Yoga for Pain Management
If you pay attention to the news or social media, you might have heard about using yoga as a modality for helping to manage persistent pain. But there are many ways to practice yoga, and using yoga for pain management might be different than walking into your local studio and taking the next class on the schedule. Using yoga as a tool for pain relief also might require understanding a bit more about how pain manifests in our body. Current pain science shows the depth of the brain body connection in its explanation of how we experience pain. Current pain science also challenges some believes we as individuals and as a society hold about our experience of pain. For example, did you know that pain is not necessarily an indication of tissue damage in our bodies?
This workshop will provide education on our current scientific understanding of pain and describe the way our nervous system adapts to a state of persistent pain. Using this definition of pain as a mind/body phenomenon, the practice of yoga will be introduced as a way to manage persistent pain symptoms. Yoga practices will include gentle yoga poses (asana), relaxation, breathwork (pranayama) and meditation. These practices will be interspersed with short educational lectures on current pain science. In order to make the workshop beneficial, participants should be able to tolerate 30 minutes of moderate movement as well as be comfortable with sitting for 15-20 minutes (either in a chair or on the floor) as well as lying on the floor on a yoga mat. There will be periods of guided meditation and guided relaxation. Some yoga experience is encouraged but not required. If you are unsure if you should attend this workshop, please contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, February 15