Coast Yoga established 1994

Coast Yoga Glenelg acknowledges the Kaurna people as custodians of the land, waters and sky where we practice yoga. We respect their cultural, physical and spiritual connection to their land and community and pay respect to elders past, present and emerging. We recognise that their sovereignty was never ceded.

Yoga For Back Pain Adelaide

“But a yogi never forgets that health must begin with the body. Your body is the child of the soul. You must nourish and train your child. Physical health is not a commodity to be bargained for. Nor can it be swallowed in the form of drugs and pills. It has to be earned through sweat.” ― B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga for back pain will give you back your confidence in your body and can be the first step in getting back to normal activity and reclaiming your life.

Classes are taught by Vanessa Shribman, yoga teacher and physiotherapist. She has been teaching for 30 years and is a certified Iyengar teacher and a registered physiotherapist who works in private practice and Leonie Wieringa certified Iyengar teacher.

The back care course is designed to strengthen and heal your back safely under the supervision of a physiotherapist. You may need to attend for one 10 week cycle or several cycles. After this course it is important to maintain your body to avoid future back pain. You can do this by making yoga a regular part of your health regime by attending beginner’s or level 1 classes regularly. All teachers at Coast Yoga are certified teachers and are experienced in adapting poses for injury. Or you can continue in regular classes


Book now for Yoga for Back Pain . Have you had chronic back pain? Too frightened to exercise in case it makes it worse? Yoga for back pain is a safe methodical way to build strength and resilience to injury and back pain. Yoga for back pain is suitable for beginner’s or for students who want to work with an injury.

  • Yoga for Back pain – for students who have  back pain and general injuries  or who are looking for an easy paced class-

Length/times: 6pm – 7.15 (75 minutes)

Cost: $195 for 10 classes ($175 concession – please contact us for more info)

*Concessions are available for full time students, unemployed or on a pension but not to health care card holders or seniors card holders. Please contact us for more information or book at the centre.

*No casual visits available.

*The class is open to beginner’s or yoga students who wish to work with an injury.


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Yoga for back pain



More about back pain

Your back is the centre of your body and, when it goes wrong, the centre of your world!

There is nothing worse than back pain. When acute it limits everything that you do. Your life is scheduled according to how long you can stand and sit; what aggravates your back. Even going for a walk or to a movie can be a major undertaking. There is also the constant fear that your back will go into spasm when you are engaged in your daily activities.

The back consists of the spine which includes neck, shoulders and upper back and the pelvis and sacrum. The spine is in fact beautifully designed, allowing us to bend forwards, backwards, sideways and to twist; however because of stress and strain, injury and neglect, it can start to go wrong. This can be a frightening experience when suddenly you are incapacitated and unable to move because of protective muscle spasm.

This can make you lose confidence in your body and live in dread of the next episode. For many of us it is not quite so dramatic and can manifest as a dull ache or chronic stiffness and you know that it could feel better. Most people at this point end up at the chiropractor or physio and this is good as a short- term solution. However, unless you learn to treat your back differently, the pain will not abate and nor will your constant visits to the chiro.

Yoga is different in that it teaches you to care for your own back.
Yoga for lower back pain or upper back problems teaches you to listen to your body and learn to feel what your back needs. It teaches you many ways to stretch your spine and the surrounding muscles so that your back becomes innately healthy again. It teaches you to maintain your back long term.

Spines must stretch to stay healthy.
The joints must make space for the discs so that they don’t become compressed. A spine does not deal well with chronically tight muscles. Equally, a neck needs a flexible upper back to be able to function well.

Not all stretching is good for a back.
That is why it is important to attend a specialised back care course at least for a while to ensure that you stretch and strengthen safely.

Backs need core strength.
Pilates is included in the course in order to develop a strong core. This includes the deep abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor.

The nervous system is encased in your spine.
Therefore stress, tension and anxiety will affect the health of your spine. The back care course includes pain coping skills.

You are what you eat.
Good food helps to build healthy discs, muscles and bones. Your spine will struggle if you don’t eat healthy food and if you smoke.