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Workshops

TOPS offers a variety of workshops at the TOPS Studio in Vancouver and in various locations throughout North America and beyond. Our workshops provide a safe, non-judgmental space that is open to everyone. No previous experience is required. In an effort to include all, many of our workshop fees are open to sliding-scale payment based on the participant's need– please contact us about the workshop you're specifically interested in. 

Classes are led by TOPS associates who are experienced working with people with back issues, particularly scoliosis. Our team of associates includes yoga, Pilates and dance instructors, life coaches, physiotherapists, massage therapists, chiropractors and Tension and Trauma Release (TRE) providers.

 

Upcoming workshops:

 

YOGA YOUR BODY, DANCE YOUR SOUL
With Martha Carter & Heather Mah
Troncones, Mexico
March 3-10, 2018

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Yoga Your Body, Dance Your Soul draws from both yoga and dance techniques to find new freedom in the body – physically, mentally, intellectually, and emotionally.

Come and join dance artists Heather Mah (dance, meditation, coaching) and Martha Carter (dance, yoga for scoliosis) for a week of deep bodywork and movement exploration. Discover and express your spirit with a wealth of creative movement through a dynamic combination of pranayama, asana, and dance, all taught in the beautiful beach studio of Yoga del Pacifico in Troncones, Mexico. You will feel rested, rejuvenated and inspired!

All levels welcome. No dance or yoga experience required.

Martha Carter combines her experiences as a dance artist, scoliosis specialist and yoga teacher to share physical exercises that bring awareness, alignment, length and strength to the whole body. From Vancouver, Canada, Martha is the Director of Marta Marta Productions, and Twisted Outreach Project (TOPS). A certified Yoga Teacher, she holds a BA in Music, an MFA in Dance and teaches both dance, yoga and Stretch for Scoliosis in Vancouver and beyond.

Heather Mah brings a rich history of contemporary dance experience to guide participants towards greater body intelligence. Dance refines physical expression, the imagination, and releases each one's unique creative flow. A resident of Montreal Canada, Heather has performed as a contemporary dancer with international touring companies for over 20 years. She holds a BFA in performing arts, BA in psychology, and a certificate in personal coaching, and has been teaching her ‘Soul Dance’ technique in Montréal since 2011.
 


YOGA, SCOLIOSIS & THE ORGANIC BODY
With deborah wolk
Salt Spring Island, BC
July 27-30, 2018

This workshop will be held on beautiful Salt Spring Island on the West Coast of Canada. MAP

$50 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT on full retreat with meals & accommodation UNTIL MAY 1, 2018. REGISTER NOW!
REDEEM COUPON AT REGISTRATION, ADD DISCOUNT CODE: ORGANIC

ABOUT THE RETREAT
Come and join acclaimed teacher and scoliosis specialist Deborah Wolk on the majestic west coast of Canada! Enjoy a revitalizing and rejuvenating 4-day retreat surrounded by the wildlife of Salt Spring Island while learning how scoliosis and other musculoskeletal conditions affect and are affected by the organs. Deborah will offer techniques in the asanas to address imbalances and propose techniques to use the organs themselves to offer the spine more support. Understanding the specifics of asymmetries helps one to sense organic imbalances which have formed and how they impact one's health.This retreat workshop is for all levels as well as for students with spinal fusions. Teachers who work with students who have scoliosis are also encouraged to attend.

ABOUT THE DESTINATION
Salt Spring Island is known as the largest and most popular of the many gulf islands on the west coast of Canada. With its spectacular coastal and pastoral scenery, the island offers many outdoor activities, as well as the opportunity to explore dozens of artist studios and artisanal farms and markets. The workshop will be held at Antler Ridge Dance Studio, a private studio with accommodations close by. Salt Spring Island is a quick float plane ride from Vancouver International Airport. Or you can arrive via a stunning ferry ride from Vancouver or Victoria.

ABOUT DEBORAH WOLK
Having practiced yoga for her own scoliosis since 1994, Deborah has found that alignment-based yoga can control back pain and arrest the progression of the curvature and twist. In January 2015, Deborah founded Samamkaya Yoga Back Care and Scoliosis Collective in New York City – the only Yoga Center specializing in back care and scoliosis operating as a workers’ cooperative in the world! Deborah’s yoga teaching is inspired by her mentors, Elise Browning Miller, Bobbie Fultz, Genny Kapuler, Karin Stephan and Donald Moyer, and by therapeutic practices observed at medical classes at The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India. Her understanding of the organs is supported by ongoing study of Experiential Anatomy with Genny Kapuler and through her work with teacher Rachel Lynch-John in Body-Mind Centering techniques, a study she loves as much as Yoga itself. Deborah Wolk is certified by IAYT.


FUSION YOGA RETREAT
WITH MARTHA CARTER
CAMPBELL RIVER, VANCOUVER ISLAND
SEPTEMBER 7-10, 2018

This workshop will be held in beautiful Campbell River on the West Coast of Canada. MAP

$50 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT on full retreat with meals & accommodation UNTIL JULY 1, 2018. REGISTER NOW!
REDEEM COUPON AT REGISTRATION, ADD DISCOUNT CODE: FUSION

ABOUT THE RETREAT
Designed for those with surgically corrected spines, this inspiring 4-day retreat empowers participants to connect with their bodies and help overcome spinal discomfort. Martha’s comforting approach will assist participants with increasing mobility, improving alignment, and reducing stiffness from surgery. Relax and unwind on beautiful Vancouver Island while finding new sensation and awareness in the whole body!

ABOUT THE DESTINATION
The retreat will be held near Campbell River at the beautiful seaside wellness centre, Ocean Resort. Perched on the stunning coast of Vancouver Island, participants will stay in ocean-view rooms while enjoying delicious meals made from the best local ingredients. Participants may also choose to take advantage of the on-site spa which offers massage, healing treatments, a sauna, and more. The beautiful retreat setting has been chosen to allow people time to ‘treat' themselves to an escape in nature where they can come together to share stories, meet new friends with similar issues, and learn ways to help themselves.

ABOUT MARTHA CARTER
From Vancouver, Canada, Martha Carter is the Director of Marta Marta Productions, and Twisted Outreach Project (TOPS). A certified Yoga Teacher, she holds a BA in Music, an MFA in Dance and teaches both dance, yoga and Stretch for Scoliosis in Vancouver and beyond. As a progression of Martha Carter's ongoing training in Hatha Yoga and Yoga for Scoliosis, Fusion Yoga has evolved from Martha’s desire to find ease and mobility in her own fused spine. Based on Iyengar Yoga and Elise Browning Miller’s approach to Yoga for Scoliosis, Martha adds her own personal experience with Harrington Rods to specifically address spinal fusion, instrumentation and how it affects the whole body.