Yoga Biomedical Trust

Yoga Therapy for Common Ailments

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Using yoga for the prevention and treatment of Low Back Pain


The Yoga Biomedical Trust is a registered charity, pioneering yoga as a holistic therapy in the treatment and prevention of medical conditions.

Our online assessment will evaluate your lower back pain condition, before providing you with yoga practices, precautions and guidance that are tailored specifically for you.


The widely-respected UK National Guidelines for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommend yoga as one of the best mind-body therapies for lower back pain (LBP) and sciatica. 

Yet while traditional yoga classes and yoga therapy can be used to successfully treat a range of lower back pain conditions, people need to take care in choosing a form of yoga that's not only suitable, but minimises the risk of exacerbating the condition. 

With this in mind the Yoga Biomedical Trust (founded by Dr. Robin Monro) has developed an online Computer-Assisted Low Back Assessment (CALBA) - the first of its kind. 

The CALBA assessment will help you to judge whether an ordinary yoga class or specialist yoga teaching is required for treatment, before providing you with suitable yoga practices, precautions and guidance that are tailored specifically for your condition.

Who is the online assessment for?

For people suffering from Low Back Pain, but are completely new to yoga

For people who have tried yoga, yet still have persistent Low Back Pain

Yoga teachers suffering from Low Back Pain

Yoga teachers with students suffering from Low Back Pain

How does the CALBA assessment work?

The CALBA Assessment consists of a comprehensive set of questions, similar to those asked by a clinician taking a case history of LBP. These questions are divided into two Parts.  

Part 1 is a simple set of questions to assess whether you are likely to have a condition, for which a normal yoga class or exercise regime would be risky. CALBA automatically processes the data and provides a report guiding you towards appropriate precautions and forms of yoga.

Registration and Part 1 are completely free.

If Part 1 finds you likely to have a herniated disc, or some other condition for which a normal yoga class or exercise regime would be risky, you will need to take Part 2.

Part 2 is a longer, more in depth set of questions. Your data is processed by CALBA and then inspected by an LBP expert, who prepares a report recommending a course of treatment appropriate to your condition.  

Part 2 costs £14.50

Why use yoga for LBP

The CALBA Assessment

Which conditions could the CALBA assessment detect

  • Herniated (slipped) disc
  • Cauda equina syndrome
  • Spondylosis with instability
  • Lumbar scoliosis (sideways curvature in lumbar spine)
  • Spondylolysis and resultant spondylolisthesis
  • Several other less common types of LBP
Each of these types of low back pain has its own characteristic risks and requires its own set of precautions to match those risks. If any of these are present, CALBA detects the need for special care and, together with online monitoring during treatment, enables the design of safe and effective therapy to suit your condition.

What people say about CALBA

  • Last summer I ruptured my L5/S1 disc twice and was in agony with nerve damage. I could hardly walk, could not work or even sit in a car without having excruciating spasms that left me stuck doubled over. I was on a strong dose of Gabapentin, diazepam and Codeine. I was desperate for help and was on a 2-3 month waiting list for surgery. I came across the CALBA website and took the survey. The advice from the report was the most informative information I had received since my injury. I practiced the yoga every day and saw gradual and sustained improvement. Gradually I was able to reduce the painkillers. Two weeks before I was due to have the operation, the surgeon said it was no longer necessary. Now one year on I am still doing my yoga every night. I'm back to full time work and childcare and able to do gentle exercise. I really believe that the advice, monitoring and tailored yoga programme is what saved me from having to have an operation on my spine. I think everyone who ruptures a disc should have access to this marvellous programme.
    Meil Caine