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Yoga for Low-Back Pain Certification Course

For everyone; see prerequisites for certification below.

Come explore a new, yet tried-and-true method developed by medical doctor Loren Fishman that uses specific yoga poses for each of the seven fundamental causes of back pain and scoliosis. Loren has practiced physical medicine for more than 40 years and was a student of B. K. S. Iyengar. He has combined his knowledge of yoga and Western medicine to develop a method for treating back pain and has successfully treated many patients in this manner.

Led by Gabriella Barnstone, who has worked with Loren for more than four years, this program includes daily Q&A with Loren by video conference. Anyone who is interested in finding solutions to their own back problems, as well as yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and other health professionals who wish to help others with back issues, are welcome.

Required reading Loren Fishman, Healing Yoga: Proven Postures to Treat Twenty Common Ailments—from Backache to Bone Loss, Shoulder Pain to Bunions, and More

Recommended reading Loren Fishman and Carol Ardman, Sciatica Solutions: Diagnosis, Treatment; Cure of Spinal and Piriformis Problems; and Yoga for Back Pain.

Note Certification is available to 200-hour yoga teachers with five years of teaching experience, and to professional therapists, nurses, and doctors with at least three years of clinical experience. You must pass written and practical tests administered on the final day of this program to receive certification.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
All levels
Suitable For
Program Theme
All Yoga


Gabriella Barnstone, RYT 500, C-IAYT, a certified yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, has been working under the guidance and tutelage of Loren Fishman since 2015.

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Loren Fishman, MD, BPhil (Oxon), author of 10 books and 96 papers, studied yoga with B. K. S. Iyengar. He teaches at Columbia University and has a private practice in New York City.

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