Yoga for Healthy Backs

Due to COVID-19, we are allowed to offer contact hours for this remote class. See Duration and Location box on this page for details
In the USA, we spend over $10 billion annually on back care. Back issues are the number one cause of job-related disabilities, and 8 out of 10 of us will have back pain at some point in our lives. Additionally, 14 million people seek health care for shoulder pain. In this workshop, we’ll address the back, shoulders, neck, sacrum and hips.

Because of its prevalence, we believe that every yoga teacher needs to understand back pain. This workshop allows us to feel more confident in our teaching by exploring a common issue that most of us will encounter.

Yoga for Healthy Backs Learning Objectives

  • Understand the scope of back pain
  • Appreciate the goals of yoga for students with back pain
  • Identify common causes of back pain
  • Explore different types of pain
  • Develop correct techniques for movement and language for effective cuing
  • Practice and lead yoga for a healthy back
  • Execute yoga movements to combat dysfunctional movement patterns (DMPs) and injuries
  • Explore contraindications for specific back issues
  • Understand how pelvic tilt impacts back health in flexion, extension and neutral
  • Explore lumbar-pelvic and thoraco-lumbar rhythms
  • Understand how chronic muscle contraction leads to postural imbalances and DMPs



Continuing Education Credits

Yoga Alliance Approved for 24-contact CEC hours. This is earned via a combination of Zoom calls and additional practice/study.

Yoga for Healthy Back Course Info

Course Audience

  • Yoga teachers and students
  • Yoga therapists
  • Mind/body practitioners
  • Health coaches
  • Mental health professionals
  • Body workers
  • Anyone wanting better back health

Learning Strategies

  • Lecture and demonstration
  • Experiential learning through movement
  • Yoga practices
  • Journaling and reflection
  • Partner and group activities
  • Practical teaching opportunities

Topics Covered

  • Causes and types of back pain
  • Contraindications for specific back issues
  • Pelvic tilt and back health
  • Scope of back pain
  • Risk and mitigation of back pain
  • Hands-on practice of healthy back protocols
  • Promotion of healthy upper back, neck and shoulders
  • Promotion of healthy lower back, sacrum and hips
  • Yoga practices demonstrated in clinical study for back pain
  • Unlock mobility in all planes
  • Strengthen and balance weak muscles
  • Cultivate freedom in the breath

Required and Recommended Reading

Recommended (not required): Yoga for Wellness: Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga by Gary Kraftsow and Pain Free by Pete Egoscue

Duration and Location

Yoga Alliance Approved for 24-contact CEC hours. YA allows us to grant CONTACT HOURS for the 4/4 – 4/5/20 workshop and you take it at your own convenience (web conference 4/4/20 and 4/5/20, 9AM-1PM CST, but you can watch the videos later if you prefer). Your hours will be a combination of Zoom calls plus additional remote studies/practice.

Once you are registered, you’ll get a Zoom invitation to the web conference within 48 hours. This is not automated, so please allow time for us to manually send you the Zoom link. Again, you are highly encouraged to attend the Zoom call, but it is not mandatory to receive contact hour credits.

Due to covid-19, we are offering contact hours for this course if you take it remotely. Zoom call is 4/4/20 9AM-1PM, CST and 4/5/20, 9AM-1PM, but you can watch the recordings later if that time does not work for you.


Yoga for Healthy Backs Course Fee – $250 WITH COUPON for a limited time. Normal price is $450, but for our April class, we are granting a one-time coupon of $200. Use coupon code CONTACTHOURS at checkout and pay only $250.

IMPORTANT: If you do not use the coupon code, you will pay $450. Please do not ask us to reverse the charges or grant the coupon AFTER your purchase. You must apply the coupon AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE. Thanks!

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