A yoga instructor is offering people with lower back problems a helping hand with the launch of a new course.
Sara Jobling is one of only a handful of teachers who can deliver a 12-week course dedicated to those with back complaints.
A yoga instructor and therapist for more than 30 years, she underwent an intensive training programme run by the University of York’s Department of Health Sciences.
Mrs Jobling said: “I have been a yoga teacher for 30 years, but I’m also a yoga therapist and I have come across people with a range of medical conditions.
“Following a research trial by the University of York’s Department of Health Sciences, a yoga programme was designed specifically for those with lower back problems.
“Only a select number of experienced yoga teachers were invited to train in the programme so they could then deliver it to clients.
There are currently five groups delivering the course in the North East and the results have been amazing.Sarah Jobling
“Through the research, they found those who completed the course found they were 30 per cent better than any other form of treatment available.
“There are currently five groups delivering the course in the North East and the results have been amazing.”
The course – the first of its kind in the area – will take place at Temple Park Centre in South Shields on Sunday - launching on September 6.
Those signing up to the course will be given a free relaxation CD, learning materials and instruction to accompany the weekly classes.
Equipment can also be provided.
Visit www.yogawellbeing.org/yoga-for-healthy-lower-back/ call 491 1816 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
The research was funded by Arthritis Research UK.