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Relief Is in the Stretch Yoga for Back Pain

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

Come explore seven causes of back pain and the differences between neurological and musculoskeletal causes, and learn to use yoga to safely work with these conditions to relieve pain.

Medical doctor Loren Fishman provides an understanding of and basis for evaluating specific medical conditions and the larger physiological context in which they occur. Yoga teacher Caryna Wong offers instruction on yoga postures that address these conditions. You also learn to

  • Recognize the major causes of back pain
  • Use simple movement tests to distinguish different conditions
  • Apply the principles of yoga to different types of back pain with specific asanas and modifications
  • Apply prevention and wellness techniques to keep backs healthy.

Take home yoga protocols and wellness plans for different causes of sciatica, piriformis syndrome, spinal stenosis, herniated disks, and more.

Required reading Loren Fishman and Carol Ardman, Yoga for Back Pain and Healing Yoga.

Recommended reading
Loren Fishman and Carol Ardman, Yoga for Back Pain and Sciatica Solutions: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Cure of Spinal and Piriformis Problems 
H. David Coulter, Anatomy of Hatha Yoga  
B. K. S. Iyengar, Light on Yoga 
Loren Fishman and Eric L. Small, Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis 
Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall, Yoga for Arthritis and Yoga for Osteoporosis 


Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
All levels
Suitable For
Program Theme
All Yoga


Loren Fishman, MD, BPhil (Oxon), studied with B. K. S. Iyengar for one year before entering medical school. He teaches at Columbia University.

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Gabriella Barnstone, RYT 500, C-IAYT, has been working as a yoga therapist at Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation under the guidance and tutelage of Loren Fishman since 2105.

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