About Sensation & Pain

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we explore the complexity of pain.


Gain an understanding of the complexity of pain and how to use this knowledge when teaching asana.


Define pain and the significance of the definition. Describe how acute and chronic pain are different. Explain negativity bias and its impact. Describe healthy sensation in asana and provide a consideration related to emotional release. Define compression. Describe signs of unhealthy sensation in yoga asana. Give potential reasons a student may be unable to examine her experience of sensation and/or to communicate it. Explain what can influence pain perception and why a student might seek pain.

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