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Internationally renowned pain experts Lorimer Mosely and David Butler welcome publication of Pain Science – Yoga – Life…

As a pain scientist and educator, I regularly sit on the cutting edge with the very people driving scientific revolutions. The very best moments however, are those shared with true champions, striving for better outcomes at the coalface. Marnie and Niamh are two such champions – applying sharp minds and generous hearts to serve, with integrity, intent, kindness and care, those they treat. And here they both are – yoga within the context of contemporary scientific understanding of pain? That sounds pretty good to me.  Lorimer Moseley

Yoga is at least 5,000 years old. Pain sciences are maybe 40 years. Both areas offer each other enormous resources and wisdom for the benefit of mankind. ‘Pain Science – Yoga – Life’ promotes the numerous practical and novel ways yoga and pain sciences are potentially made for each other.  David Butler


Pain Science – Yoga – Life combines the neuroscience of pain with yoga philosophy and practice for pain care. Rooted in evidence-based practice, this book is a unique blend of the science of pain, the art and science of yoga and its practical application. It aims to bridge the gap that exists between a person in pain and their ability to move beyond suffering and back to life.

Part One sets the foundation for pain science fundamentals, the Eight Limbs of Yoga, as well as mindfulness practices to aid in shifting perspectives and enhance interventions for those struggling with persistent pain.

Part Two delves into key dimensions of pain and its care such as, perception, emotions, physical contributions, exercise, and sleep. Each chapter has three sections:

  1. Headspace: presents a review of pain neuroscience and yoga research related to each dimension.
  2. Out of the Head and onto the Mat: translates information from ‘Headspace’ into an experiential practice on the yoga mat.
  3. Off the Mat and into Life: demonstrates how to extend knowledge and practice into daily living.
  4. Pain Science – Yoga – Life is a valuable resource for healthcare and yoga professionals, and is designed to deepen pain science knowledge and skills in the use of yoga for pain care. The combination of scientific information along with practice sections will enable professionals to directly apply the information in the clinic or studio. This book will also engage anyone who has an interest in deepening their understanding of pain and the use of yoga to gain resilience in the face of pain.

Additional information

Format Paperback, eBook
ISBN 978-1-912085-58-3
Edition No 1
Pages 230
Illustrations 36 line drawings; 49 photos, all full colour
Dimensions 246 x 189 mm
Status Published
Publication Date 12 August 2020

Author biography

Niamh Moloney (PhD, MManipTh, BPhysio, SMISCP) is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Yoga Teacher and Pain Researcher. She practices in Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, but also holds an Honorary Fellow position with Macquarie University, Sydney, where she was previously a Senior Lecturer. A passionate advocate of evidence-based practice, she has over 50 peer-reviewed publications from her pain-related research. Her increasing appreciation of how yoga philosophy and practices can help address some of the complex aspects of pain and its care has led her to integrate yoga into her clinical practice and has ultimately inspired the writing of this book. She runs pain education and yoga courses for people with persistent pain, and teaches widely to healthcare professionals.

Marnie Hartman (DPT, CSCS, RYT) is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Registered Yoga Teacher. Her drive for compassionate, authentic interactions and connection to the good in all humans and the wild led her to a simple life and challenging practice in the bush community of Haines, Alaska. It was here that she first developed an interest in learning how to care for those in persistent pain. She quickly realized the supportive container that yoga held for people engaging in pain care. She has incorporated pain science education and yoga as part of her clinical care and teaching for nearly a decade. Marnie owns and operates a private physical therapy and yoga practice, and has been an instructor for the International Spine and Pain Institute, and an Education Contributor for Yoga Medicine.

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