Course: Low Back Intensive: Lumbar Disc Damage and Other Spinal Conditions with Justine Shelton

Course Description

Lumbar Disc Damage (LDD) is a broad term that can incorporate bulging discs, herniated discs, Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) and thinning of the discs, among others! It is important to know that sometimes people don’t understand their condition, so it is important that we, as Yoga Teachers, do!

This indepth Workshop will explore the following spinal conditions we might see in our student population. Modified asanas and precautions for each condition are discussed with video vignettes to reinforce important concepts.

After this workshop you’ll understand how Yoga can help and support these conditions:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Central Stenosis
  • Foraminal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Anterolisthesis
  • Posterolisthesis Retrolisthesis
  • Laminectomy
  • Spinal Fusions
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • and others…

Course Outline

Module 1 Handout: Gentle Yoga for Lumbar Disc Damage and other Spinal Conditions
Unit 1 Handout: Gentle Yoga for Lumbar Disc Damage and other Spinal Conditions
Module 2 Video: Lumbar Disc Damage and Other Spinal Conditions
Unit 1 Video: Deep Dive into Lumbar Disc Damage
Unit 2 Video: Deep Dive into other Spinal Conditions
Module 3 Asana Practice
Unit 1 Lumbar Disc Damage - Asana Practice
Module 4 Quiz: Lumbar Disc Damage and other Spinal Conditions
Unit 1 Quiz: Lumbar Disc Damage and other Spinal Conditions
Unit 2 Low Back Final Assignment Reminder Three

More Information

Sneak Preview

Half Lord of the Fishes pose (Matsyendrasana) energizes the spine and stimulates the digestive fire. This Yoga pose can be done sitting in a chair or on a mat and is quite a common pose in most Yoga classes. But for people with low back pain and/or lumbar disc damage… this pose can aggravate more than benefit. Certified Viniyoga Therapist, Justine Shelton, shares an alternative seated twist that brings you just as much benefit with much more comfort.

Downloadable PDF Documents

Low Back Certification Course

This Workshop is part of the Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care: Specialty Certification Program.
You can enroll in each course separately or in the entire Low Back Certification Course. Each individual course will apply towards this Certification whether taken ala carte or through the full program.

Gentle Yoga Therapy with Justine Shelton

Justine Shelton is a C=IAYT, an E-RYT500 and Lead Mentor Teacher and Anatomy and Physiology Instructor for the Soul of Yoga’s prestigious Yoga Therapy Program. Justine is the creator of the successful “Gentle Yoga for a Healthy Low Back” DVD, highly acclaimed by the Yoga Journal Magazine, and her “Gentle Yoga for the SI Joint” is one of the top selling Yoga DVDs on Amazon for YogaJP. Co-Founder of the Yoga Vista Academy, she shares her knowledge, inner wisdom and humor in her Teacher Training Workshops and therapeutic Yoga classes.

Testimonials

Kerry Cannell

Kerry Cannell

Upland, California | United States

I totally loved the handouts and videos and will use them for years to come. I have two private clients right now. She has SI joint instability and he has chronic sciatica! This info makes me look like I know what I’m doing. Thank you!!


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Dawn Deratany

Dawn Deratany

San Diego, California | United States

This Low Back Care Foundations Course is the harbor cruise, providing a high level understanding of types of back pain, causes, contraindications and recommended yoga poses and modifications. As a graduate of the Low Back Care Certification Program, I found that it builds on this Foundations Course as it goes into even more detail and prepares the student to create class plans whether 1:1 or teaching groups.


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Cheryl Mason, Santee, South Carolina, USA

Yoga Teacher, Currently enrolled

Justine’s low back certification has been some of the best training I have done to help students with a myriad of back issues.


Elisabeth Sherine Ahlby

Elisabeth Sherine Ahlby

Horten | Norway

Great program, videos and pdf-handouts. Important knowledge for all yoga teachers. Even as a former nurse and with a previous therapeutic yoga teacher background, I learned a lot from this program and would highly recommend it to others. I’m very happy that I found it, and signed up!

The downloadable handouts are very informative with a lot of detailed pictures. The videos and Justine’s teaching are great. She shares a lot of knowledge and is easy to follow. I also liked the quiz following each chapter, a good way to check your progress.

I wanted to learn more about yoga adapted to common back problems. I teach regular classes and smaller groups for people with different health problems. Back problems are very common, and something every teacher at some point will meet. Knowing what postures to choose and which ones to avoid, and individual adaption is the key to a safe yoga practise.


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Corey Stiles

Corey Stiles

Thornton, Colorado | United States

I have LOVED this course!!! And already have used much of what I’ve learned on myself and on my husband. Thank you so much for another terrific course!!!


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Beverly Davis-Baird

Beverly Davis-Baird

Little Silver, New Jersey | United States

Thank you very much for the detailed feedback. It is very helpful. I’m really enjoying the course, especially the practice videos. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into creating this. I can only imagine the many, many hours that went into planning, filming, and editing it. I’m grateful to have them as a resource even after I complete the certification.


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Gerry Hurtig

Gerry Hurtig

Parrish, Florida | United States

I can’t believe how in-depth and complete the material was for the Gentle Yoga Low-Back Care certification program. The videos were wonderful and were a great addition to the written portion of each section. I was able to immediately apply the information from each chapter to the yoga classes I teach. Justine is so amazing in her ability to provide both the lecture and demonstrations in the videos. She is such a great cheerleader. Thanks for an outstanding and fun program!


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Gina Thrane

Gina Thrane

Monrovia, California | United States

I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying this low back care training program. It has help my husband tremendously. It has taken me years to get him to do yoga. My students are enjoying the information that I bring also.


Low Back Certified

Karen Naids

Karen Naids

Concord, Maine | United States

I wish you had more courses. I have now taken all of them. Except for gentle yoga because there is alot of overlap. I think you guys are awesome. You have changed my path in my life. I am not going back to my nursing job because of you. I have been trying to figure out what I love for so long. I am, and always will be a nurse and I am finding that people love that I am a nurse and have gotten a few classes because of it!! So, a million thanks again. I know you are sick of me praising you, but you and Sherry have really changed my life!! Thank you again!!!


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Nelda Eserin

Nelda Eserin

Cincinnati, Ohio | United States

Gerry Hurtig is a real jewel! He is a great motivator and support for getting on with the plan. This is such a wonderful course you have put together!


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Susan High

Susan High

Buckeye, Arizona | United States

Taking this class has given me a lot more confidence in my teaching. One other reason I took your course was to learn more about how to take care of myself. I am 63 (closer to 64) and have S-curve scoliosis that often gives me pain at L4-L5. Of course there are arthritic changes, too, and thinning discs. I thought it was great that your course offered a holistic approach and discussed anti-inflammatory supplements and topicals. Thank you again for everything. I really learned a lot, and I feel like I gained a friend.


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Karen Wexler

Karen Wexler

Delray Beach, Florida | United States

I feel like I have been hanging out with you a lot lately doing the low back course! I keep meaning to tell you that I am really enjoying it so much. Life has been throwing me a lot of distractions so it is a challenge to keep moving at a pace I would like to, but I suppose it is going okay. I am on Chapter four now, and can’t wait to get into it because I have been having a lot of SI joint issues myself.


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Karen Langevin

Karen Langevin

Summerside, Prince Edward Island | Canada

This program was like a delicious piece of carrot cake that I wanted to make last which explains my 3x go through. Fortunately my binder and the yoga vista platform with the videos are close at hand. Thanks again Justine for pulling this one of a kind program together and for offering it to the yoga teacher community around the world.


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Marilyn M., Crotonville, New York, USA

Yoga Teacher

Thank you so much for your amazing feedback and suggestions!!! You have no idea how happy I am right now. Your positive and encouraging words give me the confidence to move forward with my teachback class. This course has exceeded my expectations. It is so informative and wonderful. I have learned so much. Thank you both, for the inspiration.


Janet Rosoff

Janet Rosoff

Aventura, Florida | United States

I am truly unable to fully express how much I appreciated your feedback on my sequences for Low Back Care. I did not want to write back to you until I read each one of your reviews more than several times while reviewing my videos. Watching my videos (which I will admit again was not easy for me) while reading your feedbacks was an invaluable learning experience as I continue this journey of teaching yoga. I am so appreciative of all of your detailed descriptions of the poses, suggestions and corrections. Justine, I know I will be a better teacher because of your guidance, knowledge and wisdom.


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Janet Rosoff

Janet Rosoff

Aventura, Florida | United States

My journey teaching seniors has and continues to be influenced by your knowledge and guidance. As you know, I have completed your chair certification, very close to finishing the gentle yoga certification and once I have completed I will be signing up for Justine’s Low Back Courses. Having a Crown Membership with access to YogaJP has provided me with invaluable resources that I have been able to provide to my students who range in age from mid 60’s to 97. You are both an inspiration to me and I thank you.


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Janet Rosoff

Janet Rosoff

Aventura, Florida | United States

I completed my 200 hour Yoga Alliance Training in 2009. Since then I completed trainings at Duke for Integrated Yoga for Seniors and with Yoga Vista Academy for both Chair and Gentle Yoga. The Low Back Care training has taken me to a whole different level of knowledge and teaching skills providing me with a solid understanding of low back conditions, the poses that empower and help my students improve their back conditions, the associated risks, as well as an ability to use that knowledge and teaching skills for creating a safe and effective yoga practice for my students.


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Susan High

Susan High

Buckeye, Arizona | United States

I’m so glad I took Gentle Yoga for Low Back with Justine. She is an amazing instructor and human being who genuinely cares about her students. The concepts and principles I learned from Justine changed the way I teach, and I believe all of my students are safer for it. Probably the best yoga instructor I have ever worked with. #genuine #safetyfirst #awesomeinstructor


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Pat P., Vienna, Virginia, USA

Yoga Teacher

I subbed a beginner class yesterday and when i checked in with everyone – one man told me he couldn’t do very much as he had spinal stenosis. Told him i had just done a workshop with you and i guess i asked him all the right questions. He did everything in the class with no pain. Thank you – sometimes you never know where your ripples lead. He left saying his back felt so much better – Thank you!!!


Dawn Deratany

Dawn Deratany

San Diego, California | United States

I wanted to reach out and thank you for putting together such an awesome, awesome training. It not only met but exceeded my expectations around the content that was within each section.


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Karen Langevin

Karen Langevin

Summerside, Prince Edward Island | Canada

Justine I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the amazing 6-page feedback to my final homework.


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Beverly Davis-Baird

Beverly Davis-Baird

Little Silver, New Jersey | United States

A BIG thank you to all of you! I learned so much through this program and now I have great resources (videos, manual, YOU) I can turn to when needed.


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Bill Miller

Bill Miller

Wausau, Wisconsin | United States

Justine has a down-to-Earth approach to passing her wisdom on to others. Her language is simple and direct and her humor frequently erupts, making learning less a chore and more something to look forward to. The use of videos enhances the class, especially because the videos, for the most part, are those of Justine’s presentation to a class of students. Something that I appreciated was her use of a skeletal model of the spine and of the pelvis. I have incorporated much of what I have learned from Justine into my own yoga classes, taught primarily to older adults. I am a more knowledgeable and a more insightful teacher as a result. I highly recommend this course for yoga teachers who want to vastly expand their knowledge of proper low back care when teaching a yoga class.


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Karen Langevin

Karen Langevin

Summerside, Prince Edward Island | Canada

You know that the only reason why “I got it”, is because your videos and handouts are exceptional and that I viewed your materials at least 3 times. In some cases, I used your videos for my personal practice and then taught your sequence to my students as a way of reinforcing what I learned from you. My students love your teachings and keep coming for more.


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Beverly Davis-Baird

Beverly Davis-Baird

Little Silver, New Jersey | United States

Sherry and Justine, you have a distinct way of loving people through your programs. Every conversation or email throughout the process provided encouragement and affirmation that I was on the right path. I can see why you are successful— you care so very much. I’m honored to be a new member in your special sangha and look forward to the day when I’ll get to meet each of you in person and give you a great big hug. 🙂


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Betsy Laban

Betsy Laban

Duarte, California | United States

I recently took a course from Justine in Yoga for back care. It is one of the most wonderful courses I have ever taken. She takes such great care in explaining every step, every movement, every modification in a way that makes perfect sense.

More than her amazing way of teaching, she inspires me to be the best instructor I can be. Her humor, knowledge and obvious care for others is priceless. I am forever grateful for the gifts she gave me.


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Pam Chin, Sarnia, Ontario, CANADA

Yoga Teacher, Qigong Teacher

I recently took Justine’s Low Back Teacher Certification Program. I have been teaching yoga since 1974. I started my career as a physio therapist and I am also a Qigong Instructor. I’m giving some background information on myself so you know Justine, how deeply and sincerely I mean this compliment. In my humble opinion, every yoga teacher should take this course. I have been studying in one form or another most of my life, but this class was a great blessing for me. Your teaching method and your knowledge of the subject matter, not to mention your sense of humour made this course a joy to participate in but more than that, taught me a great deal. I feel that I will be a better teacher for it. What a blessing it was to find you!


Janet Rosoff

Janet Rosoff

Aventura, Florida | United States

I have completed the studying and testing of the low back course now preparing to video sequences and send them in. I am excited to say that I was asked to teach a gentle yoga class with an emphasis on low back care to physical therapists and have now been asked to teach a class at their facility for their clients. This physical therapy facility is who I treated with following my accident (it will be 3 years in April). I am so grateful for their treatment and care and the opportunity provided by Yoga Vista to study online to receive my Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga and now Low Back Care Certification. What a Journey it has been! Thank you Sherry and Justine.


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Karen Naids

Karen Naids

Concord, Maine | United States

Thanks for all that you do!! You have changed my life, I quit my nursing job, I am teaching 2 classes, and possibly one more and I have started to take a course to become a yoga therapist. I could not have done this without your classes and your knowledge and support. Thanks to you and Justine!!


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Nelda Eserin

Nelda Eserin

Cincinnati, Ohio | United States

I have loved this training! This training has instilled more confidence in working with low back issues, not only in teaching, but in personal practice. In fact, my own sense of self-esteem has strengthened with the empowerment of better understanding the nature of the problems that can involve the spine and how I can personally work with these issues in my spine and feel confident in teaching yoga to others with loads of low back pain. Chronic pain is a drain on life energy, but having the right tools to work with pain is pure gold!


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