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 for Scoliosis in NANAIMO, Parts 1 & 2
with Elise Browning Miller
September 14-18, 2017
11:00 am-5:00 pm

Yoga for Scoliosis, Parts 1 & 2

September 14-18, 2017
Part 1: Thursday Sept 14, evening to Saturday Sept 16, mid-day.

Part 2: Saturday Sept 16, evening to Monday, Sept 18, mid-day.
(exact times TBD) Take one or take both!

Full retreat includes both workshops, accommodations and 3 meals per day.
$500 deposit secures your spot.

COST WORKSHOP ONLY: $320+tax (CAN) per workshop.
$200 deposit secures your spot.

*Deposits are non-refundable.

***Sliding-Scale Fees for the workshop are available based on need. Please contact us for more information.***

Join Senior Certified Iyengar Teacher Elise Browning Miller for a special 5-day, two-part Yoga for Scoliosis workshop. This is Elise's fifth visit to teach in BC and she has inspired and trained many local TOPS associates in yoga for scoliosis.

The retreat will be held at the fully equipped and stunning Yoga Weyr near Nanaimo on gorgeous Vancouver Island. Guests will stay close by at the 10-acre park-like waterfront estuary that is Kiwi Cove Lodge. Optional evening activities will include a mixture of social and educational events. Nature walks, river swimming and delicious shared meals included. Get away from your routine and immerse yourself in the teachings. With all of your material needs taken care of, you can focus on learning, relaxing and socializing in your preferred amounts.

These workshops are designed for students with scoliosis of all levels and are also great for yoga teachers seeking to expand their knowledge.

From Vancouver to Nanaimo, one can take public transit (bus), the ferry, a private bus or a plane. For rates on flights from Vancouver to Nanaimo, see here: http://www.islandexpressair.com/

“I thought the course was perfect. Everything was great. I would recommend this course to anyone with scoliosis.” - 2016 participant


*Note, this is a tentative schedule. Running/ Break times are subject to change.*

TOTAL 10 hours per workshop - 20 hours for both Parts 1&2 

  • Thursday, Sept 14  
    7:00-9:00 pm – Intro class (2)
  • Friday, Sept 15
    10:00am-1:00 pm – Class (3)
    1:00-2:00 pm – Lunch
    2:00-5:00 pm – Class (3)
    6:30pm – Dinner
    7:30-8:30 pm –Activity at hotel TBA (other kind of movement class, film, lecture, sharing etc)
  • Saturday, Sept 16
    10:00am-12:00pm – Last class Part 1 (2)
    12:00-1:00pm – Lunch and goodbyes

    Saturday evening - PART 2
    7:00-9:00pm – Intro class (2)
  • Sunday, Sept 17
    10:00am-1:00 pm – Class (3)
    1:00-2:00 pm – Lunch
    2:00-5:00 pm – Class (3)
    6:30pm – Dinner
    7:30-8:30 pm – Activity at hotel TBA
  • Monday, Sept 18
    10:00am-12:00pm – Last class (2)
    12:00-1:00pm – Lunch and goodbyes


2017 Fall Workshops with Martha Carter

Yoga for Scoliosis - Deepening Awareness
3 Wednesdays, Oct 4-Dec 6, 2017 | Vancouver, BC

$60 +GST for all three
$25 drop-in
October 4 – 6:30-8:30 Breathing and Meditation for Scoliosis
November 1 – 6:30-8:30 Standing Poses for Scoliosis
December 6 – 6:30-8:30 Restorative Yoga for Scoliosis

In these three workshops, Martha will go deeper into different aspects of Yoga for Scoliosis, allowing time to discover new awareness and sensation within each exercise.

Fusion Yoga: For fused, injured or post-surgical spines
with Martha Carter

WHEN : Saturday, October 7, 2017

TIME : 10am-12:30pm

WHERE: HopBopShop, 150 McLean Drive, Vancouver

COST: $30 (tax included)

'Fusion Yoga' explores new ways to work through the tightness, stiffness, fear and pain often experienced by people with surgically 'corrected' spines.

Gentle Fusion Yoga combines breathing, stretching, yoga asana, and simple dance movement to bring new awareness to flexibility, mobility and alignment. Based on Iyengar Yoga and Elise Browning Miller’s approach to Yoga for Scoliosis, Martha adds her own blend of breathing, meditation and freestyle movement to specifically address spinal fusion and how it affects the whole body.



"Martha's workshop helped me gain a different perspective about my back and my spine - I was able to see all the ways that I can move rather than the ways that I am frozen. I enjoyed the community of women, the lovely studio, hearing from Martha's personal experience, and the fun!" - A. Taylor, 2016



With Martha Carter & Heather Mah
Troncones, Mexico
March 3-10, 2018

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.

EARLY BIRD FEE (before Dec 31/2017) $1595 USD

Registration includes

  • Daily yoga, movement, meditation and relaxation classes
  • 2 meals per day 
  • Shared occupancy room in Oceanfront accommodations
  • Shuttle to and from airport 
  • Free wifi 

There will also be massage, mani-pedi, horse rides, nature spa, and day excursion opportunities available. 

Registration does not include airfare to and from Troncones, Mexico. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS and stay tuned for more details! 

Contact us to be notified about Retreat updates!

Check out our photo album from the 2017 Retreat. 


“This workshop is best possible combination of winter getaway, wellness vacation, exercise, friends, food, fun and a beautiful beach! I can hardly wait til next year!”

B.B. 2016 participant