Yoga for Chronic Pain Virtual Retreat

Next Retreat date TBD

What do sneezing, muscle spasms, the fight/flight response, and pain have in common?

 

They are the human body's protective mechanisms. Pain is not a sign that there is damage. While sometimes pain does go along with tissue damage (and sometimes it doesn't), pain's job is  to alert us to danger and then make us stop what we're doing, move away from the danger, and sometimes even go lie down!

The problem is, our brain doesn't always know the difference between real danger and perceived danger. Additionally, the brain is a creature of habit, and it often interprets certain signals the way it does simply because that's what it's used to.

Our neurons (nerve cells) receive information from the body and create brain activity that leads to the experience of pain. When pain is chronic (lasting more than 3 months) and the tissues seem to have healed,  the problem is neurological, not physiological. 

YOGA CAN HELP. 

Here's how:

  • YOGA RESTORES RANGE OF MOTION AND IMPROVES  FLEXIBILITY. Often when we are in pain, we are afraid to move and make things worse. Ironically, this often makes things worse! Yoga, when done in the correct way, is not dangerous for those suffering from chronic pain and it can do wonders for improving overall ease in the body. 

  • YOGA REDUCES STRESS AND ANXIETY. Yoga techniques activate the parasympathetic nervous system, reducing the fight/flight response, resulting in many many benefits. This can be a game changer for those who experience chronic pain

  • YOGA REDUCES FEELINGS OF ISOLATION. Group Yoga Therapy classes such as this one with fellow chronic pain sufferers provides social support and connection for participants. 

  • YOGA LEADS TO HOLISTIC HEALTH AND HEALING.  All of the many yoga techniques practiced in tandem help one to experience greater peace, calm, and well-being. A sense of unity or stillness is established, leading to a positive state of health and outlook on life. 

In this two-day workshop we'll explore many yoga practices including:

  • Postures (Asana)

  • Breathing (Pranayama)

  • Relaxation (Savasana and Yoga Nidra)

  • Meditation

  • Ayurvedic lifestyle techniques

  • Yoga philosophy

Schedule

Saturday and Sunday

9am-12:00pm CST AND 3-5pm CST

Cost:

I would like to provide an opportunity for those who have resources and privilege to assist with covering costs for those who are experiencing financial hardship. The scale is based on your self-determined access to resources, privilege, and social capital. 

$100   | Community rate

$200   | Sustainer Rate (pays for you)

$275   | Supporter Rate (support others as well as yourself)

Registering:

A one-on-one initial consultation with me is included and required for your registration. The next workshop is not yet scheduled, but please contact me and let me know if you're interested in joining when it is!