Near-Future Events:

Saturday October 14 – Sunday, October 15:

Workshop at Pure Yoga

New York City

Saturday October 14 : 11:00 – 1:00  PM Scoliosis

Saturday October 14: 3:00 – 6:00 PM Low Back Pain

Sunday, October 15:  3:00 – 6:00  PM Shoulder Pain

With Dana Slamp and Gabriella Barnstone- RYT

Dr. Fishman and Dana Slamp will give the anatomy, pathology, and relevant yoga for these conditions.  The three of them, Dana Slamp, Gabriella Barnstone, who’s worked and created with Dr. Fishman for years, and Dr Fishman, will teach the clinical parts in tandem.  The early Saturday session will cover what Dr. Fishman’s research papers have shown:  How two yoga conditions can reverse scoliosis in young people and the degenerative scoliosis that is seen later in life. The later Saturday session will separate out the seven major causes of back pain. Yoga is now the preferred method of treatment for back pain. Dr. Fishman has found and exhaustively tested yoga’s efficacy in each of them, often wit Gabriella’s help. He has also found a simple yoga treatment that alleviates the pain and normalizes range of motion following rotator cuff and similar injuries for the shoulder, and now successfully treated well over 1,000 patients with these shoulder injuries. That will be the focus of the Sunday session.

Dr. Fishman has used yoga to ameliorate these different conditions for decades, on literally thousands of patients, and will share his experience.  At the same time Dana Slamp and Gabriella Barnstone will use their skill and grace to implement them.  Both have studied and taught yoga successfully for many years, leaving a trail of grateful students throughout the Northeast. Dr. Fishman’s research on the benefits of yoga for scoliosis, lower back pain and shoulder conditions has been the subject of articles in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and numerous other periodicals.

Good preparatory reading includes Dr. Fishman’s recent Healing Yoga (W.W. Norton) which has chapters on scoliosis, lower back pain and shoulder problems.


Monday, October 23 – Friday, October 27

Certification Course in the Treatment of Lower Back Pain

Kripalu Yoga Institute

Lenox, MA

With Caryna Wong – RYT

Caryna Wong and Dr. Fishman  focus on lower back pain over the week.   We will go over the seven basic types of back pain and sciatica, how to recognize them, and how to use yoga to benefit those who suffer from them. Between the two of us, we have over 50 years of experience in treating the disorders that cause back pain with yoga, and have been aided by all the insights and advantages of contemporary medical science.  MRI, EMG, and surgery have helped Dr. Fishman and Caryna understand the nature of back pain, and what underlies its chronicity.

Often the biggest problem is starting out people with pain and misgivings along the path to yogic painlessness. Caryna’s genius is knowing where and how to meaningfully and beneficially propel beginners from their first yoga-like remedial pose through to a skillful (and helpful) version of the many poses that are valuable in different types of back pain.

Those taking this course are likely to put on some of the wisdom that has come from treating well over 50,000 patients, and determining what works with whom. Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide and the most common medical reason for taking up yoga.  Loren Fishman, MD, lifelong yogi who studied in India with BKS Iyengar, and his colleague, Caryna Wong, outline powerful, safe yogic methods for relieving lower back pain in yourself and/or in your students during this hands-on week-long workshop. Though the modality is yoga, Dr. Fishman’s methods are rooted in physiology and anatomy so that people suffering from lower back pain can heal themselves, with the lowest risk of harm.

Students will learn to interview and observe their clients to determine which of the seven most common causes of lower back pain and sciatica they have. The core of the course are the asana that relieve these conditions, and those that should be avoided. Participants will be empowered to identify causes of back pain and sciatica, and to give the appropriate asana in most cases. The program will be 50% didactic and 50% experiential.

Poses will be modified for the skill, experience and limitations of all course participants. Those people interested in certification will learn to teach the poses to veteran yoga practitioners and new-comers alike.

 A curriculum for subsequent teaching will be provided, along with a study manual.  To obtain certification, there will be a written and practical exam in the final hours of the workshop.

Certification also requires 200-hour teacher certification, and 5 years of teaching experience.  Those who pass the tests and lack the 5 years’ experience will be put up on this website as “Registered,” and will be certified automatically when they have 5 years’ experience.

Graduates of the course will also have the option of playing an active part in Dr. Fishman’s future studies in lower back pain and sciatica.


Friday October 27 – Sunday October 29:

Weekend Workshop for Lower Back Pain

Kripalu Institute, Lenox, MA

With Terry Roth Schaff – Certified IAYT Yoga Therapist, E-RYT

With his long time co-therapist Terry Roth Schaff, Dr. Fishman will review the seven major causes of lower back pain, how to identify them, and how to benefit people that suffer from them.  This is not a certification course, but is meant to offer the proper yoga to people that have lower back pain and to those who wish to relieve it with yoga.  In literally thousands of cases,  we have found yoga to be an effective and pleasurable way to relieve lower back pain and to prevent its recurrence.  Some of the knowledge is theoretical, but a good deal of it is practical, and requires individual attention, sensitivity, and perseverance on the part of the practitioner. The aim of this course is to help everyone: teachers and students and sufferers alike.


Friday January 19 – Sunday, January 21, 2018

Yoga for Osteoporosis:  For students and teachers

Kripalu Yoga Institute

Lenox, MA

With Terry Roth Schaff – Certified IAYT Yoga Therapist, E-RYT

This 8 1/2 hour workshop will teach Dr. Fishman’s Method, the 12 – pose sequence of Iyengar-style poses that have been shown to raise bone mineral density in healthy people, and reverse osteoporosis and osteopenia in more than 80% of the people who adhere to doing the poses daily. There are three forms to every pose: a beginning version, an intermediate version, and the classical pose.  The course is intended to engage people who have no yoga experience as well as yoga practitioners to learn the poses at a suitable degree of challenge and work forward from there. For some, even the beginner level pose is too advanced;  Terry and Loren specialize in analyzing the postures and helping people start at even more fundamental places, working up from two or three preliminary exercises for a week or two, and then embarking on the beginner pose.  

Terry and Loren:  “We love the work.  Teaching beginners to begin and  advanced pupils to get down to fundamentals is very rewarding.  To us, there is no one so advanced that they cannot benefit from returning to the basics, and no one so naive that they cannot understand how to advance.”

Contact Kripalu Yoga Institute for details.