Next dates: 5, 12, 19 + 26 May
2, 9, 16 & 23 June
No experience is needed but you should be able to get up and down from the floor.
a small group yoga therapy course for anyone living with chronic back pain and looking for a positive way to manage this difficult condition
The course runs over 4 x 60 minute sessions and assumes no previous yoga experience. It takes place in a quiet, non-competitive environment with an experienced teacher.
Is it for me?
Protect your aching back with a therapy that has a good success rate in helping manage back pain and discomfort. Stiffness in the lower back and hips, upper back and shoulders can inhibit daily activities. Painful flare-ups can interrupt sleep and have you running to your GP. Yoga can give you an element of control over this frustrating condition.
Yoga involves a series physical postures to stretch and strengthen your muscles, which helps reduce muscular tension, build flexibility and strength, and improve balance and bone strength. Yoga can be especially helpful for muscles that support the back and spine:
– Erector spinae muscles: help your spine bend, twist and move
– Multifidus muscles: stabilise your vertebrae
– Transverse abdominis: help support your spine
With yoga, the slow movements and focus on proper breathing also helps lessen the psychological effects of back pain, by reducing stress and helping manage associated feelings of anxiety and depression.
What will I learn?
You will learn how to use your muscles to create a strong foundation for movement and how to slowly lengthen and stretch your body. You will learn to activate your core muscles to help support movement, and to recognise which types of movement may trigger pain and lead to instability.
Strength and Flexibility
Strengthen and release the surrounding muscles that commonly contribute to back pain.
Core Stability and Posture
The best thing you can do to help prevent back pain is develop a strong core, and good postural habits. Learn how simple changes to your daily movements can make a huge difference in reducing the symptoms of back pain.
Recognise the difference between acute and chronic pain, and deal effectively with each. Learn breathing exercises to help you deal with pain flare ups by reducing related stress and anxiety
This course focuses on chronic back pain that may severely limit your quality and enjoyment of life, but does not prevent you from carrying out daily activities.
You should be able to get up and down from the floor.
Seek GP advice if you have a serious back injury such as a herniated disc, or spinal fracture, as you may be advised to avoid certain activities. It is not recommended to attend during the acute stage of injury.
If you are recovering from surgery for a herniated disc, you should be past the recommended 3 month recovery period, and have been cleared by your Surgeon. GP advice is also advised.