Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs (YHLB) background.... It is an evidenced-based recommended mind body approach to improving back health and function. The University of York (Department of Health Sciences) ran one of the largest yoga research trails, funded by Arthritis Research UK. Teachers from British Wheel of Yoga and IYA (UK) ran specialized 12 week YHLB courses in five areas of the UK. The positive results, showing it to be safe and effective, were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine ('Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Trial' H. Tilbrook, 2011). The Cost Evaluation paper in Spine Journal (LH Chuang, 2012) showed it to be cost-effective for the NHS, society and the workplace. A not for profit social enterprise allows more people to benefit from the YHLB program used in this randomized control trail.
YHLB is a single course giving you long term self management skills using the same yoga techniques, taught in the same way, according to the same educational materials, as in the research itself. The course is 12 x 75 minute weekly class course comprises of easy foundational yoga poses with weekly themes with support from me before, during and after the course. There is a Resources Pack containing a colour manual, a relaxation CD/download, practice work sheets and handouts.
This is a beginner friendly, gentle and effective course. The class numbers are kept small to ensure that individual attention can be provided as necessary.
I have been trained to deliver this course and am a member of the YHLB National Steering Group.
I hold the course regularly in Okehampton, if you are interested in joining us, please contact me for details of our next starting date or to put your name on the waiting list. Please be mindful that the course is more expensive than a general yoga class as it is a specialized therapeutic small group class.