Dr. Loren Fishman

Dr. Loren Fishman instructs the following:
  • Yoga Therapy for Back Pain: A Neurological Look at What Works
  • More people come to yoga for their back pain than for any other medical cause. This is partially because medical schools are concentrated more and more on medications, genetics and technology, rather than anatomy, and most internists and family practitioners have not focused on back pain in their studies. Orthopedic surgeons know the anatomy, to be sure, but many people do not want the surgeons to do what they do best. The purpose of this workshop is to help you provide knowledgeable, innocuous, yet effective help to the many sufferers of back pain. To do this you must understand and recognize the seven basic types of back pain, and know what yoga will aid them and bring them out of their misery. Appropriate yoga can also reduce or prevent future occurrences of the problem.

    Back pain is the second most common reason for lost days of work – just behind the common cold. Yoga is useful in the vast majority of these cases. All that’s needed is understanding.

    Come deepen your understanding with Dr. Fishman, one of the country’s leading specialists on yoga therapy in the West. Dr. Fishman will guide you through asana, explanation, and conversation on how to prevent and care fro your back pain. Perfect for all.


    Members | $60

    Non Members | $70


    Loren Fishman received an advanced degree in philosophy at Oxford University, then spent a year with Yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar in Pune, India, attending every class, public and private, and taking daily instruction. He attended Rush Presbyterian St. Lukes Medical School, did a Tufts-Harvard residency and was Chief Resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Fishman has written and edited more than 80 academic articles, chapters and books on Rehabilitation Medicine and is a past President of the NY Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as one of NY Magazine’s Best Doctors.

    Jane Brody has written about Dr. Fishman in the New York Times, his work has been reviewed in Spine, Muscle and Nerve, and other international periodicals. He is currently Associate Editor of Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, on the staff at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Treasurer of the Manhattan Institute for Cancer Research, and is the Medical Director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City. Recent writings include: Yoga for Osteoporosis and Yoga for Arthritis, with Ellen Saltonstall, published by WW Norton. Other books about yoga and medicine authored by Dr. Fishman are: Yoga for Back Pain with Carol Ardman (WW Norton), Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis with Eric Small (Demos Press).

    Dr. Fishman was a featured speaker at the Sytar conference of the International Association of Yoga Therapists in May, 2013. He was awarded a prize for his research on a yoga maneuver to cure the pain and disability of rotator cuff tear at the 1st International Conference for Yoga and Social Reformation in Hardiwar, India, in 2011. He has also published pioneering research on yoga for piriformis syndrome.

    Many of Dr. Fishman’s ideas can be seen on the Huffington Post, where he has been a frequent contributor,as well as in his books. He was named “… a Thomas Edison of yoga and Medicine” by Pulitzer-prize winning author William Broad, and has been interviewed on World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer.

    Dr. Fishman is a practicing physician who has been doing yoga every day for 40 years. He teaches yoga regularly to patients in his medical practice in New York.

    As a young man, Dr. Fishman spent a year with Yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar in Pune, India, attending every class, public and private, and taking daily instruction.