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Yoga for Low-Back Pain Certification Course

For everyone; see prerequisites for certification below.

This program conveys a new, yet tried-and-true, method to use specific yoga poses for each of the seven fundamental causes of back pain and scoliosis. Loren Fishman has practiced physical medicine in New York City 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.

This program is led by Caryna Wong, who has worked with Loren for more than seven years, and Tina Paul, a yoga therapist who also works in his office. The program includes daily Q&A with Loren by video conference.

This course is appropriate for anyone who is interested in finding solutions to their own back problems or yoga teachers, therapists, and other health professionals who wish to help others with back issues.

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

Recommended reading Loren Fishman and Carol Ardman, Sciatica Solutions: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Cure of Spinal and Piriformis Problems; Loren Fishman, Healing Yoga: Proven Postures to Treat Twenty Common Ailments—from Backache to Bone Loss, Shoulder Pain to Bunions, and More

Note Certification is available to 200-hour yoga teachers with at least five years teaching experience, or 200-hour yoga teachers with at least three years of professional clinical experience (therapists, nurses, doctors, etc.). 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


Caryna Wong, RYT 200, combines vinyasa, hatha, aerial, and restorative yoga methods in her work as a senior teacher in Loren Fishman’s medical office.

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Tina Paul,MS, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, completed a master’s in yoga therapy at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She shares the tools of therapeutic yoga, breathing techniques, and mindfulness with individual clients, university programs, and organizations.

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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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