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Postgrad - Back Care course in the Midlands, Sep 2019

28 September, 2019

Dru yoga backcare and wellbeing diploma course
for social prescribing.

Our successful Dru postgraduate back care course is being developed to include more on wellbeing! This taught diploma course is open to qualified Dru Yoga teachers, and also to teachers from other schools of yoga. It is a stand- alone course, very practical and based on class teaching.

The 45 CPD points comprises 33 points for contact hours plus 12 points (a minimum of 12 hours) for personal research, group teaching and personal reflection.  The course is held over three non-residential weekends.

Course tutors: Dr Jane Fitzgerald, Padma McIntyre and senior Dru Yoga tutors

Weekend 1: 28 & 29 September 2019
Weekend 2: 30 November & 1 December 2019
Weekend 3: 7 & 8 March 2020

Course Objectives:

  • To give yoga teachers deeper knowledge, skills and confidence when teaching students with back problems in their classes.
  • To train yoga teachers to safely run effective back care classes.

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.

A sample video from our Healthy Back Programme 


The programme will include a mixture of lectures and practical yoga sessions, with time for you 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 last day.

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

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 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."

If you already have the Dru Postgraduate backcare certificate…

You can join the final weekend of this course, which gives you further training in offering yoga to people with stress related health conditions. You will then have the opportunity to upgrade to the Dru postgraduate certificate in backcare and wellbeing.

 This short course will cover common stress management and wellbeing issues including, anxiety, depression and panic attacks. We will share suitable yoga solutions for working with these.

What is social prescribing?

Medication doesn’t solve everything! After extensive trials, doctors and other healthworkers are now able to refer people via the social prescribing network for gardening, singing, dancing, walking groups, …and now yoga. This is usually funded through charities and social enterprises.

This is being developed for people who are socially isolated, feeling insecure, mildly and moderately depressed and anxious, suffering from stress, panic attacks, miserable…you don’t need a label. 

Our extensive experience of teaching people with back pain over the last ten years is that many of these problems go together, and that a yoga class helps people on so many different levels. 


To Book press 'Book now' button to book online or call Joshna on 01902 409164 or 07957424381

Prices and booking

Cost: Non-refundable** Registration Fee £100 (deducted from the course fee)

Dru Professional Members:    £480 
Standard Fee:    £570

** On some occasions we may suggest that you do some more preparation before joining the course, or that another stream of Dru would better serve you. If that happens your deposit is fully refundable.


Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00
Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 17:00
Avatar autumn maple leaves

I not only enjoyed it, I loved it! Thank you. It really helped me to feel my core stability muscles. I'm looking forward training them ;-)

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Dru Yoga Teacher, UK

If you want to physically strengthen your body and emotionally enhance your mind, Dru Yoga will give you the tools to take into your daily life and help you cope with the stresses of modern living.

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Thank you, this was lovely. It was great to have your teaching in my home! Great production also - good picture, good sound, easy to fast forward and great that I could see what was happening as I fast forwarded so I knew when to stop. I also like the way Dru Online is bringing us more specific subjects like this one, that before we have only seen in the workbooks. Thank you.

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