Online Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care Specialty Certification Program with Justine Shelton, C-IAYT

Program Description

Teaching Yoga to the 50+ population offers challenges and opportunities for Yoga Teachers. By the time a person is in midlife and/or into their “senior” years; chronic health conditions, structural misalignments and pain are common. One of the top reasons the 50+ student comes to Yoga is for low back pain.

Low back pain can be caused by a myriad of structural issues and/or spinal injuries and therefore, not all Yoga Poses are appropriate or therapeutic. Thus, it is imperative a Yoga Teacher be educated on the proper bio-mechanics needed to support and not aggravate these conditions when teaching to these populations in group classes or private sessions.

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This Certification program provides you with the most comprehensive Yoga Training Program Low Back Conditions and Modified Yoga Asanas.

  • Regular Certification Price: $795
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Learning Objectives

  • Educate and empower you to teach with confidence to students who have low back issues whether they come to your Group Yoga classes, or for private sessions.
  • Learn the fundamentals of the Anatomy of the low back so that you can better understand and guide your students in a safe and effective manner.
  • Dive deep into common maladies and issues of the low back, as we cannot separate the low back from the rest of the spine….so the anatomy of the entire spine, including spinal curvatures and misalignments throughout the spine is covered.
  • Study the anatomy of the vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs – whether they be in the low back, upper back or neck, and learn how the same Yogic principles apply to working with disc damage.

Justine’s in-depth studies in Viniyoga Therapy as well as her own Low Back issues has given her a wealth of knowledge which she graciously and entertainingly  shares with you.  Each Low Back Condition in this Program comes with a large variety of recommended Yoga asanas and sequences  to help you create your own Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care class.

40 Hours Online Certification

All Course materials included upon enrollment! Detailed and Illustrated  Downloadable Training Manual includes:

Final Exam, Sequencing Assignment & Teachback Class required for Certification.

2-4 Hour Deep Dive Video Workshop Intensives covering the following conditions:

(The above Video Workshops can be taken ala carte with the option to add-on the Final Certification Module which consists of a Final Exam, Written Assignment and a Teachback Class)

Program Overview

Pre-Requisite: Yoga Teachers with a minimum of 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training can be Certified in Gentle Yoga for the Low Back. Others will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Course Structure

    • In-depth Anatomy modules for each condition covered in the Certification Program.
      • Causes and Symptoms
      • Movement Guidelines – (do’s and don’t)
      • Comprehensive Yoga Pose Library: Recommended Yoga Poses/Sequences (with modifications )
    • Detailed Reference material PDF handouts for each condition with illustrations of Yoga poses and recommendation modifications.
    • Deep Dive Video Intensive Workshops covering each of the Low Back Issues and Conditions
    • Online Videos – Full 1-hr Gentle Yoga for the Low Back classes
    • Assignments:
      • Final Exam at the end of the Program
      • One Written Assignment: Safe Sequencing
      • Your Final Teachback Class

Ongoing access to the Course material after graduation.

Special Asana Sequencing for each Condition

100’s of Pages of Course Materials!

Sneak Preview

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Karen Wexler, Delray Beach, Florida, USA

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.

Karen Naids, Concord, Maine, USA

Yoga Vista Academy Certified Yoga for Low Back Care Teacher
Yoga Vista Academy Certified Chair Yoga and Corporate Yoga Teacher

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!!!

Dawn Deratany, San Diego, California, USA

Yoga Vista Academy Certified Yoga for Low Back Care Teacher

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.

Susan High, Buckeye, Arizona, USA

Yoga Vista Academy Low Back Care Teacher

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

Betsy Laban, Duarte, California, USA

Yoga Vista Academy Low Back Care Teacher

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.

Gina Thrane, Monrovia, California, USA

Yoga Vista Academy Certified Yoga for Low Back Care Teacher

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.

Janet Rosoff, Aventura, Florida, USA

Yoga Vista Academy Certified Yoga for Low Back Care Teacher
Yoga Vista Academy Certified Chair Yoga and Gentle Yoga Teacher

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.

Bill Miller, Wausau, Wisconsin, USA

Yoga Vista Academy Certified Low Back Care Teacher

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.

Susan High, Buckeye, Arizona, USA

Yoga Vista Academy Certified Low Back Care Teacher

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.

Dawn Deratany, San Diego, California, USA

Yoga Vista Academy Certified Yoga for Low Back Care Teacher

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.

Janet Rosoff, Aventura, Florida, USA

Yoga Vista Academy Certified Chair and Gentle Yoga Teacher
and Yoga Vista Academy Certified Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care Teacher

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.

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!!!

Elisabeth Sherine Ahlby, Horten, NORWAY

Yoga Vista Academy Certified Yoga for Low Back Care Teacher

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.

Karen Naids, Concord, Maine, USA

Yoga Vista Academy Certified Chair and Gentle Yoga Teacher
and Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care Teacher

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!!

Janet Rosoff, Aventura, Florida, USA

Yoga Vista Academy Certified Yoga for Low Back Care Teacher
Yoga Vista Academy Certified Chair Yoga and Gentle Yoga Teacher

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.

Janet Rosoff, Avenura, Florida, USA

Yoga Vista Academy Certified Chair Yoga and Gentle Yoga Teacher
Yoga Vista Academy Certified Low Back Care Teacher

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 Intensive. 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.