Apprehensive about yoga with a sore back? Don’t be – Really.

A healthy back means a healthy body

Your back is the core of your skeletal system and the framework of your whole body. It’s therefore not surprising that when your back is weak or misaligned, the body becomes vulnerable to pain, discomfort and a blocked or insecure mind.

Physically, the strength of your spine is linked to the structural integrity of your body and its shape. For example, if your spine is misaligned you can experience symptoms like bloating, heaviness, weakness, carrying excess weight (being overweight) and fatigue.

Mentally, you can experience high levels of worry, frustration, fear and sadness when your back isn’t right, so learning how to become aware of your spine and how it feels when it’s healthy, is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

On the flip side, a healthy, nourished spine will make you feel strong, calm, tall and focused. A strong back will also support the rest of your body so that your mind can focus on the health of your emotions and thoughts. Your mental and emotional state will be more balanced, less erratic and you will experience less mood swings and feel less fragile.

Practising specific, regular yoga to improve the alignment and health of your spine is the safest and most gentle way to improve your back strength and in turn your entire body. Watch as your sleep quality improves, your mind becomes calmer, clearer and your stress and anxiety levels completely drop. You will also feel more capable and be much less likely to procrastinate or hesitate in life.

Yoga for back health at Lunge Yoga and Health

Lunge Yoga is committed to providing a safe, supportive service for the Manly community. Our goal is to educate you and provide you with the necessary tools to achieve a physically strong, capable and adaptable body and mind. We believe that back-health is about life-long maintenance through practising yoga consistently to maintain strength to the spine. To restore back-health it’s important to consistently strengthen the core of your body, specifically the lower back area and the lower abdomen.

The yoga taught at Lunge is a strong form of physical movement in the form of Ryoho and Asana yoga that works directly into specific parts of the body.

Practicing yoga with an experienced and correctly trained yoga practitioner is essential, especially if you have pertinent issues with a certain area of your body like your back. Every teacher at Lunge has trained for a minimum of 5 years, they have taught for over 10 years and continue to train and study to ensure that you are always in the most capable hands.

Louisa, the founder and main teacher at Lunge began her training in 1998 and has since attended numerous international yoga trainings, and retreat camps across Asia, Europe and Australia and continues to do so. Louisa is specifically trained as an injury therapist and healer and conducts her classes according to the ability and experience of each person in the room.

Health benefits

In addition to building a strong and healthy back, clients will also experience a wide range of other health benefits when practising yoga at Lunge, including:

  • Increased overall strength and flexibility of the body and mind
  • Excellent posture
  • Improved focus, breath awareness and ability to relax
  • Increased energy levels and lung capacity
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • A grounded sense of well-being
  • Improved resistance to injuries
  • Stronger immune system
  • Increased willpower and drive
  • Enhanced digestion and faster metabolism
  • Reduced neck and shoulder tension


Below are a few testimonials from some of Lunge clients commenting on how they have transformed their back pain into strength:

“I’ve been doing different types of yoga for just on 30 years, the last 7 of those have been at Lunge with Louisa and trust me, it’s the best. One energetic session keeps my body aligned all week. As someone who ‘drives a desk’ I really notice when I miss a class. Lunge yoga classes help me focus, release tension, realign back issues, build core strength and balance. While some sessions are more challenging and strenuous than others, you don’t need to be a Yogi to fit in and get the most out of any class.”
Hunter, 48, Managing Director
February 2015

“I have been attending Lunge Yoga classes for close to 10 years and love the mix of movements and Asanas Louisa brings to her classes. She adapts each class to assist in coping with the ever changing weather and mind/body imbalances. I find this style of yoga very interesting and not as static as the other yoga styles. I am desk bound 5 days a week; sitting for long periods of time and these classes help in addressing lower back tensions, genetic weaknesses and essentially keep me feeling younger.”
Celia, 54, Office Administrator
February 2015

“Whenever my body is out of alignment I can feel it being realigned within one session, plus I’ve grown 1.5cm in height since doing yoga at Lunge.”
Helen, 43, Executive Assistant
February 2015

“I have tried it all, trust me, but the only thing that really works to keep my back healthy and bulging disk issues in check is to attend Louisa’s classes at Lunge regularly.”
Louise Warnelid, Business Owner
February 2015

“I have been enjoying the benefits of Lunge Yoga over the past 12 months, the major benefits being freedom from chronic lower back issues (from sporting injuries over the years) and hence not incurring consequential debilitating pain (which I used to suffer at least monthly) and a complete end to reliance on taking anti-inflammatory medication before and any form of exercise.”
Gregor Millson, Director of Construction Company
February 2015

“My name is Kris and I have been attending Louisa’s yoga class now for about 4 months. I started with one on one sessions, where Louisa was able to provide instruction on stretch’s and exercises that targeted my specific back problems. She then formulated a personal program for me to continue with at home. This focused on stretching and strengthening exercises. Louisa provided support and encouragement and I have noticed a dramatic improvement in my back issues and my overall suppleness and fitness. This has also benefitted me greatly in my work. I am very grateful for Louisa’s knowledge, friendliness and professionalism.”
Kris, Self-employed
February 2015

“I love your class. It’s AMAZING. I don’t know what I would have done without it over the past few years. Not only does it provide an hour of space away from a busy family life, I look forward to it all week. Plus it must have saved me thousands in chiro/physio. Please don’t ever give up!”
Mum of 3, TV Producer