10 yoga classes for back pain

We’re all likely to experience back pain at some point in our lives. So we’ve made a playlist of ten yoga classes that will help to ease pain and release tension.

Featuring a variety of teachers, yoga styles and class lengths, hopefully you’ll find something that will make your back feel like bliss. 

1. Somatic quickie – arch and flatten

If you only do one Somatic exercise, do this one. A must for lower back pain. May also help sacroiliac conditions. Lisa Petersen / Somatics / 10 mins

2. Stretching & strengthening the thoracic area

For the mid to upper back Véronique invites you to stretch and open the thoracic area before strengthening it. Part of her Yoga for Back Health program.
Véronique Gauthier / Therapeutics / 20 mins

3. Loosen your stiff back  

Mobilise your pelvis and spine, while releasing tension in the hip flexors. Great for those who experience back problems due to stiffness caused by sitting for long periods or strong workouts. Sandra Carson /  Hatha / 30 mins

4. Quick slow fix

The perfect way to unwind from a long car journey or a bad day at the office (or possibly both) and a great way to meditate on the body whilst soothing the lower back, hips and sacrum.
James Reeves / Hatha / 30 mins

5. Free your spine

A spinal release sequence for unsticking your vertebrae and finding your full range of movement again. Blissful, juicy and freeing! Lisa Petersen / Somatics / 45 mins 

6. Back and spinal support sequence

A gentle and nurturing practice aimed at people recovering from a back injury. This practice strengthens, supports and brings confidence back to your movement and to your practice. Andrew Wrenn / Hatha & Therapeutics / 45 mins 

7. Pain in the back?

Gentle dynamic movements on the rhythm of your breath. When breath, body and mind align, miracles happen, healing is one of them. Esther Ekhart / Hatha & Therapeutics / 50 mins 

8. Lower back and hip space

Apart from core and arm strength, Bakasana demands deep lower back and hip flexion; practicing this sequence will give you a way to develop space and flexibility in these areas. 
Anat Geiger / Yin/Yang Yoga & Vinyasa / 55 mins

9. Twisting and turning the spine

Calm your mind, connect with yourself and release tension in your whole back by twisting and bending in this soothing Yin class. José de Groot  / Yin  / 60 mins

10. Forgotten rise in the spine

There is an overlooked area in the spine which remains collapsed – not many people notice this, including many experts in movements and bodywork. Aki helps us to access this area and wake it up in this ‘life-changing’ class! Aki Amori / Hatha & Somatics / 1hr 4mins

Download these to watch offline with our app!

This list of classes is great for EkhartYoga members who use our offline viewing app. So if you’re going away or don’t have great internet access in your home, you’ll have these videos easily to hand.


Add these 10 videos to your Favourites before logging on to your app so you can easily download the classes to your mobile phone or tablet.

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Kirsty TomlinsonKirsty took her yoga teacher training with Esther Ekhart in 2013 and moved to the Netherlands from the UK to work for EkhartYoga in 2015. She's previously worked in publishing, graphic design and legal recruitment. Her role at EkhartYoga is a varied one - content creator, teacher manager, copywriter, and dog lover. You may recognise her beloved canine, Hunter, hogging the limelight in several of our classes!