Preventing Degenerative Disc Disease: How Yoga Can Help Foster Healthy Mobility to Nourish Your Spine

Session One: Monday, July 22, 2024
Session Two: Wednesday, July 24, 2024
8 pm Eastern / 5 pm Pacific
Live Q&A: Friday, July 26, 2024
1 pm Eastern / 10 am Pacific
Plus Recorded Yoga Practice

Did you know that by age 60, more than 9 out of 10 people will have some form of degeneration in the intervertebral discs?

Even at 35, disc degeneration affects one in three people. In fact, it is so common that it is considered a “normal” part of aging. 

Disc degeneration does not necessarily cause pain. Until it does – and at that point, the “normal” disc degeneration is labeled “degenerative disc disease.” 

The symptoms of degenerative disc disease are many. They include sharp and/or chronic pain in the back and neck, weakness or numbness in the arms and legs, nerve compression, and bone spurs.

As far as the medical system goes, there is no reason to pay attention to disc degeneration unless you develop problems. 

But that is kind of like playing Russian Roulette with your body. If you’re lucky, maybe you will sail through life without any back pain issues – no matter how bad your discs are. And if you’re not lucky, well, then you risk becoming one of the people who enters a lifelong struggle with chronic back pain and nerve compression. 

Can yoga help prevent degenerative disc disease? Indeed, research indicates that long-term yoga practitioners have significantly less degenerative disc disease than matched controls.

Researchers believe that the stretching and bending of the spine that occurs during yoga may enhance disc imbibition, i.e., the movement of nutrients and fluids into the vertebral discs, and hence decrease or slow age-related disc degeneration.

Muscle movement creates bibition, which is used to nourish structures that don’t have a defined blood supply. 

How can yoga help foster greater fluidity in the spine and create space between the vertebrae?

Join us for a course with yoga therapist and physical therapist Rachel Krentzman and learn how yoga can help relieve nerve compression and improve your overall posture. You will also understand what postures to avoid and how to modify movement to suit your needs.

Using Yoga to Create Space & Relieve Compression in the Spine
Yoga Sutra 2.46 states, “Sthira Sukham Asanam” – yoga asana should be steady and comfortable.

This well-known Yoga Sutra teaches us how to find balance in our asana practice, but it also holds the key to working with back pain. Some individuals come to yoga with tightness and inflexibility, while others present with hypermobility and a lack of joint stability.  

Understanding this continuum of stability vs. flexibility and where you fit in holds the secret to working with lower back pain.

While yoga can help individuals with lower back pain, not all yoga is safe for those with degenerative changes in the spine. In fact, some individuals can experience back pain from a yoga practice that may not be suited to their body type or by performing the postures with improper alignment or lack of awareness. 

This course will help you understand where movement occurs in the spine and how to avoid pain from compression, even if you have been diagnosed with arthritis or degenerative disc disease. 

What You Will Learn

  • Explore in-depth anatomy of the vertebrae and surrounding structures
  • Learn about a healthy range of motion in the spine and where to feel the mobility in your asana practice
  • Understand why many people experience back pain and what you can do about it
  • Experience a sense of alignment for your spine in various postures
  • Study techniques and instructions to enhance imbibition in the spine, create length, and decrease spinal compression 
  • Practice a safe sequence to decrease back pain and discomfort in the lower back

This Course Also Includes:

  • Yoga Practice Video:  Enjoy a yoga practice that Rachel will create for this course.
  • Recordings of All Sessions: It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of all webinar sessions – both MP3 (downloadable) and MP4 (streaming online), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.
  • Transcripts of All Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a particular part of a course? Even the best note-takers miss a point every so often. With the webinar session transcripts, you can refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you doubted.

Join Us Live or View the Recordings!

Session One: Monday, July 22, 2024
Session Two: Wednesday, July 24, 2024
8 pm Eastern / 5 pm Pacific
Live Q&A: Friday, July 26, 2024
1 pm Eastern / 10 am Pacific
Plus Recorded Yoga Practice

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Rachel Krentzman PT, E-RYT, C-IAYT is a physical therapist, certified yoga therapist and Hakomi psychotherapist. She is the author of two books, Yoga for a Happy Back: A Teacher’s Guide to Spinal Health through Yoga Therapy and Scoliosis, Yoga Therapy and The Art of Letting Go.

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