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Yoga and Science in Pain Care Book Club

Yoga and Science in Pain Care Book Club

Yoga and Science in Pain Care Book Club

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This course includes

This course is for those who have registered for the complete Yoga and Science in Pain Care Book Club. This course is for you if you have signed up for the 15-part live series by Neil Pearson, Marlysa Sullivan, and Shelly Prosko and their chapter contributors.

In this course, you will find:

  • The initial free webinar recording which outlines all of the chapters
  • All of the Chapter recordings
  • A discussion forum where you can network, ask questions, and have discussions with your colleagues including Shelly, Neil, Marlysa, and the content contributors

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The instructors
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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Neil Pearson

Neil Pearson is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist and Clinical Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia. He is founding chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division, the first PT to receive the Canadian Pain Society's Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education award, and a previous Director with Pain BC. He has received awards from Queen’s University and the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia for his clinical work and teaching.

As a yoga therapist, Neil is certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, faculty in four yoga therapist training programs, and has trained over 2000 practitioners in the integration of pain science, pain care and yoga as therapy through his IAYT approved Pain Care Yoga certificate courses. Neil works for the Doctors of British Columbia developing and delivering Continuing Medical Education on pain management including yoga.

His recent accomplishments include lead contributor to Pain BC’s online Pain Foundations course and their Gentle Movement and Relaxation Series, and author/coeditor of the textbook, Yoga and Science in Pain Care. His patient education book, Understand Pain Live Well Again, published in 2007, has been translated to French and (written) Mandarin. His online pain care programs, First 5 Steps and Pain Care for Life are available at, while is Neil’s pain care website.

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.

Course Material included in this course
  • Introduction
  • Instructions
  • Yoga, Science, and Lived Experience
  • Overview and Schedule
  • Intro Q&A
  • What's Next and Suggested Resources
  • Feedback for the Introductory Section
  • Chapter 1: The Lived Experience of Pain
  • Welcome and Slides
  • Section Introduction
  • My Pain Story
  • A New Understanding
  • Acceptance
  • Reflection and Introspection
  • Re-Engaging with the World
  • It ALL Matters
  • Questions Part 1
  • Questions Part 2
  • Conclusion
  • Feedback for Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2: Current Research in Yoga and Pain
  • Slides
  • Chapter 2 Introduction
  • History of Evidence Informed Practice
  • Yoga Research Progression
  • Trajectory of Yoga Research
  • Yoga for Neck Pain
  • Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain
  • Dosing and Analysis
  • Neurological and Abdominal Pain
  • Yoga and Arthritis
  • Future Directions
  • Questions Part 1
  • Questions Part 2
  • Feedback for Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3: The Current State(s) and Theories on Pain Management
  • Chapter 3 Introduction
  • Consciousness Awareness Chart
  • Consciousness Awareness Chart Continued
  • Observations
  • Helpful Points
  • Case Study
  • Questions Part 1
  • Questions Part 2
  • Chapter 3 Closing Questions
  • Feedback for Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4: Yoga and Yoga Therapy
  • Chapter 4 Introduction
  • The Eight Limbs of Yoga Part 1
  • The Eight Limbs of Yoga Part 2
  • Other Paths of Yoga
  • Meditation Practice and Dharma
  • Chapter 4 Questions Part 1
  • Chapter 4 Questions Part 2
  • Feedback for Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5: Pain Biology and Sensitization
  • Concept of acute neuropathic pain. The role of nervi nervorum in the distinction between acute nociceptive and neuropathic pain
  • Motor, cognitive, and affective areas of the cerebral cortex influence the adrenal medulla
  • Chapter 5 Introduction
  • Framework
  • Sensitization
  • Sciatica and Other Questions
  • Diagnostic Concerns
  • Changing Pain Pt1
  • Changing Pain Pt2
  • Chapter 5 Wrap Up
  • Feedback for Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6: Polyvagal Theory and the Gunas- A Model for Autonomic Regulation in Pain
  • Chapter 6 Introduction
  • The Polyvagal Theory
  • Theory Comparison
  • Automatic Neural States and Yoga Therapy
  • Clinical Applications Pt1
  • Clinical Applications Pt2
  • Additional Clinical Ideas
  • Meditation Practice
  • Chapter 6 Conclusion
  • Feedback for Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7: Integrating Pain Science, Education, Movement and Yoga
  • Chapter 7 Introduction
  • Pain Education pt1
  • Pain Education pt2
  • Knowledge can Change Pain
  • Patients Providing Their Own Healing
  • Chasing Diagnosis
  • Changing Pain Through Yoga
  • Chapter 7 Audience Questions
  • Chapter 7 Conclusion
  • Feedback for Chapter 7
  • Chapter 8: Breathing and Pranayama in Pain Care
  • Chapter 8 Introduction
  • Pranayama and Breathing
  • The Research Part 1
  • The Research Part 2
  • Pain and Breath
  • Key Messages
  • Practical Demonstration
  • Chapter 8 Closing Questions
  • Feedback for Chapter 8
  • Chapter 9: Body Awareness, Bhavana and Pratyahara
  • Chapter 9 Introduction
  • Pratyahara and Body Awareness
  • Background
  • Sensory Memory Case Study
  • Case Studies
  • Practical
  • Response to Practical
  • Questions
  • Chapter 9 Conclusion
  • Feedback for Chapter 9
  • Chapter 10: Ingredients for Pain Care - Nutrition and Yoga
  • Chapter 10 Introduction
  • Stress
  • Context Matters - Food Security
  • The Yoga of Food and Eating
  • Eat Whole, Eat Colour
  • Self-Compassion Practice
  • Discussion Pt1
  • Presentation Wrap Up
  • Discussion Pt2
  • Concluding Comments
  • Feedback for Chapter 10
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