DescriptionChronic pain poses a significant public health problem which is complex, difficult to treat and, according to some estimates, costs the U.S. more than $600 billion a year. Due to the risk of opioid abuse, addiction, and diversion in the treatment of chronic pain, a broad and integrated approach is essential. Chronic pain is best understood as a psychophysiological behavior pattern that eschews separation into distinct, independent psychosocial and physical components. An approach to chronic pain that incorporates evidence based somatic/cognitive interventions such as yoga can help clients reduce stress, control pain, and use less medication.
Research has demonstrated that chronic pain alters brain structure, decreasing gray matter volume and reducing the integrity of white matter connectivity. According to Catherine Bushnell, scientific director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), "Practicing yoga has the opposite effect on the brain as does chronic pain."
In this one day workshop, participants will learn Subtle® Yoga techniques which can help reduce chronic pain and foster neuroplasticity including chair yoga practices, meditation, breathing practices, grounding, and self massage. Opportunity to practice yoga during the workshop will help participants learn to guide basic yoga techniques which can improve client outcomes.
Subtle® Yoga is an exceptionally adaptable approach to yoga practice which is person centered and can be tailored to clients with differing abilities. It fosters the development of attention and mindfulness, and promotes spiritual development in the context of any belief system. Please wear comfortable clothes to move in and dress in layers. You are welcome to bring a yoga mat.
“It’s interesting that right now there are about six to ten million people in America who practice yoga… They’ve discovered that there’s something they can do to regulate their internal systems.”
- Bessel van der Kolk, MD author, The Body Keeps the Score
This workshop is a stand-alone event, and is also part of a series, leading up to an optional teacher training course to be held in 2019. Additional details included on the BROCHURE!
Your target audience will consist of mental health professionals including substance abuse counselors, social workers, psychologists, counselors, marriage and family therapists, school counselors and other professionals interested in this subject.
- Demonstrate safe and effective Subtle® Yoga techniques to help clients manage stress, recruit neuroplasticity, improve function, and reduce pain
- Provide clients who suffer from chronic pain with yoga-based self-care skills
- List key movement precautions for each yoga technique, especially important to apply when guiding chair based yoga practices