Pain vs. Suffering: Where to Begin
In the next 22 minutes, I will share with you a story of why pain can sometimes become a place of persistent suffering and what can be done to start to shift the experience. You will learn the fundamentals of how pain works in your body (the neurobiology of pain) This talk is all based on empirical evidence, it includes the current definition of pain used by International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), and introduces you to the physiological state known as Allostasis. We will follow a case study to help give a real-life example of how allostatic overload can play out in a painful experience. I hope by the end of this talk, you will feel hopeful, have a greater sense of compassion for pain and suffering. And begin to not only understand the many layers that may be present and contributing to pain but also have a place to begin the shift toward healing with yoga as a guide. Optional journaling exercise offered, so maybe grab a pen and your journal. Props: What you need for a comfortable seat (blocks, blanket, bolster, chair).
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