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Yoga for Scoliosis

Better Posture, Less Pain

June 4 - 9, 2017

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$525 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

It is absolutely possible to find relief from the physical and psychological challenges that come with scoliosis.

This internationally acclaimed yoga-based workshop with Elise Browning Miller will empower you in important new ways that result in better posture and less pain. Through yoga, one can find the balance point that allows the scoliosis curve to coexist with gravity and activates the body’s natural plumb line.

A longtime student of yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar and his daughter Geeta, Elise lives pain-free with her scoliosis. In addition to a wealth of expert knowledge and extensive experience, she provides a therapeutic experience of the precise attention to alignment and anatomical detail that Iyengar Yoga is known for.

As a result, you will learn and experience:

  • The anatomical background of scoliosis
  • Optimal yoga postures and adaptations for scoliosis
  • The cause-and-effect pattern of each movement
  • How to individually adjust yoga postures to your needs
  • Breath awareness in combination with yoga postures, for developing better structural alignment of the body and becoming more symmetrical and balanced.

The workshop will progress from basic to intermediate poses, with variations and adaptations provided. You will leave with the knowledge and skills you need to continue to use yoga in overcoming the challenges of scoliosis and create a new blueprint for your life.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Elise Browning Miller, MA, CIYT

    Iyengar yoga teacher with specialty in back care

    Elise Browning Miller is a Senior Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher who has been teaching in the United States and internationally for more than 30 years.

    She began her study of yoga in her twenties, rather than having a metal rod placed in her spine to address her scoliosis. A founding director of California Yoga Center, she holds a master‰’s degree in therapeutic recreation and has studied on numerous occasions with the Iyengars in India. Elise specializes in scoliosis, lower- and upper-back problems, and sports-related injuries.

    Elise recently produced her own DVD and booklets, Yoga for Scoliosis and Yoga for Back Care, as well as a new edition of her book Yoga: Anytime, Anywhere. She has published numerous articles on scoliosis and yoga-related subjects in national magazines, including Yoga Journal.

    Now able to live the pain-free life she has always wanted, she devotes her time to helping others do the same with a teaching style that is down-to-earth, precise, joyful, and nurturing.


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  • Why Attend
    • Get empowered to live pain-free with your scoliosis.

    • Discover practical, personalized approaches to postures that make yoga more enjoyable and accessible to your body.

    • Increase your physical and psychological strength.

    • Receive expert training in the anatomy of scoliosis to understand what will help you thrive.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    None required.

    Experience Level

    Students of all levels, including beginners, are welcome to attend.

    Special Interest To

    Teachers from all yoga systems, with or without scoliosis, are encouraged and invited to bring their students with scoliosis for the opportunity to work together under Elise’s guidance.

    Special Details

    For yoga teachers and medical professionals interested in becoming certified, this workshop fulfills the foundational 20 hours required to begin the Yoga for Scoliosis training program. For more information, visit

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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