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Connection, Meaningful Relationship and Purpose in Life

Connection, Meaningful Relationship and Purpose in Life

Connection, Meaningful Relationship and Purpose in Life

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This course was recorded in November 2021


Social and spiritual aspects of pain care are often poorly understood in both their importance and application to client/patient care.

Spiritual well-being includes themes of aligning with one’s core values, meaning, and purpose, and connectedness extending from the personal to social relationships, to something more abstract or transcendent.

The philosophy of eudaimonia provides a secular perspective on these themes of spiritual well-being. Eudaimonia looks at what it means to flourish, to connect to one’s highest purpose, and live a meaningful life.

Eudaimonic well-being has been used as a concept in research to discuss steadfast contentment that comes from living in alignment with one’s values, self-actualization, authenticity, and having a sense of purpose and meaning. 

Research supports the many benefits of spiritual and eudaimonic well-being for pain care.

Foundational to yoga philosophy and practice are these themes of spiritual and eudaimonic well-being including that of connectedness to one’s essential nature, to others, aligning with one’s values, and a concept of purpose that supports one’s flourishing in a way that supports those around them. 

These concepts of connection, meaning, and purpose, and values will be discussed through the perspectives of spiritual well-being, eudaimonic well-being, and yoga philosophy and practice.

An evidence-informed discussion will also help to facilitate the application of these ideas in a patient/client-centered manner for the benefit of a biopsychosocial spiritual well-being for pain care.

Join Neil Pearson, Shelly Prosko, and Marlysa Sullivan for Yoga and Science in Pain Care Chapter 15: Connection, Meaningful Relationship and Purpose in Life. 

Learning objectives

In this online course, we will:

  1. Examine the definition and importance of the spiritual domain of health for pain care from an evidence-informed perspective
  2. Reflect on the concept of eudaimonic well-being as a secular perspective to spiritual well-being and its importance to pain care from an evidence-informed perspective
  3. Examine yoga philosophies and practices that align with spiritual and eudaimonic well-being
  4. Apply the themes of spiritual and eudaimonic well-being to specific yoga practices for pain care from a patient/client-centered perspective

What you will learn can be effectively applied via virtual and in-person consults.



This course and the entire Yoga and Science in Pain Care series is intended for:

  • Practitioners including yoga therapists and healthcare practitioners interested in integrating yoga with their persistent pain population to expand their approaches in clinical practice
  • Yoga teachers interested in understanding aspects of the science behind yoga and pain
  • Medical/healthcare professionals who want to better understand pain or want to integrate yoga and mind/body practices
  • Mind/body contemplative practitioners/researchers/clinicians who want to better understand the science around pain and how yoga as a mind/body practice works with people in pain
  • Yoga practitioners or integrative health consumers who want an in-depth read with practical knowledge in this field.
  • Yoga therapist programs and medical university/college programs that require online course study in pain care
  • Schools that have online mind/body programs as stand-alone modules or as part of medical programs and other mind-body institutions.
  • People suffering from pain, particularly those keen about learning some practices to help with pain self-care and who want to learn more about the value of integrating pain science and yoga

We also hope that this series will help bring together yoga therapists and health professionals. There is value in blending science and yoga therapy in pain care – for the person in pain, for the health professional, and for the yoga professional.

The instructors
Marlysa Sullivan

Marlysa is a physiotherapist and yoga therapist with over 15 years of experience working with people suffering with chronic pain conditions. She is an Assistant Professor in Yoga Therapy and Integrative Health Sciences at Maryland University of Integrative Health and holds an adjunct position at Emory University, where she teaches the integration of yoga and mindfulness into physical therapy practice in the DPT program. She is also the author of Understanding Yoga Therapy: Applied Philosophy and Science for Well-being and co-editor of Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain as well as several peer-reviewed articles.

Marlysa has been involved in the professionalization of the field of yoga therapy through the educational standards committee of IAYT, which helped to define the competencies for the field, and in characterizing the yoga therapy workforce through research. Her research interests focus on defining the framework and explanatory model for yoga therapy based on philosophical and neurophysiological perspectives.

Neil Pearson

Neil is a physical therapist, yoga therapist, author, researcher, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, faculty in three IAYT-accredited yoga therapy programs, board member for the International Association of Yoga Therapists and pain care advocate. He conducts research into the effects of yoga on veterans with chronic pain and people with osteoarthritis. Neil is the recipient of awards honouring his work in pain care, patient education and physiotherapy by Queen’s University, the Canadian Pain Society and both provincial and national physiotherapy associations, including the Canadian 2021 Medal of Distinction.

Neil is a consultant to Partners in Canadian Veterans Rehabilitation Services, and to Lifemark’s 300+ clinics in Canada. Neil is a past board member for Pain BC, Canada’s premier non-profit transforming the way pain is understood and treated. He co-authored – Yoga and Science in Pain Care 2019, authored the patient education ebook, Understand Pain Live Well Again in 2008, and is lead contributor to many free patient resources offer by Pain BC.

For more information and course offerings, see

Shelly Prosko

Shelly is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist, educator and pioneer of PhysioYoga with over 20 years of experience integrating yoga into rehabilitation with a focus on helping people suffering from chronic or persistent pain, pelvic health conditions and professional burnout. She guest lectures at yoga and physiotherapy programs, presents at yoga therapy and medical conferences globally, provides mentorship to health providers, offers onsite and online continuing education courses for yoga and health professionals and is a Pain Care U Yoga Trainer. She maintains a clinical practice in Sylvan Lake, Canada and believes that cultivating meaningful connections, compassion and joy can be powerful contributors to recovery and well-being. Shelly is co-editor of the book Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain. 

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Course Material included in this course
  • Yoga and Science in Pain Care Chapter 15: Connection, Meaningful Relationship and Purpose in Life
  • Introduction
  • Research Benefits of Eudaimonic Wellbeing
  • Practice
  • Reflections on the Practice Not Yet Rated
  • Comments on the Practice
  • More Comments and Questions
  • Distinction Between Eudaimonic and Spiritual Wellbeing
  • Conclusion
  • Feedback

Yes, this individual course is part of a larger series: The Yoga and Science in Pain Care Book Club Series. You can choose to register for this individual session or you can register for the entire series at a discount. Click here to learn more and register for the entire Yoga and Science in Pain Care Book Club Series.

Once you have completed the course, a certificate of completion (including learning hours and course information) will be generated. You can download this certificate at any time. To learn more about course certificates on Embodia please visit this guide.

The answer is dependent on your profession and geographic location of practice. For Canadian Physiotherapists, this webinar series counts towards your learning hours and professional portfolio.

For other professions and jurisdictions, please submit the webinar and course descriptions and objectives we have provided to your professional association to review.

For Physical Therapists in the U.S., The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) Continuing Competency Team has announced that it is re-evaluating the process of CEUs or CCUs and has discontinued the aPTitude system and ProCert program that we would have used to submit for CEUs/CCUs for this course. Notification from the FSBPT can be read here. This Forum article discusses the future focus of the FSBPT continuing competency initiative.

This course series may qualify toward learning hours but we cannot guarantee this.

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