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Yoga for Back Care

Better Posture, Less Pain

June 22 - 24, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

$310 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Many people come to yoga seeking relief from many types of back pain—from minor issues such as neck or lower-back tension to injuries and severe conditions, like scoliosis that can result in poor posture, lower back pain, chronic neck and shoulder pain, disc disease, sciatica, and other back conditions.

Join Senior Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher Elise Browning Miller, MA, for an empowering workshop on using yoga to overcome physical and psychological challenges due to back issues and injuries.

You will experience how yoga asana, when practiced with the correct emphasis, can help you find the strength and balance you need to alleviate back pain. You will explore:

  • Classical and modified yoga postures that can relieve the physical and psychological challenges that come with back pain
  • The cause-and-effect pattern of each movement
  • How to individually adjust yoga postures to your needs and the anatomical details and alignment pertinent to the poses
  • Breath awareness in combination with yoga postures for developing better structural alignment of the body and for becoming more symmetrical and balanced.

This program will teach you the skills to enhance your yoga practice and new ways to be in your body that result in better posture and less pain.

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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
    • Study with a long-time student of B.K.S. Iyengar and his daughter Geeta Iyengar, Elise Browning Miller, who lives pain-free with her scoliosis and who brings a wealth of expert knowledge, experience, and attention to alignment and anatomical detail.

    • Increase back strength and flexibility with an understanding of the relationship between the spinal column, the pelvis, and the shoulder blades.

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

  • Things to Know

    Program Schedule

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    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Special Interest To

    Teachers wishing to enhance their skills with an emphasis on back care

  • 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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