Back Care Courses in Leeds 2017

Dru Back Care

Post Graduate Back Care Course to be held in Leeds over 2 weekends in February and April 2017

This 24-hour diploma course is open to qualified Dru Yoga teachers, and also to teachers from other schools of yoga. This course is designed to enhance your teaching skills and enable you to work confidently with students who experience back pain.  It is a stand-alone course, very practical and based on class teaching.  Briefly, we look at current guidelines for back care in the NHS, current medical management, and potential diagnoses that yoga teacher encounter in their students.  In addition, we examine back problems through an understanding of koshas, chakras and prana, how the practice of Dru Yoga benefits the spine, how yoga practise can be adaped for back problems, and how to approach relaxation for people with back problems.  Participants on this diploma course will be asked to conduct a series of classes for people with back problems and to complete a written reflection of their experience between the first and second weekend. Those who complete this reflection will receive a certificate of completion for the course.

Course Dates:

Weekend 1: 18/19 February 2017

Weekend 2: 8/9 April 2017

The first day will start with registration at 10.00 am.  Other course days begin at 10.30 am and finish at 5.00pm. Please bring lunch and a cup for hot drinks which are provided for £3.00 for the whole weekend. 

Course Tutors:

The tutors are: 

Dr Jane Fitzgerald GP, Dru Yoga Therapy Course tutor, Ayurvedic practitioner, and Dru Back Care Course tutor. Janey has been a medical doctor in General Practice (GP) for thirty years. She has used Dru Yoga extensively to help people with back pain.
Kate Carter, Senior NHS Nurse, Dru Yoga Trainer, Dru Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Massage Therapist, and Dru Back Care Course tutor. 

More Information and Booking:

Venue:   Brittannia Hotel,  Leeds Road, Bramhope, Leeds  

Cost:      £325.00 in total for both weekends, including a course manual to supports your studies.
To confirm your place please pay a deposit £100.00 when booking - cheque payable to Dru Yoga North  or BACs transfer   30-90-43 a/c 02512700. 
Your name  and Lback  as the reference.

More information:  Please contact Mona Fairholme.  E-mail:; Phone: 01943 467 189 or 07534 006 092.

Booking:  Please contact Mona Fairholme at when you have made a transfer as this will secure your place on the course. 
Book early as spaces are limited.

Course objectives: 

• To give yoga teachers deeper knowledge, skills and confidence when teaching yoga students with back problems in their classes. 

• To train yoga teachers to safely run effective back care classes. 

More detailed course content: 

• Anatomy, physiology and pathology of back conditions; common conditions of the back that will be encountered by yoga teachers. 

• Evidence base for yoga therapy and other approaches for managing back pain. 

• Introduction to the therapeutic use of the kosha and chakra models in back care yoga classes. 

• Experience of asanas tailored to the therapeutic relief of back pain. 

• Specific techniques for deep relaxation of the spine. 

• Three customised and graduated back programmes to use as templates for yoga back classes. These programmes are based on recent research results with Dru Yoga. 

The programme will include a mixture of lectures and practical yoga sessions, with time to practice the skills you are learning.

There will be a reflective practice portfolio assignment between weekends one and two, and small group practical assessments on the final day of the course.

You will be provided with a full-colour course manual, pdfs of template class plans, home practice sheets to give to your students, and a pre-class health questionnaire.

Post Graduate Dru Back Care Course Feedback from previous Back Care Courses:

“It’s not just about backs! This course is going to enhance, no actually change my yoga teaching. I want all of my students to feel empowered with strength and the freedom to move, not just those with back pain. It is also going to be a fantastic journey for me, for helping my own journey with back pain. An essential part of your Dru Toolkit." 

“I taught the 6 week Dru Yoga Back Care Therapy programme to a client who had uncontrolled epilepsy and chronic pain, which prevented him from sleeping more than two hours at time. He now takes no painkillers and sleeps all night. So a big thank-you for the lesson plans.....they really work”. J.B. 

"The Dru team pool their vast and varied knowledge and experience to provide a comprehensive back care course”. K. L. 

"Great CPD – a natural and helpful progression for a Dru Yoga teacher. I have gained confidence in considering knowledge I have from my training in respect to the therapeutic area." 

"This course has given me lots of practical techniques to help people who experience back pain. It will give you the confidence not to be scared of helping people with back pain through your yoga classes."