Yoga Therapy for Low Back Pain & Sciatica

  • Date

    12th May 2018 - 13th May 2018

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Location:

    Museum of Happiness Arlington House, 220 Arlington Road London NW1 7HE United Kingdom

Event Details

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common causes of disability world-wide.  It responds well to yoga, which is why yoga is now recommended by the NICE guidelines for LBP. However, it is important yoga teachers and yoga therapists understand proper management otherwise yoga can aggravate the problem.
Most LBP in young and middle-aged people is due to tense muscles and responds very well to general yoga classes. However, a significant proportion of cases is associated with structural abnormalities which can be aggravated by certain asanas. Herniated disc is the most common such condition in people aged 25-45 years and is one of the main precursors of long-term, disabling LBP. Some cases of herniated disc heal spontaneously but others undergo further degeneration and become entrenched, sometimes requiring surgery. Appropriate management of herniated disc can aid recovery, whereas inappropriate activities can make it worse.

Disc herniation often causes sciatica. A portion of a disc in the lower spine bulges out and disturbs a root of the sciatic nerve, causing a shooting pain down the leg. In its acute stage this is easy to identify.  However, in its early stages and during recovery there are periods during which there is no sciatica but the disc is vulnerable and liable to relapse. These periods of risk can last several months or even longer.
This course will train yoga teachers and therapists to assess whether a person with LBP is likely to have a herniated disk and, if they have, the likely stage of recovery and degree of risk. This will enable them to decide whether or not to accept the person into a yoga class and what precautions the person should take in that class. The course will also train yoga teachers and therapists how to design and apply therapeutic yoga regimes for individual practice by people with herniated disk which is too much at risk for a general yoga class.

This Course will Enable you to:

  • To progress towards being able to work safely and effectively with people who have different types of LBP and sciatica.
  • Attain an adequate understanding of the subject will be able to take on students/clients with relatively mild conditions of LBP under expert online supervision.
  • Progress towards being accepted by the Yoga Biomedical Trust as LBP specialists and have clients with LBP referred to them.

Further information on the above topics can be found on,


About Dr. Robin Monro, PhD
Robin began his career as a research molecular biologist.  He left this promising field and focused on the biomedical applications of yoga therapy when it cured his long-term chronic asthma. Robin rained with leading yoga therapists from SVYASA and Kaivalyadhama and in 1983 he founded the Yoga Biomedical Trust becoming the UK father of yoga therapy. The Trust created the first yoga therapy Diploma Course in the UK.  Robin is an established author on yoga including: Nagarathna R, Nagendra HR and Monro R. Yoga for Common Ailments. GAIA Books (1990) as well as many research papers.  Currently he is involved in the research and development of software supporting yoga therapy for LBP.  He aspires to continue to relate the objective knowledge of modern science with the experiential knowledge of traditional yoga, maintaining high quality in both.

Your investment: £250

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