Postgrad Back Care & Wellbeing Course for Social Prescribing - Oct 2022 - Mar 2023 |

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Postgrad Back Care & Wellbeing Course for Social Prescribing - Oct 2022 - Mar 2023

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2 October, 2022
(Registration open till October 2022)

Open to all qualified yoga teachers, this postgrad Dru back care and wellbeing certificate course will provide you with an in-depth training based on the latest research in crucial topics facing all yoga teachers today.  You'll learn how to confidently address wellbeing issues centred around back pain, anxiety, depression, panic attacks and other mental health concerns. 

You'll receive the training you need to offer easy-to-apply yoga approaches to these conditions, giving you the capability to work within the NHS*, corporate settings and any yoga class environment.


What does the course include?

  • 16 hours of live online teaching (and downloadable replays of these sessions).
  • An additional 10 hours of downloadable teaching sessions that you can study in your own time.
  • Tutor-guided small groups that will help you deepen your understanding of the material, based on case studies and medical and yoga topics.
  • A comprehensive 50-page manual – including teaching plans, medical guidelines and background research.

What will you learn?

  • 3 extensive and progressive yoga programmes on which to base your back care and wellbeing classes.
  • Programmes for mental health and wellbeing.
  • A trauma-sensitive and compassionate teaching approach to working with health issues.
  • Insights into the latest research on the many functions of the vagus nerve, musculofascial release, the psoas muscle.
  • New approaches breathing and relaxation techniques.
  • You'll dive into the nuances of myofascial stretching, gradual muscle strengthening and healthy breathing. Practical application of the latest research around the many functions of the vagus nerve will give you a much greater understanding of the human relaxation response.

Where can it take you?

  • This course will revolutionize the way you’re teaching your current yoga classes.
  • Feel confident to start teaching in business or other workplace settings.
  • Become equipped to start teaching in the NHS*, social prescribing* and other contexts. 

Dru senior tutors are part of the national workgroup setting standards for social prescribing, so you'll be aligned with the latest national requirements as a yoga teacher.  

How will the course be delivered?

The course will be spread over 4 live online teaching days (see below for dates), each followed by a live, interactive tutorial session. 

To refine your skills, there is a component of personal study which you will prepare and then explore in tutorials and small group sessions. 

How many CPD points will you get?

If you are a member of the Dru Professional Network you will be able to accrue 30 CPD hours for attendance at this event. Attendees from other yoga schools will need to check individually for their own CPD credits.

Social prescribing and Yoga within the NHS are newly evolving possibilities in the UK, and at this early stage funding is by no means easy. Nevertheless, the course will equip you to be a highly effective yoga teacher in a health care setting, enabling you to respond to whatever opportunities are available in your areas.


Course fee

Standard:  £395

DPN members: £345

Want to upgrade the Dru Back Care Certificate you already have?
You can take part in this course, receive all the downloads, and participate in the small group sessions for only £185.

For more information or to discuss this course, please contact the team on



Sunday, October 2, 2022 - 11:00
Sunday, March 19, 2023 - 17:00
Consultant Paediatric Radiologist

My back has felt a lot easier since getting into the exercises from the Dru Yoga classes. In particular, I did a care in theatre on Thursday which I do every couple of weeks - it takes a good couple of hours and involves wearing a heavy lead apron and standing in a very awkward position. Usually my back is screaming by the end. But last week, I was pain free at the end. Extraordinary. Thank you!

Customer Experience Co-ordinator and Dru Yoga and Meditation teacher.Wrexham
I have experienced back pain and discomfort myself. It was non-specific back pain and I've tried several things over the years from Pilates to osteopaths, physiotherapists, and different exercise programmes, and while it all helped, I didn't really feel like it got to the nub of things. 
Then I discovered Dru Yoga, which was recommended by my osteopath, so I had a go and thought there's something special this. I then went on to train as a Dru Yoga teacher. And that really helped me really with my own experience of back pain and how to manage it. I felt like I was also able, to a degree, to help my yoga students as well. Although at that stage I didn’t feel I had the confidence and the ability to work with clients who maybe had more specific back pain. I felt I needed a little bit more knowledge to help them best.
So that's what led me to doing the Dru Backcare & Wellbeing course. And I really found it extremely helpful. It has enabled me to work with students in a class setting but also on a one-to-one basis and really tailor classes to meet their needs. 
And I've seen a huge difference, both in my confidence in how I teach, and in the way my students feel when I'm teaching them as well. So, if you're thinking about doing the course, I would highly recommend it. 
It's made a huge difference for me. 
I’d say, ‘Jump in there and go for it. I'm sure you will really enjoy it’.
Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, West Yorkshire
I signed up to the backcare course for my own benefit initially due to generalised back pain. What a great course! I learned so much about myself and lots that I could share with others. Since I completed the course I have run independent backcare and wellbeing workshops for students and I have skills and knowledge to bring these practices into my general classes when required by the students. Thank you Dru and the team for this wonderful course.

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