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Virtual Back Care Yoga & Scoliosis with Elise Browning Miller

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Dates: Jan 15 – 17, 2021

* **The recording of the class will be available for the students for 10 days.  Zoom link will be emailed 1 hour before each class.** 

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SCHEDULE      
Friday, Jan 15, 2021 Shoulders, Upper Back and Neck 1:00 – 3:00 pm (EST) $45
Saturday, Jan 16, 2021 Lower Back 1:00 – 3:00 pm (EST) $45
Sunday, Jan 17, 2021 Yoga for Scoliosis 1:00 – 3:00 pm (EST) $45
Entire Weekend   $115 (SY-Memb) $120 (non-member)
 
 

Many people come to yoga for relief of back pain, whether it’s as minor as neck or lower back tension or as serious as severe scoliosis.

  • Often the pain can be chronic rather than from a specific injury or condition.
  • Done with correct emphasis, yoga asana can be extremely successful in alleviating the pain for mild or serious conditions.
  • These classes will address how to use yoga to increase strength and flexibility in the back focusing on the relationship between the spinal column, the pelvis and shoulder blades.
  • Elise will teach both classical and modified asanas which are particularly beneficial for back conditions such as lower back pain, disc disease, sciatica, upper back and neck tightness and scoliosis.
  • Anatomy will be discussed as pertinent to the poses taught.
  • All levels are welcome, including teachers wishing to enhance their skills with an emphasis on back care.

Fees for the Weekend (3 Sessions): $115.00 Studio Yoga Members and $120.00 Non-Members. Individual sessions can also be purchased at the prices below.

Friday, Jan 15, 2021:

1 pm – 3 pm Eastern Time (10 am – 12 pm Pacific time )

Shoulders, Upper Back and Neck

Elise teaching yoga stretching to a group.

Let go of all the burdens on your shoulders and upper back. We’ll emphasize poses to address poor posture, tightness, reversed neck curve, shoulder dislocation, scoliosis, and kyphosis of the upper back. Anatomy will be discussed as pertinent to the poses we learn.

Many people come to yoga for relief of upper back pain whether it is as minor as neck and shoulder tension or as major as degenerative disc disease. This workshop will emphasize poses to address poor posture, tightness, reversed neck curve, shoulder dislocation, scoliosis, and kyphosis of the upper back. Fly high with new wings of freedom!

Props Needed:

  • A sticky mat
  • 2 blocks (books or low stool)
  • 8 or 10’ strap (or long scarf, rope, or belt)
  • 2-3 foot wide wall space. (4-5 foot wide wall space if you need it for your back in standing poses)
  • Chair
  • 3 blankets or beach towels (2 hand towels or 2 washcloths if you have scoliosis)
  • Yoga bolster (couch pillows or rolled-up blankets)

Fee for this session: $45.00

Saturday, Jan 16, 2021:

1 pm – 3 pm Eastern Time (10 am – 12 pm Pacific time)

Yoga for Lower Back

Yoga is a powerful tool for relieving back pain as well as teaching us how to mobilize, align, and strengthen this area. This class is designed for all students who need careful attention given to their lower back, hips and pelvis. Elise will address how to adapt certain yoga poses for a wide variety of lower back conditions and give a series of therapeutic yoga poses for a variety of lower back conditions. She’ll also identify and practice postures that emphasize both strength and flexibility. Anatomy will be discussed as pertinent to the poses we learn.

Props Needed:

  • A sticky mat
  • 2 blocks (books or low stool)
  • Two 8 or 10’ strap (or 1 8 or 10′ yoga strap and any size long scarf, rope or belt)
  • 2-3 foot wide wall space. (4-5 foot wide wall space if you need it for your back in standing poses)
  • Chair
  • 3 blankets or beach towels (2 hand towels or 2 washcloths if you have scoliosis)
  • Yoga bolster (couch pillows or rolled-up blankets)

Fee for this session only: $45.00

Sunday, Jan 17, 2021:

1 pm – 3 pm Eastern Time (10 am – 12 pm Pacific time)

Yoga for Scoliosis and Asymmetry
Elise will present information on scoliosis with time to explore in depth our imbalances. Then she will teach how to adapt the asanas for any asymmetry whether it’s a major structural scoliosis or minor imbalance.

IMPORTANT: For this livestream class, it is very important to know your pattern of scoliosis in order for you to be more effective in practicing yoga for your scoliosis. You will get much more from this workshop if you have a clear understanding of your scoliosis pattern. Elise will be giving information regarding these patterns at the beginning of the workshop but determining your curve before the workshop can be very helpful.

Scoliosis has a lateral and rotational aspect to it. There are four typical patterns though a small percentage will go the opposite way: Right Thoracic curveLeft Lumbar curveRight Thoracic-Left Lumbar curves, and Right Thoracic -Lumbar curve. If you do not know your scoliosis pattern, please read the next paragraph to help you to determine which pattern of scoliosis you have.

If you feel that your right side is bulging behind further than your left and the ribs spreading to the right side, it is most likely a right thoracic curve. If you feel your left lower back bulging back and waist going to the left, then it is a left lumbar curve. If you feel both, it is a double right thoracic, left lumbar curve. If you feel your right mid back and lower back going to the right with a left shoulder higher, then it is called a right thoracic-lumbar curve with a compensating curve to the left in the upper thoracic and neck.

If you don’t have an x-ray or a written report and don’t know your pattern from reading the information above, you may email me with any pertinent information such as which shoulder or hip is higher. One suggestion is to have a family member, partner, or spouse take a photo of you standing with your back to the camera and also in a rounded forward bend and send this to me.

I would greatly appreciate a response before the class so you can receive the most benefit from the class. 

My email address is elise@ebmyoga.com

Props Needed:

  • A sticky mat
  • 2 blocks (books or low stool)
  • Two 8 or 10’ straps (or 1- 8 or 10′ yoga strap and any size long scarf, rope or belt)
  • 2-3 foot wide wall space. (4-5 foot wide wall space if you need it for your back in standing poses)
  • Chair
  • 3 blankets or beach towels (2 hand towels or 2 washcloths if you have scoliosis)
  • Yoga bolster (couch pillows or rolled-up blankets)

Fee for this session: $45.00

 


About Elise:
Elise Miller head shot.

Elise Browning Miller has published numerous articles on scoliosis and other yoga-related subjects in Yoga Journal and other national magazines. Elise has studied on numerous occasions with B.K.S. Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar in India. She has produced the Yoga for Scoliosis DVD and booklet, the Yoga for Backcare booklet, Intermediate Yoga in Fiji DVD, and a new edition of her book, Yoga, Anytime, Anywhere. Elise’s joyous personality and ease of communication endear her to her students with a teaching style that is down to earth, precise and nurturing.