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Postgrad Back Care & Mental Wellbeing Course

Open to all qualified yoga teachers, this postgrad Dru back care and wellbeing certificate course will provide you with an in-depth training based on the latest research in crucial topics facing all yoga teachers today.  You'll learn how to confidently address wellbeing issues centred around back pain, anxiety, depression, panic attacks and other mental health concerns.

You'll receive the training you need to offer easy-to-apply yoga approaches to these conditions, giving you the capability to work within the NHS*, corporate settings and any yoga class environment.

This course also gives you a certification in Trauma Aware yoga (see below).

 What does the course include? 

  • 16 hours of live online teaching (and downloadable replays of these sessions).
  • An additional 10 hours of downloadable teaching sessions that you can study in your own time.
  • Tutor-guided small groups that will help you deepen your understanding of the material, based on case studies and medical and yoga topics.
  • A comprehensive 50-page manual – including teaching plans, medical guidelines and background research.

 What will you learn? 

  • Extensive and progressive yoga programmes on which to base your back care and mental health and wellbeing classes.
  • A trauma-aware and compassionate teaching approach to working with health issues.
  • Insights into the latest research on the many functions of the vagus nerve, musculofascial release, the psoas muscle.
  • New approaches breathing and relaxation techniques.
  • You'll dive into the nuances of myofascial stretching, gradual muscle strengthening and healthy breathing. Practical application of the latest research around the many functions of the vagus nerve will give you a much greater understanding of the human relaxation response.

 Where can it take you? 

  • This course will revolutionize the way you’re teaching your current yoga classes.
  • Feel confident to start teaching in business or other workplace settings.
  • Become equipped to start teaching in the NHS*, social prescribing* and other contexts.

Dru senior tutors are part of the national workgroup setting standards for social prescribing, so you'll be aligned with the latest national requirements as a yoga teacher.

 How will the course be delivered? 

The course will be spread over 4 live online teaching days (see below for dates), each followed by a live, interactive tutorial session.

To refine your skills, there is a component of personal study which you will prepare and then explore in tutorials and small group sessions.

 How many CPD points will you get? 

If you are a member of the Dru Professional Network you will be able to accrue 30 CPD hours for attendance at this event. Attendees from other yoga schools will need to check individually for their own CPD credits.

Yoga within the NHS is full of newly evolving possibilities in the UK, and the course will equip you to be a highly effective yoga teacher in a health care setting, enabling you to respond to whatever opportunities are available in your areas.

 Trauma Aware yoga 

Within the emerging world of using yoga to address emotional pain, "trauma aware yoga" introduces you to an awareness of how someone with trauma might need an attitude of care, invitation and respect for their personal space. It helps you notice the signs someone with trauma might express and the thresholds that indicate you should refer them on for further help. It's important to be aware that this is very different from "trauma sensitive" or "trauma informed" yoga, which explore ways to help someone with trauma and are beyond the scope of this course. In this course, "trauma aware yoga" enables you to be a sensitive, kind yoga teacher who knows how to help someone with trauma find the assistance they need.

Course Dates

This CPD course will run over four Sundays plus four one-hour tutorials on Wed (10am or 7pm options):

Live session - Sundays:

  • 8 Sept 2024, 11am-& 1pm 3-5pm
  • 13 Oct 2024, 11am-& 1pm 3-5pm
  • TBC
  • TBC

Tutorials - Wednesdays

  • 11 Sept, 10am or 7pm
  • 16 Oct, 10am or 7pm
  • TBC
  • TBC

Tutorial groups will be one hour sessions

You will need to complete both modules and complete the extra-curricular studies to receive the course certification.

Course fee

Standard:  £475

DPN members: £420

Want to upgrade the Dru Back Care Certificate you already have? You can take part in this course, receive all the downloads, and participate in the small group sessions for only £255.

For more information or to discuss this course, please contact the team on or alternatively give us a call on 01248 602 900 (ext. 205) - available Monday to Friday 9am-11am.

Calm Coach trainees: You qualify for a substantial discount (up to 15%, £65!). There is an option for you on the booking form.


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