with Deborah Wolk
Friday, July 13, 5:30–8:30pm | Looking at the Bones
Saturday, July 14, 2–5pm | Support and Balance from the Legs
Sunday, July 15, 1–4pm | Extension and Connection in the Arms for Trunk Support and Lift
Students with scoliosis have very specific needs with the nervous system, proprioceptive system and with pain patterns. Teachers must avoid muddled information. Using prop set-ups, hands-on adjustments and verbal instructions, Deborah Wolk will guide you in how to better teach your students with scoliosis.
In these 3 sessions “Looking at the Bones”, “Support and Balance from the legs” and “Extension and Connection in the Arms for Trunk Support and Lift” Deborah will share ways to work with the asymmetric skeletal system so your student can use skeletal support in a more balanced way as well as find ways to use the breath and other systems to help support a compromised skeletal system.
This class is appropriate for all yoga teachers and for students with scoliosis. Teachers of other modalities (Pilates, personal training, etc.) may attend as teachers with Deborah’s permission. This class is not recommended for brand new beginners to yoga.
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.
15 or more days in advance: $20 service charge | 14 to 8 days in advance: 50% charge | 7 days or less: no refund | Fees are non-transferable | Checks must be received within 7 days to hold your registration