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Neil Pearson



Neil Pearson


Neil Pearson is a physiotherapist, and Clinical Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia. He is also a yoga therapist, certified with IAYT, faculty in 4 yoga therapists training programs, and has trained over 2000 practitioners in his Pain Care Yoga certificate training program. He is founding chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division, and the first PT to receive the Canadian Pain Society's Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education award. Neil has worked for the Doctors of British Columbia to develop and deliver Continuing Medical Education on pain management, and is currently collaborating on numerous community-based pain care-movement programs while providing a distance pain science mentorship program.
* Hired by the Doctors of British Columbia to develop and implement their post-licensure clinical pain management education.

* Past Director of Pain BC.
* The founding Chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division.
* Faculty member for international yoga therapist training programs.
* Developer of the Pain Care Yoga workshops and training program.
* Author of ‘Yoga Therapy’ in the 2016 book Integrative Pain Management.
* Author of Understand Pain Live Well Again 2007
* Developer of an online pain self care curriculum

Recipient of;
- Distinguished Alumni Award from Queen’s University 2015.
- Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education from Canadian Pain Society 2012.
- Award of excellence for Clinical Contribution from Physio Association of BC 2010.

Yoga When Pain Persists:

Comparing the Power of Awareness Practices With Self-Regulation Practices (interactive lecture)

SUNDAY / 1:40 - 3:40

Benefits emerge through the practice of yoga, yet yoga therapy allows us to adapt individual aspects and techniques to best suit individual needs.

When pain persists, individuals experience unique patterns of disrupted awareness and difficulties with self-regulation.

These changes to body, breath, thoughts and emotions are linked to both autonomic and central nervous system ‘plasticity’.

This session will explore awareness and self-regulation from perspectives of the lived experience of pain and yoga therapy, considering scientific and therapeutic findings, and highlighting individual differences in separating and combining awareness and self-regulation techniques of yoga. 


​Yoga and Movement as Education When Pain Persists (practical)

SUNDAY / 4:00 - 6:00

Knowledge can be the foundation for change, especially when we are confronted with a difficult challenge like persisting pain that doesn’t follow previous understood rules.

Our beliefs about pain, about people in pain and pain management can all be barriers impacting recovery.

‘Explaining pain’ through verbal, written and video processes can become powerful skillset of yoga therapists, yet could the experiential learning of yoga be even more powerful?

This session begins with a brief introductory lecture on pain education research then switches to guidance through educational yoga experiences exploring the power of embodied and kinaesthetic experiences for people living in pain.

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