By Marnie Hartman, DPT, RYT, CSCS

Pain is a natural human experience that we all encounter, and as yoga teachers, we often encounter conversations with our students on pain which can be challenging to navigate. Pain Science for Yoga Teachers will give you a foundation of knowledge on key concepts for pain, different ways to view pain to overcome it, and helpful tips for talking about pain in a yoga context.

This course offers lecture and practice format. The lectures introduce the neuroscience of pain in a way that is approachable as well as an experiential practice that blends a meditation and asana. This course concludes with an interview between Tiffany Cruikshank, Yoga Medicine’s founder, and Marnie Hartman, a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and the presenter of this online course. Their open discussion gives insight into the language surrounding pain, how much is too much, and how to interact with medical providers for productive conversations.


  • Course length: approx 2hours 30minutes, including 45-minute yoga practice
  • A downloadable course handout
  • An online quiz with a downloadable certificate of completion
  • 3 hours of Teacher Training credit for those enrolled in the Yoga Medicine  500hr or 1000hr program.

About our instructor:

Marnie Hartman earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University. She worked broadly in Sports and Orthopedics and gained extensive training in Manual and Orthopedic Rehabilitation. Marnie is highly trained through International Spine and Pain Institute (ISPI) and Neuro-Orthopedic Institute (NOI) on treating patients with persistent pain. Using Therapeutic Neuroscience Education, with patients and medical providers, the epidemic of pain has changed for the better in Haines, Alaska; where she continues to live and work as the sole physical therapist. Learn more about Marnie.