Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs

If you want to know more about how yoga can help the health of your lower back, you’ve come to the right place.

Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs is a specialised, dvidence-based, 12-week course based on rsearch by The University of York, Department of Health Sciences, York Trials Unit, and Arthritis Research UK

In South East London and wanting to benefit from this evidence-based ‘best practice’ yoga course? 

Please contact Susie via email to learn more about the course or join a class.

For more information about the course, see below or visit Yoga for Backs.

  • Gentle
  • Effective
  • Enjoyable
  • Quality
  • Small Group Classes
  • Unique
  • Specific
  • Individualised
  • Beginner-Friendly
  • Cost-Effective
  • Teaches and Motivates
  • Health & Wellbeing Promotional Self-Management

More Information about the Course

Back discomfort is a common problem.  Now there is an innovative evidence-based way to improve back health and function.  The ‘YOGA for Healthy Lower Backs’ programme gently and progressively aims to help people get back to being more active again.

The Research that Used this Specific Yoga

The University of York (Department of Health Sciences, York Trials Unit) ran one of the largest yoga research studies, funded by Arthritis Research UK.  Teachers from  the Iyengar Yoga Association (UK) and the British Wheel of Yoga designed and ran specialised 12-week 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, et al, Nov 1st 2011).  The Cost Evaluation in the Journal ‘Spine’ (LH Chuang, Aug 15th 2012) showed it to be cost-effective for the NHS, society and the workplace.  A social enterprise has been set up to allow more people to benefit from the same yoga programme used in the randomised controlled trial.

The Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Institute

Professional standards of quality-assured care, support and advice is offered by Institute registered teachers providing this specific ‘best practice’ back-care yoga course.  The Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Institute 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 Institute is accredited nationally by the yoga governing body for Sport England and Sports & Recreation Alliance, British Wheel of Yoga, as a Recognized Centre of Excellence for Training and Standards and is also a member organisation of the British Council for Yoga Therapy. The Institute’s Register of teachers can be viewed on –  many of these teachers are also CNHC registered and BackCare UK registered professionals.

Learn Life-long Self-Management Skills

Learn skills to improve your health for the long-term.  Ask your GP whether this gentle, evidence-based, specially-modified yoga course is appropriate for you (show them website).  Enjoy helping yourself with this yoga ‘toolkit’, as many others have.

Yoga Class Format

The 12 x 75 minute class course comprises easy foundational yoga poses.  Props such as a yoga block, blanket or belt are used to aid effectiveness and to ensure absolute comfort.

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.  Nine months after their 12-week course had finished, the majority of the research trial’s yoga group were still practising yoga at home approx. 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

Our 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).

“I used to have 2-3 periods of time off work each winter due to my back pain – this year = none!”

“This course has taught me to lessen the frequency, duration and intensity of back episodes.  Hurrah!”

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.