This unique book offers a framework for using yoga therapeutically to heal back and spinal problems. Combining detailed instruction on evaluation and treatment techniques with personal narrative and case studies, Yoga for a Happy Back bridges the gap between practicing yoga for better physical health and understanding the role of the mind-body connection in back pain.
Utilising her vast experience as a physical therapist and yoga therapist, and the latest advances in the field, Krentzman advises on how to design therapeutic yoga classes for individuals with back pain. She includes information on creating class themes, and never before published sequences from the Purna yoga tradition for alignment based treatment of specific spinal conditions.
With over 300 photos and illustrations, this book enables practitioners to access the benefits of yoga therapy for the treatment of orthopaedic dysfunctions and to promote general spinal health.
Rachel Krentzman PT, E-RYT, is the founder and director of Embody Physical Therapy and Yoga in San Diego, California. In 1996 she gained a degree in physical therapy and began her career in hospital settings in areas such as orthopaedics and neurosurgery. Rachel became increasingly aware of the therapeutic benefits of yoga and gained her E-RYT500 designation after advanced study with Aadil Palkhivala, the founder of Purna yoga. As well as workshops and classes, Rachel offers teacher training in yoga therapy, particularly in the treatment of back problems.
Foreword by Aadil Palkhivala. Introduction. Part I. Principles and Practices of Yoga for a Happy Back. 1. Concepts in Yoga Therapy. 2. Functional Anatomy: Structure, Movement & Screening the Spine. 3. When it Really Hurts: Relieving Acute Back Pain. 4. Opening the Hips: The Key to Low Back Health. 5. Demystifying the Sacroiliac (SI) Joint. 6. Creating Space: Traction. 7. What is the Core Exactly? Abdominal Strengthening & Back Pain. 8. Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Looking Inward. Part II. Teaching Yoga For a Happy Back. 9. Sequencing and the Art of Teaching. 10. Sequences to Treat Specific Conditions.