HELP US TO ALLOW YOGA HAVE A BIG AND POSITIVE IMPACT NOW – keeping to the evidence-base.
We are currently seeking experienced teachers interested in teaching this safe, effective and research-proven yoga programme. Learn how to introduce the sequences appropriately according to the carefully-designed course and 12 class plans.
TRAINING COURSES FOR YOGA TEACHERS -
HOW TO DELIVER THE YHLB PROGRAMME -
‘YOGA for Healthy Lower Backs’ - FULL 4-DAY Teacher Training COURSE (YHLB TT)
Tutor: Alison Trewhela (Cornwall UK and Switzerland) Original trial tutor and designer of the YHLB programme. Contact Alison via the Contacts page or via firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest in other future courses or to invite her to teach in your area Tutor CV: www.yogatrewhela.co.uk
There has been considerable interest in this research-proven yoga programme from potential yoga students and from GPs and health providers. It may well be that there will be future opportunities to offer this course under the recommendation of the NHS or within the public sector under a national YHLB-providing community interest -type company – much work going on currently.
Level 1 – Saturday (10.30-16.30) March 16th and Sunday (9.00-15.00) March 17th 2013
Level 2 - Saturday (10.30-16.30) June 22nd and Sunday (9.00-15.00) June 23rd 2013
Level 1 – Saturday (10.00-16.00) May 25th and Sunday (10.00-16.00) May 26th 2013
Level 2 – Saturday (10.00-16.00) September 7th and Sunday (10.00-16.00) September 8th 2013
Hertfordshire (Albury) near London Stansted airport –
Level 1 – Saturday (11.00-17.00) June 1st and Sunday (9.15-15.15) June 2nd 2013
Level 2 – Saturday (11.00-17.00) August 31st and Sunday (9.15-15.15) September 1st 2013
Level 1 – Saturday (10.00-16.00) August 17th and Sunday (10.00-16.00) August 18th 2013 At YogaJunction N8
Level 2 – Saturday (10.00-16.00) November 9th and Sunday (10.00-16.00) November 10th 2013 At Light Centre City EC2
Level 1 – Saturday (10.00-16.00) September 14th and Sunday (10.00-16.00) September 15th 2013
Level 2 – Saturday (10.00-16.00) December 7th and Sunday (10.00-16.00) December 8th 2013
Level 1 – Saturday and Sunday 14th & 15th December 2013 (TBC)
Level 2 – March 2014 (TBC)
Hampshire or Oxfordshire (TBC)
Level 1 – January 2014
Level 2 - April 2014
Durham or Leeds possible.
More on demand.
Times above may alter slightly. It may be possible to attend Level 1 in one area and to swap to another area for Level 2.
Other localities and dates on demand – please ask tutor.
2013 Course Costs:- £70 per day (London £80).
Already trained YHLB Teachers may attend chosen repeat/refresher days at a 50% reduced fee.
CPD consists of these refresher days, but more opportunities will be offered in the future.
HOW TO APPLY:-
Click here for Printable ‘List of YHLB Teacher Training Course Dates’
Click here for downloadable Application Process – YOGA FOR HEALTHY LOWER BACKS TTsheet (Similar to below)
Click here for downloadable Application Form 2013 – Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs TT sheet
Click here for our PDF Yoga For Healthy Lower Backs 2 sided YHLB Tri-Fold Information Leaflet with photos to learn more.
Information Re. APPLICATIONS FOR TRAINING IN ‘YOGA FOR HEALTHY LOWER BACKS’ PROGRAMME (Download this – see above)
‘YOGA FOR HEALTHY LOWER BACKS’ (YHLB)
TRAINING COURSE for TEACHERS www.yogaforbacks.co.uk
Our ground-breaking University of York research and past research (K. Williams et al and K. Sherman et al) has shown that specialised group yoga is effective against back pain, disability and depression in low back pain sufferers. Through this course, learn how to safely and effectively teach our specially-designed, 12-class yoga programme designed for newcomers to yoga with non-specific chronic low back pain as used in The University of York’s RCT research. This yoga is the best evidence-based treatment available for this common condition. Our published Economics paper shows it would be likely to be cost-effective within an NHS setting. Everyone has a lower back – learn how to rebuild, strengthen and maintain its health. Please let other teachers know about this training.
Prerequisites This 4-Day training course with home study requirements is available for sharing, but is only suitable for experienced, fully-qualified and certificated yoga teachers. A minimum of 4 years’ post-qualification yoga teaching experience is required before undertaking this training to teach the full ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ programme, as well as an interest in teaching the 12-class courses to newcomers to yoga with generalised low back pain. We especially appreciate the support of senior teachers and those interested in therapeutic yoga. Iyengar Yoga teachers and British Wheel of Yoga teachers were trained and taught for the trial. Other yoga teacher qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Course Approval The main aim is to remain true to the research. This course has already proved its usefulness and quality, and the 12-class YHLB programme has proven its effectiveness and value, by being taught successfully by multiple teachers during the research. The use of this yoga programme was approved by The University of York’s York Trials Unit (within The Health Sciences Department) and was initially overseen by experts, including a member of the EU Back Pain Guidelines committee. Arthritis Research UK generously funded this research and many senior yoga teachers were consulted during the design phase. The research trial, the yoga programme plus the educational resources – Students’ Manual (now the ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ book published by Lotus Publishing), the Teachers’ Manual and the 58-minute ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs – Relaxations’ CD – were supported by both The British Wheel of Yoga and the Iyengar Yoga Association (UK). The 80+-page Teachers’ Manual contains the 12 differing class plans, diagnostic information and more specific teaching points. The training course uses this manual, the CD and the book as support for the hands-on practical learning of how to carefully, safely and effectively introduce the yoga poses and sequences.
The medical profession will want to know that teachers have trained to deliver this programme in the same way as was done for the research trial, including ensuring teachers have a good understanding of back function (and dysfunction) and observational expertise. For now, it is important to keep passing on the knowledge and skills to more yoga teachers, we have worked hard (and continue to do so) to try to find an appropriate awarding body who will respect the value of the evidence-base. (Please note there would be likely to be a final assignment requirement if you wished to gain any such additional qualification retrospectively.)
www.yogaforbacks.co.uk This website is dedicated to educating about and promoting the YHLB yoga programme. Your details will be listed under the Trainee Teacher section once you have completed Level 1 and Level 2. To be listed as a qualified YHLB teacher, you will also need to have completed the teaching of your first 12-week, mentor-supported, YHLB course to a group of students. The general public, yoga teachers, healthcare providers and commissioning bodies and potential students can gain information about the YHLB programme and its development. It has links to videos and gives information about future developments. Please subscribe to our free newsletter via www.yogaforback.co.uk. Help to create a buzz about the website by telling others about it.
Confirmation of Attendance: Once we have accepted your application and confirmed your place on a specific course, your place will be reserved, but please email her if due to unforeseen circumstances you will be unable to attend. Many courses are over-subscribed and places are limited. Please note that you need to make your payment just before commencement of the course at the requested time (see below).
Application Process: Click on the links above for documents:- ’Application Process’ and ‘Application Form’.
Please aim to complete this application process as soon as possible to ensure your place and if possible a minimum of a month before commencement of the course at the latest, in order to enable readiness of educational materials.
We do understand that some of you may not be as computer-knowledgeable as others, but please forgive us for trying to become more efficient by using this application method. Having personally answered enquiries for over a year, we realize this is not sustainable due to high demand and other project workload, BUT please do email email@example.com, if you encounter difficulties and wish to speak to a ‘real’ person. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to receiving your application form.
Many thanks for your interest and support.
SEEKING COURSE ORGANIZERS FOR THE UK FOR 2014 – FULL 4-DAY COURSE In order for yoga to benefit more from this evidence-based research, we need to have more teachers with the quality of knowledge and skills in order to be able to professionally pass on this yoga programme effectively and safely. If you would like to invite Alison Trewhela to a suitable venue near you to teach the full 4-day ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ course and you think that 10 or more experienced and applicable teachers would be likely to be interested in attending this, please contact Alison via the Contact the Authors page on this website for further details of how this could work. Thank you for your help and support with this.
We want to share this information with others.
STOP PRESS. EXPERIENCED YOGA TEACHERS SOUGHT FOR TRAINING IN AND OFFERING ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’.
In order to have the beneficial impact deserved of the large, high-profile, University of York 2005-2011 yoga research project, experienced (minimum of 4 years) yoga teachers interested in training in how to deliver the ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ programme are sought. This research was published in one of the top international medical journals (Nov 1st 2011) and showed the gentle Beginners’ 12-week yoga course to be safe and effective giving both short- and long-term improvements for those with non-specific chronic low back pain. Comparing it to other equally rigorously-tested treatment options for this prevalent condition (80% of people), the RCT research showed that this yoga programme was one of the most effective currently available and one that physicians should be comfortable to recommend as a first-line treatment option.
Furthermore, in another cost-evaluation published research paper (Aug 15th 2012), it showed that this yoga programme would be cost-effective for the NHS and the economy/society compared to other options. This did not take into account the probable life-long additional health promotional benefits that a self-management yoga programme such as this is likely to offer. Over the 12 months studied, those in the yoga group had an average of only 3.83 days off work compared to 12.29 in the usual care control group. The majority of the yoga group participants were still practising yoga twice a week even 9 months after completing the 12-week yoga intervention.
The value of the research for yoga will be heightened and maintained if we preserve the evidence-based programme in the way that the funding charity Arthritis Research UK envisaged. The fully-resourced 12-week yoga programme taught now in the same way as in the research is what is being looked for by the general public, health professionals and commissioners. Remaining true to the research will help to raise the profile of yoga and yoga teachers. The eventual aim is to have teams of yoga teachers working within the NHS under contracts via a central administration, meaning quality and standards will be key.
There are currently approx. 175 teachers trained in YHLB (Autumn 2012), but we need more of us. Please help by sharing with us in this continuing exciting project. If you wish to train, or know someone you think should train, then teachers should apply for full details by visiting the social enterprise website www.yogaforbacks.co.uk.
Separate BWY IST Days/1-Day Taster
- Anna Semlyen teaches British Wheel of Yoga approved IST 1-day ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ days. These act as a ‘taster’ of the full training course and are available for teachers of any experience, but do not constitute the full training as described on this page. See www.yogainyork.co.uk/workshops.htm and book with the local organiser. To book her to teach for you, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘YOGA FOR HEALTHY LOWER BACKS’
YHLB TEACHER TRAINING COURSE – PROGRAMME
Pre-Course Preparation: –
Receive Document detailing Course, Course dates, Times, Venues, Accommodation advice. Take a thorough look at the www.yogaforbacks.co.uk Website.
Confirm course attendance on the Teacher Training for ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ (YHLB) course by emailing tutor – email@example.com - plus arrange payment prior to beginning of course (either 2 instalment cheques payable to Alison Trewhela dated as per Level 1 and then Level 2 course dates OR by bank transfer).
Buy ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ book (formerly the YHLB students’ manual) and also the ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs – Relaxations CD’ from www.yogaforbacks.co.uk website.
Read as much of the ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ book as possible.
Buy/borrow and then have a look at ‘Back Care Basics’ by Mary Pullig Schatz (Rodmell Press)
Familiarise yourself with lower back anatomy and physiology (‘Back in Action’ or ‘Body in Action’ by Sarah Key can be found in libraries; ‘Concise Book of Muscles’ by Chris Jarmey or Ray Long’s yoga book of muscles and joints are excellent)
LEVEL 1 – CORE
- Course Registration and Confirmation of Email addresses
- Receive the 80+ page YHLB Teachers’ Manual (TM). Buy at cost-price (approx. £15?)
-Introductions + Tutor Background Introduction. YHLB = an interesting and inspiring way for experienced teachers to teach newcomers to yoga with a focus.
- Research Background – Proven to Work, Have Open Mind for Learning, Opportunity for Yoga, Worldwide Media, Medical/Health Professionals Recognition (top journal impact)
- Observations – Holistic in Small Groups + Tadasana ½ group and individuals
- Overview of Low Back Pain Conditions (Important to know terminology and what may have happened in the past or may happen in the future with regard to students)
- PAIN-RELIEVING POSES (‘What to Do If You Get a Sign of a Painful Back Episode’ page in YHLB book (SM) and YHLB Course Handout that you give to students) Practical Demonstrations and Observations.
- Description of the Full YHLB Programme. Background. YHLB is safe, effective, simple to understand, easy to practise at home with everyday props, gradually-progressing (Pain Relief, postural awareness to begin with and more challenging poses that help with mobility and strength of whole body for returning to hobbies, e.g. sport, gardening, yoga, etc.), overseen by back pain experts/yoga senior teachers/EU Guidelines Committee member/research academics in Europe. Overview of whole programme showing links/overlaps/gradual progression + home practice sheets, mat, CD, book.
- CORE A – How to Perform the Poses
- Red Flags + Interpretation of them and Yellow Flags (yoga = ideal solution for this)
- CORE B – How to Perform the Poses
- Q & As
- YHLB Relaxations CD Track 1 (YHLB students have to have this CD as an integral part of the programme and teachers should familiarise themselves with the content)
- COMPLETE PROGRESSIVE Sequence – Taught Introductory Experience of it
- PROMOTION OF YHLB COURSES plus TEMPLATE PROMOTIONAL LETTER (Handouts.) (YHLB leaflet and bookmark to come at later date.) Talk a lot about YHLB, promote yourself and use www.yogaforbacks.co.uk as first point of reference for anyone wanting to know more. Your Ideas? (See below under Homework.) Planning your ‘trainee’ course.
- CORE A – More Exposure to the Poses, Application Explanations, Variations
- Q & As on CORE A = the Most Important Sequence as it provides the basis for the YHLB programme and acts as the come-back-to/rely-on sequence for students
- CORE B – More Exposure to the Poses, Application Explanations, Variations, Q & As
- Using Class Plans + Make Them Yours. =Gift. Email/Skype tutor for clarification if unclear.
- Demo and Participation in Class 2
- ‘Who are Your Students’ (TM) and How to Help Them Best
- ‘As a Teacher Trained in the YHLB’…. As per TM
- Q & As
- YHLB Relaxations CD Track 2
H O M E W O R K after Level 1 =
Learn all the poses from the YHLB Students’ Manual book inside out and outside in (Read Chapter 10 SM thoroughly); know them all physically, experientially, intellectually, physiologically and emotionally.
This will involve much practical practice of the poses and sequences (Chapter 8 SM) as well as reading the whole of the YHLB Students’ Manual.
Practice CORE A one day and CORE B the next day for several weeks.
Practice PROGRESSIVE A alternating with PROGRESSIVE B and sometimes interchange with CORE A for several weeks.
Also practice classes 7-12 (use class plans) yourself referring to the PROGRESSIVE sequences and pose descriptions in the YHLB Students’ Manual book.
Use the CD often – your students will have this.
Teach the first 6 classes (use class plans) to friends or general classes if possible (non back pain sufferers, but those interested in maintaining healthy lower backs). Plan to make sufficient time for this.
Keep a note of class plan queries (e.g. Class Plan Intros and Ending text) and remember to ask tutor for clarification by email or in person.
Think about when you may want to arrange to teach your first ‘trainee course’ Tell neighbours, your yoga students (and tell them to tell their friends) about the course and needing YHLB students. Later on inform GPs, physiotherapists, osteopaths, natural health centres, local newspapersabout courses you will be offering. It is difficult to say how much to charge, but as a general figure, you should be charging at least £10 per class per person. Once you have gained experience, at today’s prices, the price should rise to approx. £15. Teach in groups of 4-10 students (smaller class sizes are good until you get more experience of teaching this course). Ask students for payment in two instalments for blocks of 6. (Occasionally a student may need/want to repeat Level 1 CORE first 6 weeks before moving onto Level 2 second 6 weeks of the course, although in the trial, everyone went straight on with the full 12 week course.) Every course must have a mid-course break to suit your timetable – break of 2-5 weeks, whilst students become a little self-sufficient and practise at home. We are aiming for patients to get courses under private health insurance schemes and eventually on the NHS. YHLB courses are cost-effective due to our teaching people in groups and because we give them life-long tools for long-term overall health (not just health of their low backs). For such an NHS/provider-subsidized scheme, we hope that students will pay a discounted rate of £3-5 per class and as the YHLB teacher you should receive at least £100 income per class after paying for the hall hire.
Consider putting on ‘refresher’ classes or general ‘moving-on’ lbp classes for students who have attended your YHLB 12-week courses.
LEVEL 2 PROGRESSIVE
- Home Study over last 3 months? – How did it Go? Discoveries?
- Importance of Class Plans and How they Differ from Each Other. Have you Made the Class Plans Your Own? – by taking photocopies and drawing on stick figures or adding names, etc. for ease of class teaching from them? N.B. How poses are gradually and carefully introduced within 12-week course, with some poses left out or using different variations and emphasizing the themes. See from Complete Progressive Sequence how the 2 sequences fit together for classes – you can practise this sequence and General class students will benefit from it too.)
- Yoga for Your Daily Life (SM) – practical demos/understanding/discussion/inclusion
-PROGRESSIVE A – How to Perform, More Explanations of Poses + Applications, Links to CORE Poses, Variations
- PROGRESSIVE B – How to Perform, More Explanations of Poses + Applications (LBP and Other), Links to CORE poses, Variations
- Good Class Venues; SETTING UP OF CLASSROOM FOR YHLB CLASSES (handout); Teaching Tips; How to set up 12-week courses with mid-course break of 1-3 weeks
- Registration Forms (electronic version available) for potential students on 12-week YHLB courses and EXCLUSION CRITERIA (handout) – Interpretation of Filled-in Forms
- SIMPLE DIAGNOSTIC HELP (Handout). Explanations. (Lots also in TM and book).
- YOGA APPLICATIONS MADE SIMPLE (Handout)
- THINGS TO BEAR IN MIND WHEN TEACHING YHLB CLASSES (Handout)
- Recap of lbp Conditions/Diagnoses (TM)
- Q & As
- Demonstration and Participation in End of Course – Class 12 (where you will take students)
-Trainees Teaching 1st Positive Crit – Class 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 (Level 1) + back condition labels. Bring your own class plans to use for this.
- YHLB Relaxations CD Track 3
- Demo of and Participation in Class 1 (This one-off important Class) (Guinea-pigs? + Teacher Crit?)
- Extra Yoga Poses in Class Plans (TM Chapter 9)
- Observations – What do lbp sufferers look like and what does it mean/what to do? Prognoses with YHLB.
- Importance of ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs – Relaxations’ CD for pain relief/de-stressing/physical and mental calm ++++ (Students use forever + first tool to use if back aches)
- YHLB Resources – TM, Relaxations CD, Practice Sheets (CORE A, CORE B, COMPLETE CORE, PROGRESSIVE A, PROGRESSIVE B), ‘What to Do if….’ sheet, ‘Yoga for Your Daily Life’ sheet, ‘Home Practice Timetable, ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ book
- YOUR YHLB COURSES (Handout) – The first full 12-week YHLB course you teach will be your ‘trainee’ course with mentor support. Future courses – private, NHS, private insurance, wait-lists, team-working, regional co-ordinators. Please keep tutor up-to-date with any new ways of working that you have found. Use www.yogaforbacks.co.uk regularly to check for new developments and subscribe to Yogaforbacks newsletter.
- Students’ Homework Suggested Timetable (during/after course). Students use of Homework Diary (as on our trial) throughout course to encourage getting into good habits. Suggested Home Practice Timetable sheet (You will receive digital versions for printing to give out to students on first day of your course. Practice sheets are also available in the book with good referencing to Page numbers for full description – useful for mid-way or after the course, so students should be encouraged to obtain the book as in the trial). Referencing from Home Practice Sheet to book to Practice Sequence sheet (handout) to Practice sequence (book) to Long Pose Descriptions (book.
- MENTORING SUPPORT (Handout) Also support each other = new culture of yoga teacher co-operation/team-working/positive networking
- CPD – Can attend any part of YHLB TT Level 1 or Level 2 training days at 50% cost to encourage recap/consolidation of learning. Watch the website for further opportunities in 2013
- Q&As re Class Plans (esp. Intros and Endings/ YHLB Yoga/Yesterday)
- Trainees Teaching 2nd Positive Crit – Class 8, 9 or 10 Bring your own class plans for this. (Assessments and Instructive/Constructive Comments from Tutor, beneficial for understanding)
-TM Chapter 11 and 12 (N.B. biopsychosocialspiritual nature of clbp) – Q&As.
- Q & As re. Your own Back?
- YHLB Relaxations CD Track 4 and Goodbyes. Thanks for your enthusiasm.
H O M E W O R K after Level 2 =
Continue to learn more about the yoga programme by reading and practising from both the Students’ and Teachers’ Manual.
Read through the Diagnostics and What Yoga May Help sections of the TM and ask for help if you do not understand anything.
You will expect your students to practise from the Home Practice Sheets and the ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ book (plus the CD) and should know how to answer questions about all of these, so know everything thoroughly.
Arrange to teach your first trainee 12-class YHLB course to students (make sure via phone/GP/registration forms that they do not have complex or serious conditions – remember this course is designed for common/general/non-specific low back pain – ask the tutor, if unsure whether to take particular students on the course); send the students course dates, timings, venue and transport/parking details; get them to fill out and send back registration forms prior to course start date. Check your insurance covers you for teaching YHLB (DSC-Yoga Link should cover BWY and IYAUK teachers).
A day or two before each of the 12 classes, first read through and then also practise the relevant class plan all the way through yourself to familiarise yourself with content, timings, information, handouts, etc..
Contact tutor via email/skype for mentoring support or if you have any queries about the poses, class plans or particular students.
You need to Teach one 12-week YHLB Trainee Course to minimum or 3 students to Complete this Course and throughout this course you are required to Contact your Tutor by email/Skype:
1. After the first class
2. At least once during the first 6 weeks of the 12-class course
3. At least once during the second 6 weeks of the 12-class course
4. Once you have completed teaching students on your first trainee 12-class YHLB course (contact sessions can be brief or more extensive depending on your needs).
After full attendance at all 4 days of training, required home practice and study, successful completion of trainee course and tutor satisfaction of all of above, you will be able to call yourself a YHLB teacher and full website teacher listing will be granted (there may be a small admin charge for this and a small admin charge for future changes).
Feedback on this YHLB TT course – email tutor with suggestions for extra input/changes.
TESTIMONIALS FROM YOGA TEACHERS Regarding the YHLB TT Course
Thank you for such an inspiring course. It was a privilege to be there with such an inspiring teacher and students.
Great to see so many people are getting started with teaching the course now, and having such positive results.
The students are all rather amazed that such simple things are having such an effect!!!! – how gratifying, one up for yoga!
Thanks so much for the training at the weekend. You are an inspirational teacher, so passionate about the work you are doing, and I appreciated the practical, down to earth approach and your humour and ‘lightness’ in getting the message across.
Great first day – thank you! I’m SO glad I decided to do this course. Your presentation is clear, un-waffly and meaningful – I love it! Loving the pace, the info covered, the experiential element and how clear the class plans are. I can’t wait to start practising them on all & sundry
It really is great to learn from someone who has such knowledge!
I really enjoyed the course a few weeks ago. Very inspiring and positive. Your stamina is very impressive!
I am attracted to this course for a variety of reasons. Firstly back pain is such a common problem and a reasons why many people come to yoga that to have some specialised experience would be useful. I also want to increase the tools in my yoga tool box and this will be useful for that. Colleagues locally have just done the course and very much recommended it. I really like the idea of being part of a wider group who do the same course. I also am impressed at the thoroughness of the work and research and professionalism of the materials. My husband is a GP so he is always talking about the importance of proven results – here it is!
I so enjoyed the 2 day course. You teach with such enthusiasm, making it fun and easier to learn. I thought the format of the course was exceptionally well done – no stones left unturned.
Thank you for such an inspiring course. It was a privilege to be there with such an inspiring teacher and students.
Great to see so many YHLB teachers are getting started with teaching the course now, and having such positive results.
I was extremely impressed with your course! Delighted! Although I have been teaching for quite a number of years now and attended numerous workshops, IST days, etc., practiced constantly, your course has newly inspired me! It was “slick”!! Nothing left undone!! Easily absorbed!! Easy for me to retain and study. Areas of weakness that we have to deal with in each class that we teach!! (Scary, sometimes!) THANK YOU so much.
Thank you once again for the weekend, so full of information and inspiration and what a nice group!
I have spoken to people who may well want to do the course……. I have given it a glowing testimonial. I have gained a whole new perspective on dealing with students with back problems ‘a light on in the attic moment or three’ (BWY Foundation Course Tutor)
It is really clear how well thought through each & every aspect of the YHLB course is.
I really want to say thank you Alison for all of your hard work, I find it truly amazing how much work you must have put in to the whole YHLB research programme. You asked for comments and feedback from the course I attended – well regarding your delivery I cannot think of any improvement (sorry!). I found you to be thoroughly knowledgeable about your subject and it was well delivered.
I taught five yoga groups Yoga For Healthy Lower Backs Class 2 Steadiness with CD 1 last week. Their ages ranged from 20 years to 80 years both men and women. I asked them to observe how they felt over the week. Their feedback this week was very positive with them wanting more. Some of the comments were: felt stronger, wonderful, had a better posture and one their neck felt the best it had for twenty years!
After our training days, I felt stronger, full of energy and lighter physically and emotionally. The hard work that you have put in along with the “Team” can certainly be felt and has made the delivery of the YHLB classes a positive experience for both myself and students.
Level 1 was such a wonderful experience, and I will definitely be back for Level 2! The depth of your knowledge and experience is inspiring and it is so refreshing to learn practices to help students that are both research-proven and very straightforward and easy to present. I have been working with some of the postures with my classes and private clients already and am very excited about being able to present the entire programme in the coming months.
Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge!
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the course and the Yoga for Lower Backs course. It was so informative and so relevant for teachers!
Just a quick line to say how much I enjoyed the two days. I feel as though I’ve learned such a lot, but it has also made me realise how much more I have got to learn! I would love to know as much about backs as you do. I really feel enthused to get started.
I would like to train in YHLB as I constantly have people with back problems attending my yoga classes who have been told by their doctor or physio to take up yoga/
It would be really great to learn more about back conditions and be able to offer these students a completely separate yoga course specifically tailored to them to help improve their quality of life.
Really enjoyed last weekend – thank you.
I thought the whole course was very good. You are a very inspirational teacher and I can really see how people with back problems would get better in your classes.
I am very much re-enthused now!
Once again thank you for a wonderful course which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Thank you so much for a fantastic couple of days, and for sharing your acquired knowledge and wisdom.
Even after the long drive home (usually in a very unhappy place after a long drive) my back is very happy. I succumbed to one painkiller on the way down, but my back does feel so light, happy and looking forward to regularly practising what we have learnt this weekend. (Teacher after long-standing back problem.)
I have been just drip-feeding some of the poses we did at the week-end into my classes; the students are loving it!
I enjoyed the course and your tutoring very much. The teaching of poses by each teacher and the feedback was very useful. I feel confident I can put what I have learnt to good use during the coming months.
On Trainee Course Mentoring. Thanks – it’s useful and reassuring to have your advice
Thanks for the downloads and encouragement. I thoroughly enjoyed the YHLB Course. Both weekends were comprehensive and very informative in thieir content. I thought the timing was just right. It was well structured, and I thought the teaching examples contributed greatly to our understanding of the subject. Yes, I found the whole course overall well worth doing. I also found my previous lower back problem was greatly eased by sequences practised between weekends.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course, you evidently put a lot of time into organising the courses and are committed to passing on lots of information to equip us to go out and teach this specialised yoga. I feel that you have covered so much in a weekend and made it very practical and relevant for teaching. I can’t really think of any ways that you can improve the course, as I thought it was delivered and organised so well. I would definitely recommend this course to other yoga teachers. I’m looking forward to teaching my first trainee course
I am so looking forward to … continuing my training with you as you are such a knowledgeable & enthusiastic tutor.
The course was brilliant! The feedback afterwards from everyone attending was excellent. I’ve already started teaching a few of the postures in my class and to my clients – all being received well. My students are already aware of what I’m doing and are thrilled. They are impressed and pleased that I am doing my best to look after them and are encouraging others to come to yoga.
Thank you for a fabulous weekend on the ….YHLB course. I love the course and am working towards becoming more and more familiar with the material. Thank you for all the work you have done in getting all of this together for us to come and learn on the courses.
Having felt a little daunted at lunch time on Sunday, by the time you had led us through 2 classes in the afternoon, things began to slot into place and I realised that it’s all there for us. You did an excellent job. I am very keen to do the homework and teach myself the course guided by your brilliant resources. I can’t wait to help myself feel better and to help others.
There is a very great need out there, for sure. Many, many thanks again.
….I’d just like to say how much I enjoyed the training weekend, I feel very privileged to be on the training course and to be part of such a well researched and organised course and excited about hopefully becoming a fully qualified YHLB Teacher
It is fantastic to be able to show such great results in such a large study and for something that affects so many people in the UK. I’m very excited about being able to make a difference to even more people’s backs.
IST Days are for those who are not ready to do the full 4-day Training.