Pain is a complex problem that has high societal and personal costs. In the US alone, health economists estimated that the annual cost of chronic pain to be as high as $635 billion in health care costs and lost productivity. Given the devastation caused by the opioid epidemic, mindfulness practices are now promoted as a first-line intervention in the standard of care for chronic pain, according to the CDC, NIH, and Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Join Aurora Hutchinson for this interactive workshop that will explore the physiology underlying mindfulness meditation, the evidence-basis for the components of the practice that cultivate ease and well-being, and the intimate connection between physiology and emotional states. You’ll experience first-hand mindfulness practices that support pain relief, relaxation, and increased well-being.