tn SavasanaDemoSideOnBoatsBackground 2YHLB Logo. copytn EaglePose 2

YOGA for Healthy Lower Backs

Specialised, Evidence-Based 12-Week Courses

The University of York, Department of Health Sciences, York Trials Unit

Arthritis Research UK

Gentle * Effective * Enjoyable

Quality * Small Group Classes

Unique * Specific * Individualised

Beginner-Friendly * Cost-Effective

Teaches and Motivates

Health & Wellbeing Promotional Self-Management

In Cornwall and wanting to benefit from this evidence-based 'best practice' yoga course? (See more below).....


Looking to develop ways of providing this in your location, surgery, health centre or workplace?... 

Please contact Alison Trewhela and the YHLB South West Team 



tn 2FeetandPointingHand 2tn ArmsUp3Smiling 2tn CobraDemo 2

Outside Cornwall? - Visit to find other 'Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Institute' Register of Teachers teaching this same specialised course (350+ in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and more.)

Back discomfort is a common problem.  Now there is an innovative evidence-based way to improve back health and function.  The 'YOGA for Healthy Lower Backs' programme gently and progressively aims to help people get back to being more active again. 

The Research that Used this Specific Yoga

The University of York (Department of Health Sciences, York Trials Unit) ran one of the largest yoga research studies, funded by Arthritis Research UK.  Teachers from  the Iyengar Yoga Association (UK) and the British Wheel of Yoga designed and ran specialised 12-week courses in five areas of the UK.  The positive results showing it to be safe and effective were published in the 'Annals of Internal Medicine' ('Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Trial' H Tilbrook, et al, Nov 1st 2011).  The Cost Evaluation in the Journal 'Spine' (LH Chuang, Aug 15th 2012) showed it to be cost-effective for the NHS, society and the workplace.  A social enterprise has been set up to allow more people to benefit from the same yoga programme used in the randomised controlled trial.

The Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Institute

Professional standards of quality-assured care, support and advice is offered by Institute registered teachers providing this specific 'best practice' back-care yoga course.  The Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Institute trains high quality, already-trained and experienced yoga teachers from different schools and methods of yoga in how to deliver the 'Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs' programme.  The Institute is accredited nationally by the yoga governing body for Sport England and Sports & Recreation Alliance, British Wheel of Yoga, as a Recognized Centre of Excellence for Training and Standards and is also a member organisation of the British Council for Yoga Therapy. The Institute's Register of teachers can be viewed on -  many of these teachers are also CNHC registered and BackCare UK registered professionals.

Learn Life-long Self-Management Skills

Learn skills to improve your health for the long-term.  Ask your GP whether this gentle, evidence-based, specially-modified yoga course is appropriate for you (show them our website).  Enjoy helping yourself with this yoga 'toolkit', as many others have.

Yoga Class Format

The 12 x 75 minute class course comprises easy foundational yoga poses.  Props such as a yoga block, blanket or belt are used to aid effectiveness and to ensure absolute comfort.

Why 'YOGA for Healthy Lower Backs?

You know exactly what you will get - the same yoga, taught in the same way, according to the same educational materials, as in the research itself.  No need to wait until your next back episode recurs, before starting the course.

The course is designed to give you long-term benefits.  You will be taught to bring postural improvements, mental focus and relaxation techniques into your daily life.  In the research, benefits were still found a year after starting the yoga.  Nine months after their 12-week course had finished, the majority of the research trial's yoga group were still practising yoga at home approx. 30 minutes twice a week.

Expect to pay more for these therapeutic classes than for general yoga classes because they are taught in smaller groups but with its educational, single course, self-management approach, 'YOGA for Healthy Lower Backs' is considered to be cost-effective.

Workplace Evidence-based Yoga for Reduced Absenteeism and Cost-Savings

Our research showed days off work reduced by approx 70% over a year from this single, lifelong self-management, 12-week course.  

Support valued employees by helping them to improve their health with cost-effective education provided regularly by an experienced teacher.

Promote long-term healthy lifestyle choices effectively by giving staff tools to keep working creatively, energetically, productively, collaboratively and happily. 

Reduce the impact of back pain and stress-related conditions on workforce and business - published research showed how offering a 'Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs' course was estimated to save £817 per annum per person in productivity lost (based on an average salary).

"I used to have 2-3 periods of time off work each winter due to my back pain - this year = none!" 

"This course has taught me to lessen the frequency, duration and intensity of back episodes.  Hurrah!"

This holistic motivational 12-week course is designed:- 

to teach how to self-manage for the long-term

to address stress-management and relaxation skills, 

to encourage an increase in physical activity, appropriate to the individual,

to teach postural awareness and mindfulness, 

to aim for other, additional to lower back health, positive physical and mental health outcomes.

NICE Draft Guidelines regarding its review of how NHS professionals should treat patients with low back pain stated in the first sentence of its Press Statement 24th March 2016 that

'The draft guidelines recommends exercise in all its forms (for example, stretching, strengthening, aerobic or yoga), as the first step in managing low back pain' 

The above recommendation was majorly influenced by our H. Tilbrook et al and LH Chuang et al research papers evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of our group Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs course.  

We welcome this first step to accepting yoga has a role to play in mainstream healthcare in the UK.

Link to RCGP CPD Presentation Powerpoint

RCGP Website Link to Alison Trewhela’s 2016 Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Presentation

plus Dr. A Huette’s 2016 Yoga GP Quality Improvement Pilot Project Powerpoint

Relaxations CD (4-tracks) suitable as a stand-alone educational resource to reduce and ease tension and stress -

(Please note, if you attend a 12-week course, the CD and the book will be likely to be provided as part of the course.) 

Relaxations CD

tn CD Front Cover Sept2011

YHLB Front Cover of Book

 Evidence-based published Book.


'YOGA for Healthy Lower Backs'

Class Dates in Cornwall with Alison Trewhela, Original Designer (2006) of this evidence-based course. 


Want to Register for a Place?  You must pre-book well in advance for these small group popular classes, i.e. please do not just turn up.  

Already Attended a 12-Week Course? - You can email Alison to book to attend Catch-Up missed (free) or Refresher (£9 per class)classes.

Contact: Alison on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 





Booking Now

Venue: The ZedShed, Jubilee Wharf, Commercial Road, PENRYN TR10 8FG

Day:            Sunday Evenings  

Time:          5.30-6.45 pm

                    7.15-8.30 pm

Booking now.



2017 Course Cost - This evidence-based cost-effective specialised course costs a total of £224  (includes book/manual, relaxations CD, hand-outs, home practice sequences, registration, ongoing support) payable in 3 instalments.  



Day:             Sunday Evenings   

Time:           5.30-6.45 pm

Venue Address:  The ZedShed,  Jubilee Wharf, Commercial Road, Penryn TR10 8FG

Start-date:  5th November 2017 TBC  (Possible alternative second Class 1) Please arrive approx. 25 minutes early for the first class.

12 Class Dates: (TO BE CONFIRMED)

1.  Sunday 5th November 2017 at 5.30 pm

2.  Sunday 12th November

3.  Sunday 19th November

4.  Sunday 26th November

5.  Sunday 3rd December


6.  Sunday 17th December

- - -

7.  Sunday 28th January 2018

8.  Sunday 4th February 2018

9.  Sunday 11th February 2018

10. Sunday 18th February 2018

11. Sunday 25th February 2018

12. Sunday 4th March 2018



Day:             Sunday Evenings   

Time:           7.15-8.30 pm

Venue Address:  The ZedShed,  Jubilee Wharf, Commercial Road, Penryn TR10 8FG

Start-date:  24th September 2017

12 Class Dates:

1.  Sunday 24th September 2017 at 7.15 pm

- -

2.  Sunday 15th October

3.  Sunday 22nd October

4.  Sunday 29th October

5.  Sunday 5th November

6.  Sunday 12th November

7.  Sunday 19th November

8.  Sunday 3rd December


9.  Sunday 17th December

- - -

10. Sunday 28th January 2018

11. Sunday 4th February 2018

12. Sunday 11th February 2018


Day:             Sunday Evenings   

Time:           5.30 - 6.45 pm

Venue Address:  The ZedShed,  Jubilee Wharf, Commercial Road, Penryn TR10 8FG

Start-date:  25th June 2017.  Please arrive approx. 25 minutes early for the first class.

12 Class Dates: 

1.  Sunday 25th June 2017 at 5.30, but please arrive early for Class 1


2.  Sunday 9th July

3.  Sunday 16th July

4.  Sunday 23rd July

5.  Sunday 30th July

6.  Sunday 6th August

7.  Sunday 13th August

8.  Sunday 20th August


9.  Sunday 3rd September

10. Sunday 10th September

11. Sunday 17th September

12. Sunday 24th September


Day:             Monday Lunchtimes (Under NHS for Penryn Surgery patients)   

Time:           12.45-2.00 pm (but first class on Monday evening at 8.00-9.15 pm)

Venue Address:  The ZedShed,  Jubilee Wharf, Commercial Road, Penryn TR10 8FG

Start-date:  Monday 21st November 2017. 

12 Class Dates: 

1.  Monday 21st November 2016 at 8.00-9.15 pm (First class only - in evening)

2.  Monday 28th November 2016 at 12.45-2.00 pm

3.  Monday 5th December 2016     “         “

4.  Monday 12th December 2016    “  One off time of 2.30-3.45

5.  Monday 19th December 2016     “   12.45-2.00 pm

6.  Monday 2nd January 2017            “   “(BANK HOLIDAY?TBC)

7.  Monday 6th February 2017          “          “ 

8.  Monday 13th February 2017        “          “

9.  Monday 20th February 2017        “          “

10. Monday 6th March 2017              “          “

11. Monday 13th March 2017            “          “

12. Monday 20th March 2017             “         “      



More courses with other teachers in different areas of Cornwall, e.g. St. Austell, Launceston, Falmouth, Bodmin, Penzance.  Contact Alison via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.





 Private 1-1 Consultations


 With Alison Trewhela - CNHC; YHLB-R; SBRCP - Yoga Therapist - Lower Back Pain (trained Yoga Biomedical Trust); Specialist Advisor in Yoga for ICNM; Specialist Tutor in Yoga and Research for University of Exeter Medical School; Lead Yoga Teaching Consultant for University of York / Arthritis Research UK research; Director and Lead Teacher Training Tutor for the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Institute (accredited by the yoga governing body for Sport England and Sports & Recreation Alliance, British Wheel of Yoga Yoga, as Recognized Centre of Excellence in Training and Standards); Yoga Teacher since 1983; BackCare Professional Associate.

 Consultations at Walsingham Clinic - Multi-Disciplinary Natural Health Centre, Truro, Cornwall, UK



Please contact Alison on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to speak to her about an individual 1-1 yoga for backcare and general health assessment or consultation. 

This might suit those who wish to have more individualised instruction and advice, or for those unable to attend group classes regularly.

Alison can teach a maximum of two people together at the Clinic, where she works as part of a multi-disciplinary team of Natural and Complementary Health Practitioners. 

It is sometimes useful for those with more long-standing or debilitating low back issues to have one or two 1-1 sessions prior to attendance on a 12-week Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs course.

1 Hour - £42.   1/2 Hour £36.




YOGA for Healthy Lower Backs Teacher Training Courses taught by Alison Trewhela (Principle Tutor) for The Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Institute  

Go to - Courses for Qualified Teachers

Royal Tunbridge Wells - February and June 2017

Rotherham - April and July 2017

Cornwall - September and November 2017

Shropshire - April and July 2018

Dorset, Poole - June and September 2018

Plus more. for more information about this exciting groundbreaking clinical trial and evidence-based specialised yoga programme.

Yoga website designed and hosted by Somerset Yoga