12 Oct Yoga for Pain Down South: 85% of people better able to manage pain
Two years ago we saw a huge opportunity for Yoga for Pain Practitioners in regional Australia. We had given scholarships to teachers from Bunbury WA and Gippsland Victoria, and their communities loved it.
Pain services are pretty non-existent in country Australia. While Yoga for Pain Practitioners don’t replace specialist medical support, there’s a heap they can do to help people between appointments, and after health care has done its bit.
Practitioners at our first dedicated regional training program, Yoga for Pain Down South, recently finished 4-week pilot pain care yoga courses. Results were encouraging:
- Teachers’ pilot courses were full, with wait lists.
- 54 people with pain care enrolled in courses in Margaret River, Cowaramup, Harvey, Collie, Augusta and Northcliffe.
- 85% of participants said they felt better able to manage their pain.
When we asked participants what they found most valuable, there were five themes: realising yoga could help, specific techniques they learned, experiencing less pain, becoming more aware (of knowledge and themselves) and feeling more confident.
Visit the Yoga for Pain Practitioner Register to locate South West WA Practitioners. Thanks to GP down south and WA Primary Health Alliance, each Practitioner can provide a number of subsidised places for people in economic disadvantage. They also offer a range of classes and services to help you get started with yoga and your journey beyond health care.