Yoga Project


To support the global mission of World Spine Care by empowering individuals in underserved populations to share the practices of yoga.


Everyone, everywhere has access to the practices of yoga as a tool for active self-care and pain management.

Yoga has been found to be effective in the prevention and management of spinal and musculoskeletal disorders. World Spine Care has launched the WSC Yoga Project to use yoga as a means of addressing the crippling impact of spinal disorders in underserved regions around the world.

WSC has recruited the expertise of a team of yoga teacher trainers to develop a curriculum to train local students in participating countries. This capacity building initiative will enable members of the community to teach the classes in the local language and cultural context, thus ensuring the relevance and success of the yoga program.
This project has been implemented in association with the existing World Spine Care clinics as one of the community prevention and rehabilitation programs.


The goals of the Yoga Project are:

  • To build local capacity and improve community health by creating yoga teacher training programs that can be used in developing countries.
  • To use our experiences in the field to further refine the program.
  • To research the outcomes of the yoga classes to support it’s efficacy as a program for the prevention and management of spinal pain.
  • To share the program with the yoga community so that any organization wishing to build yoga capacity in any community have a valid and tested program.
  • To share the lessons learned so that others seeking to implement the program do not make the same mistakes.

By creating and disseminating this model to the yoga community we hope to expand it’s reach to the million people worldwide, suffering from spine pain, who can benefit from yoga.







Erin Moon and Barrie Risman launched the WSC Yoga project in Botswana on April 25th, 2016 with the first two-week teacher training program being taught to students from Mahalapye and Shoshong, Botswana.


If you are interested in helping out, or have any ideas or comments about the Yoga Project, Erin and Barrie can be reached at





Yoga Team

Erin Moon


E RYT 500: Erin grew up in Calgary Alberta, lived in New York City for 13 years and is now happily nestled in Vancouver Canada. Her first training was in Vinyasa Yoga with Sonic Yoga in NYC 2004. Erin now teaches Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative, Therapeutic and Yin styles of yoga. She also teaches Yoga for hospitalization, Yoga for stress, chair and wall Yoga as well as therapeutics and restorative workshops. She has her Reiki 1, Thai Massage level 1, 100 hr PREMA Therapeutics, 50hr Yin Yoga and Meridians training. She will be complete a 200hr Certification in Applied Positive Psychology in the fall 2016.

One of Erin’s greatest yoga joys is being one of the founding faculty and mentors with Three Sisters Yoga 200/300hr since 2009. She also teaches Anatomy and more with Lila Vinyasa 200/300hr Vancouver Canada and Sonic/Illumina Yoga 200hr Paris, France.

Having travelled and volunteered in many countries she has seen a need for multidisciplinary approach for spine and musculoskeletal/pain management in the worlds most vulnerable populations, at home and abroad. Erin is very honoured to be co-creator of the Yoga Project for World Spine Care along side Barrie Risman and everyone at WSC!

Barrie Risman


E-RYT 500
Passionate yoga educator, community leader and seasoned seeker on the path, Barrie has been immersed in the teachings and practices of yoga for more than two decades. She is the co-founder of Shri Yoga, a seminal place for the study and practice of alignment-based, heart-centered hatha yoga in Montreal. As a senior teacher at Shri Yoga, she helped to create the Shri Yoga Institute for Therapeutic Yoga and the Shri Yoga Teacher Training program.

Barrie has led retreats, teacher trainings and workshops throughout Canada and internationally since 2004. She has been a student of Iyengar Yoga since 1993 and was a certified Anusara Yoga teacher and teacher-trainer from 2003 – 2012, and also served on their Teacher Certification Committee. Most recently, she is the creator of The Skilful Yogi, an online professional development program for yoga teachers and author of the Skilful Yogi blog.

Originally from New York, Barrie’s appreciation for the diversity of the world’s cultures led her to study anthropology at The George Washington University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990. Barrie has also traveled widely throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East, teaching English and doing archaeological fieldwork. Today, Barrie lives in the Montreal suburb of Saint-Lambert with her husband Jean and their daughter, Lily.

Dedicated to offering her skills as a hatha yoga teacher for the benefit of humanity, Barrie is honoured to serve alongside Erin Moon as co-creator of the World Spine Care Yoga Project.

Eric Roseen
Research co-ordinator


Eric J. Roseen, DC, is a Research Fellow in the Family Medicine Department at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Roseen is involved with multiple ongoing research projects within BMC’s Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Care Disparities including a large RCT comparing yoga, physical therapy and patient education for chronic non-specific low back pain in a low-income minority population. His research interests include manual therapies & movement therapies, clinical decision rules and multidisciplinary management of acute and chronic spinal pain.

Dr. Roseen grew up in rural North Dakota and earned his Bachelors degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead, studying biology and chemistry. He received his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Roseen currently practices at a large integrative primary care clinic where he provides evaluation, management and treatment for back pain and other common musculoskeletal conditions.

Preeti Bhatia
Social media


Preeti Bhatia is a trained yoga teacher based in New York specializing in vinyasa style of yoga. She is highly passionate about yoga and is a firm believer that it is for anyone and everyone. Originally from India, she has been practicing different forms of yoga for the last 10 years. Professionally, Preeti is an engineer and has been working in the financial servicing industry for the last 7 years. She strongly believes she can leverage her experience to promote this cause which is personally very close to her heart as it gives her an opportunity to support this under-served population. She feels honored and privileged to be associated with the World Spine Care Yoga Project.