Room 4029:10-10:50

Marlysa Sullivan
Yoga Therapy Approach to working with Persistent or Chronic Pain

This workshop will explore the practices of a comprehensive yoga therapy program for working with pain. A yoga therapeutic framework based both on the philosophy of yoga and current scientific understandings of pain will be introduced. An integrated yoga practice of yama/niyama, asana, pranayama and meditation will be taught to demonstrate this integration and application for working with people experiencing chronic or persistent pain.

Marlysa Sullivan, PT, C-IAYT
[USA / Maryland University of Integrative Health (Assistant Professor), Center for Integrative Yoga Studies (Co-Founder)]

Marlysa Sullivan PT, C-IAYT. Marlysa is a physical therapist, yoga therapist and an assistant professor at Maryland University of Integrative Health in the integrative health sciences and masters of science in yoga therapy programs. She specializes in working with chronic or persistent pain, neurologic and orthopedic populations. Her current work includes papers on the explanatory model of yoga based on philosophical and ethical perspectives and on exploring the convergence of the gunas of yoga with polyvagal theory as a framework for regulation and resilience of the system. Her current research includes studies on yoga in the dementia/neurocognitive decline population. Information on Marlysa can be found here: or