Yoga for backs
Clients with arthritis or back pain move with a targeted, extra level of precision in a yoga class at Samamkaya Yoga on West 23rd Street in Manhattan.
Joshua Bright for The New York Times
In the era of, it’s easy to associate yoga with impossibly lithe and limber young people. Those with chronic back pain, arthritis or a bum hip might not feel so welcome in a power vinyasa class.
Hourlong classes are slow and methodical, focusing on therapeutic movements that strengthen alignment. Students usually complete just four or five poses, achieved with the help of slings, belts, blocks and other props.
Barry Koski, 67, a retired educator with a pronounced thoracic spinal curve, said his “back and spine feel as healthy as they have ever felt.” He credits his well-being to Deborah Wolk, 56, a wiry co-founder of the studio, which is run cooperatively by all of the teachers.
Ms. Wolk is obsessed with precision in movement.
She had the walls of the studio painted in a grid — broad stripes of salmon, gray, yellow, blue and hot pink — and there are vertical and horizontal axes on each yoga mat to help focus students on their body alignment. Chairs, blocks and bolsters are stuffed into shelves and corners, but during each class, the studio becomes littered with them, as they are used to support a modified downward-facing dog or child’s pose. Sydney, an articulated plastic skeleton, is often hauled out of his corner for anatomy demonstrations.
“It is hard for students with scoliosis or long-term injuries to know where they are in space, ” Ms. Wolk said. “Lining oneself up with yoga props helps guide students closer to their center, into balance, and they experience less pain.”
Karla Silverman, 49, said it was this emphasis on careful positioning that made her feel safe. A former dancer, she has considerable back and neck pain and has found that a lot of exercise “can overstretch your already overstretched places, while keeping the weaker areas tighter.”
On a recent Saturday, Ms. Silverman and Mr. Koski hung upside down from rope slings, letting their spines draw down toward the floor, opening the spaces between their vertebrae. At various other points in the class, students lay peaceably on the floor with their legs against the wall, or stretched their hamstrings by leaning over chairs piled with blankets and bolsters. After explaining and demonstrating each pose, Ms. Wolk would flit among individuals, coaxing students into deeper stretches or pointing out a shoulder that looked too scrunched.What is the meaning of bamboozle? What does predisposed mean? What does roe mean? What is the meaning of nadi in astrology? How to last long on bed? What does ornery mean? Get tips on how to buy car insuance? What does sell by date mean? Which adaptation best maintains the original meaning and tone? What are ck levels? What purple rain song meaning? What are prerequisites? What does rate limited mean? How to make a pillow? Who performs tricks in the circus performers? why does the battle.net helper take up so much cpu What are good foods to eat for weight loss? Spiritual meaning when a butterfly lands on you? What does courtesy mean? What are jinns? what kind of gear should you use for icthlarin's little helper quest? What time does bad bunny album come out? How long does caffeine take to work? What is your budget meaning? What does indirect mean? How to ice cupcakes without tips? How to cook burgers in the oven? Where the wild things are meaning symbolism? Anime where guy tricks girl to like him then rapes her? What does liv mean in football? What a bomber meaning? How to spell tips? What is the meaning of solid in science? How much to lease a tesla? what do you know what a hamburger helper What does qq mean in text? What does refurbished phone mean? How to get rid of a keloid on ear? What are chihuahuas bred for? How to screenshot in mac? What does served up mean? What does black rose symbolize? What is the meaning of an upside down pineapple tattoo? What is a carpetbagger? What does punta mean in english? How to do tricks on skateboard club penguin? How to do diving tricks in spiderman? Tips when closing on a house? What does guanine pair with? What is the meaning of a submissive woman? What tricks down wallenberg? How to edit pdf file? How to butterfly click? What does squared mean? What is the meaning of mercedes benz logo? How to drop a pin iphone? What is the meaning of infant? What is the meaning of fire in a dream? What is food web meaning? What channel is 1883 on? How to send encrypted email gmail? What does family medicine mean? What does stoked mean? How to cut dragon fruit? Tips when getting blood drawn? How long after exposure to test for covid? What is gaba? What are good shampoos? Tax tips when to sell capital gains? How to multiply fractions with whole numbers? What does it mean if your right ear rings? How to find annual income? How many tricks can a golden retriever do? How to put coolant in car? What does au pair mean? how to activate steam inventory helper How to put? How to trim mustache? What movies are out right now? How to get rid of fleas on a dog? Tips for a filipina who wants to become a us citizen without marraiage? What does otp mean in snapchat? What are some tips to help litter boxes smell less? What finger does a ring go on? What is the correct meaning of the word guarantor? What does snl mean? When to plant red tips? What are dairy products? What does mckenzie mean? What is the spiritual meaning of an elephant? what is file association helper? How to say hey in spanish? What are the different generations called? What is beef tips made from? Tips on how to stop breastfeeding? What does mid mean tiktok? where is hamburger helper at walmart What are chemical bonds? which form to file payment to household helper What are the early signs of diabetes? What does the stimulus check look like in the mail? How to ask a girl out? How can i get black exhaust tips for my bmw e46 m3? How to draw a nose tips? What does astroworld mean? why download helper is not working in windows 10 What is the meaning of the word juneteenth? How to restore cast iron skillet? What does self harmed mean? What is rezoning meaning? What does surplus mean? Tips on how to do dfs research? Tricks to see who liked you on tinder? What chemicals are sprayed with hollow cone tips? Experts share tips how buy jewelry? how to add a room helper on mfc What are all the skateboard tricks? How many i tips for a full head?