Course Overview

Integration of Yoga Therapy into Pain Management

Explore the importance of yoga therapy as an essential component of comprehensive integrative pain management (CIPM), and how it can be incorporated into integrative practice models.
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2021 Annual Conference

October 29-31, 2021

Required Lessons

1 lesson with video, quiz, and evaluation

Time to Complete

60 minutes

CME Eligible*

1 credit
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Course Info
Course Faculty

What you will learn

 Course Summary

Yoga therapy is an essential component of comprehensive integrative pain management (CIPM) which has been found to improve patient outcomes and alter the trajectory of the current public pain crises. Yoga has been shown to positively affect function, pain, and quality of life for people with numerous musculoskeletal pain conditions. Yoga combines physical movement, breathing, and meditation and has been reported to be therapeutic in the treatment of various chronic pain conditions, especially low back pain. In addition, positive effects in favor of yoga interventions have been reported for chronic neck pain, cancer patients, and general health and well-being. In this session, we will explore a how yoga therapy can be incorporated into integrative practice models. The focus on the application of yoga therapy tools for chronic pain conditions, and the role of yoga therapy as an adjunct therapy in the psychosocial-emotional components of chronic pain.

 Course Objectives

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:
  • Describe the differences between yoga and yoga therapy
  • Develop an integrative chronic pain management practice model that includes yoga therapy
  • Utilize general yoga tools of physical movement, breathing, and meditation in chronic pain conditions
  • Comprehend how yoga therapy addresses the psychosocial-emotional components of chronic pain conditions
  • Apply the basic elements of yoga therapy into clinical practice
See course outline below for additional information.

This course includes:

  • Video recording
  • Downloadable audio
  • Speaker handout(s)
  • 1 Quiz
  • 1 Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion

Course Faculty

Heidi Crocker, EdD, DC, C-IAYT


Dr. Heidi Crocker has owned integrative wellness centers as part of her chiropractic and yoga therapy services over 30 years. It began with spinal care and pain management, evolving to be a component of all patients’ treatment plans. Eventually she added a yoga studio for public classes and yoga therapy for special populations such as pregnant women, cancer patients, and athletes.

Heidi is also an educator, with the mission to promote health at the community level and integrate mind body interventions throughout the healthcare delivery system. She believes that strengthening the practice of yoga in society will increase self-efficacy and improve overall health. She advocates training healthcare providers in yoga-based techniques for their own self-care and integrating yoga therapy as a modality in patient care will lead to social change within the healthcare system. She practices yoga therapy with AlcheMe Yoga Therapy in Orange County, CA. In addition, she serves as the Accreditation Manager at the International Association of Yoga Therapists and teaches in health professions education focusing on interprofessional collaboration as a key to lasting change.


No financial relationships with any ineligible companies to disclose.

Accreditation and CME

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195, which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. For specific information regarding Bill 1195 and cultural and linguistic competency, please visit the
CME website.

*CME/CEU Credits

The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this enduring materials for a maximum of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

All other healthcare professionals
 completing this activity will be issued a certificate of participation. To successfully earn credit, participants must review the content, complete a quiz with a score of 75% or higher, and submit an evaluation. This course is CME-eligible ending on December 31, 2023. After this date, you will continue to have access to your purchased content, however you will no longer be able to claim CME credits for your participation in the course.
The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and/or the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.

Course Outline

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This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity. All required course activities must be completed to earn any eligible continuing education credit(s) and obtain a certificate of completion for this course.