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Chapter 9: Body Awareness, Bhavana and Pratyahara

Presenter: Dr. Lori Rubenstein Fazzio

Body awareness is a multidimensional mind-body construct that involves proprioception, interoception and exteroception and is influenced by thought processes including beliefs, memories, attitudes, affect, past experience, evaluation and attention.  Maladaptive body awareness is correlated with increased physical and emotional pain whereas cultivating non-judgmental, non-evaluative body awareness is associated with reduced pain and suffering.

This webinar will explore both modern medical and yogic perspectives of how subtle body yoga practices can be used to cultivate adaptive body awareness and modulate pain (or modulate the pain experience).

Learning Objectives for Chapter 9:

  1. Explain the difference between maladaptive body awareness and adaptive body awareness and how this relates to persistent pain.
  2. Understand how cultivating awareness of the subtle body through the senses can support people in pain.
  3. Learn how the practice of pratyahara as described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras correlates with modern research and how this can support people in pain.
  4. Be able to guide clients through a novel visualization practice for cultivating awareness and supporting people in pain.

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

To register for just for Chapter 9 with Dr. Lori Rubenstein Fazzio (facilitated by Shelly Prosko, Marlysa Sullivan and Neil Pearson) 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 9 webinar with Dr. Lori Rubenstein Fazzio (Facilitated by Marlysa, Shelly & Neil) CLICK HERE

Questions? Reach out to support@embodiaapp.com