Yoga Therapy for Pain

Yoga Therapy for pain is administered in 1:1 setting, in a group class, within this comprehensive pain management program or as part of a Functional Restoration program within a pain clinic.  Long-term pain management protocols should incorporate yoga therapy as a safe way to move with pain, access the relaxation response and teach multiple body awareness exercises. Yoga Therapy has a multidimensional effects because it works on a whole-person framework which views the individual's experience on interconnected levels of physical, emotional, energy, higher mind and bliss. Theses various aspects of self are interconnected and constantly informing one another.  Pain patients learn the skills to transform their relationship to their pain, and change their brain's pain system in the process.   

In pain rehabilitation Mind/Body therapies are the most effective and least invasive means to accomplish the goal of decreasing pain.  As we learn how to shift into the parasympathetic nervous system our relaxation response takes over which results in our brain's "danger signals" for pain becoming less frequent and less intense--which translate to less pain.  YOU are capable of this change.  Dena can show you how. 

"I believe that the nervous system rehabilitation work which Dena is able to provide is a valuable therapeutic asset which represents an important supplement to more traditional aspects of chronic pain treatment."          

           -Patrick Davis, PhD Psychologist

Yoga Therapy sessions uncover the best possible practices for the individual.  This could mean breath work, body awareness instruction including guided imagery, postures, sequences, meditation, restorative yoga and mindfulness.  If one already has a mindfulness practice this can be beautifully incorporated into our sessions. Yoga Therapy is based in mindfulness and is highly aligned with MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) and the pain program designed by Jon Kabat Zinn who pioneered a successful mindfulness-based outpatient behavioral medicine pain program.  There are countless studies documenting the value and efficacy of using mind and body techniques to improve the chronic pain experience.

One should be prepared to commit to a minimum of 3-5 initial meetings in order to create a shift.

Goals are established during the first session. 

Video conferencing is available for established patients.

Mind & Body Practices uniquely prescribed

International Association of Yoga Therapists

Dena has been certified to administer therapeutic practices of yoga by IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists, www.iayt.org). IAYT has been in the process of proposing educational standards to the medical field and insurance companies since 1989.  They publish a medical journal annually offering research on the efficacy of yoga to heal.  Dena has been certified through this organization as having met or surpassed their standardization of credentials.