For Teachers and Yoga Therapists

With yoga-related injuries on the rise, yoga instructors need to be proactively knowledgeable about prevention and safety. This course, based on two National Institutes of Health studies, will educate you about the different kinds of lower back pain and how to address them to keep your students — and you — safe and pain-free.

In this 5-day intensive, yoga teachers and therapists will develop the means to intelligently address the primary low back dysfunctions, hypo- and hypermobility, S.I. destabilization, pelvic misalignment, scoliosis, and lumbar-disc conditions. The intricate relationship between functional breathing and functional movement will be explored with scientific evidence to support the specific approach to sequencing and adaptation.

This training focuses on functional anatomy of the pelvic girdle, stabilizing exercises that develop core support, and an evaluative process that facilitates teachers and therapists in learning how to organize yoga practices which ensure students’ safety. The daily workshop format will include developmental and therapeutic practices, skill building through observation, co-teaching, and case studies to provide you with an abundance of knowledge and skills that are readily applicable. 

Practicum requirement for this course involves the teaching of a 7-week series. Requirements include the completion of intake and evaluation forms for participants of the series, and a personal assessment/evaluation on the part of the instructor to indicate learning and growth. Competencies for C-IAYTs include: Yoga Foundations, Bio-medical Foundations, Yoga Therapy Tools and Therapeutic Skills, and Professional Practice.

Tuition includes a manual, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits, and certification to teach The Essential Low Back Program as a series once the practicum is complete.

The ELBP training was by far the best continuing education training I have attended since I became a yoga teacher 8 years ago. Robin has a wealth of knowledge, in both human physiology and traditional yoga philosophy that she packs into this 5-day intensive. Yoga teachers from any background and level of experience will walk away feeling more confident to teach people with low back issues. Robin’s grace and wisdom are an inspiration.
— Renee M.