Teachers & Therapists

Neil Pearson

Neil is a physiotherapist, an Adjunct Professor at University British Columbia, and a yoga therapist.

He is an engaging educator and compassionate clinician, able to make the complex understandable, willing to share his knowledge and expertise in pain care, and always ready to learn more.

Neil’s most influential mentors and teachers have been the people in pain he has served.

He is also an aspiring writer.

Until further notice, Neil will only be able to teach in USA in colleges, universities and seminaries, based on NAFTA visa requirements.

” I hope to be known as the ‘guy’ who endeavours to shift the paradigms of pain, of people in pain, and of the role and effectiveness of the self-care aspects of pain care.

Yoga Trainings and Certifications Background

Neil Pearson is a physiotherapist, and Clinical Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia. He is founding chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division, the first PT to receive the Canadian Pain Society’s Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education award, and a previous Director with Pain BC. Neil has worked for the Doctors of British Columbia to develop and deliver Continuing Medical Education on pain management, and is currently collaborating on numerous community-based pain care-movement programs while providing a distance pain science mentorship program.

Neil is a yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance and YACEP, and a yoga therapist, certified with International Association of Yoga Therapists. He developed the Pain Care Yoga certificate training program, a series of videos based on the integration of pain science, the lived experience of pain, and yoga, and online patient pain care curricula.


  • hired by the Doctors of British Columbia to develop and implement their post-licensure clinical pain management education
  • past Director of Pain BC
  • the founding Chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division
  • faculty member for international yoga therapist training programs
  • developer of the Pain Care Yoga workshops and training program
  • author of ‘Yoga Therapy’ in the 2016 book Integrative Pain Management
  • author of Understand Pain Live Well Again 2007
  • developer of an online pain self care curriculum
  • recipient of:

: Distinguished Alumni Award from Queen’s University 2015

: Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education from Canadian Pain Society 2012

: Award of excellence for Clinical Contribution from Physio Association of BC 2010

Peer reviewed articles

Blinkenstaff, C, Pearson, N. Reconciling Movement and Exercise with Pain Neuroscience Education: a Case for Consistent Education. Physiotherapy Practice Review,32(5):396-407 2016

Pearson, N. Know Pain. Yoga Therapy Today, Summer, 2013. 14-16.

Pearson N. Yoga and Chronic Low Back Pain. IJYT 2010, 20: 53-54.

Pearson, N. Yoga For People in Pain. IJYT 18; 77-86, 2008.

Pearson, ND, Walmsley, RP. Trial into the effects of repeated neck retractions in normal subjects.  Spine 20: 1245, 1995.

Neil's Classes, Trainings, & Workshops