Hello, I’m Bene Spoelders, yoga teacher and yoga therapist. I have taught yoga therapy for more than 8 years, helping people heal or manage back pain. I select and adapt yoga poses, relaxation and breathing techniques that will benefit your health and make a positive difference in your life.
In my search how yoga can relieve or even remove different kinds of back pain, I have found that the other effects of yoga — the overall sense of well-being and stress relief — are as important in dealing with back issues as the targeted exercises to release and strengthen.
My mission is to help you find greater ease in your body, so the rest of life feels easier too!
My yoga journey began when I was a student, when weekly yoga classes made me feel vibrant and alive again after hours of sitting at a desk. I did not come to yoga with amazing flexibility or acrobatic abilities. In fact, I arrived with quite a bad posture and when my very first yoga teacher corrected my excessively arched lower back it felt wonderful. Over the years, yoga has helped me correct the tendency to hunch my shoulders forward and deal with the slight scoliosis of my spine. Practising yoga has been essential for my physical well being, to prevent back pain and maintain a good posture. It has also created a space and time for myself, to feel more centred and at peace. Throughout the ups and downs of life, a yoga session can make me feel that everything is going to be all right, and that I do have the inner strength to see things through.
In 2003 I started a 2-year teaching training course in “Scaravelli Yoga.” Vanda Scaravelli inspired many yoga students to honour the natural wisdom of the body, to ‘undo’ holding patterns rather than impose on the body, to ground through the feet and release the spine. I have learnt about this yoga style through years of study with Vanda’s student Sandra Sabatini. I also found inspiration in the dynamic and more strengthening yoga styles of Desikachar and Gary Kratsow, as well as the emphasis on structural alignment by osteopath/yoga teacher Peter Blackaby and yoga therapist Doug Keller.
These different approaches proved an ideal basis for therapeutic yoga, but I wanted to learn more about safe yoga for people with back pain. In the 2,5-years yoga therapy training with Robin Munro, the Biomedical Trust and Yoga Campus in London, I learned in-depth anatomy and physiology, and how yoga can help a wide range of health problems. Now I have taught yoga therapy for more than 8 years and I am committed to providing a safe and quality yoga practice to people who want to improve their health through yoga.
Yoga therapy, Yoga Biomedical Trust and Yoga Campus, 2006-2008
Certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT)
Registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
Workshops with Peter Blackaby, Sandra Sabatini, Robin Munro, Doug Keller and others
Yoga teacher training course, BTEC, 2003-2005