a 4-week series
@ north portland yoga
sundays 3pm-5pm
beginning on sunday, feb. 4
meets 2/4, 3/3, 3/10 & 3/17

yoga with chronic pain

with chris nelsen


Please join us for a 4 week series inquiring into how the yoga practice can be a companion to living with chronic pain. 

Do you experience chronic pain or injury and want more ideas and support for developing a yoga practice to work with these conditions? In this series, we'll work with movement and shapes and lots of support to help develop functional movement while respecting and listening to the needs of our individual and shifting pain. The class will include components of yoga, meditation, loving-kindness, and is taught with lots of modifications, a slow pace and props. The instructor, Chris, has lived with chronic pain and injury for the past 12 years, and uses a brace to help with mobility and pain.

We will meet Sundays, February 24th, March 3rd, March 10th, and March 17th from 3:00-5:00pm.

We are offering one total scholarship for this series, and three tiers of sliding scale cost for registration as we are at least a little aware of how living with chronic pain mandates that money be spent on treatment and pain relief. When registering, please choose the option that is most in line with what you are able to pay, and know that if you are able to pay the higher tier, you are helping to supplement those who are not. If you are interested in attending and cannot afford the cost of registration for any reason, please email info@northportlandyoga.com letting us know a little bit about you, and why you are interested in participating. 

Tier one, $35

Tier two, $45

Tier three, $55

*this series is also open to yoga teachers/movement educators who are looking to expand their understanding of chronic pain, and the cost of the series will exclude tier one*


About chris nelsen:

I start from the assumption that we are our bodies and that our bodies are nuanced, beautiful, injured beings who have deep capacity for healing and connection. It is my aim in all of my practices to remember and uphold these assumptions and to help others recognize them. I am in awe of the variety of bodies that exist and create loving space for all shapes, sizes and needs.

My embodied practices include yoga and zazen, but also gardening, hiking, going on walks, rolling on the floor, kinhin (walking meditation) and physical therapy. I take inspiration from all of these practices as I guide myself and others toward more intimate relationship within our bodies. This results in a teaching style that focuses on curiosity, inner alignment, and finding support. Since these things take time, the classes will typically be relatively slow. I ask a lot of questions and encourage you to do so as well!

Visit Chris’s website for more information. Chris Nelsen graduated with Sola School’s most recent cohort from the summer of 2018.