Patients with chronic pain present with complex physical, psychological and social issues that provide challenges to recovery. Research shows that a biopsychosocial approach to healthcare is the key to working with people to help them learn to manage chronic pain.

Yoga as a therapeutic intervention is uniquely positioned to provide tools to introduce mind body centered exercises that can be helpful with pain management. Learn how therapeutic yoga principles may be integrated into treatment for patients who experience chronic pain. Explore how therapeutic yoga benefits the recovery process, and will enhance your healthcare practice when working with clients with chronic pain.

Participants will receive instruction in restorative yoga, chair yoga, breathing exercises, guided relaxation and meditation techniques. Learn how to help your patients find the right therapeutic yoga program to assist them with their recovery process.  

September 27 – 28, 2019
Friday 3 – 7:30 pm, Saturday 8 am – 5:15 pm
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Instructors: Meagen Satinsky MPT, PYT and Michelle Downing DPT, OCS, CFMT, RYT

Location: Evolution Physical Therapy and Yoga, 20 Kilburn St. Suite 120, Burlington VT 05401

Prerequisites – None

12 CCUs  approved by the Vermont Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association 

Meets CEU/CCU requirements of Maine, NH, MA, CT and RI.  Most states have reciprocity for CCU’s approved by another state, but please contact your state to ensure that VT CCU’s Credits are accepted. 

Registered as a Continuing Education Provider through NBCOT for Occupational Therapists. 

Program Contact Hours: 12 hours over 2 days


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the history/development of therapeutic yoga.
  2. Identify 3 yoga practices most appropriate for management of chronic pain
  3. Identify how yoga affects the nervous system and chronic pain conditions
  4. Describe the evidence for yoga as a tool for managing chronic pain.
  5. Demonstrate 3 yogic techniques that can be used for management of chronic pain.
  6. Identify appropriate community yoga resources for referral for patients with chronic pain.

Course Schedule and Outline

Day One, Friday 3pm – 7:30pm

3:00-3:20  Introductions, plan for the night and next day.  

3:20 – 4:00 History of modern yoga and evolution of therapeutic yoga

4:10-4:30  What does a therapeutic yoga session look like?

4:30-5:45  Anatomy – Nervous system and pain mediation; Effects of yoga on the brain

5:45-6:00 Break

6:00 – 7:00  Lecture – Science of Therapeutic Yoga for Chronic Pain Management

7:00 – 7:25 Experiential Session – Systematic Relaxation

7:25-7:30 wrap up.

Day Two Saturday 8am-5:15 pm

8:00 – 8:15 Question Session 

8:15-9:15  Chair Yoga for Chronic Pain Management

9:15-10:15  Restorative Yoga for Chronic Pain Management

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Pranayama Techniques

12:00 -1:00 – Lunch

1:00- 2:30 Meditation – finding a position, strategies and practicing techniques

2:30 – 3:00 Therapeutic yoga for PTSD and resources

3:00-3:45 Systematic Relaxation

3:45-4:00 Break

4:00-4:45 Case Studies

4:45-5:15 Questions and Wrap Up

Instructional Method: Instruction will take the form of lecture, demonstration and interactive lab presentations.

Please e-mail to reserve your space or for a code for multi-registration discount.

Lodging in Burlington

Hotels:  Burlington has a variety of hotels to choose from that are walking distance or a short drive.  Here’s a list of a few local hotels.  Take a look online and you will find there are a lot of options to choose from including many Airbnb listings.

Hilton Garden Inn – 5-minute walk

Sunset House B&B – 5-minute walk

Lang House Inn – 10-minute walk

Holiday Inn Express South Burlington – 10-minute drive

Please e-mail with questions about any of our course offerings.

Cancellation Policy

All of our Yoga Therapeutics for Healthcare Provider trainings include a non-refundable $50 registration fee. A full refund, minus the registration fee, will be given for cancellations given at least six (6) weeks prior to the course start date. A 50{2bd103ee3922297dd26721aa2b4723f52b7c1e46e10078a5bb1f7638d0cbcf8c} refund will be given for cancellations made at least two (2) weeks prior to the course start date, minus the registration fee. No refunds are made when cancellation is made with less than two (2) weeks notice before the course start date.

Recommended Texts and Yoga Resources


* Science of Yoga: Understand the Anatomy and Physiology to Perfect Your Practice by Ann Swanson – Required for this course

The Key Muscles of Yoga. Ray Long, MD 

Anatomy for Hip Openers and Forward Bends. Ray Long, MD

Anatomy for Backbends and Twists. Ray Long, MD

Key Poses of Yoga. Ray Long, MD

Yoga Anatomy. Leslie Kaminoff


Walking Meditation. Nguyen Anh-Huong & Thich Nhat Hanh

How to Meditate.  Pema Chodron

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra. Richard Miller, PhD

Yoga Nidra Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Yoga Foundational Poses, Styles

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