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Pain Science for Yoga Teachers

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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. This course, Pain Science for Yoga Teachers, is intended for Yoga Teachers with the intention to provide 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.

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What Will I Learn?

  • Introductory concepts on the neuroscience of pain
  • How to approach discussions of pain within the context of teaching yoga
  • How to apply these concepts in an experimental practice that blends meditation and yoga asana
  • This course concludes with an interview between Tiffany Cruikshank, founder of Yoga Medicine®, 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.
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Required Tools

  • a yoga mat or clear space for sitting and yoga practice.
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Course Features

  • This course is a mixture of lecture and practice at approximately 2.5hours
  • 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.
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Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will have:

  • A foundational understanding of key concepts for pain
  • Different ways to view pain to aid in overcoming pain
  • Helpful tips for talking about pain in a yoga context
  • Tangible examples of how to conceptualize pain and sensation through meditation and yoga asana.

About The Teacher

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.


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