Frequently Asked Questions

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Question –  There is no ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ teacher currently available in my area.  What can I do?

Answer – You could contact an experienced yoga teacher, preferably Iyengar Yoga or British Wheel of Yoga trained, and ask if they would like to apply through our website to train in the research-proven ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ programme.  You could ask your GP or commissioning body if they might visit our website and register their interest in us aiming to train a team of teachers in your area.  In the meantime, you could practise yoga relaxations from our Relaxations CD.

 

Question – Are all yoga classes the same?  Are they all good for my back?

Answer No.  Not all yoga classes are the same and many are not suitable for beginners with low back pain.  Our ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ 12-week course for beginners with its accompanying book, Relaxations CD and home practice sheets were specially designed for people with recurring low back pain.  It has been proven to be a safe and effective treatment and offers an appropriate and enjoyable first introduction to yoga.  For those who done some yoga before, this ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ programme and the book offers you a variety of home practices that will help to maintain the health of your lower back.

 

Question – I have had a diagnosis after my MRI saying that I am suffering with back pain due to a recent slipped disc (herniated nucleus pulposus).  Can I join a ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ course.

Answer – Our ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ developed especially for our research trial was designed for non-specific low back pain.  This constitutes the majority of low back pain conditions (approx. 90%).  Whilst you are suffering from a recent slipped disc, this programme is not appropriate.  However, once you have no more pain below the knee and if your GP or consultant believes that you have recovered from this and that you may begin an exercise programme (e.g. after 6-12 months), then this may be a good place to start with its gradually progressing gentle programme.

 

Question – Is the Relaxations CD the same as I experience at the end of my yoga class and might it be suitable for general use?

Answer – This 4-track CD was designed especially with low back pain sufferers in mind, but is suitable for everyone.  It may help with other stress-related conditions, e.g. IBS, anxiety, insomnia, etc., etc.,  and may be very similar to what you hear in class.  The narrators are highly experienced yoga teachers with over 45 years’ teaching experience between them.

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