Decision to get certified

I am going to start my 200 hour Yoga Certification in May. I have been dealing with bulging disc in my L5 causing nerve pain and loss of muscle in my right leg. I have stopped my weight lifting for 6 months but am coming back to yoga as many of the poses are the baseline for the PT I have done. 2 Questions…
1- Any advice for me in terms of Yoga Certification?
2-Any suggestions in terms of my back injuries and how to avoid further injury especially during my training?

I value DOYOGA WITH ME and have learned so much from Figi, Tracey, and so many more of the instructors. You have been an integral part of my journey.

Thank you.

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I’m sorry to hear about your bulging disc and the pain. That can be really difficult to work with. Good for you for trying to manage it naturally.
In response to your questions:

  1. I don’t have any specific recommendations, but we are currently working on a 250-hour Yoga Teacher Training that we’re planning to launch in May. We will likely only have 7 or 8 Lessons completed and will be adding more over time. We wouldn’t be able to guarantee when it will be finished, but it will allow you to do the courses at your own pace.
  2. The best advice is to be very sensitive to your body’s limits (in terms of pain and pinching and any other sensations that tell you to back off) and do a combination of strengthening and stretching. Have you tried my 2-part series on lower back care? If you haven’t, give them a try. Here are the links:
    Let me know how it goes!

I am not the original poster but I also have recurring lower back pain. I had not yet found your series on lower back care, thank you very much for linking those! I really appreciate it and will try them soon.

More generally, a huge thank you for creating classes that address physical issues that many of face day to day… it is very encouraging to come to the site and be able to find something that will help release my shoulders or improve my hip flexibility. Thank you for providing these useful resources, it encourages me (as an older, not-very-flexible newbie) to feel welcome and they help improve my daily life.


Thank you, @rapazina! That means a lot to me. Let me know how it goes with the classes. You may already be aware of this, but we also have a 30-day program called Beginner Yoga for Optimal Lower Back Health (for subscribers) that teaches core strength and flexibility for the lower back.

Thanks so much David. I feel so blessed to have found DO YOGA WITH ME. I love being able to just log in and turn the spare bedroom into my Yoga Studio.You guys have spoiled me because you are all so knowledgeable. The littlest cue and an entire pose can be adjusted to ensure proper alignment. Thank you.

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You’re welcome! We do yoga in our living room. Often we have to move kids’ toys out of the way first. :slight_smile: