Professional Pain Care Distance Mentorship – for Yoga Teachers, Yoga Therapists, and Health Care Professionals. Offered by SOYA graduate Neil Pearson PT, MSc, BA-BPHE, C-IAYT, ERYT500
By Jools Andrés
Already well established as a physiotherapist and educator, Neil Pearson began to explore and practice yoga, and eventually train as a yoga teacher and yoga therapist. He could see that yoga offered much more to his patients with complex pain than just the poses, or asana, and his search for a teacher training program drew him to South Okanagan Yoga Academy’s programs and their focus on yoga philosophy. Neil graduated from his first yoga teacher training program with SOYA in 2008. “I really appreciated gaining a deeper understanding through modern practice combined with more traditional yoga education,” he says.
Neil serves as Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC teaching non-pharmacological pain management to physiotherapy students and doctors in the pain specialty program. He also holds faculty positions with IAYT-certified programs at Yoga Therapy International (Vancouver), School of Embodied Yoga Therapy (Ottawa), and Inner Peace Yoga Therapy (US locations). His Pain Care Yoga certificate program is regularly offered in Canada, the US, and Taiwan.
Neil has gone on to co-write a yoga therapy textbook, Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain (Singing Dragon Books, 2019), as well as to author many peer-reviewed articles for the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. He has also developed his Professional Pain Care Distance Mentorship, a 360-hour program for health professionals and yoga therapists and teachers who have a passion to dive deeper into pain care. Experiential learning includes practical application of yoga and contemplative practices for students in pain, as well as assessment skills and approaches to providing ongoing pain education. Through books, articles, videos, one-on-one supervision, and group discussions, students explore pain biology, the lived experience of pain, and various approaches to pain care.
The nine-month “Professional Pain Care Distance Mentorship” program provides one-of-a-kind education for those who are passionate about helping people with persisting pain and want to expand knowledge and skills, as well as to form valuable connections with others on this path.
According to Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, MD, yoga therapist, and chairman of the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research at Ananda Ashram, Puducherry, India: “Neil provides a unique experience for his students. I would highly recommend that anyone with chronic pain and anyone teaching yoga to people with chronic pain learn from him. It will be a life-changing opportunity for sure.”
Neil gratefully credits the foundation for his current work to his teachers Mugs McConnell and Dariel Vogel, and the SOYA program. As a special offer to SOYA graduates, those who register or refer someone who registers to Neil’s “Professional Pain Care Distance Mentorship” program will receive a gift voucher for a digital download of Neil’s Overcome Pain Gentle Yoga series.