The online program is a great option if you:
- Don’t live in San Diego or prefer to practice at home.
- Have reliable internet and a device with a camera and microphone.
- Are willing to be on camera in a small group of 3-5 students.
The way you were able to pinpoint where I was holding tension, or just in general the way I was moving over Zoom is incredible. It was helpful that you knew what I was doing, even if I didn’t.— Julie S.
Interested in in-person options instead? Click here.
This program has started. Please check back for future offerings!
Join Rachel Ishiguro, yoga therapist and teacher, for a small-group program designed for people with persistent neck and back pain or tension. Feeling better in a sustainable way requires more than just stretching or ergonomics. That’s why Therapeutic Yoga for Your Neck and Back uses a whole-person approach to understanding physical symptoms.
You’ll learn how to recruit the amazing adaptability of your human brain and body in order to feel better. We’ll use supported rest, breath work, yoga poses, and movement to support health and wellbeing. Grow your awareness of what’s happening in your body, and improve your understanding of what your symptoms are trying to tell you. This key ingredient of therapeutic yoga puts you in the driver’s seat of your own healing as you learn to move better and feel better.
I enjoyed learning to slow down and notice how my body is talking to me. Of course, Rachel is the guide since you do not realize until someone points it out. She has a warm and inviting personality that helps her clients feel safe and comfortable.— Julie Van H.
If you struggle with pain or tension in your neck and back, this program is an opportunity to:
- Grow your awareness of what your body is trying to tell you, and learn to use this awareness in conjunction with principles of healthy movement to reduce your symptoms.
- Understand how your symptoms are connected.
- Explore breathing and relaxation techniques to support your health.
- Learn about healthy movement, using restorative and active yoga poses to explore.
- Receive personalized guidance and a brief (5-15 minutes) customized home practice program to support your learning each week.
I was very impressed by the organization of the classes and their progression. Rachel skillfully observed how I was moving and was able to both direct my attention and leave room for making my own discoveries. The insights were surprising and helpful. I felt seen as an individual with suggestions that worked for me.–Kit
I appreciated how Rachel accepted certain limitations of my life instead of suggesting changes that won’t work for me in reality. Our work together helped me greatly increase the mobility in my shoulders, and it made me more aware of how I position my body in bed so that I can decrease my back pain. I notice how I’m standing and am working on adjusting my posture gradually. Just having the tools to address how I move and breathe has increased my awareness throughout the day.— Stacy
All online therapeutic yoga programs are offered on a sliding scale, which means you choose the pricing that’s most appropriate for your situation. The cost is $15- $35 per class. You must sign up for the entire series of 5 classes. The fee includes:
- 5 live online classes with Rachel via Zoom
- Personalized guidance and feedback about your movement
- A brief customized program (including written instructions) for you to work on between classes if you like. This should take 5-15 minutes a day.
- E-mail support from Rachel for the duration of the program.
- After 5 weeks, you’ll have collected a set of tools that you can use to support your well-being whenever you need them.
Community Pricing: $75 ($15/ class) – This level is appropriate if you’re a member of a marginalized group or you are experiencing financial hardship.
Standard Pricing: $125 ($25/ class) – This pays for you to attend the program. If you can afford to invest in your well-being, this price will compensate me for my time.
Supporter Pricing: $175 ($35/ class) – This level is intended for those who are able to pay a little more for classes. This allows me to offer the community pricing rate for those who need it, and supports the development of the program.
This program has started. Watch this space for announcements of future programs, or use the Get In Touch button below to contact me for more information or program requests.
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If you can’t make this time or are interested in another area of focus, click below to send me a message and ask to be put on the list to get notified when registration opens for future dates.
If you want to book a small-group therapeutic yoga program on your schedule and have a group of 3-5 interested people, click below and send me a message to book your own private series.
Frequently Asked Questions (Online Program):
What equipment do I need for this class?
- You need an internet connected device with a working camera and microphone.
- Many folks like to practice on a mat, but the classes can be adapted to use your furniture if you can’t get down on the floor, or you can lay out a blanket or rug for padding if you don’t have a yoga mat.
- Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move.
- You will receive a list of other props or household items by e-mail. If you don’t have formal yoga props, don’t feel you need to go out and purchase them (unless you want to). The practice can be done with common household items you probably already own!
How much space do I need?
You need enough space to lie down comfortably with a little space to move your arms and legs. You will also benefit from having a closed door or a small clear space at the wall wide enough to stand with your back on the wall.
Do I need to have my camera on? How about my microphone?
Because of the therapeutic nature of this class, I need to be able to see you so that I can provide feedback and support for refining your movement. This means your camera needs to be on. If your room is too small to get your whole body in the shot, we can usually make it work, but you may have to move your device during the class. The work we do is collaborative, so I’ll ask you questions during the practice. You can use the chat box to reply, but a working microphone makes things easier.
Do I need to attend the classes live?
Yes. Class recordings will not be provided, and any missed classes cannot be made up. If you need to miss a week, that’s fine; however, I do not refund the fees for missed classes.
I’ll have my kid(s) with me during the class time. Is this OK?
Yes. Your kids need you when they need you. If your kids are there during class, I completely understand. If you need to leave the room to attend to them, that comes with the territory. If you’re able to get some alone time, that’s good too. Keep in mind that I don’t share class recordings because of the nature of the work we do, and the more you can be present and attentive, the more you’ll get out of it. That being said, we work with realities here and kids don’t exist to be convenient.
I’ve never done yoga before. Is this class appropriate for me?
Yes. All levels of experience are welcome and supported in this class.
I already took a different therapeutic program. Will this class be the same?
There’s some overlap in all of my therapeutic programs, but because they’re customized for the people who come, every program is different. People who take more than one program usually find they progress even more the second time around because they’re able to keep building on the progress they’ve made.
What paperwork is needed?
After you pay to reserve your spot, you’ll receive some paperwork to the e-mail address you used to sign up. (Want to use a different e-mail? Message me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.) You’ll need to provide a brief health history, including any areas of pain or difficulty, so that I can provide a program that meets your needs.
What’s the cancellation policy?
You must pay in full to reserve your spot. Any cancellations received 24 hours or more before the first class will be refunded minus a $25 cancellation fee. No refund will be issued for cancellations received less than 24 hours before the program begins, or for classes you do not attend.