BACK to Health

A six-week progressive, experiential program for healing back pain through the therapeutic application of Yoga.
Y O U H AV E N O T H I N G T O L O S E B U T Y O U R B A C K PA I N

Back conditions are one of the most common health problems in America today. More than 80 percent of us will have a significant problem with our backs during our life times. In fact, back pain is the most common reason for a doctor's visit, other than the common cold!

A ground-breaking scientific study published in the 2005 Annals of Internal Medicine found therapeutic Yoga to be more effective than conventional exercise for low back pain. This exciting study confirms why doctors, back specialists, physical therapists and health care professionals are recommending yoga as an excellent tool for reducing, healing and preventing back pain. The Back to Health series is based on the successful program developed from this study.

BACK TO HEALTH SIX WEEK SERIES
This series is a progressive, experiential program for healing back pain through the therapeutic application of Yoga. The series is broken down into six thematic sessions that build upon each other and include detailed materials and a home practice. You will learn: •
• • • • • • • The Healing Power of the Breath How to Develop Inner Core Strength How to Develop New, Healthy Postural Habits How our Mind and Emotions Influence our Health Rest and Relaxation Strategies for Stress Reduction and Healing Ways to use Yoga for Specific Back Conditions Self-Management Skills How to Develop a Personal Yoga Therapy Program for Long-Term Back Wellness

YOGA AND BACK HEALTH
Yoga has been used for thousands of years to promote overall wellness and to address and prevent a variety of common ailments, including back-related health issues. • • Yoga helps increase strength in very specific muscle groups and works to strengthen all major muscle groups that support the spine. The stretching postures in yoga increase healing blood flow to the tissues that support the spine, improving the health of discs and spinal muscles. Yoga’s focus on breath and movement improves body awareness which helps to make you more conscious of movements that contribute to back pain. Yoga poses promote good posture and proper alignment of the spine. Yoga reduces tension and stress which helps to relax the back!

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COSTS AND DETAILS
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Location: Includes: Back to Health manual, home practice handout following each session, personal therapeutic mentoring from Beth.

RYT 500, Structural Yoga™ Therapist

Beth McCarthy

AS COLORADO SPRINGS’ ONLY STRUCTURAL YOGA™ THERAPIST,
Beth McCarthy is trained in structural assessment, anatomy, biomechanics of movement, breathwork, meditation, yoga philosophy and Ayurveda. She loves to partner with and support those who have movement restrictions, structural imbalances or chronic health challenges.

Beth advocates a philosophy that sustained wellness occurs only when one takes full responsibility for one’s health. She teaches simple yet powerful yoga therapy tools that bring lasting balance and health.

Yoga therapy is an experiential process that creates the development of self awareness and promotes self regulation. This serves as the foundation for healing. As we progress in our yoga practice, we shift our focus away from physical and mental limitations towards our highest potential, away from weakness towards health. away from pain towards well being, and away from stress towards relaxation, contentment and joy.
- Gary Kraftsow, Viniyoga Teacher and co-author, with Robin Rothenberg of Comparison of Yoga, Exercise and Education for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain. View the study on the web at: www.annals.org/cgi/content/full/143/12/I-18

Beth is a graduate of the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago, an Iyengar based Hatha Yoga teacher training program. She is also a graduate of Mukunda Tom Stiles’ nationally acclaimed Structural Yoga™ Therapy program.

Beth has received her certificate of completion for Robin Rothenberg’s Yoga for Optimal Back Health program upon which this series is based.

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