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Yoga’s Position Within The USA CDC Opioid Guidelines

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Yoga’s Position Within The USA CDC Opioid Guidelines

Yoga’s Position Within The USA CDC Opioid Guidelines

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This course was recorded in May 2022


Join Swami Lisa, Neil Pearson and Kristine Kaoverii Weber for a discussion of the CDC’s responses to the growing multifaceted crisis, that has proven to be much more than a medication problem.

Kristine is author of a response to the CDC from IAYT, and has written a wonderful related blog, including this statement, “Yes, opioids are an important piece of the pain puzzle – but with a growing body of research around mind-body modalities like yoga, it’s essential that the health care system pivot to include more sustainable, less risky, more person centered, less life-threatening solutions to pain.”

Kristine has agreed to field questions about this report and her work in comprehensive integrative pain management.

As always, we will ask questions from a yogic perspective, Swami Lisa has questions from the lived experience of pain and Neil from the physiotherapy and interdisciplinary pain care perspectives.


Learning Objectives:

  1.  Gain an overview of the 12 recommendations
  2.  Recognize the references to yoga within the document
  3.  Discuss gaps in the document and contrasting views of pain management from yoga perspectives


Course Details:



This online course is open to all yoga therapists and healthcare professionals including but not limited to physiotherapists (physical therapists), occupational therapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists.

The instructors
Neil Pearson

Neil Pearson is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist and Clinical Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia. He is founding chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division, the first PT to receive the Canadian Pain Society's Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education award, and a previous Director with Pain BC. He has received awards from Queen’s University and the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia for his clinical work and teaching.

As a yoga therapist, Neil is certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, faculty in four yoga therapist training programs, and has trained over 2000 practitioners in the integration of pain science, pain care and yoga as therapy through his IAYT approved Pain Care Yoga certificate courses. Neil works for the Doctors of British Columbia developing and delivering Continuing Medical Education on pain management including yoga.

His recent accomplishments include lead contributor to Pain BC’s online Pain Foundations course and their Gentle Movement and Relaxation Series, and author/coeditor of the textbook, Yoga and Science in Pain Care. His patient education book, Understand Pain Live Well Again, published in 2007, has been translated to French and (written) Mandarin. His online pain care programs, First 5 Steps and Pain Care for Life are available at, while is Neil’s pain care website.

Kristine Kaoverii Weber

Kristine Kaoverii Weber, MA, c-IAYT, eRYT500, YACEP has been studying yoga and holistic healing for more than 30 years, teaching since 1995, and training yoga teachers since 2003. She is a certified yoga therapist, the director of the Subtle® Yoga Teacher Training for Behavioral Health Professionals program at MAHEC in Asheville, NC, and a board member of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium.

Kristine specializes in yoga for mental health. Find out more at

Course Material included in this course
  • Yoga’s Position Within The USA CDC Opioid Guidelines
  • Welcome
  • Introduction
  • The USA CDC Opioid Guidelines
  • A History in Treating Pain
  • Yoga's Position in Treating Pain
  • Yoga and Chronic Pain
  • Questions
  • Feedback
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