March 4: Yoga To Ease Back Pain (6-Week Series)

Yoga To Ease Back Pain (6-Week Series)
w/ Charlotte Ott
Sundays @ 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 8, 15
at Revolution Community Yoga in the Buddha Room (downstairs back parking lot level)
Early Bird Full-Series Registration $108 / $120 after Feb. 27, 2018
12 spaces available
Drop-ins may be available (if space allows), but advanced signup is always required – email for drop-in registration

If you suffer from chronic lower back pain you are not alone. Low back pain (LBP) is the most common cause of pain in the United States, resulting in substantial morbidity, disability and cost to society. Approximately one-fourth of U.S. adults experience LBP at least one day over a three-month period. LBP accounts for 34 million office visits annually by family physician and primary care internists. Annual direct costs for LBP care in the U.S. are more than $50 billion and indirect costs (e.g. productivity) are estimated to be even greater. Back pain patients incur up to 75% more medical expenditures than patients without back pain. Back injury is the leading and most expensive cause of workers’ compensation claims.

This six-week session is based on Dr. Robert Saper’s study at Boston Medical Center. Although this is a continuation, new students are welcome. The intention of this therapeutic yoga session is to empower students to take control of their own healing journey. In addition to weekly classes students will be encouraged and supported to begin a home practice. This program is ideal for students new to yoga and more experienced students open to experiencing yoga with beginner’s mind.

The six weeks are divided into 2 segments. Each segment lasts 3 weeks. The segments build upon what participants have learned in previous segments. Each segment has a set of specific poses, breathing exercises and yoga philosophies. The goal of the two segments is to teach basic hatha yoga postures in a carefully calibrated sequence that supports healing of the back.

Segment 1: Engaging Your Power (Weeks 1-3)
Participants are challenged to apply the strength and self-awareness that they have started to discover in more challenging standing, twisting, and back bending postures. They are encouraged to focus on the strength and mobility in their low back as they try more difficult postures such as Warrior I at Wall Pose and Chair Pose. Participants are introduced to the yogic concepts of self-awareness, self-acceptance and moderation.

Segment 2: Bringing it Home (Weeks 4-6) Participants perform more challenging postures including Downward Facing Dog Pose and Baby Dancer Pose. The notions of balance, self-compassion and community are presented in this segment

During the series, we cover the following topics:

  • Week 1 (Study and Awareness)
  • Week 2 (Acceptance / Letting Go)
  • Week 3 (Moderation/Not Greed)
  • Week 4 (Balance Effort and Ease)
  • Week 5 (You are what you Practice)
  • Week 6 (We’re all in this Together)

If unsure if this class is right for you, please contact the studio at

Charlotte Ott
I began practicing yoga in 1992 when I was pregnant with my first child. Like many I was drawn to yoga initially for the physical aspects As I continued to practice I began to appreciate and look forward to the sense of peace and clarity I would feel during and after practice. Over the last 20 years I have practiced and studied many styles with many teachers; Shiva Rea, Doug Keller, Todd Norian, Natasha Rizopoulos, and Barbara Benagh to name a few. Over the years I’ve been focusing more on the therapeutic aspect of yoga and continue to advance my training in that area. I received my 200 hour training at Kripalu and my 300 hour with Shiva Rea and continue to study Therapeutics with Doug Keller. In addition to weekly yoga classes I run Ayurveda workshops with Emmie Stamel, therapeutic workshop with Linda Moran PT and nutrition and cleansing program with Lisa Mair.

Another passion is cooking nourishing foods. I was head chef at Shoals Marine lab from 2010 to 2016. I continue to share the benefits of healthy eating through cooking classes, private consultations and running seasonal cleanses through The Ultimate Rejuvenation Cleanse.

*Refunds are not available for series as your full series payment reserves your spot for the entire series, and the teacher is paid for your spot whether you are in attendance or not.

Revolution Community Yoga
537 Massachusetts Avenue
Acton, MA 01720