Yoga for Back Health Retreat with Alison West

Yoga for Back Health Retreat


Saturday, June 15th

to Saturday, June 22nd, 2019



With Alison West, Director Yoga Union

and Yoga Union Backcare

& Scoliosis Center

Price: from $2100 for single



Join innovative and experienced teacher, Alison West, director of Yoga Union and YU Backare & Scoliosis Center, for a unique experience of Yoga for Back Health. This is a rare opportunity to develop a sound practice for your back in an intimate and uplifting setting. Spend a refreshing week addressing your posture, general backache, herniation, hyper-kyphosis, hyper-lordosis, osteoarthritis, or spondylolisthesis in the beautiful retreat center. Learn safe movements that can effectively reduce your pain and strengthen your back. Explore how yoga can help re-pattern both your nervous system and your body’s mechanics to improve not only the health of your back but your overall quality of life. You will leave with new tools and feel empowered to practice safely on your own.


Note: this is not a Yoga for Scoliosis retreat.
We will be doing a Yoga for Scoliosis retreat soon and look forward to welcoming you to that one!

Your Teachers

Alison West, Ph.D, E-RYT, C-IAYT


Alison is an international workshop and retreat presenter, is director of Yoga Union and the Yoga Union Backcare & Scoliosis Center, and a Yoga Journal presenter and writer. A published art historian before devoting her life to Yoga, she established Yoga Union in 1996. It is home to both a strong and evolving alignment and flow program, as well as the largest Yoga for backcare, herniation & scoliosis program in the world. Alison was drawn to working with back issues through Yoga both because of the need demonstrated by students and also because Yoga offers such a holistic approach, engaging the whole body, mind and breath to promote healing. Her own mother has marked scoliosis and she herself has mild scoliosis. Helping students find relief from pain and a new sense of balanced posture and spinal health is a deep reward and a calling.

Yoga Union offers rigorous 200/500 Hour Teacher Trainings, a 120-Hour Backcare & Scoliosis Certification program, as well as both Ropes & Slings and Chair Yoga Certification programs. Alison is grateful to the wonderful teachers who grace Yoga Union with their exceptional talent and inquisitive minds, and to the students who brighten the studio with their enthusiasm and hard work. For more, see


Yoga Journal recently released her online Yoga for Back Health course to help those in need and who are unable to come to NYC.  If you would like to sign up for the course, click on Yoga for Back Health or copy and paste this link:  The course is not a substitute for in person work, but it will help you understand fundamental issues and allow you to start practicing.
Use this discount code for $50 off: AlisonSaves.


If you would like to view some of Alison’s short videos or read her Yoga Journal articles, see the links at the end of this page.






The enchanting Santillan resort is situated in the Andalusian Countryside embraced by quiet mountains with beautiful views of the Mediterranean. Enjoy delicious and healthful farm-to- table meals from the Center’s garden and local farmers. Swim in a salt water pool. Walk through Santillan’s lovely gardens or hike the nearby hills with their views out to sea. Indulge in the spa or visit historic Malaga, with its Roman Theatre and stunning Moorish  architecture. Seville and Granada (Alahambra) are only a couple of hours away. Unencumbered by daily obligations, benefit from a deep mental and physical release that allows you to experience your practice in a new way. Make this commitment to yourself and see your practice change!

Rest • Rejuvenate • Recalibrate • Re-integrate • Re-align.

Yoga Union and the Yoga Union Backcare & Scoliosis Center

Yoga Union, located in Manhattan and considered to be one of the most beautiful Yoga studios in NY, has the largest dedicated Yoga for Backcare & Scoliosis Program.  Yoga Union holds an annual 160 Hour Certification Program for teachers with Alison West and Kaitlyn Hipple, as well as classes, workshops, programs and series that support those in pain.


From Healing to Health

Because we have both a Backcare and a General Yoga program, our students can go from healing to health. Many students graduate from their back pain, postural issues and other problems into our regular Yoga program, taught by some of the same teachers teaching in the Backcare Center.


Our motto is “Conscious Movement, Conscious Life.” 

The same awareness developed by paying attention to how the body moves
and breathes can be applied to life and how we live it.



Prices are based on double occupancy.
If you would like a private room, there is an additional charge of $295.

Double Occupancy: $2100

Single Occupancy: $2395 for single

Full payment due by Wednesday, May 15

  • These prices include your deposit, your room, meals and Yoga classes.

  • Not-included are flights, extra-curricular activities such as excursions, spa services, tips and transport to/from Malaga airport.

If you are travelling with someone and want to be in the same room, make sure to say so. We will do our best to accommodate you.

If you are travelling with someone and want to be in the same room, make sure to say so. We will do our best to accommodate you.

For more information or to book visit


Links to Yoga Journal related Back Care Material


Yoga Journal Yogapaedia
For Urdva Mukha Svansana to Dandasana (Floating Dandasana)


Dowels for Backcare

Scapulo-Humeral Rhythm

Plank Pose

Posture with Breath

Traction Spine 2-minute Tune Up

Poses at Desk

Got Computer Neck—3 Poses for Relief.