The Yoga Approach to Chronic Pain with Marlysa Sullivan, ERYT500 – July 2017

Learn practices of asana, pranayama and meditation that will be beneficial for chronic pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s

*300 Hour Therapeutic Essentials Track Required Training

Tantra Hatha yoga gives us much in the way of philosophy and practices to help us understand chronic pain and suffering. Through the philosophy of Tantra we can teach our students to understand themselves and their condition from a new perspective and to create a new relationship with their body and mind. Teaching our students this ancient philosophy can help them to find their way into a practice that can be both healing and transformative. Current findings in the field of pain science are showing how we can change our relationship with our body through the relationship with our mind and nervous system. We will look into the current findings of pain science and treatment of chronic pain and integrate the practices and philosophy of tantra hatha yoga. You will learn practices of asana, pranayama and meditation that will be beneficial for chronic pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s.

Benefits of this program’s approach:

  • Learn how yoga can effect our relationship with our body and chronic pain
  • Learn how to address the underlying energies of common medical conditions using asana, meditation and pranayama
  • Learn what postures are beneficial for common medical conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis
  • Become more comfortable addressing common injuries and discomforts students ask about in class (i.e. low back pain, headaches, etc.)
  • Develop practices to take care of yourself as a healthy yoga teacher
  • Build awareness around the importance of pranayama and meditation in therapeutic healing
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About Marlysa Sullivan MPT, E-RYT 500

Marlysa Sullivan, ERYT500Marlysa Sullivan MPT, E-RYT 500 is an Assistant Professor at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) where she teaches in the integrative science and yoga therapy departments. Marlysa has developed many courses as well as being the founding clinic director for the Masters of Science in Yoga Therapy program at MUIH. Courses she created and currently teach include: Anatomy and Kinesiology, Yoga Perspectives on Heath and Disease, Yoga and the Mind, Yoga for the Chronic Pain, Orthopedic and Neurologic client populations and Physical Activity and Health. She also currently teaches Physiology.
At Emory University Marlysa teaches a semester long elective on yoga and mindfulness for physical therapy in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
As a co-founder of the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies she helps lead the 200 hour training as well as courses in the 500 hour training including yoga for chronic pain, anatomy and meditation. She is also on faculty at Omega Institute and teaches at Kripalu.
Marlysa is an active participant in research and has been involved in research on yoga for anxiety and on yoga for low back pain at Walter Reed.
She was on the educational standards committee with the IAYT to create standards for the field of yoga therapy
Marlysa has a strong passion for understanding both the more modern and scientific understanding of the body and mind and integrating this information with the ancient teachings, philosophy and practices of yoga. She believes in teaching from an experiential place- that the teachings and practices of yoga must be felt to be understood and to be integrated into caring for our clients. She is excited about the potential that yoga therapy can bring into our current healthcare climate and bringing both the scientific and ancient teachings into the education of our future healers, teachers and practitioners.
She has had the opportunity to study and mentor with amazing teachers including Julie Wilcox, Geshe Phende, Priti Robyn Ross, Sue Hopkins, Sherry Brourman, Neil Pearson and Matthew Taylor. She is currently studying with Richard Miller and the iRest Integrative Restoration Institute.

Date & Time

Friday, July 28
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday, July 29
8:30am – 6:30pm

Sunday, July 30
8:30am – 5:30pm


$400 after June 28
$350 before June 28

MycAA Approved

If you are a military spouse, you may qualify for the MyCAA program. The MyCAA program is a career development and employment assistance program offered by the military for military personnel and their spouses. MyCAA provides a maximum educational benefit of $4,000.

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300HrYogaImg.fwCEUs & Yoga Certification Info

  • 20 of CEU Hours toward 300 YA or CEUs
  • $15 Additional CEU certificate due at time of registration
  • Participation in full workshop required to receive 500YA credit.
  • This certification counts as one required module towards 300Hr registry in the Wilmington Yoga Center’s Kunga Therapeutics program

Cancellation Policy

10 days prior to the workshop cancellation is permitted for account credit only minus a $25 administrative fee. 10 days and closer to the start date of the workshop the total tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.*

*Different 300hr Teacher Training Track policies apply, see your 300hr Workbook + Training Enrollment forms for more information*