Yoga for Sciatica

Course Info

Class Length:
Three 50-minute Sessions
Yoga Teachers
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Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall

Loren Fishman, MD After graduating from Christ Church, Oxford, spending the year 1973 with B.K.S. Iyengar in Pune, attending every class, public and private, and taking daily instruction, Loren M. Fishman, M.D., was told “You can teach my yoga.” Dr. Fishman then went to medical school, and at Rush...
yoga for sciatica

In this 3-part recorded webinar, Dr. Loren Fishman and yoga therapist Ellen Saltonstall explores sciatica and the use of yoga therapy to alleviate symptoms. Sciatica is a painful condition named after the longest and largest nerve in the body. The sciatic nerve starts in the pelvis, exits the lower spine, and travels the entire length of each leg, branching into smaller nerves. The onset of sciatica may be gradual or sudden, and its symptoms can range from mild numbness and tingling to excruciating pain that makes movement difficult. Sciatica may affect anyone at any age, though it is more common after 40.

Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall explore the anatomy, the causes, and strategies for sciatica treatment, with particular attention to the use of yoga asanas for both prevention and treatment.

Lecture One

  • what it is, and isn’t

  • breakdown of causes: radiculopathy, spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome

  • first set of asanas for radiculopathy with explanations (flexion, abdominal strengthening, extension, coordination, strengthening, and agility)

Lecture Two

  • brief review alternative and complementary medicine

  • second set of asanas for spinal stenosis with explanations

Lecture Three

  • pros and cons of treating with medicine and yoga

  • review of anatomy

  • piriformis syndrome: diagnosis, theory and practice

  • sacroiliac joint derangement that is not sciatica: diagnosis and treatment.


This course qualifies for 2.5 non-contact hour CEUs with Yoga Alliance.