7/6 Concurrent Session 1-C 9:30-11:00 Yoga Therapy Approach to Working with Persistent or Chronic Pain Marlysa Sullivan Assistant Professor, Maryland University of Integrative Health
[1-C] Yoga Therapy Approach to Working with Persistent or Chronic Pain This workshop will explore the application of a comprehensive yoga therapeutic framework for working with chronic or persistent pain. Current theories in biomedical science for working with pain will be outlined as well as their correlation with yoga therapy theory and practice. Included in this discussion will be autonomic dysregulation and polyvagal theory and their convergence with yoga philosophical foundations and practices for regulation and resilience of the system. A practice demonstrating the integration of contemporary scientific frameworks with yoga therapy philosophy and practice for working with pain, regulation and resilience will be taught.
Marlysa Sullivan PT, C-IAYT. Marlysa is a physical therapist, yoga therapist and an assistant professor at Maryland University of Integrative Health in the integrative health sciences and masters of science in yoga therapy programs. She specializes in working with chronic or persistent pain, neurologic and orthopedic populations. Her current work includes papers on the explanatory model of yoga based on philosophical and ethical perspectives and on exploring the convergence of the gunas of yoga with polyvagal theory as a framework for regulation and resilience of the system. Her current research includes studies on yoga in the dementia/neurocognitive decline population. Information on Marlysa can be found here: www.integrativeyogastudies.com or www.muih.edu.