Lower Back Pain Workshop for Yoga Teachers and Healthworkers
For the first time I will be running The Lower Back Pain Workshop primarily intended for yoga teachers and health workers who want to learn how to manage lower back pain with yoga. The workshop is the culmination of my extensive study and research on this subject which started 12 years ago when I met my teacher, Aadil Palkhivala.
Regardless of what style of yoga you are teaching or practicing, there is no doubt that you will encounter students with varying degrees of back pain. This workshop is designed to empower you to give your clients the best possible advice on how to manage the pain and eventually get rid of it all together.
The workshop is limited to 6 students, making it perfect to receive the best possible tuition and explanation of the subject taught.
When: Saturday, 8th October, 15-19h
Where: Petra Yoga Studio, 47b Caversham Road, NW5 2DR
(free parking on Saturdays)
Some of the topics that will be covered include:
- psychology and physiology of back pain
- false vs. true sciatica
- sacro-illiac issues
- several case studies
The aim is that after these four hours you feel more confident teaching students with varying degrees of lower back pain.
I suggest that you read Healing Back Pain by John Sarno, M.D. before the workshop.
As part of the workshop, you will receive a detailed handout on the topics we will cover and you will have access to the video clips with detailed instructions of the exercises learnt.
Also, here is the testimonial of one of my students who, at 38, was facing a back surgery, but decided to give yoga a go instead:
"I've suffered with lower back pain for 10 yrs but in the last year it became much worse. There was an ever present ache with shooting sciatic pain into my legs whenever I moved. I was taking progressively stronger pain killers but still struggling to sleep and it was impossible to function effectively at home and work. After 4 months of seeing Doctors, Physios and Osteopaths I went for an MRI. The scan identified a number of issues with the discs in my lower back and I was referred to a Neurosurgeon. It was at this point that I contacted Petra as a last attempt to avoid the risks and long term consequences of surgery. As soon as I spoke to Petra I was confident that I had made the right choice. She gave me a clear explanation of what my problem was, a structured plan for how we were going to deal with it and even a timeframe. The first step was to get me pain free and then start the process of strengthening and rehabilitating my back. The initial sessions didn't resemble yoga because the range and type of movements I could manage were so limited. However, over the next few sessions I started to see marginal improvements and Petra slowly introduced more exercises following what was obviously a tested and proven path. She also gave me a number of exercises to do twice a day at home. These exercises were a key part of the rehab and 20mins in the morning and evening was a small commitment compared to the pain I was in. It's now 3 months since I started with Petra and I've been pain free for 2 months. My back is as good as it has been at any point in the last 10 yrs. I still wake up some mornings with stiffness but Petra has taught me how to manage my back on these days and adjust my exercises. I've even started to do many of the activities and sports I was forced to give up before. Most unexpectedly I've really enjoyed the experience of yoga and found a passion for it that's surprised me. I now see it as an activity that I will continue for the rest of my life and it's one more thing I have to thank Petra for."