Yoga for back pain and spine health

Do you have back pain, bad posture, muscle spasms, or bulging discs? This project will teach you how to alleviate pain through therapeutic yoga and movement.
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Jessica Shi
Health
Emeryville, California
United States
1 Team Member

Over the years I have seen countless people misdiagnosed, undergo multiple surgeries, become dependent on painkillers, and suffer from 20-30 years of accumulated back pain.  Types of back pain may vary, but everyone suffers the same: limited mobility, loss in quality of life, and over time -- minor to severe depression.  

For those who suffer, our health services industry has little to offer beyond pain medication, shots, generic PT sessions, and surgery. Oftentimes the solution is much, much simpler.  If only everyone understood how the body works.


My methodology 

Dr. Uchenna Umeh


Most back pain comes from imbalances in our musculoskeletal systems – overly tight hamstrings, psoas, weaknesses in the pelvic floor and hips, etc.  The causes of back pain are complex and unique to each individual, but can often be solved by releasing what’s tight and strengthening what’s weak.  No drugs, machines, or anything invasive.


The video


This is the beginning of a video series that will educate you about what goes on in your spine and how to take better care of it.  It will feature:

-  3D animation and anatomical science to clearly illustrate key joints and muscles 

-  People of various shapes demonstrating how to move and stretch correctly

-  Do's and don'ts of yoga poses.  Why it can be both helpful and hurtful

-  Explanations of WHY you have lower back pain and HOW you can change that


About me and my practice

I am the founder of Tree of Life Yoga in Emeryville, CA, and I specialize in rehabilitating people with various types of spine ailments.  Through yoga and movement, I have helped hundreds of clients in the SF Bay Area find relief from decades of back pain. My work is based on the scientific principles of the human body, extensive anatomy and kinesiology, and the intuitive teachings of therapeutic yoga.

Testimonials from my clients

Dr. Uchenna Umeh


Dr. Lanford Weingrod


Dr. Chitra Chandran



What we need and what you get

With a base goal of $20,000, you will enable me to:

  • Create 3D animations to demonstrate everyday movements of the lumbar spine
  • Use real people to show you how to move properly and modify poses according to your flexibility, strength, and body type
  • Employ an experienced producer and film crew to create a high definition video

With a stretch goal of $30,000, I will enhance this video further by:
  • Adding an important section focusing on sciatica, a problem almost everyone will face at some point
  • Creating more comprehensive 3D animations to illustrate the various causes of sciatica
  • Explaining why this ailment is so often misdiagnosed and how you can find relief from this horrible pain 

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Help me on this mission to educate and empower people worldwide!


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$21,385USD
raised by 250 people in 1 month
107% funded
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$20,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on October 12, 2013
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  • $15USD
    eBook of stretches

    Main set of stretches covered in the video ($25 value)

    11 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $25USD
    Pain Free Deck

    A unique deck of cards with a quirky illustration of the stretch on the front, description of how to do it on the back ($35 value)

    27 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $35USD
    Download of the video

    Digital download of the completed video ($45 value)

    68 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $50USD
    Download of video + DVD

    Digital download of video plus actual DVD ($65 value)

    23 out of 200 claimed
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  • $60USD
    Download + Pain Free Deck

    Digital download of video and Pain Free Deck ($80 value)

    21 out of 200 claimed
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  • $75USD
    Asana

    Digital download of video, DVD, and Pain Free Deck ($95 value)

    20 out of 200 claimed
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  • $100USD
    Asana + 3 class

    Digital download of video, DVD, Pain Free Deck, and 3 group classes at Tree of Life Yoga (TOLY)

    32 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $150USD
    Asana + 5 classes

    Digital download of video, Signed DVD, Pain Free Deck, and 5 group classes at TOLY

    3 out of 200 claimed
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  • $200USD
    Prana

    Download of video, Signed DVD, credits in DVD, Pain Free Deck, and 1 private session at TOLY

    6 out of 50 claimed
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  • $300USD
    Prana + 3 group classes

    Download of video, Signed DVD, credits in DVD, Pain Free Deck, 1 private session and 3 group classes at TOLY

    1 out of 30 claimed
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  • $500USD
    Jiva

    Download of video, Signed DVD, credits in DVD, Pain Free Deck, and 3 private sessions with Jessica Shi at TOLY

    5 out of 10 claimed
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  • $1,000USD
    Jiva + 2 privates + 3 mos

    Download of video, Signed DVD, credits in DVD, Pain Free Deck, 5 private sessions with Jessica Shi and 3 months unlimited membership to TOLY

    1 out of 8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $1,500USD
    Corporate sponsorship 1

    50 downloads of the video and eBook or 40 signed copies of the DVD, credits in DVD

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    Corporate sponsorship 2

    70 downloads of the video and eBook or 55 signed copies of the DVD, credits in DVD

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    110 downloads of the video and eBook or 85 signed copies of the DVD, credits in DVD

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    200 downloads of the video and eBook or 150 signed copies of the DVD, credits in DVD

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