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2609 – Aqua Yoga for Chronic Pain

Intermediate / Half-Day Workshop
Sanibel, FL / Wednesday, June 2, 2021 – 7:45-11:00 am – 3.0 credit hours
(Classroom: 7:45-9:15 am / Pool: 9:30-11:00 am)

Faculty: Christa Fairbrother, MA, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Aqua yoga is a unique modality to benefit people living with chronic pain. It combines the philosophical, physical, and neurological benefits of land yoga with the properties of aquatic exercise to maximize who can access the teachings of yoga. In this workshop, we’ll cover what aqua yoga offers people living with pain and discuss communication and relaxation strategies that are both yoga based and yoga friendly that any professional can implement into their programming.

1) Review the neurobiology of chronic pain.
2) Understand specific benefits yoga offers people living with chronic pain.
3) Review latest research on yoga and aquatics for chronic pain.
4) Differentiate between what aqua yoga offers this population compared to general aquatics.
5) Explore the basics of aqua yoga meditation.
6) Apply yoga breathwork to other aquatic modalities.
7) Determine communication strategies useful for working with chronic pain patients such as yoga philosophy, motivational interviewing, and creative analogies.

FACULTY: Christa Fairbrother, MA, ATRIC, teaches yoga professionally. She uses her own experience in dealing with arthritis to help others use the tools of yoga to manage their health. Her focus is aqua yoga because it’s kind to people’s joints and is so accessible. It allows people who can no longer practice on land to continue yoga in the water.