Yoga for Backcare with Alison West

Alison West, Director of Yoga Union and the Yoga Union Backcare & Scoliosis Center, New York

7-9 June 2019 - Girona, Catalonia (Spain)

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Alison West is known world-wide  for her innovative and sound approach to  asana practice and Yoga therapy. She appears regularly in international magazines and on-line courses, and has been named as one of the most influential Yoga teachers in America.

In this workshop, you will learn important bio-mechanics to support sound posture and to protect the spine and strengthen and release the body through Yoga in the presence of issues such as hyper-kyphosis and hyper-lordosis, lumbar herniation, osteoarthritis, osteo-porosis and spondylolisthesis. Explore the inter-connected body, and how to encourage the part to support the whole, and the whole to help heal the part.

We will start with a general asana practice on Friday for all levels that will include some restorative work.

Please note: this is not a scoliosis weekend. It will be taught in English and NOT fully translated, just bits if necessary, to speed it up. Single days are not available.


L'Alison West és mundialment coneguda per la seva proposta innovadora i sòlida a la pràctica de l'assana i a la teràpia de ioga. Apareix amb regularitat a revistes internacionals i cursos on-line, i ha estat anomenada com una de les professores més influents dels Estats Units.

En aquest taller, aprendreu la biomecànica important per construir una postura sòlida i protegir la columna i enfortir i alliberar el cos amb el ioga, en presència de problemes com ara hipercifosi i hiperlordosi, hèrnies lumbars, osteartritis, osteoporosi i espondiolosi. Exploraràs el cos interconnectat, i com estimular una part per recolzar el tot, i el tot per ajudar a guarir la part.

Començarem per una pràctica d'assanes el divendres per a tots els nivells, que inclourà treball de descans.

Nota: l'intensiu serà en anglès, amb traduccions molt puntuals al català o espanyol. No podem oferir dies solts.


The studio will open half an hour before the scheduled time; you are welcome warm up ahead. Note that the timetable may vary slightly if agreed upon, e.g. shorter pause for lunch, but the finishing will not exceed the time stated below.


19-20:30h Active and restorative assanas


9:30-13h Principles of Movement and Posture
Lunch (included)
15:30-17:30 Herniation and Osteoporosis


9:30-13h Hyper-Kyphosis, Spondylolisthesis and Osteoarthritis
Lunch (included)
15:30-17:30 Headstand


The workshop will be held in Espai de ioga. It's a beautiful studio in the the center of Girona, with amazing views on the river. We provide all the props you'll need, including mat (you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer), belts, blocks, blankets etc, and a sling for hanging, that Alison uses for the practice. This will be a small workshop compared to those of big cities, and places are limited by the yoga room. Our full address is here.


220€, which includes:

  • meal on Saturday and Sunday
  • use of mats and all props needed

If you register before May 7: 205€.  The payment must be made strictly before the date.

We require the payment of 100€ to book the place, the rest on cash upon arrival.


Book early to avoid disappointment, as the workshop has been planned for a small group in a yoga center, with limited places. The workshop is intended for students with a minimum of 6 months of practice. We won't explain basic alignment issues.

We provide a certificate of attendance upon request. 



As we want to spare you the inconvenience of looking for food outside, we will serve some food in the room. Lunch will consist of lentils soup (dhal), yogurt, dry fruits. The dhal won't have gluten and we'll provide some gluten-free bread (which may be contain traces of other bread). If you have special diet please provide your own food. 


English, as we want to avoid the tiring translation for the workshop. We would translate a few remarks if necessary.


Alison West, Ph.D, ERYT, recently named one of the most influential Yoga teachers in America , is director of Yoga Union and the Yoga Union Backcare & Scoliosis Center. She first established Yoga Union in 1996 in SoHo after studying widely and teaching Yoga in NY for ten years, both at the Sivananda center and at Jivamukti. She practiced Astanga Yoga for a number of years, studying in NY with Eddie Stern and in Mysore with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. During this time she continued studying Iyengar Yoga for alignment, working in particular with Kevin Gardiner, the late Mary Dunn, and, later, Genny Kapuler. Alison has also traveled to Pune to study with the Iyengars as well. Her first studies at the Sivananda centers of Munich and NY in the early 80′s have led to a life-long interest in Yoga philosophy and the subtle practices of pranayama, meditation, mantra, yantra and mudra. She furthered her meditation studies with TKV Desikachar at a retreat at Colgate University in 1993 and went on to the Shambhala trainings in NYC. Her spiritual teachers include Ramana Maharshi, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj and Ayang Rinpoche.

Around 1996, Alison’s interest in alignment and anatomy led her to explore more deeply the asymmetrical body and most notably the asymmetrical spine. She studied with both Bobbie Fultz and Elise Miller, each an expert in this field and to whom she is deeply grateful. Alison completed her Certification in Yoga for Scoliosis with Elise Miller. Alison has continued her study of anatomy and kinesiology and developed new material for Yoga for Scoliosis. In 2007, Alison co-founded the first and only dedicated Yoga for Backcare and Scoliosis center in the world. Alison’s fully equipped, spacious and beautiful studio, Yoga Union, opened across the street from the old Backcare Center on 9/11, 2011. In 2015, Alison founded the new Yoga Union Backcare & Scoliosis Center, also at 37 West 28th street, which she runs with the help of an amazing group of dedicated teachers.

Alison has formulated Principles of Practice that can be applied to most forms of Hatha Yoga, and brings to her teaching insights born of the ongoing study of anatomy and kinesiology. She began her anatomy studies with Irene Dowd in NY, and subsequently completed Gil Hedley’s life-changing 6-day Human Dissection Course for non-medical professionals.

Alison conducts demanding “Gold Standard”* 200-hour Three-Pillars of Practice Teacher Trainings and a full 500-hour Mandala of Yoga Masters program in New York City, teaches workshops and master classes nationwide, in Europe and in the Middle East, and group and private classes in Manhattan. She is currently writing her first Yoga book, Yoga for Backcare, which will be followed by Yoga for Scoliosis.

Check her tutorials in Yoga Journal:





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Important notice

PLEASE BOOK AHEAD accommodation and transport, otherwise you may find it full.


Girona is a beautiful historic city, about 1,30 hours North of Barcelona. Ryanair serves many flights to Europe. Also, the TGV connects to Barcelona in 30 minutes and Paris in 5 hours.


 Here is a list of all accommodations (also youth hostel). You may also try apartments in airbnb or girorooms.


All Yoga Journal Articles and pieces


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