Yoga For Healthy Lower Backs

As featured on BBC Radio 4

Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs is an innovative, evidence-based programme for people suffering from chronic low back pain. This is a common problem, affecting 80% of us at some point in our lives and can be debilitating, impacting on quality of life and ability to work.

Mind-body group exercise, such as Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs is recommended by the health regulator, NICE to manage low back pain, by gently and progressively helping people return to being more active again. 

The course teaches life-long skills to improve health. It was developed and tested in a large research study, run by the University of York (Department for Health Sciences) and funded by Arthritis Research UK. The positive results showing it to be safe and effective were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in November 2011. A cost evaluation in the journal Spine in 2012 showed it to be cost effective for the NHS, society and the workplace. The Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs programme has since been taught to tens of thousands of people across the UK. 

It has featured on BBC Radio 4’s Inside Health programme, recorded at Studio Yoga, and broadcast on February 28 2023.

The next course starts in early spring 2024. Limited spaces. It is also possible to do the course on a 1:1 basis. Email for more information.

What To Expect From A Course

  • Twelve weekly classes comprising easy foundational yoga poses to build strength and flexibility, providing long-term benefits.
  • Poses target back comfort, good posture and re-alignment of the body.
  • Guidance, homework plans and information so that you can practice on your own in between classes.
  • Guided relaxations to download, a Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs book and videos.
  • Students learn how to bring postural improvements, mental focus and relaxation techniques into their daily lives.
  • Taught to small groups (average class size 4-8 people) by experienced, senior yoga teacher.
  • At the end of the course, students are encouraged to continue practising on their own or to join a suitable yoga class.

Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.

Our Yoga For Healthy Backs Course

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“Yoga has a track record of improving chronic pain in multiple conditions. Uniquely this long-term self-management course is the essence of prevention. It offers a toolkit of simple lifelong techniques to improve and maintain holistic health and well-being.” Alison Trewhela, Principal Tutor and Director, YHLB Institute.

What People Say After Doing The Course

“It is the solution I required to manage my back. I think more about my posture and what my body is doing.”

“Having had restless legs for many years, I now do not suffer from that at all.”

“It is a really effective way to self manage pain/stiffness. I am using less meds.”

“The course has made me much more aware of my posture. Also given me an understanding of the importance of stretching and breathing properly.”

“The best thing about the course was learning the exercise routines to ease the pain and improving my outlook on life.”

“It doesn’t just focus on the back, but the whole body and mind. I feel it is benefitting my whole body. It starts very gently – you’re not made to feel inadequate or unfit. Wish I’d found this years ago.”

“I now practice what you and the course have taught me every day, and my back is so much better, and the pain has almost disappeared.”

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