Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs

Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs is a specialised evidenced based 12 week programme for those suffering from episodic or chronic lower back pain.


I am the only yoga teacher in Oxfordshire to have qualified to teach this programme and am now taking advance registrations for my next course which will commence in September 2019.  Places are limited, so read more about the course below, and then contact me as soon as possible to enquire about booking your place.


The programme has been pioneered through research undertaken by York University, funded by Arthritis UK.  The research found this specific course of yoga to be one of the most effective options available, relative to other mainstream and complementary treatments.  The results of the clinical trial have been published both by the University  and Arthritis UK, and in respected clinical journals including the Annals of Internal Medicine and Spine.


Participants learn simple, gentle, specialist yoga targeting pain relief, good posture and improvement of back health now and for the future.  This is not just a modified general beginners class - it is a carefully devised programme based on a clinical trial. I have been trained by the lead trial teacher and accepted as a member of the Yoga for Healthy Lower Back Institute and am currently the only teacher in Oxfordshire qualified to teach this programme.


People attending the course have found they can lessen the intensity, duration and frequency of their back pain episodes - this is achieved through re-education and re-alignment of the body with raised self-awareness and the use of relaxation techniques.


Over the course of this life-changing 12 week programme you gradually become equipped with the knowledge and skills to minimise back pain.  By attending the weekly sessions (or as many of them as you can) and undertaking a regular home practice, you learn the skills to keep your back healthy in the future.


You can read more about the programme and the research behind it on the Yoga for Backs website, and also watch videos about the programme.


This is not an adapted general class, it is a programme evidenced by research overseen by the clinical trials unit of York University, funded by Arthritis UK.  


How much is the 12 week course?

The course fee includes not only the twelve sessions with support and encouragement from the course tutor Elaine Whittaker but also recorded relaxations, yoga block and home practice guides - a complete package that represents excellent value for money. Each of the weekly sessions is about 75 minutes long.   


A deposit of £45 will secure your place, with the balance payment of £165 due before the course commences.  This means your investment in your future wellbeing is around £17 a week for the duration of the course. 


When is the next course?

The next course will commence September 2019 at Fringford Village Hall, The Green, Fringford, Bicester, OX27 8DX.     FULLY BOOKED

Time:  15.00-16.15

The dates will be:  Sept 15,  Sept 22,  Sept 29,  Oct 6,  Oct 13,  Oct 20, Oct 26, Nov 3, 

Nov 10,  Nov 17,  Nov 24,  Dec 1. (all Sundays except 26 Oct when we'll meet on Saturday)

Don't worry if you can't make every week .... you will still receive all the home practice giuides to ensure you can keep up.


How do I book a place?

As the September course is now fully booked, I am starting to collect details of people who would like to join my next course.  So do let me know if you are interested in a place in the future - by phone (07917 453224) or email.



Comments from students who have completed the 12 week course:

"Thank you, this course has given me much more quality in my daily life and confidence in my back"


"It's been great to feel as though my back is getting stronger week by week"


I've noticed "being more aware of good posture, less pain and stiffness, and after running I haven't had the pain I used to"


The best things about the course for me were "a lessening of the pain I experience in my back.  Seeing an improvement week on week of the range of movement I have and the amount I can stretch when doing the exercises"


I've noticed the "ability to relax during stressful situations and improved posture"


I've noticed I "feel less tense and my posture is better.  I am able to correct my posture when I feel it deteriorating.  If I feel pain coming on, then so far, I find the exercises have helped to stave it off"


I've learnt "how to ease my back pain, especially when I have a 'flare up'.  I feel my back is overall stronger, which is great"


The best things for me have been an "increased sense of wellbeing and re-awakening of my love of yoga"


Best things for me were learning how to ease the pain, learning how to relax.  Knowing that back pain doesn't have to be forever, and that there are ways to strengthen and relieve pain and tension"


I have enjoyed "individual attention to my needs and gained knowledge of how to apply the techniques to everyday life"


"I have enjoyed all the course and for me, being set homework encouraged me to practice more"

Read an article by the programme champion
YHLB Article March 2015.pdf
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