Fred Bender

Fred has been teaching yoga since 1990 and is co-founder of Centre de Yoga - La Source in Luxembourg.

He started yoga in 1987 and attended the Sivananda yoga teacher training in 1990 finding inspiration from its founder Swami Vishnudevananda. He taught for several years at the Sivananda center in Los Angeles until he moved to Luxembourg.

He became familiar with Iyengar and Ashtanga vinyasa yoga, both of which contribute elements to the lower back yoga class.

"You do great work and make a difference to people’s lives."

~ Maggie Burke

Having herniated two lumbar discs before starting yoga, he became a massage therapist to help others as he had been helped. His understanding of anatomy brought insight into how yoga variations could relieve back pain. This led to his developing a highly effective sequence of yoga variations that comprise his lower back yoga class. He has subsequently passed it on to other yoga teachers.

"...(My students) sleep better, have less back pain and feel generally better. I am ever grateful to you for sharing this class. It has become the core of my practice and of my teaching."

~ Nadia Ernst, yoga teacher, France

Having overcome severe back pain through advice, study and practice, Fred has developed an empathetic feeling for those going through similar challenges. Whether through his former massage practice or yoga classes, his desire is to create a space for healing to take place.

You have, as a teacher, a very big quality, which is generosity. You are there to guide people, but you are there for us and with us all along. And that is absolutely not very common. And for that, my wife and I are most thankful to you.

~ Luis Seabra