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July 25–27, 2014 Friday–Sunday 2 nights
Continuing Education Credits

Relief is in the Stretch: Cure Back Pain with Yoga

Loren Fishman and Terry Schaff
Loren Fishman

Loren Fishman, MD, BPhil (Oxon), integrates yoga into his physical medicine and rehabilitation practice in New York City. He has conducted clinical trials studying the benefits of yoga in osteoporosis, piriformis syndrome, and rotator cuff…
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Terry Schaff

Terry Schaff, E-RYT, is director of medical yoga therapy at Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where she works with Loren Fishman, developing therapeutic yoga protocols for people recovering from injuries and living with physical challenges.…
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Program Details

For yoga instructors and practitioners of all levels, medical professionals, therapists, trainers, and people suffering back pain.

Beginning with anatomical and physiological discussions, this workshop moves through the spine logically, by considering the seven fundamental causes of back pain and their structural and neurological origins. This anatomical information is imperative for everyone who wants to use yoga safely in treating back pain.

Medical doctor Loren Fishman takes you step by step through the process of understanding and evaluating specific medical conditions and the larger physiological context in which they occur. Yoga therapist Terry Schaff teaches yoga postures that address specific medical conditions. In addition to discovering how and why yoga works for back pain, you learn to

  • Recognize the major causes of back pain
  • Understand how to use simple diagnostic tests to distinguish different conditions
  • Comprehend musculoskeletal pain: where it hurts and why
  • Apply the principles of yoga to different types of back pain with specific asanas
  • Use yoga protocols for treating the different causes of sciatica, piriformis syndrome, spinal stenosis, herniated disks, sacroiliac joint derangement, facet syndrome, scoliosis, and spondylolisthesis
  • Apply prevention and wellness techniques to keep backs healthy.

Explore yoga treatment protocols and wellness plans from a medical and therapeutic perspective, based on Loren’s clinical research and his 30 years of experience as a physician who uses yoga for his patients.

Required reading Loren Fishman and Carol Ardman, Sciatica and Cure Back Pain with Yoga (both from W. W. Norton).

Recommended reading
Loren Fishman and Carol Ardman, Yoga for Back Pain and Sciatica Solutions: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Cure of Spinal and Piriformis Problems (W. W. Norton)
Terry Roth Schaff, Yoga for a Healthy Spine (
H. David Coulter, Anatomy of Hatha Yoga (Body and Breath)
B. K. S. Iyengar, Light on Yoga (Schocken)
Loren Fishman and Eric L. Small, Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis (Demos Medical Publishing)
Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall, Yoga for Arthritis and Yoga for Osteoporosis (W. W. Norton)

CE Credits
This program is eligible for
  • 8 credits for Athletic Trainers (BOC), $30 additional charge
  • 8 credits for Yoga Alliance (YA), $30 additional charge