Backcare and Scoliosis Weekend with Deborah Wolk

SPINAL ANATOMY FOR BACK CARE & SCOLIOSIS FRIDAY EVENING
• Essential background information to understand the weekend’s material both in observation
and practice.
YOGA FOR BACK CARE SATURDAY
• Anatomy and Physiology of back issues such as disc herniation and other disc issues, kyphosis,
• lordosis, spondylolisthesis, sciatica and 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
• Ways to practice at home
YOGA & SCOLIOSIS SUNDAY
• 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 in some cases, stabilize the curves themselves
• Ways to practice at home

About Deborah Wolk

Deborah Wolk, C-IAYT, has been teaching and working with students with back issues, scoliosis, and other injuries for over 17 years. Her yoga practice working with her own scoliosis informs the work she does to help others.

Deborah met Bobbie Fultz in 2000—her first Yoga & Scoliosis teacher. She later met Elise Browning Miller and was certified as a Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer through Elise’s training program in 2005. Her primary teacher is Genny Kapuler, whose class she assisted for 10 years, and she has also studied extensively with Kevin Gardiner in NYC (now in Budapest) and Donald Moyer in Berkeley, among others. In 2007, Deborah travelled to India to study with the Iyengar family and spent most afternoons observing the medical classes there. Also in 2007, she co-founded Yoga Union Center for Backcare & Scoliosis and co-directed it for 8 years. In January 2015, Deborah founded Samamkaya Yoga Back Care & Scoliosis Collective. Samamkaya is a democratically run workers cooperative and is devoted exclusively to scoliosis, back care, teacher education in therapeutics, and adaptive yoga for students with disabilities and nervous system disorders.

Deborah’s teachings are based in the principles of Iyengar style yoga and Body Mind Centering (BMC) techniques. She is warm and funny and her teachings are subtle yet explained at a level everyone can understand. Deborah teaches workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings on Back Care & Scoliosis in New York City, across the US, and around the world, and has a thriving private practice. More about DeborahAn autobiographical pieceThe NY Times ArticleDeborah Teaches 1 pose 3 ways/A review of Deborah’s classAn Interview with Deborah WolkEmily Gould’s ArticleYogaUOnline Interview with Deborah Wolk