Good Samaritan Health Center to Offer Chronic Pain Yoga Workshop on March 14

There are a wide range of yoga tools that can be helpful for people who suffer from chronic pain.

Ministry Health Care’s Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill is offering a one day yoga workshop on Sunday, March 14 from 1-4 p.m. that will help participants explore the relationship between body, breath and mind.

Led by certified Viniyoga teacher and Yoga Therapist Mary Hilliker of River Flow Yoga, participants in this workshop will learn simple and practical yoga strategies for dealing with chronic pain, including simple movements, breathing and mental techniques. It will also provide increased self-awareness of the physical, mental, and emotional components of suffering from chronic pain and help to develop an approach for individual yoga home practice to manage chronic pain.

"Yoga is a body-mind science that has simple yet powerful tools for people who suffer from chronic pain,” said Hilliker. “Yoga therapy techniques for chronic pain may include simple movements combined with breath awareness, specific breathing techniques, deep relaxation, and working with the mind to change our mental relationship with pain."

Hilliker has been a student of yoga for more than 18-years and a teacher for 11 years. She has completed advanced teacher training and yoga therapy training with Gary Kraftsow and the faculty of the American Viniyoga Institute. Her goal is to help students find yoga practices that are practical for everyday life and individual needs.

Cost for the workshop which will be held in the Menard Center is $25 per person. Space is limited and registration is required by calling Good Samaritan Health Center Community Health and Wellness at 715.539.5090.

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