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iRest Webinar - Dialogue on the Intersection of Pain Science and iRest

November 20, 2019



How can we better help and understand those living with persistent, chronic pain? How can the practice of iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation help? Join iRest Founder, Richard Miller; iRest Institute Senior Director, Stephanie Lopez; and co-authors of the groundbreaking textbook "Yoga and Science in Pain Care" Shelly Prosko, Neil Pearson, and Marlysa Sullivan for this informative panel discussion on how the complexity of pain can be understood through the lens of iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation.

During this live webinar on November 20th and the follow-up Q&A session on December 3rd, our panel will discuss the essential principles of pain science and how they align with the teachings of iRest. Join us to learn:

  • The latest in modern pain science and how iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation incorporates and builds upon the principles of pain science.
  • How to better cope with pain by emphasizing certain aspects of the iRest protocol in your personal practice.
  • How an iRest Teacher, bolstered with this knowledge, can tailor iRest to meet the needs of any client or student who is living with persistent, chronic pain.

Pain science principles align naturally with the iRest 10 Step Protocol. Understanding this alignment can help you, as an individual, adapt the iRest Protocol to your personal practice or improve your facilitation of iRest to groups and individuals living with pain.

By registering for this event you will receive an email with instructions on how to join both the webinar and the follow-up Q&A session. Both events will be recorded and links will provided to all registrants via email. Access to the video recordings will remain available to you to revisit and watch on an ongoing basis.

Join us on November 20th for this Panel Discussion and learn to welcome pain, not run from it, then join us again on Dec 3rd for a followup Q&A to ask our pannel members any questions you'd like! 

Meet The Panel:

Neil Pearson, PT, MSc(RHBS), BA-BPHE, CIAYT, ERYT500

Neil Pearson is a physiotherapist, and Clinical Assistant Professor at the 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. Neil is also a yoga therapist, certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and has trained over 2000 practitioners in Pain Care Yoga - the integration of pain science, pain care, and yoga as therapy.  Neil works for the Doctors of British Columbia developing and delivering Continuing Medical Education on pain management. His recent accomplishments include lead contributor to Pain BC’s online Pain Foundations course and their Gentle Movement and Relaxation Series, and co-author/editor of the textbook, Yoga and Science in Pain Care. His patient education book, Understand Pain Live Well Again, published in 2008, has been translated to French and (written) Mandarin.

Marlysa Sullivan PT, C-IAYT

Marlysa is an assistant professor in integrative health sciences and yoga therapy at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is adjunct faculty at Emory University where she teaches the integration of yoga and meditation into physical therapy practice. She is a physiotherapist and yoga therapist with a focus on helping people suffering from pain, orthopedic, and neurologic conditions. She presents at conferences internationally and is part of the global consortium of yoga therapy collaborating with yoga therapists around the world to share and further the development of the yoga therapy field. Her research interests focus on the integration of yoga therapy into modern healthcare contexts and bridging ancient wisdom with contemporary science and thought. She is the co-author/editor of Yoga and Science in Pain Care, and the upcoming book Understanding Yoga Therapy Applied Philosophy and Science for Well-being. 

Shelly Prosko, PT, C-IAYT

Shelly is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist, educator, and pioneer of PhysioYoga with over 20 years of experience integrating yoga into rehabilitation with a focus on helping people with chronic or persistent pain, pelvic health conditions, and professional burnout. She guest lectures at yoga and physiotherapy programs, presents at yoga therapy and medical conferences globally, provides mentorship to, and offers onsite and online continuing education courses for, yoga and healthcare professionals and is a Pain Care U Yoga Trainer. She maintains a clinical practice in Sylvan Lake, Canada and believes that cultivating meaningful connections, compassion and joy can be powerful contributors to recovery and well-being. Shelly is co-author/editor of the textbook Yoga and Science in Pain Care and upcoming book chapter Clinicians Applying Yoga Principles and Practices in Pain Care. 

Richard C. Miller, PhD

Richard is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, yogic scholar, and spiritual teacher who, for the past 50 years, has devoted his life to integrating western psychology and neuroscience with the ancient wisdom teachings of Yoga, Tantra, Advaita, Taoism, and Buddhism. Developer of the research-based program, iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation, Richard is founding president of the iRest Institute, cofounder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and former president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology. He is author of iRest Meditation (Sounds True), The iRest Program for Healing PTSD (New Harbinger) and Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga (Sounds True). Richard leads retreats and trainings internationally emphasizing enlightened living in daily life. 

Stephanie Lopez, LISW-S, C-IAYT

Stephanie is the Senior Director of Teachings, Trainers, & Community, and Senior iRest® Trainer and Retreat Leader for the iRest Institute. She also serves as a research consultant studying the benefits of iRest meditation on PTSD, insomnia, chronic pain, and resilience. 

Stephanie is a skillful and authentic teacher who brings ancient yogic teachings to life. With a deeply embodied understanding of meditation, she holds space for students to awaken to their Essential Nature. Stephanie’s offerings are informed by 25 years of immersion in the nondual teachings of yoga. As a psychotherapist, certified yoga therapist, and meditation teacher she bridges eastern wisdom with western psychology and neuroscience to support healing and transformation. Stephanie’s compassionate presence, depth of knowledge, and ease of being create a welcoming space for insightful learning. She leads retreats and trainings internationally with a focus on living an authentic and awakened life.


$34.99 for non-members, registration is FREE for all Teachers Community Network (TCN) Members. If you are a member of the TCN, please ensure you are logged in before continuing to register to recieve your 100% discount.

Not a TCN Member yet? If you have completed the iRest Level 1 Teacher Training you are eligible to sign-up now to receive this webinar for free! Learn more about the TCN here. (Please note, it takes 24 hours to process TCN payments and memberships. If you intend to sign up for the TCN and wish to access this webinar for free, please sign up and register before November 18.)



Wednesday, November 20, 2019


Pain Webinar - Wednesday, November 20:  4:00-5:30 PM

Follow-up Q&A - Tuesday, December 3:  4:00-5:00 PM



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