Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step towards dramatically improving the health of your lower back. This course will help you learn how to find a way out of the worry and stress of having chronic back pain. The largest scientific study of yoga to date found that this course of specially designed yoga classes can improve back health and function. This course was found to be more effective than physiotherapy, osteopathy, acupuncture, Pilates and CBT. It was also found to be safe and extremely cost effective. The research was conducted by the University of York, sponsored by Arthritis UK and published in a leading medical journal in 2011.
Is this Course Suitable for You? The course is ideal for everyone who is experiencing chronic low back pain. However, it is not suitable during the initial active inflammatory stage or if the pain is very severe and ongoing. Please ask your doctor or ring me about this if you are unsure. The course is specially designed for people who are in pain, so the classes are gentle and pleasantly relaxing. You are not required to push through pain or to do any exercise that causes discomfort. Students find that their back feels significantly better after each class. The course progressively builds strength and mobility in the muscles that affect the lower back and spine. You’ll start with very gentle releasing and soothing postures, and gradually build to stronger poses as and when this becomes appropriate for you.
Stress and Back Pain The latest scientific research is showing that stress and pain are related. Yoga offers many proven techniques for stress management and relaxation. In addition, you’ll learn how to become more aware of your posture and movement in everyday life. Often physiotherapy exercises are useful, but they only work on the physical causes of back pain. By utilising yoga techniques like breathing, mindfulness and guided relaxation you’ll learn to release deeply held habitual tension.
This course is all about education. You’ll learn about how to sit, stand, lift, walk and lie down to best help your spine. You’ll also learn four sequences and a few “first aid yoga poses” that you can use throughout your life to help get and keep your back in good shape. The power of a personal yoga practice is enormous. Do think you are too old, too stiff, too busy? If so, you are holding yourself back from health and healing unnecessarily. It is never to late to improve your posture and your body awareness. The inspirational lady in this picture (she is not my a student of mine, but she is a real person) had one to one yoga lessons and did her home practice to achieve a remarkable recovery in her spinal health. If she can do it, so can you!
Here are some comments from students who have taken the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Course with me:
“I have not had back pain since completing the course”
“This course has totally changed my life, I am much more confident and feel more in control of my back pain.” “
“Not taken any painkillers since doing this course!”
“The best thing about the course was learning how to be much more mindful of how to work and how to use my body more efficiently to help the lower back.”
“This course helped me to understand how to deal with a painful back and to know what to do with confidence.”
“My daily back pain has decreased. I have had periods of feeling “nothing” which doesn’t happen very often (I initially panicked wondering what was wrong!) – it was simply that there was no tension or pain.”
“Julia gave me confidence and reassurance when practising yoga. Julia is engaging, caring and very competent.”
“I experience relief of pain/ache immediately after each lesson.”
“Thank you very much indeed for rescuing my back. I have learned how to get rid of pain, thanks to you.”
This is what a physiotherapist, specialising in back pain, said about the course. “Overall I would highly recommend the course. If I had significant back problems then, without question, this is what I would do. I have been involved solely with low back pain for 12 years with a specialist pain clinic and have masters level qualifications in the subject.”
The next courses start in mid September I’m offering two options:
Wednesdays at 1:30 – 3pm at Project Me
This course starts on the 12th September until the 12th December with no classes on the 17th and 24th October (half term)
Saturdays 12pm – 1:30pm at the Haelan Centre
This course starts on the 15th September and runs weekly until the 15th December, with no classes on the 20th and 27th October (half term)
The Haelan Studio is in Crouch End above a health food shop called the Haelan Centre. It is a short bus ride from Finsbury Park tube station (W7 bus). Address: Haelan Centre Studio, in Crouch Hall Road, opposite the Clock Tower in the Centre of Crouch End, N8 8DT Click here for a map and more information on how to get to The Haelan Centre Studio
Project: Me is also in Crouch End, on Park Road, near the Maynard Pub. It also on the W& bus route a stop away from Crouch End centre. Address: 84 Park Road, London N8 8JQ Click here for a map and more information on how to get to Project Me
The price is £300, reduced to £275 if you book before 28th August.
You pay £137.50 now and £137.50 in a month’s time, for your convenience. After the 28th of August, it is two payments of £150 a month apart.
This price includes 12 classes, a full-colour book, relaxation CD and homework sheets with guidance. The sequences and information you learn are subtly tailored to your individual back care needs. You’ll have this effective home yoga toolkit for your back health, for the rest of your life.
To book your place and pay the first instalment online, use the button for your day of choice below. You can choose to pay in two parts, one now and one a month later. Or you can pay the full amount.
When you click on a button your’d be taken to my Holistic Yoga booking page. You can select to pay in one lump sum or £137.50 now and £137.50 a month later.
Places are limited to 6-8 people. So it’s best to act quickly. The next courses start in January 2019. If you’d like to sign up for the waitlist for that, email me.
Please note this course is for pain in the lower back. If you have an upper or mid back problem only, you will benefit from private classes. If you have lower back pain and upper and/or mid back pain, you will benefit from doing the course.