Yoga, Neuroplasticity and Pain: New Hope for Self-Empowerment and Healing

Back Health

Pain is a complex and troublesome human experience that involves the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Pain strikes everyone from time to time, but millions of people suffer with pain year in and year out.

According to modern pain neuroscience, however, we may have greater influence over the experience of pain than previously thought. One of the best ways to safely and effectively manage the pain experience is to better understand its mechanism in the light of new insights into brain neuroplasticity.

Join physical therapists and yoga therapists Neil Pearson and Shelly Prosko for a 3-part webinar (two lectures and a yoga practice) on what modern neuroscience and yoga research teaches us about the ability to change pain, even in people with complex pain conditions.  Yoga offers numerous techniques that are useful for managing pain, and it can provide the lived experience that pain can be changed, and that we can learn to move with ease in the face of pain.

Neil and Shelly will discuss the physiology of pain from the perspective of new findings on neuroplasticity and pain, and also will guide you in a series of yoga techniques that can be helpful to change the experience of pain.

Because each of us is very unique, there is no specific protocol or yoga sequence for ‘yoga for pain’; but the concepts can be translated to any asana practice or individual. The techniques can be modified to suit the type of yoga class or the individual and are equally important for injury prevention as well as pain care.

What you will learn

  • The purpose of pain, and the meaning of pain intensity, quality and location.
  • How neurons respond to potentially and actually dangerous inputs.
  • How neurons in the body, spinal cord and brain adapt in the face of persisting pain.
  • How functions of the nervous systems are influenced by all other body systems.
  • Why the pain experience is changeable and how.
  • The importance of starting with the basics of breath awareness and body awareness and the best techniques to use.
  • Techniques for calming the nervous system and challenging your current response to pain.
  • What pain science teaches us about injury prevention, and how to move and perform asana safely when experiencing pain.

This Course Also Includes:

  • Yoga Practice for Chronic Pain with Neil and Shelly. Enjoy a soothing practice excerpted from Neil and Shelly’s DVD with yoga for pain relief. Experience for yourself how to structure a yoga practice centered around enhancing somatic awareness, one important step towards resetting the body’s pain response.
  • Recordings of All Webinar Sessions: It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of all webinar sessions – both MP3 (downloadable) and MP4 (streaming online), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.
  • Transcripts of All Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a certain part of a course? Even the best note takers miss a point every so often. With the transcripts of the webinar sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.

This course qualifies for 3 CEs with Yoga Alliance.

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Neil Pearson makes the complex experience of pain more understandable, while providing practical techniques. As a Physical Therapist and Yoga Therapist, Shelly Prosko is bridges the gap between yoga and modern healthcare.

$127/ Lifetime Access

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