Yoga for Backs

“There are now over 8000 yoga teachers in the UK, which is fantastic, but it doesn’t make it easy to find an appropriate class to begin yoga if you suffer from chronic or episodic low back pain, but with these well-structured classes taught by highly-qualified, supported and experienced yoga teachers, you can rest assured that you will get the exact same high standard of holistic yoga taught in the same way as in the trial itself, using the same class plans, pose adaptations and educational materials as in the trial, i.e. a good stepping stone to progress on to general yoga classes or just the self-help tool-kit to help yourself with yoga at home.”  Alison Trewhela

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The quality-assured ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ course represents a ‘best practice’, gentle yoga programme that is enjoyable, uncomplicated and suitable for beginners. Specialised, small group, weekly classes taught over 12-week course that motivate and teach you to improve your health for the long-term.


Simple, gentle and effective

This is an the ideal entry-point yoga course for anyone wanting to know how to keep their lower back healthy and seems to appeal to people who might not have thought to try yoga. It helps people to gradually become more physically active and mentally relaxed and is designed to help not only low back pain, but other musculoskeletal and stress-influenced problems. The yoga is simple and does not involve any jumping about in lycra, nor sitting in the lotus position, nor any standing on your head! Students attending Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs courses learn pain-relieving poses, postural awareness, mindfulness, breathing and relaxation techniques, and how to use standardised yoga sequences effectively and appropriately for themselves forever.

The Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs is an evidence-based quality Yoga Programme proven effective for chronic low back pain by The University of York (Department of Health Sciences) research.

Results of this randomized controlled trial research generously funded by Arthritis Research UK have been published in top journals. At the time of the research (2007-2011) this is internationally one of the largest scientific yoga research studies and it is certainly one of the most significant cited in many research reviews and papers. The lead yoga teaching consultants on the original research trial management team wish to share this information.


Click here to download a leaflet on Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs


Click here to see a video overview of the Yoga for Back Pain Course


Utube video on Low Back Pain – Red Flags – Movement is Medicine


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Alison Trewhela was awarded Winner of the ICNM’s (Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine) ‘Most Outstanding Contribution to Complementary Medicine’ Award in September 2013


“I would definitely recommend Miriam’s Yoga for Backs class to anyone with lower back pain/issues. The class and the ‘homework’ have helped me to incorporate a regular yoga practice into my life.  I can really notice the benefits of this as my lower back pain has reduced….”      Paula


“This is such a good course. Easy and gentle on anyone with fibromyalgia (my paticular problem). I would recommend this to anyone as Miriam is so patient, calm and attentive to the needs of everyone in the class and she works alongside you to tailor the stretches and moves to suit your capabilities.”      Ali