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Back Care & Scoliosis Weekend

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with Deborah Wolk

July 30 2016

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

Register Now: Saturday morning only: $60
Register Now: Saturday (all day) only: $100


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  • Spinal Anatomy (Sagital curves)

  • Physiology of such back issues as: disc herniation and other disc issues, kyphosis, lordosis, spondylolisthesis, sciatica, neck and shoulder issues

  • Physiology of degenerative bone diseases: osteoporosis, arthritis

  • Muscular issues

  • How to “see” and correct postural problems and return to neutral
    curves of the spine

  • Defining and describing pain

  • Asana and modifications for acute back issues and pain

  • Asana and modifications for chronic back issues and pain

  • Defining scoliosis and asymmetry through spinal anatomy

  • Understanding and “seeing” lateral asymmetry and rotation

  • How scoliosis affects spatial and balance issues

  • How scoliosis affects the nervous system and can create joint issues and pain

  • Asana to realign and connect with the limbs.

  • Asana and breath techniques to create awareness, relieve pain, balance the nervous system and possibly stabilize the curves themselves.

Students who are new to Deborah's classes may attend Saturday only, Saturday morning only, or the whole weekend. Students who have previously attended one of Deborah's Back Care Weekend Workshops may attend either day for $100 or any half day for $60. One parent may accompany their teen with scoliosis for free.

This workshop is intended for both yoga students and teachers.

Deborah Wolk began her yoga practice in 1994 and eventually found that practicing yoga with a strong alignment focus could control back pain and arrest the progression of her scoliosis.

Since 2002 Ms. Wolk has taught Yoga & Scoliosis and Yoga for Back Care workshops in New York City, nationwide and in Europe and Asia. In 2003 she created the first weekly Yoga & Scoliosis class on the East Coast.

In 2007-2014 Ms. Wolk Co-Founded and Co-Directed the successful but now defunct Yoga Union Center for Backcare and Scoliosis. Here she conceptualized and taught a wide variety of classes for students with back problems and scoliosis including the first Yoga & Scoliosis classes for children and Yoga & Scoliosis classes for students with Harrington Rods and other spinal fusions. Descriptions of Deborah’s classes have been written up in YogaCity NYC, The New York Times, as well as by the now (in)famous writer Emily Gould!

January 2015 marked the opening of Samamkaya Yoga Back Care & Scoliosis Collective. Deborah founded this workers cooperative to simultaneously offer a unique boutique style center devoted exclusively to Back Care & Scoliosis and to support the amazing and talented faculty there. She teaches classes and workshops for students and teachers and is Director of Programming.

For information on upcoming workshops, classes and private lessons please contact Deborah at or call 917.826.9712. For more information on Samamkaya please visit

*To pay by cash or check please leave a check for Deborah Wolk in Portland Movement Arts's mailbox and fill out the back of the flyer available in the studio if you can.

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