2630 – Low Back Yoga

Intermediate / Pool Workshop


Chicago, IL / Saturday, April 25, 2020 – 1:30-4:30 pm – 3.0 credit hours

(Indoor Pool: 1:30-3:00 pm / Classroom: 3:00-4:30 pm)


Faculty: Camella Nair, Swami, C-IAYT


COURSE DESCRIPTION: An estimated 70% of people will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Often they will have multiple re-occurrences. Chronic back or LBP is the leading cause of pain and disability in the USA. Veterans are a particular demographic that has higher incidence of back pain than the general population, and in a 6-month trial of yoga, they experienced a significant drop in pain. Yoga offers some of the best evidence in support of managing back pain in adults and the emotional stress that goes along with that as it is a mind-breath-body protocol based on a Panchamaya Kosha model (Physical, energetic, mind, intellect and contentment considerations of the individual).


Statistics reveal that 60.5% of asymptomatic, middle aged people if they had an MRI, would show bulging disks or protrusion or extrusion. In the ancient yoga system, Surya Namaskar (sun salutations is an effective system of poses that integrate body-mind and breath), in order to be comfortable and stable in the body so we are not troubled by the mind and its reaction to life events and circumstances. This can be adapted to a chair or at the wall in a classroom setting for greater accessibility. There are links to chronic back pain and sedentary lifestyle that may also contribute to obesity, both of which may share common behavioral and neural pathology. Excess weight pulls the pelvis forward and puts strain on the lower back and contributes to coronary heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and colon cancer. Yoga therapy is a bidirectional relationship of mind and body. Breathing is the link that we can have direct control over as it has a pathway to the ANS, our body functions and how we deal with pain. There are also many forms of arthritis and FML that can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in the back, and whilst any part of the back can be affected, the lower back is the major common site of back pain in this disease that affects millions of older adults. Physical activity and especially an integrated system like yoga in the water can help to relieve pain and improve mobility, balance, strength and cardiovascular function and sense of well-being due to the increase in thalamic GABA levels which are associated with improved mood.



1)  Explore the architecture of the spine and examine its functions of support, protection and mobilization.

2)  Briefly discuss how yoga strategies can help common back injuries such as sprains, spasms, ruptured or herniated discs, fractures, spinal stenosis, as well as sciatica, arthritis and FML. Also highlight on back pain as a secondary issue to kidney stones, pregnancy, obesity and endometriosis as well as thickening of myofascia in the lower back.

3)  Present how an aquatic yoga protocol can help decompress the spine, improve balance and core stability along with improved endurance and cardiovascular conditioning.

4)  Highlight and practice yoga postures and other protocol may help combat discomfort with osteoarthritis, which is the prevalent form of arthritis affecting 27 million adults in the USA.

5)  Determine how the aquatic environment and yoga combined may enable obese people to increase cardiovascular exercise safely and become established in a sustainable weight loss program, improve lifestyle and mood.

6)  Practice poses that tone and massage the abdomen and pelvic organs and improve digestion, reduce obesity and help alleviate LBP.


FACULTY: Camella Nair, Swami, C-IAYT, is one of the few ordained female Swamis currently teaching in the Kriya Lineage. It is an unbroken line of gurus dating back thousands of years. She pioneered Aqua Kriya Yoga 20 years ago and travels to certify teachers in this field. As a female disciple, she authored “Prenatal Kriya Yoga” which is a mystical journey into pregnancy and motherhood. A registered Yoga Therapist and Prenatal Yoga Alliance registered teacher, she has a comprehensive online home-study in prenatal yoga at www.prenatalkriyayoga.com.