Subtle® Yoga for Chronic Pain: A One-Day Introduction

November 11, 2022


Subtle® Yoga incorporates ethical engagement, breathing techniques, healing movement, meditation, and other practices which can improve mental health, and foster resiliency in the body and mind. Chronic pain poses a significant public health problem which is complex, difficult to treat and, according to some estimates, costs the U.S. more than $600 billion a year. Because of the risk of opioid abuse, addiction, and diversion in the treatment of chronic pain, a broad and integrated approach is essential. Chronic pain is best understood as a psychophysiological behavior pattern that eschews separation into distinct, independent psychosocial and physical components. An approach to chronic pain that incorporates evidence based somatic/cognitive interventions, such as yoga, can help clients reduce stress, control pain, and use less medication. Research has demonstrated that chronic pain alters brain structure decreasing gray matter volume and reducing the integrity of white matter connectivity. According to Catherine Bushnell, scientific director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), “Practicing yoga has the opposite effect on the brain as does chronic pain.” In this one day workshop, participants will learn Subtle® Yoga techniques which can help reduce chronic pain and foster neuroplasticity including chair yoga practices, meditation, breathing practices, grounding, and self-massage. Opportunity to practice yoga during the workshop will help participants learn to guide basic yoga techniques which can improve client outcomes.

Subtle® Yoga is a broadly applicable, person-centered approach to yoga practice which can be tailored to differing body types/physical abilities and various contexts – from mental illness to public health. Subtle® Yoga incorporates six key processes: mindful movement, breathing practices, meditation, awareness of values/ethical engagement, spiritual development and service. Together these practices promote attention, mindfulness, body awareness, self-regulation, resiliency, self-actualization and pro-social behavior. Subtle® Yoga calms the nervous system, improves breathing, increases the body-mind connection, and is trauma-informed. It is a holistic intervention which can complement and enhance traditional healthcare approaches through health promotion, prevention, treatment or aftercare/recovery and from the individual to population health levels.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate safe and effective Subtle® Yoga techniques to help clients manage stress, recruit neuroplasticity, improve function, and reduce pain
  2. Provide clients who suffer from chronic pain with yoga-based self-care skills
  3. List key movement precautions for each yoga technique, especially important to apply when guiding chair based yoga practices


One day (7 hours CEUs)

November 11, 2022





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