Yoga as Therapy for
50 million americans are suffering from chronic pain from conditions including cancer, arthritis, neuropathies, spinal conditions, low-back pain, fibromyalgia, sickle cell disease, migraine, multiple sclerosis, trigeminal pain or neuralgia, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
With substance use disorder at an all-time high (1.5 times more prevalent than all cancers combined), sufferers and their physicians are seeking additional coping strategies that are effective and adaptive for all age groups.
In 2019, a task force was convened by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services in conjunction with the U.S. Dept. of Defense and the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs with the Office of National Drug Control Policy to address acute and chronic pain in light of the ongoing opioid crisis.
Their report suggested that the best practice for treating chronic pain is a bio-psycho-social approach and included complimentary and integrative health treatments such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, and spirituality.
Yoga therapy is in a unique position to fill that need with adaptive movement, breath and mindfulness/spiritual interventions that
Are taught as self care practices, easily performed at home
Address structural pain directly
Repattern the way your brain perceives pain
Manage the anxiety and depression that are often comorbid to chronic pain
Are appropriate and adaptable for the elderly, younger populations and anyone else who might not ‘do yoga’
This training is intended to be an introduction to yoga therapy for chronic pain starting with one short lecture followed by a movement, breath and mindfulness practice, then finishing with a breakdown of the practice and a presentation of the take-home tools each participant will receive.
This workshop is totally appropriate for sufferers, caretakers, yoga teachers and health professionals.