About Yoga for Pain Practitioner Training

Yoga for Pain is a field of practice that examines the role of yoga in pain care. The most obvious is helping patients to manage – but this is just the start.

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

Primarily, Yoga for Pain Practitioner Training inducts you into the field of practice of Yoga for Pain, through an informed methodology of inquiry-based yogic education.

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 the relevant 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.


Yoga for Pain Practitioner Pathway

Yoga for Pain Practitioner Training is offered primarily as a 150-hour program over 6 months. Although many providers initially say they want a shorter induction, once they begin almost everyone says they want more. We know this material takes time to learn, absorb and apply so we want to give you the skills, knowledge and support to implement it well in your practice. Clinics who simply want an overview, can book onsite versions of the short courses below.  Email info@yogaforpaincare.com to discuss your workplace’s needs.



2.5-day Practitioner Preliminaries (25 hours)

Available to: clinics who wish to understand the role of yoga in pain care, and how to work most effectively with like-minded yoga teachers.

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. Also covered:

  • Pain 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 to pain care
  • Mapping a biopsychosocial model of health to a yogic model of wellbeing

Outcome: Yoga for Pain-informed provider


5-day Experiential (40 hours incl pre-reading + assignments)

Available to: clinicians who have completed Preliminaries, or as part of Yoga for Pain Practitioner TrainingIMG_8751

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. Learn 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: it could be anything, from helping people with pain get back into exercise, reduce social isolation and manage stress, to using yoga to help clinicians have a conversation about their own challenges working with pain patients.

How to join a training

To be advised of public course dates, sign up to the newsletter below. Many of our programs are run in partnership with health and community organisations with content tailored to meet community needs. Please get in touch if your organisation would like to work together to impact change in pain care.  


“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)



Outcomes for health professionals

EquipYoga for Pain Practitioner Trainings health professionals with transferable skills to get clients moving, relaxing and focusing. Experience important distinctions between generic gentle yoga and Yoga for Pain, and how to start patients in the right place for long term outcomes. 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
  5. Identify key progressions to look for in someone moving forward in pain-sensitive yoga
  6. Benefits of engaging with Yoga for Pain as a field of practice that grows with you and your client
  7. Teach pain-sensitive yoga (or yoga-inspired movement if you’re not a yoga teacher)
  8. Experience teaching from two different Yoga for Pain Practitioners
  9. Delve into new frameworks that make your clinical and studio work more precise

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).

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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