing and focusing. Build your knowledge to safely refer to, or prepare patients for, the most appropriate yoga class for their needs. A practical evidence-based education in how yoga can be a safe, effective part of pain care. Learn:

  1. Non-physical aspects to yoga that can assist people with pain with motivation and regular practice
  2. Relaxation and movement techniques that compliment clinical practice
  3. Build networks with local yoga teachers who understand persistent pain
  4. To match patients with the most appropriate yoga class
  5. Skills to prepare clients for their first yoga class
  6. How yoga can (and should) be tailored to the individual with pain
  7. Collaborative course design skills

Please note this is not a yoga teacher training course but you can apply a Yoga for Pain approach to any profession.

Outcomes for yoga teachers

The training equips yoga teachers to take a pain-sensitive approach to their teaching. You are also trained to think about outcomes-based learning which will improve your work with all students.

  1. Read research about yoga, pain and related conditions
  2. Understand yoga’s role in multi-disciplinary pain care
  3. Meet health care professionals who want to refer to skilled local teachers
  4. Learn to tailor courses to specific needs

What previous participants say

“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 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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