Jan. 7: Yoga To Ease Back Pain (6-week Series)

Yoga To Ease Back Pain (6-Week Series*)
w/ Charlotte Ott
Sundays @ 6:15 – 7:30pm, Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 11, 18
Pre-registration $108 for full 6 week series if you register by Dec. 29th / $120 thereafter
Don’t wait to register! 12 spaces are available

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. 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. In addition to the weekly classes students will be offered two video recordings, one for each segment to practice at home. Weekly sessions will begin with a review of how their home practice is progressing and suggestions and support will be offered. 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.

The two segments are entitled: Opening to Something Greater, (Segment 1) and Listening to the Body (Segment 2),

Segment 1: Opening to Something Greater (Weeks 1-3)
In this first segment, participants are introduced to yoga and the possibility of change in their back pain and change in themselves. They are taught how controlled breath work is the foundation for yoga. Participants practice a variety yoga breathing exercises (e.g. awareness of normal breath and evening out the breath in the lungs). They are introduced to intentional relaxation and practice several poses such as: Child’s Pose, Cobra Pose, Bridge Pose, Knees to Chest, Knees Together Twist and Reclining Cobbler Pose. Each week highlights briefly an aspect of yoga philosophy (definition of yoga, non-violence, honest). How the yoga philosophy concept applies both to yoga practice and daily life is emphasized.

Segment 2: Listening to the Body
Participants are taught how to listen to their individual bodies and to develop self- compassion. They are encouraged to begin building strength in standing postures, developing stability in balancing poses, stretching in gentle backbends, and learning to use the muscles to support the spine—all elements to help their low back pain. Participants are taught to use their experience on the mat to create a foundation of balance in their lives by trusting their own experience and listening to their bodies. Participants continue with postures learned in the first segment and learn new postures such as Wall Dog Pose, Triangle at Wall Pose, and Standing Forward Bend at the wall. Yoga philosophy principles highlighted in Segment 2 include purity, cleanliness, gratitude and discipline

During the series, we cover the following topics:

  • Week 1 (Define Yoga)
  • Week 2 (The Practice of Non-violence)
  • Week 3 (Truth and Honesty)
  • Week 4 (Purity/Cleanliness)
  • Week 5 (Contentment/Gratitude)
  • Week 6 (Discipline/Will Power)

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