Introduction to Yoga for Backs

Hello, and welcome to yoga for backs. The classes and movement sequences you will find on this site are geared towards improving your posture, releasing tension and helping you build a better relationship with your body. Yoga for backs is based on the work of Gert Van Leu Waan and his ingenious Critical Alignment Yoga and Therapy system.

There are some necessary tools you will need to purchase and familiarize yourself with in order to participate on this site. These tools can be divided into 2 categories : 

  • soft props: the black spinal strip and a felt pad, which a correctly folded and rolled cotton blanket can be used as a substitute
  • big or hard tools: the backbending and headstanding bench

I have created this page for beginners, like you, to introduce you to the props and how to use them. Once you are familiar with the props you can adjust search filters on the home page to explore over 100 yoga and therapy options.

How-to's and Tutorials

You will need a Critical Alignment Headstanding bench and a hallway. In this video you will learn how to confidently get into your headstanding bench to explore safe inversions.
A breakdown of how and what and why you can benefit from the props and their use.
A critical prop for spinal mobility-The backbending bench is an incredibly useful tool to help mobilize tension in the upper back, increasing our ability to breathe and move more efficiently.
Learn how to release tension in your mid and upper back with the use of a small felt pad or rolled blanket.
A short educational tutorial on how and why to use the spinal strip.
This 2 min video is about how and why to use the black spinal strip.
This video is about why and how to use and position the long thin roll for the lower back.
This short 2 min video is about how to fold a yoga blanket to make a critical alignment "felt pad"
This is the first video in a 7 day series- Building a strong and resilient spine. I highly recommend doing this series one day at a time and repeating the sequence of the day 2X, morning and night.
This is the second Critical Alignment soft prop practice to help support back strength and mobility. For best results be certain to repeat this sequence 2X today and use one of the exercises as a movement break mid day.
This is the 3rd video in a 7 day series- Building a strong and resilient spine. I highly recommend doing this series one day at a time and repeating the sequence of the day 2X, morning and night.
This is the 4th video in a 7 day series- Building a strong and resilient spine. I highly recommend doing this series one day at a time and repeating the sequence of the day 2X, morning and night.
This is the 5th Critical Alignment soft prop practice to help support back strength and mobility. For best results be certain to repeat this sequence 2X today and use one of the exercises as a movement break mid day.
This is the second Critical Alignment soft prop practice to help support back strength and mobility. For best results be certain to repeat this sequence 2X today and use one of the exercises as a movement break mid day.
This is the 7th Critical Alignment soft prop practice to help support back strength and mobility. For best results be certain to repeat this sequence 2X today and use one of the exercises as a movement break mid day.
Hips , hamstrings and spinal mobility is the focus of this short but effective practice- Join me from anywhere or while you are waiting for your props to arrive- no props required.
A lovely 60 min full body practice. All you need is cotton blanket or felt pad to participate. Our yoga posture focus is on standing work for hip and hamstring mobility with a bit of balancing work to keep you on your toes.