Back pain and discomfort is a common problem. It can also be debilitating. Our natural instinct may be to rest and be still; but the best way to improve lower back pain is to keep moving and learn to strengthen the back and abdominal muscles, “The core,” through a series of yoga postures, and to use breathing exercises and relaxations to soften the affected areas.
The YHLB programme has been proven to be effective for chronic lower back pain. It consists of twelve weekly sessions. The sessions are gentle, effective and holistic – allowing you to learn and implement the long-term benefits of yoga. Each week has a different focus and techniques are taught, including: How to alleviate back pain or a back pain flare up; yoga relaxations, and some core sequences to encourage a regular home practice. Faye focuses on postural improvements, alignment and symmetry of the body, mindfulness and awareness of the body, and relaxation techniques, which are easily incorporated into everyday life. Research from a multi-centred clinical trial led by the University of York found that significant benefits were experienced by the participants who suffered from non-specific chronic and recurring lower back pain.
At the moment we are running this course on a private basis, as we are only able to offer daytime, weekday slots. Do please contact us for further information. Thank you.
Faye has been trained to teach this 12-week specialised yoga programme for Healthy Lower Backs. The exercises are all gentle, safe and effective. They are in fact an ideal foundation for newcomers to yoga, even if you only have occasional back pain, as you will learn the basics of most aspects of yoga and you will be taught how to practise simple yoga at home. In addition, owing to its focus on pelvic realignment, postural correction, gentle stretching, strengthening and relaxation, most of the classes are recommended to postnatal women.
Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs
Professional standards of quality-assured care, support and advice is offered by YHLB registered teachers, such as Faye Koe, providing this specific ‘best practice’ back-care yoga course. The Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Course trains high quality, already-trained and experienced yoga teachers from different schools and methods of yoga in how to deliver the ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ programme. The programme is accredited nationally by the yoga governing body for Sport England and Sports & Recreation Alliance, British Wheel of Yoga, as a Recognised Centre of Excellence for Training and Standards and is also a member organisation of the British Council for Yoga Therapy. The YHLB Register of Teachers can be viewed on yogaforbacks.co.uk
Please also visit yogaforbacks.co.uk for more information about this exciting groundbreaking clinical trial and evidence-based specialised yoga programme.
Please note, if you attend a 12-week course, a relaxation CD and the YHLB book will be provided as part of the course.
This holistic motivational 12-week course is designed to:
- Teach how to self-manage for the long-term
- Address stress-management and relaxation skills
- Encourage an increase in physical activity, appropriate to the individual
- Teach postural awareness and mindfulness
- Aim for other, additional to lower back health, positive physical and mental health outcomes
NICE Draft Guidelines regarding its review of how NHS professionals should treat patients with low back pain stated in the first sentence of its Press Statement 24th March 2016 that:
‘The draft guidelines recommends exercise in all its forms (for example, stretching, strengthening, aerobic or yoga), as the first step in managing low back pain.’
The above recommendation was majorly influenced by our H. Tilbrook et al and LH Chuang et al research papers evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of our group Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs course. We welcome this first step to accepting yoga has a role to play in mainstream healthcare in the UK.
Why Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs?
You know exactly what you will get – the same yoga, taught in the same way, according to the same educational materials, as in the research itself. No need to wait until your next back episode recurs, before starting the course.
The course is designed to give you long-term benefits. You will be taught to bring postural improvements, mental focus and relaxation techniques into your daily life. In the research, benefits were still found a year after starting the yoga. 9 months after their 12-week course had finished, the majority of the research trial’s yoga group were still practising yoga at home approximately 30 minutes twice a week.
Expect to pay more for these therapeutic classes than for general yoga classes because they are taught in smaller groups but with its educational, single course, self-management approach, Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs is considered to be cost-effective.
Workplace Evidence-based Yoga for Reduced Absenteeism and Cost-Savings.
The research showed days off work reduced by approx 70% over a year from this single, lifelong self-management, 12-week course. Support valued employees by helping them to improve their health with cost-effective education provided regularly by an experienced teacher. Promote long-term healthy lifestyle choices effectively by giving staff tools to keep working creatively, energetically, productively, collaboratively and happily.
Reduce the impact of back pain and stress-related conditions on workforce and business – published research showed how offering a Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs course was estimated to save £817 per annum per person in productivity lost (based on an average salary).
Ask your GP whether this gentle, evidence-based, specially-modified yoga course is appropriate for you—show them the yogaforbacks.co.uk website. The 12 x 90 minute class course comprises easy foundation yoga poses. Props such as a yoga block, blanket or belt are used to aid effectiveness and to ensure absolute comfort.
Outside Surrey? Visit yogaforbacks.co.uk to find other Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Courses at the Register of Teachers teaching this same specialised course—350+ in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and more.
Why not try our free yoga video to ease out lower back pain. Many of the exercises shown are included in the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Course. We hope you find that the exercises ease your lower back pain.