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Jim Carson, PhD  Health psychologist 

A former yogic monk (Swami Vimarshananda Saraswati), Jim Carson has taught the practices and philosophy of yoga worldwide for over 45 years. He is currently a clinical health psychologist and associate professor in the departments of anesthesiology and psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). He has conducted groundbreaking research on the role of mindfulness meditation in alleviating the debilitating pain that comes with conditions such as fibromyalgia, low back pain, and cancer.

Along with his wife, Kimberly Carson, Jim has applied his expertise to the development and evaluation of yoga and meditation-based clinical treatments. These include the first mindfulness program for couples, the first lovingkindness meditation program for medical patients, and the Mindful Yoga program.

Coauthor of the forthcoming book Relax into Yoga for Chronic Pain, Jim co-directs national professional trainings for yoga teachers and allied health professionals at OHSU, Duke Integrative Medicine, and VA centers.

When he is not chauffeuring his kids around, Jim turns into a mountain goat and escapes into the Cascade Range to backpack and snowboard.

Current Program


Upcoming Program

Professional Development
Mindful Yoga for Chronic Pain Professional Training
March 8 - 13, 2020
Explore a groundbreaking, evidence-based program that provides lasting relief by addressing the neuroplasticity underlying chronic pain. The Mindful Yoga for Chronic Pain Professional Training is a unique 36-hour intensive course for yoga teachers, physical therapists, mental health therapists, and healthcare providers. Developed by yoga therapist Kimberly Carson and health psychologist Jim Carson this 5-day training elegantly integrates the essence of yoga with contemporary science. 

Past Program