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 their clients to develop skills and self-efficacy outside the medical environment, Yoga for Pain Practitioner Training comprises a series of thought-provoking courses 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 L0 training, 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. Get in touch to discuss your needs.

The Yoga for Pain Practitioner Pathway



2.5-day Practitioner Preliminaries (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.

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


4-day Yoga for Pain Experiential (25 hours)

Build on Preliminaries with a practical and experiential focus. 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.