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Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs with Anna Semlyen 12/11/17

12th November 2017
at Riverside Hall Age Concern

Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs with Anna Semlyen 12/11/17

Tutor: Anna Semlyen

Date: 12th November 2017

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Location: Riverside Hall Age Concern

Type of Event: IST Days

Places Available: 0

Anna Semlyen BWY Dip is the British Wheel of Yoga Specialist Advisor in Back Care and Therapeutic Research and co-author of Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs book and relaxations CD with Alison Trewhela. She was also yoga consultant on the biggest yoga research in the UK – a pragmatic multi-centred randomised controlled trial of yoga for chronic low back pain, run by Trials Unit at the University of York and funded by Arthritis Research UK. Anna has a Masters in Health Economics and has taught yoga since 1996

Itinerary for the Day

Arrivals, welcomes, names/introductions. Discuss concerns with anyone who has a back or other health problem. Venue, fire and toilet procedures.

Go through trial published papers from the Annals of Internal Medicine and health economics published in Spine. Explain background to the trial and results including how sequences were devised, research methods, recruitment, inclusion and exclusion criteria and results from the York Trial. Discussion of themes used for the 12 class plans. Questions and answers on medical research and yoga

11am break

11.15 am
Practical teaching of Pain Relieving Postures in the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs course. Demonstration and asana practice as if participants were experiencing back pain.

Relaxation using track 1 from the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs CD by Alison Trewhela on back comfort in Savasana.


LUNCH and opportunity to look at/buy Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Book, Relaxation CDs etc


Questions and answers on Pain Relieving Postures

Spinal anatomy. Brainstorm on causes of low back pain . Definitions and prevalence of low back pain. A few precautions on diagnosis. Exclusion of those with symptoms of serious spinal pathology eg pain down both legs,

Practical demonstration and asana practice of the CORE SEQUENCE A with theme of steadiness (as week 2 lesson plan in the trial).

3.15pm break

Continue with CORE A introducing variations of postures used throughout the 12 week course

Relaxation either live or with track 2 of the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs CD by Anna Semlyen.

Questions and answers on CORE A sequence. Review of learning
Feedback forms, signing of attendance certificates

5pm Finish


Bring your yoga equipment (mat, block, blanket, belt and a pillow is optional) and your lunch. Wear warm clothes as work often involves lying down with supports, so this is a therapeutic, and not warming course. The course is aimed at all levels of ability, but you must be able to get off the floor unaided.



Riverside Hall Age Concern
Priory Street
SG12 0DE


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