Each weekly class includes:
Presentations and discussion on the science of pain
Breathing instruction and guided meditation
Gentle, slow movement
Home practice support and audio recordings
Classes are structured in thirds: one-third presentation, one-third movement/meditation, and one-third group sharing and discussion. Research shows that sharing your experiences regarding pain is invaluable in the healing process.
What if I have difficulty sitting for two hours? Chairs, bolsters, blankets, and benches are available for students to find a comfortable seat. There are also several breaks in which students are free to walk around the room. The class is structured with time for sitting, standing, and lying on the mat.
What if I need to miss a class? Class handouts and audio recordings are available from each class, and students are encouraged to review them prior to the next class they attend. Each class does build upon the previous material, so keeping up on course content is important. Abby is available for private sessions to review course material (see Yoga Therapy page).
I haven’t done yoga or much exercise for a long time. Will I be able to do the exercises in class? Yes! The exercises are very slow and gentle, building in intensity only as every body is able. The exercises chosen for the series will be based on the needs of those who are in attendance.
*This Chronic Pain program was developed by Jim and Kimberly Carson of Mindful Yoga Works. Clinical trials that were completed with this program demonstrated significant reduction of pain symptoms for fibromyalgia patients, and breast cancer patients. For more information about the founders of the program, visit https://mindfulyogaworks.com/about-2/.