Back pain can bewilder even seasoned therapists, yoga teachers and practitioners. This is partially because back pain and sciatica are symptoms, and rational treatment requires finding the cause!  In this online, interactive training, Dr. Fishman will explain eight basic causes of low back pain and teach you how to identify the proper one, relieve the pain it produces, and also how to avoid the things that bring on pain in the first place.  This course is designed to help participants with their own back pain, aid them in understanding and alleviating back pain in others, and use yoga in ways that relieve and prevent future back pain. This straightforward approach uses anatomy, but requires no previous study. Because the course is online, you’ll learn to teach the important poses by virtually teaching one another, which may be a novel approach for you, but one that has been successfully used before in many cases.  Dr. Fishman has seen more than 20,000 patients with back pain, written five books about yoga for back pain, and many academic papers about the topic.


Live and Online*



September 14th - 18th with additional self-study hours

Wednesday, September 14th: 6 - 8: 30 PM ET

Friday, September 16th: 6 - 8: 30 PM ET

Saturday, September 17th: 9:30 AM - 4PM ET

Sunday, September 18th: 11 AM - 5:30PM ET


*Flexible Absentee Policy: Students may miss up to 5 hours of live training & still makeup those hours by viewing on demand to pass. Absences must be excused in advance, and may not be available for Sunday practical testing hours.


This Course Includes:

  • Essential anatomy and how it becomes relevant.
  • The eight basic causes of approximately 90% of low back pain.
  • The underlying dynamics: how these conditions result in pain.
  • How to recognize them – the tests for them.
  • The proper yoga poses for each condition.  Contraindicated poses for each condition.
  • What to do if your treatment doesn’t work.


Successful Completion of Course Equals the Following:

  • 25 hours of Yoga Therapy Training required for PYI's IAYT-accredited Yoga Therapy Program or may be used for CE's with IAYT
  • 25 hours of CE's from Yoga Alliance

Requirements for Certificate of Completion 

  • 75% Live attendance minimum at classes & all classes completed
  • 75% or Higher Grade on final quiz and practical
  • Completion of all homework & assignments

Recommended Reading:

  • Healing Yoga by Loren M. Fishman, M.D. (W.W. Norton, 2015)


  • New Students $850 (Early Bird: $800)
  • PYI Grads $600 (Early Bird: $550)
  • PYI Yoga Therapy Program Enrolled Students $525 (Early Bird: $475)



*Use Code {BACKCARE}  at Checkout for $50 Off*

New Student - Enroll Now $850
PYI Grad - Enroll Now $600
PYI YT Student - Enroll Now $525

Meet Our Expert Faculty



Dr. Fishman is Medical Director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City, author of seven books and author or editor of more than 100 academic articles, and a world-recognized pioneer in the treatment of piriformis syndrome and rotator cuff tear and an expert in curing back pain. He is Associate Editor of Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, on the staff at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and a past president of the New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Fishman has written five books about yoga and medical conditions. They are: Relief Is In the Stretch: Cure Back Pain With Yoga ( with Carol Ardman, WW Norton, 2006), Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis (with Eric Small, Demos Press, 2007), Yoga for Osteoarthritis (with Ellen Saltonstall, WW Norton, 2008), Yoga for Osteoporosis (with Ellen Saltonstall, 2010), and Healing Yoga (2015).

After graduating from Christ Church, Oxford, Dr. Fishman spent a year in Pune, India, studying Yoga with BKS Iyengar, attending every public and private class and taking daily instruction. At that time, Mr. Iyengar gave Dr. Fishman permission to teach his Yoga. Dr. Fishman then went to Rush Medical School, did a residency in a Tufts-Harvard program, and served as Chief Resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Throughout his career, when appropriate, he has incorporated Yoga into his medical practice and has watched its healing effects. He is also an enthusiastic practitioner himself and has been doing Yoga daily since 1973.

Dr. Fishman has been included in numerous “Best Doctors” lists and has lectured in the United States and abroad. He is an officer of the Manhattan Institute for Cancer Research, and lives with his wife in New York City.


"To his patients, Dr. Fishman is a miracle worker." – Jane Brody, NY Times

Loren Fishman is "... a Thomas Edison of yoga therapy." – William Broad, The Science of Yoga


Liz Larson is the study administrator for Dr. Loren Fishman’s Yoga vs. Osteoporosis Dose-Response study.  She has studied with Dr. Fishman for seven years.  Liz is passionate about using yoga to improve health, arguably our most valuable resource.




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