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Yoga for Pain Care Workshop

Online workshop series with Marlysa Sullivan

In this in-depth workshop on Yoga for Pain Care with Dr. Marlysa Sullivan, you will explore the application of Yoga practices and Yoga philosophy to the neurophysiological and biopsychosocial-spiritual model of chronic pain.

In this workshop on Yoga for Pain Care you will explore the application of Yoga practices and Yoga philosophy to the neurophysiological and biopsychosocial-spiritual model of chronic pain.

You will learn about chronic, persistent pain as well as musculoskeletal and nervous system balance and regulation, social connection, and spiritual well-being. Learn effective Yoga practices and learn to apply these skills and practices to real-world examples.

In 2020-21, seven in ten (71.1%) Australians adults experienced bodily pain in a four week period.(1) Given the prevalence of pain in the community, it is important that Yoga teachers and Yoga therapists have effective practices to assist their students and clients experiencing pain.

Marlysa Sullivan processes the rare ability to bring together both the art and science of Yoga in its therapeutic application.  She is able to describe the complex and sometimes confusing philosophy with clarity and grace, successfully integrating traditional principles within a modern health science framework.  Having had first-hand experience of training with Marlysa, I highly recommend this important workshop.

Sal Flynn, leading Yoga therapy educator and counselling and psychotherapy supervisor

You will learn about the integrative model that addresses the biopsychosocial-spiritual factors of pain. The first module will provide an overview of pain, including the biopsychosocial-frameworks and their relationship with yoga perspectives including the koshas. You will also explore the musculoskeletal system and consider asanas that address balance in this system. Specifically, you will learn practices to support balance in the upper quadrant (neck and shoulders) and in the lower quadrant (low back, hips and knees).

You will explore the ways the nervous system is impacted in pain and how to support greater regulation and resilience in this system for whole person well-being. Specific neurophysiological concepts addressed will include: interoception, neuroception, polyvagal theory, autonomic regulation and resilience, and sensitization. The relationship of these concepts to yoga frameworks and practices including working with the gunas and prana vayus will be described. Application for real-world examples will be provided.

This module focuses on the psychosocial-spiritual contributors to pain, including issues of social isolation and connection and spiritual well-being. Both neurophysiological frameworks and yoga perspectives on these issues will be explored. Specific yoga concepts of the yamas and niyamas, dharma, yoga psychology of buddhi, manas, and ahamkara will be discussed and their application to real-world examples provided.

Integrate your learnings from the previous 4 modules as we explore the relationships between these concepts. There will be a focus on applying these concepts to case studies with an emphasis on the relevant Yoga practices.   

Modules 1, 2 and 3 will include a presentation, experiential Yoga practice and Q&A, with a focus on application.

Module 4 will focus more on discussion and the application of the concepts to real-world examples and case studies.

In addition, you will be provided with additional articles to read prior to Modules 1, 2 and 3. And Marlysa will set practical tasks after each module to assist you to incorporate these new skills into your work as a Yoga therapist, Yoga teacher or health care professional.

  • Yoga therapists, Yoga teachers and Yoga teacher trainees
  • Medical doctors, mental health professionals and complementary therapists who want to use Yogic tools and techniques to assist their clients experiencing pain
  • Learn from Marlysa Sullivan, co-editor of the book, Yoga and Science in Pain Care, Yoga therapist, physiotherapist with over 20 years’ experience in pain care
  • Educate yourself about safe and effective Yoga principles and practices, tools and techniques that you can use with yourself and your students and clients experiencing pain
  • Deepen your knowledge of Yoga as a therapeutic practice
  • Yoga therapists/teachers are eligible for 9 Continuing Professional Development points
  • Receive a Certificate of Attendance when you complete the workshop
  • The recordings will be available to you for 12 months so you can review the material

You will need: a computer and stable internet connection.

CPD Points:

  • If you complete the workshop, you will earn a total of 9 CPD points.
  • 6 CPD points for Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Plus 3 CPD points for completing the additional set reading and integration tasks.
  • This includes a total of 12 hours of training.
Module 1Thursday 2 May 20248.00pm – 9.30pm AEST
Module 2Thursday 23 May 20248.00pm – 9.30pm AEST
Module 3Thursday 27 June 20248.00pm – 9.30pm AEST
Module 4Thursday 4 July 20248.00pm – 9.30pm AEST

We understand the time will be a little late for some of you. Recordings will be available if you are unable to attend live. We encourage you to attend Module 4 in person if possible.

Delivery: Online via Zoom in real time

Cost: $397. Prices include GST. $397 for the first 25 people to register and then $497 after that.

(1) https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/health/health-conditions-and-risks/stressors-and-bodily-pain/latest-release

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Marlysa Sullivan (Dr.)

Marlysa Sullivan is a physiotherapist, Yoga therapist, educator, author and researcher. She has over 20 years’ experience working with people suffering with chronic pain conditions.

Marlysa is the author of Understanding Yoga Therapy: Applied Philosophy and Science for Well-being.

She is the co-editor of Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain.

She specialising in working with people with chronic pain at the Veterans Health Administration.

Marlysa has extensive experience as an educator. She teaches for several yoga therapy training programs. She helped to create the first Masters in Yoga Therapy program at Maryland University of Integrative Health, where she is currently an adjunct assistant professor.

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