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Inner Light Yoga and Wellness

Inner Light Yoga and Wellness      
2807 44th Avenue, Vernon, British Columbia  (just off 27th Street)
Yoga Therapy 
is the process of empowering individuals to progress 
toward improved health and well-being through 
the application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga.

International Association of Yoga Therapists
For information on the NewBack classes on the weekly schedule please click here.

For complete details on NewBack visit:

For more information and to set up a consultation, contact Dr Roger Drinkwater
Phone: 250 307 7485 Email: [email protected]

​For Specialized Programs to treat 1. Hip Issues, 2.  Shoulder Issues, 3. Arthritis,
and 4. Chronic Disorders please click here for more information.

is a leading active movement program designed to treat 
chronic lower back injury and to recover from severe back pain,
as well as hip pain, and shoulder and neck pain.

 NewBack treats an injury by rebuilding the entire body 
using active movements derived from yoga therapy and other rehabilitation practices.

 NewBack is delivered as group classes and as a home practice using video.  
Personal Consultation is also available for initial assessment and introduction to the program.

Dr Roger Drinkwater - NewBack Creator and Founder
Launched in January 2013, NewBack Active Therapy  is the culmination of five years of concept initiation, program development, client assessment and program delivery. 

NewBack uses well established principles from yoga therapy and best practices from the medical, allied health and fitness industries to create a modern and innovative approach to injury rehabilitation.

Importantly, NewBack  is an active therapy practice. That is, you do the rehabilitation work and not the therapist. If you want to permanently repair injury and eliminate chronic pain you must change your core strength, flexibility, alignment, posture and movement patterns. You will only achieve this by engaging consistently in an active therapy practice such as NewBack

Over 10,000 hours of successful client management has established NewBack as a leading rehabilitation program.  

NewBack - Recover and Restore

For the treatment of injury and pain in the lower back, back, hips, shoulders and neck. This practice is a set of 30 movements conducted mainly on the floor. These movements build strength and flexibility into the mid body and major joints. 

Use this practice to move again in comfort, safety and with complete confidence.

The NewBack Program Group Classes
NewBack - Active

Stronger movements mostly conducting in a standing position focusing in the back of the body (the Posterior Kinetic Chain). This practice realigns the body into neutral and builds strength and flexibility in the legs, hips, back and shoulders.

This practice strongly supports active lifestyles.

Roger Drinkwater, BSC, Hons, PhD, ERYT, PYT, HC
Creator and Founder, NewBack Active Therapy

Roger is a certified yoga instructor, a professional yoga therapist and a health counselor. He trained in the Kripalu yoga tradition, a practice that is strongly focused toward therapeutic principles. He teaches his general yoga classes, the NewBack Active Therapy classes and conducts his yoga therapy practice at the Inner Light Yoga and Wellness studio in Vernon, BC, Canada.  

Prior to adopting yoga therapy as a full time profession, Roger was a medical scientist specialising in physiology, biochemistry, molecular genetics and pharmacology. This work primarily involved the discovery and development of new diagnostics and products for human medicine. Within this, he worked extensively with patients with severe acute and chronic pain conditions. Roger’s work in science has extended into business where as CEO he has founded and managed international companies. 

Roger has a lifetime involvement in sports and outdoor activities. He has been a representative rugby league and rugby union player and has extensive involvement in managing the performance and injury rehabilitation of sports players and teams. This experience, together with his training and practice in science, yoga and yoga therapy have contributed to his extensive background in injury and pain management.

He incorporates his skills and life experience into the development of new health and wellness programs.

BSc             Bachelor of Science
Hons     Honors degree in toxicology
PhD      Doctorate of Philosophy in biochemistry and physiology  
ERYT    Registered Yoga Teacher (Experienced: 2,000+ hours)
PYT      Professional Yoga Therapist
HC        Health Counselor