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Chapter 6: Polyvagal Theory and the Gunas: A Model for Autonomic Regulation in Pain

Presenters: Marlysa Sullivan & Matt Erb

The autonomic nervous system is a vital component within the integrated systems-wide brain-body communication network. The ability to regulate the autonomic nervous system for relaxed and calm states of the body and mind as well as developing resilience for varying levels of activation is important for a biopsychosocial approach to pain care. The vagus nerve is an essential conduit for this information and provides both sensory/interoceptive information and a motor/parasympathetic response.

Polyvagal Theory is a theory that explores how autonomic activation contributes to physiological and psychological states and behaviors. Yoga practices have been found to help cultivate regulation of the autonomic nervous system. In addition, yoga philosophy has a complementary perspective of addressing underlying qualities, or gunas, to affect the body, mind, and behavior. These theoretical frameworks can be utilized to understand how the yoga perspective to pain care moves beyond a symptom-driven approach to facilitate whole person well-being.

Learning Objectives for Chapter 6:

  1. Describe autonomic regulation and resilience and the importance of these concepts in pain care.
  2.  Explain the function of the vagus nerve for both interoceptive and parasympathetic function
  3. Examine polyvagal theory and neural platforms for regulation and resilience
  4. Describe and differentiate the yoga framework of the gunas with polyvagal theory and its application to regulation and resilience within body-mind-environment interactions
  5. Apply yoga practices to facilitate body-mind regulation and resilience utilizing the models of polyvagal theory and the gunas.

What you will learn can be effectively applied via virtual and in-person consults.

To register for just for Chapter 6 with Marlysa Sullivan and Matt Erb (facilitated by Neil Pearson (and Shelly Prosko) CLICK HERE

This webinar is part of a larger webinar series. You can choose to register for individual sessions or you can register for the entire series at a discount. 

The full book club webinar series consists of all 15 chapters.

Details and to sign up for the full book club webinar series (best price option) CLICK HERE.

Here is the description for the entire 15-part Book Club webinar series:

Are you looking for ways to better help people in pain? If you are, you’re not alone. It is estimated that over 1.5 billion people worldwide are affected by chronic pain. That’s 20.5% of the world population that is suffering and needs your help.

Join Neil Pearson, Shelly Prosko and Marlysa Sullivan, the co-editors of Yoga and Science in Pain Care, and 8 co-authors for the first-ever 15-part book club webinar series that will take place once per month over 15 months.

This book club webinar series is intended for:

  • Practitioners including yoga therapists and healthcare practitioners interested in integrating yoga with their persistent pain population to expand their approaches in clinical practice
  • Yoga teachers interested in understanding aspects of the science behind yoga and pain
  • Medical/healthcare professionals who want to better understand pain or want to integrate yoga and mind/body practices
  • Mind/body contemplative practitioners/researchers/clinicians who want to better understand the science around pain and how yoga as a mind/body practice works with people in pain
  • Yoga practitioners or integrative health consumers who want an in-depth read with practical knowledge in this field.
  • Yoga therapist programs and medical university/college programs that require online course study in pain care
  • Schools that have online mind/body programs as stand-alone modules or as part of medical programs and other mind-body institutions.
  • People suffering from pain, particularly those keen about learning some practices to help with pain self-care and who want to learn more about the value of integrating pain science and yoga

We also hope that this series will help bring together yoga therapists and health professionals. There is value in blending science and yoga therapy in pain care – for the person in pain, for the health professional, and for the yoga professional.

Learning Objectives for the Full Series:

  1. Describe the complexity of pain including the lived experience of pain and the science surrounding pain.
  2. Learn how yoga philosophy and practices can be used as an effective and evidence-informed intervention and provide a biopsychosocial-spiritual framework in pain care.
  3. Practice, experience and examine the application of yoga principles and practices in pain care that demonstrate addressing all aspects of the person in pain and the complex components of pain. Examples of case studies will be provided.

Important Notes:

All webinars will be recorded and made available on Embodia Academy.

**If you purchase the webinar bundle, you will be provided with complimentary access to all recordings and all resources provided during the live sessions. 

Here are the links one more time:

To register for all 15 webinars and get lifetime access to the replays and ones you may have missed CLICK HERE

To register just for this Chapter 6 webinar with Marlysa and Matt (and Neil & Shelly) CLICK HERE

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