An internationally known teacher and leader in her specialty, Yoga for Backcare and Scoliosis, Alison directs Yoga Union/YU Backcare & Scoliosis Center NYC. She conducts 500TTs and leads a unique 150-hour Backcare & Scoliosis training in addition to international workshops and retreats (Yoga for Scoliosis, June 2020, Spain, http://www.yogaunion.com/retreats). She has completed a Yoga Journal on-demand Yoga for Back Health series and is writing Yoga for Backcare, to be followed by Yoga for Scoliosis.
An internationally known teacher and leader in her specialty, Yoga for Backcare and Scoliosis, Alison is director of Yoga Union and the YU Backcare & Scoliosis Center in New York City. She trains teachers at the 500-hour level and leads a unique 150-hour Backcare and Scoliosis training in addition to international workshops, master classes and retreats (Yoga for Scoliosis, June 2020, Spain www.yogaunion.com/retreats.) She has completed a Yoga Journal on-demand Yoga for Back Health series and is writing her first Yoga book, Yoga for Backcare, to be followed by Yoga for Scoliosis. She is also head of Yoga for NY, the organization representing Teachers, studios and students in New York State.
I addition to Yoga Journal’s on-demand video series, she has published a range of articles for yoga Journal covering an array of subject both non-backcare and backcare.
Alison studied Iyengar Yoga with some of the leading teachers in the US (the late Mary Dunn, Kevin Gardiner) and went to Pune to deepen her experience of the therapeutic methods of the Iyengar Institute. She has formulated principles of practice that support her work and has specialized in posture, backcare and scoliosis for the last twenty years, learning as much from her students and their individual issues as she has taught them. There is no such thing as a single “sound” posture. Sound posture depends on the individual’s own structure. We look for balance in light of each student’s make-up. Towards that end, centering the joints, balancing the development of strength and range of motion (length and strength) and protecting the spine from further injury or deterioration through careful principles of movement are primary concerns. For younger students with scoliosis the goal is to help them have an active life in which they can carefully adjust for their asymmetries while enjoying ballet, tennis and other activities. Alison also works with musicians and performers with spinal issues.
Decades of Iyengar study.
Anatomy with Irene Dowd and other kinesiologists
Full body dissection with Gil Hedley
Yoga for Scoliosis training with Elise Miller, senior Iyengar Teacher
Studied with Bobbie Fultz, senior Iyengar teacher and Yoga for Scoliosis specialist
Yoga Union offers a full program of Alignment classes from Basic beginner to Level 4 (taught by Alison West). Yoga Union also houses the YU Backcare & Scoliosis program with a full array of specialized classes for Backcare and Posgture, Herniation, Scoliosis, and Spinal Fusions in addition to workshops for individual conditions such as Hyper-Kyphosis and Hyper-Lordosis, Spondylolisthesis, Spinal Stenosis, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Hyper-mobility and more. Alison also teaches private sessions both in studio and via Skype.
Alison also leads extensive training programs: Mandala of Yoga 500-hour Teacher Training, 150-Hour Backcare & Scoliosis training, Basic Rope Wall certification, Basic Chair Certification, and the Yoga for Dowel workshops. Her retreat in June 2019 at Centro Santillan near Malaga, Yoga for Back Health, attracted an international group of students and teachers. Next year, the subject is Yoga for Scoliosis, again at Centro Santillan, whose very beautiful studio is equipped with a full rope wall, one of the very best tools for back issues. (www.yogaunion.com/retreats)
She has several social media accounts for Yoga–personal and studio:
alisonwestyoga and YogaunionNYC on both FB and Instagram.