Yoga, Neuroplasticity and Pain: New Hope for Self-Empowerment and Healing

Course Info

Class Length:
Two One Hour Sessions Plus Yoga Practice
Yoga Teachers
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Neil Pearson and Shelly Prosko

Neil Pearson and Shelly Prosko Neil Pearson PT, MSc, BA-BPHE, CYT, E-RYT 500 Neil makes the complex experience of pain more understandable, while providing practical techniques, and hope for change. He is a physical therapist, yoga therapist, Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC, and instructor for five yoga therapy...
neuroplasticity and pain

Pain is a complex and troublesome human experience that involves the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Pain strikes everyone from time to time, but millions of people suffer with pain year in and year out.

According to modern pain neuroscience, however, we may have greater influence over the experience of pain than previously thought. One of the best ways to safely and effectively manage the pain experience is to better understand its mechanism in the light of new insights into brain neuroplasticity.

Join physical therapists and yoga therapists Neil Pearson and Shelly Prosko for a 3-part webinar (two live lectures and a yoga practice) on what modern neuroscience and yoga research teaches us about the ability to change pain, even in people with complex pain conditions.  Yoga offers numerous techniques that are useful for managing pain, and it can provide the lived experience that pain can be changed, and that we can learn to move with ease in the face of pain.

Neil and Shelly will discuss the physiology of pain from the perspective of new findings on neuroplasticity and pain, and also will guide you in a series of yoga techniques that can be helpful to change the experience of pain.

Because each of us is very unique, there is no specific protocol or yoga sequence for 'yoga for pain'; but the concepts can be translated to any asana practice or individual. The techniques can be modified to suit the type of yoga class or the individual and are equally important for injury prevention as well as pain care.

What you will learn:

  • The purpose of pain, and the meaning of pain intensity, quality and location.

  • How neurons respond to potentially and actually dangerous inputs.

  • How neurons in the body, spinal cord and brain adapt in the face of persisting pain.

  • How functions of the nervous systems are influenced by all other body systems.

  • Why the pain experience is changeable and how.

  • The importance of starting with the basics of breath awareness and body awareness and the best techniques to use.

  • Techniques for calming the nervous system and challenging your current response to pain.

  • What pain science teaches us about injury prevention, and how to move and perform asana safely when experiencing pain.

This Premium Course Also Includes These Bonuses!

  • Yoga Practice for Chronic Pain with Neil and Shelly. Enjoy a soothing practice excerpted from Neil and Shelly's DVD with yoga for pain relief. Experience for yourself how to structure a yoga practice centered around enchancing somatic awareness, one important step towards resetting the body's pain response.

  • Recordings of Course Sessions. Yours to keep! The recorded course sessions will be available in your YogaU Dashboard after the course to add to your digital library of yoga training. View online as streaming video files or download the mp3 files for listening on the road.

  • Transcripts of the Course Sessions. Follow the transcripts with recordings and take notes, refer back to important passages, or use the transcripts for easy memorizing--transcripts are a great learning tool for integrating and retaining the course information.


This course qualifies for 3 non-contact hour CEUs with Yoga Alliance.