Spread the healing

Click Herephoto15

IAYT logo-web

Happy Back Yoga Trainings with Rachel Krentzman

Now offered in a new online format.  Complete the course at home at your own pace. Includes live Zoom calls for questions and answers.

25 hours CEUs for yoga therapists and 30 hours of CEUs for yoga teachers through Yoga Alliance.

For info and to sign up Click Here

For information on all courses visit the Happy Back Yoga Academy.

This is a 25-hour special certification program designed for Yoga teachers, Yoga Therapists, and serious practitioners who wish to continue their education in anatomy, therapeutics, and yoga for spinal health. Graduates will feel confident to work with students with injuries and limitations, both in a group class setting and in the context of private Yoga Therapy sessions.

What it’s all about:

The Lower Back, Pelvis and Hips section will cover the functional anatomy and biomechanics of the lumbar spine, sacrum, pelvis and hips and how it relates to posture and movement. Participants will learn specific therapeutic sequences for conditions including sciatica, disc herniations, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease and sacroiliac joint dysfunction as well as be able to identify improper movement and alignment and how those relate to pain and injury.

The Upper Back section covers functional anatomy and biomechanics of the thoracic and cervical spine and shoulders and how it relates to posture and movement. Through Yoga practice and hands-on lab time, participants will develop a deeper understanding of the biomechanics associated with Yoga postures and how injuries can develop as a result of incorrect alignment. Experientials will also cover therapeutic sequences for upper back, neck and shoulder pain including degenerative disc disease, nerve root impingement, reversed cervical curve, rotator cuff tear/tendonitis, bursitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome.

The Yoga for a Happy Back Certification will offer experience building Yoga programs tailored to the needs of individuals with specific conditions. Participants will emerge with skills to prevent and heal injuries by creating safe Yoga programs that include modifications, adjustments, use of props and the Yoga Wall.

Why a “Happy Back” Certification?

Work confidently with students who have special needs
Today, more people seek Yoga as a way to rid the body of pain and injury. The “Yoga for a Happy Back” Certification Program is designed to help Yoga teachers have a clear understanding of the functional anatomy and biomechanics of the spine and surrounding areas and how those relate to both posture and movement. By including varied learning modalities—such as Yoga practice, lecture, hands-on lab, practice teaching and adjustments—this certification gives Yoga teachers what they need to work comfortably and correctly with people experiencing specific conditions, injury or pain.

Attract a larger student base to your classes
This knowledge will help attract more students to group classes and private sessions. Yoga teachers with a broad understanding of anatomy, injury assessment and management skills are an asset to any Yoga studio or sports facility and are sought after by students seeking private Yoga classes for healing. The “Yoga for Happy Back” Certification offers instructors advanced knowledge and specialized skills equipping them to teach a wider range of students.

Prevent and heal injuries
Often Yoga instructors feel unprepared to properly address student injury and pain in group classes or private lessons. Many begin teaching soon after completing a 200-hour yoga teacher certification, which often lacks the anatomy training needed to prevent and heal injury. The “Yoga for a Happy Back” Certification Program is a perfect addition to basic or advanced yoga teacher training and provides the tools to work with individuals with injuries and limitations.

Keep yourself and others safe while enjoying Yoga practice!
Yoga is meant to be a sustainable, life-long and enjoyable practice that ultimately unites the mind, body and soul and allows people to connect more deeply with others. In that process, a Yoga practice can help us stretch what is tight, strengthen what is weak, and allow our bodies to perform everyday activities with more ease and joy. In order to make a yoga posture practice sustainable, we must learn how to create safe practices built on a solid understanding of anatomy and biomechanics and how they relate to movement and posture. The Yoga for a Happy Back Certification Program provides the skills necessary to adapt any practice to enhance life and avoid injury.

See About section for Staff Bios.



“The Happy Back Training with Rachel was a game changer for me. I came away from the training with a wealth of knowledge, tools and confidence to be able to provide therapeutic classes and private sessions for individuals suffering from back and neck pain. Rachel’s incredible knowledge and experience as well as her approach to teaching is like no other. She creates an open, thoughtful and supportive atmosphere for learning and growing as teachers and students. I would recommend this training to anyone who has a passion for yoga therapeutics and wants to have a deeper understanding of anatomy and facilitating spinal health.”

– Shawnee Thornton Hardy, RYT | Author, Asanas for Autism | San Diego, CA

“I was completely impressed with the Happy Back program. It is a well-structured curriculum that provides a highly dynamic learning environment and prepares students well for the challenges of assessing, treating, and instructing clients on the health and management of their spine. As a physical therapist new to the therapeutic aspects of yoga, I felt it was highly valuable, very applicable, and tremendously thought provoking. Rachel is superb, her teaching is outstanding, entertaining, relevant, and genuinely instructive. How lucky we are to do what we love. Take this class. Two thumbs up!”
– Barbara Shirts, PT San Diego, CA

“The Happy Back Training with Rachel was an incredibly valuable experience. It has given me more confidence teaching my classes, knowing that I can safely instruct students who come to me with back pain. I was able to start using Rachel’s therapeutic sequences immediately in my classes and my students are very happy! Thanks Rachel!”
– Julia Chen, RYT San Diego, CA

”After the very first time I used Rachel’s instruction to free up the shoulders and neck several of my students said they felt relief from persistent and long term tension and pressure. The simplicity of the poses made them useful for each and every student with a minimum of adjustment, which is great for a relatively large class. It works like magic.”
– Aliza Herbst, Yoga Teacher | Jerusalem, Israel

“Rachel is a teacher’s teacher. As a seasoned physical therapist and healthy back expert, she brings a broad base of knowledge and the confidence that comes from experience, to every injury and interaction. Her gentle way and healing hands have helped me manage my back issues and her full and purposeful life inspire me to live my life mindfully.”
– Shauna MacKay, BPE, RYT-500 La Jolla, CA

“As a health care professional, Rachel brings in-depth knowledge and insight to her teaching that is an invaluable benefit to her students. Her expertise regarding musculoskeletal mechanics and pathology, combined with her compassionate instinct as a healer, form the perfect union of precision and tenderness. It was my privilege to study with Rachel and I gained an enhanced expertise and skill in yoga therapy, anatomy and kinesiology. This training is essential for any yoga teacher seeking a deeper knowledge of how to safely and competently guide students with injuries and joint problems safely through their yoga practices.”
– Ingrid Yang, author of Hatha Yoga Asanas, yoga teacher, and medical doctor Chicago, IL

“Rachel’s workshops combine sound scientifically-based knowledge with the wisdom of Yoga. Rachel is an eloquent speaker, a natural teacher and a gifted healer. I felt like I learned more than I expected to learn in an experiential way and had a lot of fun doing it.”
– Christine Carr, MSPT, COMT, RYT Denver, CO

Very enriching training, both as a yoga practitioner and yoga teacher.  The classes were very detailed and integrated theoretical and practical training which gave me a whole new perspective on yoga.  I am already incorporated all that I learned into my practice and the classes I teach.”

– Yochay Weisskope, Yoga Instructor, Israel