I am no longer running this course, but my general weekly classes are all designed in a way to support lower back health.
For further information on the 12 week course see the Yoga for Healthy Backs website
What to Expect: This unique ‘best practice’ yoga course is designed by experts. It is extremely gentle in its approach and puts you in charge of improving your health and wellbeing. It is taught in small groups to allow for individual attention. It is suitable for people with chronic long term back pain or mild occasional pain, people with or without any experience of yoga & complete beginners to yoga wanting a gentle introduction to yoga
If you suffer from episodes of back pain you can gain great benefit from attending a 12-week YHLB course as it gives you a lifelong toolkit for self-management. It is a very user-friendly and motivational course and set of materials (Book, CD and home practice materials including “what to do if you get a painful episode”). The course aims to instil a habit of regular home practice for general well-being, not just the back! The sequences have the aim of improving and maintaining health of the lower back, but involve the whole body and the whole person. The course enables people to get moving again and have the confidence to join a general yoga class if they want to.
YHLB is an ideal foundation course for newcomers to yoga, or people already experienced in yoga but wanting a more focussed approach on dealing with generalised back problems. Even if you only have occasional back pain, the course teaches the basics of most aspects of yoga and so is a good foundation class for starting yoga.
I am available to run this course in the workplace and for small groups. When I run this class at Stainton Road it is a small group course for a maximum of 5 people.
You may find your employer/NHS/Council/health insurer will subsidise costs in view of the evidence-base of long-term health self-management, e.g. 70% reduction of work absenteeism equating to £800 in lost productivity (see link to research below) – I can provide an invoice/receipt for this purpose.
Further Information about the Course and the Research Background
You can see a video about the research trial and see how a class is taught here:
Funded by Arthritis Research UK, The University of York’s Health Sciences Department led a multi-centred, rigorous clinical trial into specialised yoga for those with a history of low back pain. Robust research findings published in peer-reviewed international journals showed the ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ programme to be effective, safe and cost-effective.
For further information see the Yoga for Healthy Backs website
Click here for a pdf of the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Trifold Info Leaflet vMay2016 (2)
Click here for a link to the Arthritis research press release on the research and cost implications for employers