Postgrad Back Care & Mental Wellbeing Course |

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Postgrad Back Care & Mental Wellbeing Course

7 April, 2024
(Registration open till March 2024)

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.

This course also gives you a certification in Trauma Aware yoga (see below).


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?

  • Extensive and progressive yoga programmes on which to base your back care and mental health and wellbeing classes.
  • A trauma-aware 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.

Yoga within the NHS is full of newly evolving possibilities in the UK, and 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.


Trauma Aware yoga

Within the emerging world of using yoga to address emotional pain, "trauma aware yoga" introduces you to an awareness of how someone with trauma might need an attitude of care, invitation and respect for their personal space. It helps you notice the signs someone with trauma might express and the thresholds that indicate you should refer them on for further help. It's important to be aware that this is very different from "trauma sensitive" or "trauma informed" yoga, which explore ways to help someone with trauma and are beyond the scope of this course. In this course, "trauma aware yoga" enables you to be a sensitive, kind yoga teacher who knows how to help someone with trauma find the assistance they need. 



Course fee

Standard:  £475

DPN members: £420

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 £255.

For more information or to discuss this course, please contact the team on or alternatively give us a call on 01248 602 900 (ext. 205) - available Monday to Friday 9am-11am.

Calm Coach trainees:
You qualify for a substantial discount (up to 15%, £65!). There is an option for you on the booking form. 



Sunday, April 7, 2024 - 11:00
Wednesday, October 16, 2024 - 20:00
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!

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.
Electrical Technician, Factory plant, Manchester

I have had no pain or twinges since doing Dru Yoga. I have found the back care course excellent and would recommend to others with back pain. I work at a large factory in the maintenance department, I do quite a bit of lifting motors etc. so I've had quite a lot of back problems for quite a few years now. Since I've been doing the programme, I've been getting up every morning and doing the stretches and it's helped my back to no end. I'm really impressed with how it's gone, really good.  

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