Course Overview

Advances in Therapeutic Yoga for Chronic Pain

This presentation will explore the current evidence on the use of yoga for chronic pain with an emphasis on the theoretical and empirically studied mechanisms behind its effects.
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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

Taking an evidence based approach, we will examine why and how therapeutic yoga is an ideal modality within an integrative approach to chronic pain care. Because chronic pain is a complex bio-psycho-social phenomenon, the best interventions are those that are able to address these multiple domains - not just treating the body allopathically, but treating the complex lifestyle, emotional/psychological, and physiological interconnections that contribute to the persistence of chronic pain. Yoga, an ancient mind/body/spirit discipline that involves lifestyle, physical movements, breathing techniques, and meditation is thus ideally suited for an integrative approach to chronic pain care. Current evidence on the use of yoga for chronic pain will be explored, with an emphasis on the theoretical and empirically studied mechanisms behind its effects. With the continued tragic loss of life to the opioid epidemic, the need for effective nonpharmacological approaches to chronic pain care could not be more dire. This session will both provide an evidenced-based foundation as well as practical tips on how to incorporate therapeutic yoga into holistic chronic pain management, bringing the person in pain into a deeper and friendlier relationship with their own body.

 Course Objectives

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:
  • Translate and re-frame chronic pain care within an integrative bio-psycho-social context.
  • Explain how the full practice of yoga (lifestyle, physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation) fits into an integrative approach for chronic pain management.
  • Cite and apply recent relevant research findings on the therapeutic use of yoga for chronic pain conditions.
  • Describe different ways that therapeutic yoga can be integrated into chronic pain care programs.
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

Catherine Justice, PT, DPT, C-IAYT, CST, E-RYT


Catherine is an integrative physical therapist/yoga therapist based in the Twin Cities. She began her career as a performing artist, having earned degrees in theater from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She began teaching yoga in 2004, and a desire to deepen her knowledge of the use of yoga for healing brought her to the University of Minnesota, where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2010.

She currently practices at the Integrative Health Clinic at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, where she serves as the Program Manager for the Division of Integrative Health and Wellness. She is also the Associate Editor of the International Journal for Yoga Therapy. She has extensive teaching and speaking experience and has conducted research on the therapeutic use of yoga for arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and lower back pain. Catherine is a current fellow with AIHM’s Fellowship in Integrative Medicine program. She is passionate about advancing the body of research supporting yoga therapy and increasing access to the therapeutic benefits of yoga for historically unserved populations and everyone in need.


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.

Enroll Now!

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.