Title: A yoga based approach to therapeutic movement and exercise 

Dates: 21-22 November 2020

Course leader: Yinka Fabusuyi

Cost: £218-£270


About the course

This two-day course will introduce you to an exercise-based approach to patient care informed by hatha yoga principles. It is designed to help manual therapists and those who work with patients to develop their skills in delivering group exercise which will extend and support their patient care.

The NICE guidelines for low back pain and sciatica published in November 2016 state that low back pain management should: “Provide people with advice and information, tailored to their needs and capabilities, to help them self-manage their low back pain with or without leg pain, at all steps of the treatment pathway”. Manual therapy is recommended but only as part of a treatment package which includes exercise.

This course is aimed at osteopaths and other manual therapists who have an interest in utilising existing knowledge to build and develop exercise prescription for low back pain. The course will enable practitioners to better encourage patients to use movement and tailored exercise to: address pain, improve musculoskeletal strength and stability, or have a broader knowledge base in order to signpost patients to exercise classes. This course will also touch on some ideas and thinking about relaxation and mindfulness. The foundation principles of the course are taken from hatha yoga practice.

No previous yoga experience is required. Please note this course has practical components which will be on a floor based mat. Delegates will be invited to perform some of the exercises barefoot, although this is not compulsory.

Osteopathic practice standards and other CPD elements covered

A) Communication and patient partnership A1, A2

B) Knowledge, skills and performance B1, B2


Learning outcomes

  • Gain an overview of the principles and origins of hatha yoga
  • Gain an understanding of principles and practice of exercise and rehabilitation.
  • Understand the NICE guidelines on lower back pain and how they relate to manual therapists.
  • Learn how a yoga-based approach can help improve general mobility, muscular strength, joint stability and balance.
  • Gain practical knowledge of the basic movement (posture groups) which can form the basis of an exercise prescription for low back pain.
  • Learn how to adapt, modify and sequence movement to form a basic class plan tailored to individual needs.
  • Learn how to introduce relaxation and mindfulness to patients.


Day 1

09:00-09:30 Registration

09:30-09:35 A brief introduction to my background and teaching experience and how the course came about.

09:35-09:55 Introduction to yoga. A slide presentation which gives a brief history of yoga, what yoga is, what a yoga-based approach is, overview of yoga asana (posture) practice and how and where this sits with yoga as a whole.

09:55-10:30 A presentation and open discussion about pain, exercise and communicating with patients.

10:30-10:45 A presentation on the basic movement groups in yoga

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-11:45 A practical looking in more detail at the movement groups for back pain

11:45-12:45 Blending movements. A presentation followed by a practical paired session.

12.45-13.45 Lunch

13:45-14:15 A discussion/ presentation on building confidence and awareness when introducing movement to patients.

14:15-14:45 A presentation on stabilising exercises and addressing proprioception and balance.

14:45-15:15 Practical session on stabilising etc postures in pairs

15:15-15:30 Break

15:30-16:15 A presentation and practical session on chair-based movement

16:15-17:15 Preparing a movement series (small group based written exercise to be shared with whole group)

17:15-17:30 Review


Day 2

09:30-10:00 Introducing relaxation – a presentation.

10:00-11:00 Practical - guided meditation, and discussion.

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-12:00 A warm up sequence, demonstration and practical

12:00-13:00 Introduction to writing a class plan.

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Managing a class and modifying postures

15:30-15:45 Break

15:45-16:45 How to sign post students to classes (presentation and discussion)

16:45-17:30 Review and questions


Course suitability

The course is suitable for post-graduate manual therapists.

Important information

Yoga mats and blocks are provided. Delegates may wish to bring along a blanket. This course has a significant practical element so please dress appropriately.


About the course leader

Yinka Fabusuyi graduated from the UCO (formerly BSO) in 1992 and has been a practising osteopath since. From 2002-2005 she delivered workshops at Kings College Hospital medical school with fifth year medical students about the application of osteopathy in an NHS setting and how it fitted within the framework of musculoskeletal care. In 2000 she completed the British Wheel of Yoga teacher training course. She has taught yoga to adults, children, antenatally and to young people with hearing impairment over the last 17 years. At present Yinka teaches 2 yoga classes per week along-side her osteopathy practice. She is currently a clinic tutor at UCO, as well as a lecturer in communication and case history taking skills.

Yinka has practised yoga for many years and has seen at first hand the benefits of regular movement and exercise for chronic pain. She is excited about having the opportunity to share her knowledge with others.

Cancellation policy

The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found. The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run. In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.