YSN - The Yoga Society of Nashville 

Connecting Bodies, Minds and Spirits Through Yoga in Tennessee

In 1977, a group of people who practiced yoga decided to build an organization dedicated to helping others learn about the benefits of yoga and make it possible for people to find teachers and classes. They started YSN, a not-for-profit organization with volunteer officers dedicated to helping the yoga community thrive and grow. 


The Yoga Society of Nashville unites students and teachers of all traditions through study, practice, and service.

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Backcare & Scoliosis Workshop 

Aug. 5-7, 2016

with Deborah Wolk

at the Yoga Center of Nashville

August 5-7, 2016

One parent may accompany their teen with scoliosis for free.
This workshop is intended for both yoga students and teachers.


Everyone is encouraged to take this part of the workshop to prepare for the other components. 



Deborah will teach a direct approach to relief  and awareness addressing all types of chronic back pain and alignment issues such as disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, swayback, whiplash and kyphosis. The Yoga poses practiced in this workshop with a specific focus can be the key to alleviating pain and creating more balance in the body. This workshop is for students of all levels who wish to work on any issues related to pain and discomfort in the back and for teachers wishing to learn more about how to work with these issues


• 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
Deborah will introduce participants to the structure of the spine, the anatomy of scoliosis and how it affects one’s physiology and health. Yoga asanas and principles of sequencing will be practiced and modified for different curvatures and pain issues. Participants will learn how to develop a yoga practice which specifically addresses their own patterns and needs using awareness and alignment.


• 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.


Deborah Wolk

Having practiced yoga since 1994, Deborah found that practicing alignment-based yoga could control back pain and arrest the progression of her scoliosis.

That awareness inspired her to complete Alison West’s Yoga Union Teacher Training in 2000. Deborah then studied Yoga and Scoliosis with Bobbie Fultz, completed Karin Stephan's Advanced Studies Program in Therapeutics and Healing in 2003 and was certified as a Yoga for Scoliosis trainer through Elise Browning Miller's Yoga & Scoliosis Teacher Training in 2005.  Deborah also assisted her primary teacher Genny Kapuler for 10 years. 

Since 2002 Ms. Wolk has taught Yoga & Scoliosis and Yoga for Back Care workshops in New York City, nationwide and in Europe.  In 2003 she created the first weekly Yoga & Scoliosis class on the East Coast. Weekly Back Care classes are offered at Yogasana Center for Yoga in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.

In 2007-2014 with Alison West, Ms. Wolk Co-Founded and Co-Directed the successful Yoga Union Center for Backcare and Scoliosis and instituted a wide variety of classes for students with back problems and scoliosis including the first Yoga & Scoliosis classes for children and Yoga & Scoliosis 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 marks the opening of Samamkāya Yoga/Back Care & Scoliosis Collective.  Deborah founded this workers cooperative to simultaneously offer a unique boutique style center exclusively devoted to Back Care & Scoliosis and to support the amazing and talented faculty there. 

For information on upcoming workshops, classes and private lessons please contact Deborah at dwolkYoga@gmail.com or call 917-826-9712.  For more information on Samamkāya please visit www.samamkayabackcare.com

Register for the entire workshop 

$250 for the entire weekend workshop 

Directions: The Yoga Center of Nashville  2822 Columbine Place Nashville, TN 37204

The Yoga Center of Nashville is located in Berry Hill at 2822 Columbine Place (just across Thompson Lane from 100 Oaks Mall) .

To Register for the entire weekend workshop click the paypal button below. Lower on the page you have the option to register for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday's workshop alone.  If you would prefer to pay with a check please email questionsysn@yahoo.com.

Cancelation policy: Please let us know if you are not able to attend so that someone on the waiting list may. You may give your space to a friend.
Contact: questionsysn@yahoo.com or  Leighanne 615-788-9731 

Friday:  Anatomy of the Spine $40


Everyone is encouraged to take this part of the workshop to prepare for the other components.  

Saturday: Yoga for back care $100


1.  Anatomy of pathological conditions on the sagittal plane and disc herniation
2.  Yoga for acute back pain and injury

1.  Yoga for chronic back pain and chronic issues
2.  Yoga for degenerative conditions



SUNDAY: Yoga for Scoliosis and asymmetry $120


1.  Defining, seeing and understanding Scoliosis
2.  Asana for awareness and creating balance in the body
3.  Asana for extension and length part 1
4.  The wall is my friend:  addressing proprioception

1.  The limbs and the scoliotic spine
2.  Derotation. Standing poses and twists
3.  Functional curves and paraspinal strength:  practicing Inversions
4.  Finding symmetry through release:  restorative and savasana