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Anne Mercer
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The Studio Ingworth
The Cottage
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NR11 6AE

Tel: 07957 173383

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Back discomfort is a common problem. Now there is an innovative evidence-based way to improve back health and function. The ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ programme, gently and progressively, aims to help people get back to being more active again.

The Research that Used this Specific Yoga.
The University of York (Department of Health Sciences) ran one of the largest yoga research studies, funded by Arthritis Research UK. Teachers from IYA(UK) and British Wheel of Yoga designed and ran specialised 12-week courses in five areas of the UK. The positive results showing it to be safe and effective were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (‘Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomised Trial’ H. Tilbrook, 2011).
The Cost Evaluation in the Journal Spine (LH Chuang, 2012) showed it to be cost-effective for the NHS, society and the workplace.
A social enterprise has since been set up to allow more people to benefit from the same yoga programme used in this randomised controlled trial.

Learn Self-Management Skills
Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs encourages you to learn life long skills to improve health. First ask your GP whether this gentle, evidence-based, specially-modified yoga course is appropriate for you. Then you can enjoy helping yourself with this yoga ‘toolkit’, as many others have.

Yoga Class Format
The 12 x 75 minute class course comprises easy foundational yoga poses. Props such as a yoga block, blanket or belt are used to aid effectiveness and ensure absolute comfort.

Why ‘YOGA for Healthy Lower Backs?
You know exactly what you will get – the same yoga, taught in the same way, according to the same educational materials, as in the research itself. No need to wait until your next back episode recurs, before starting the course. The course is designed to give you long-term benefits. You will be taught to bring postural improvements, mental focus and relaxation techniques into your daily life. In the research, benefits were still found a year after starting the yoga. Nine months after their 12-week course had finished, the majority of the research trial’s yoga group were still practising yoga at home
approx. 30 minutes twice a week
Expect to pay more for these therapeutic classes than for general yoga classes because they are taught in smaller groups, but with its educational, single course, self-management approach, ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ is considered to be cost-effective.

Workplace Yoga
Yoga can reduce absenteeism. Our research showed days off work reduced by approx 70% over a year from this single 12-week course. Employers can subsidise these courses or allow time off work to attend for improvement of your health and wellbeing. This holistic course is designed to address stress-management, an increase in physical activity, and other positive outcomes additional to lower back health.

For all the information about this programme go to