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ADVANCED STUDIES COURSE IN YOGA THERAPEUTICS: Expanding Perspectives for Healing and Wholeness

Led by Roxlyn Moret, Laura Staton, Patricia Videgain, and Deborah Wolk, with guest teacher Neta Katz

Full Module:
One Payment: $1,200
Payment Plan: $200 Deposit plus 4 payments of $275 ($1,300 total)
Ind. Workshops Priced $65-$240

These workshops, offered on weekends from October 2022 through June 2023, will help students understand the elements involved in healing the body and mind through yoga. Individual workshops and the full course are open to both teachers and students, and are led by acclaimed Samamkaya faculty. Participants will learn alongside each other in a dynamic and nurturing environment.

Course focus will include:

  • Learning to see the body and the person before acting upon your expectations – in person and online!
  • Self practice, with inner guidance to address your own needs
  • Sensing the central channel and limbs through Body-Mind Centering Anatomy for a deep sense of self and internal space
  • Seeing and understanding back issues and scoliosis to craft an appropriate practice for you and/or your students 
  • Increasing postural strength through the muscular system
  • Employing the three paths of Yoga Philosophy – Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti – to facilitate healing 

Our esteemed faculty draw from many traditions: Iyengar Yoga, Yoga & Occupational Therapy, Body-Mind Centering, Yoga for Scoliosis, and Yoga Therapy.

To register for the entire course or any individual workshops please complete our application online here.

DATES FOR 2022-2023 ADVANCED STUDIES PROGRAM:
OCT 22 & 23, 2022 | Deborah Wolk | Ways of Seeing (hybrid)
NOV 19 | Patricia Videgain | Applied Embodiment—Exploring Yoga as Self-Practice (hybrid)
JAN 7, 2023 | Patricia Videgain | Create the Environment to Find Inner Guidance in Practice (hybrid)
JAN 28 | Neta Katz | Jnana Yoga: It’s Not Personal—Identifying without Identification (in-person only)
FEB 3 | Deborah Wolk | Anatomy of Back Care (hybrid)
FEB 5 |  Deborah Wolk | Yoga for Back Care (hybrid)
FEB 25-26 |  Roxlyn Moret | The Central Axis (in-person only)
MAR 3-5 | Deborah Wolk | Yoga for Scoliosis Weekend (hybrid)
MAR 18 | Neta Katz | Karma Yoga: Action/Reaction—Reflection with an Eye Toward Freedom (in-person only)
MAR 25-26 | Roxlyn Moret | The Limbs (in-person only)
APR 15 & MAY 6 | Laura Staton | Working with Anti-Gravity Muscles to Increase Postural Strength & Resilience (in-person only)
JUN 3 | Neta Katz | Bhakti Yoga: It’s Personal—The Wonder of It All (in-person only)

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HYBRID “Ways of Seeing” with Deborah Wolk

Postponed until further notice

The first step in working with another person is to observe and see the body. Received, rather than acted upon, observation and vision are skills not always taught to teachers.  Yet without these skills one can not truly help an injured student or anyone with therapeutic needs.  And now, with online teaching, observation is even more challenging without depth of field, 3 dimensions and without touch.

In this workshop we will approach the question:  what is seeing?  What senses are involved? Which is more powerful: vision or touch?  From what standpoint can one truly observe a body?

To find the key to problem solving and subsequently healing you will learn what to look for as you observe your student  as well as look for alternatives to touch.  These skills will allow you to use light and dark, the draping of clothing, a sense of heaviness and lightness, the space around you, and more. When you see the student and sense asymmetry of bone, muscle, skin you will learn to communicate that to your student with a clear description of where it is happening and give them pathways to feel more clearly. Deborah will guide you to a tangible place where you too can develop a “good eye”.

Sunday’s morning session will be specifically focused on how to see virtually and will take place only on Zoom. This session will help you understand how the frame of the screen, the angle of the camera, and the quality of light can hinder or help you in seeing asymmetry when working with online students. Deborah will guide you in problem-solving and filling in the blanks when looking at students on Zoom.  It is recommended that you take this session as part of the full workshop but teachers and students are welcome to sign up for this segment individually to focus on Zoom teaching skills or because students live out of town.

Students can attend the in-person sessions live or the Sunday morning Zoom session online only, as models.  They will have the opportunity to be observed by those attending the workshop and receive feedback and information about their patterns.

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Workshops with Patricia Videgain

HYBRID Applied Embodiment—Exploring Yoga as Self-Practice with Patricia Videgain

Saturday, November 19 2:30–5:30pm ET $65
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In this workshop, we will look at the practice and the experience of yoga asana. 

Building on the concepts introduced by Advanced Studies instructors Deborah Wolk, Roxlyn Moret and Neta Katz, we will explore how to practice while taking into consideration such realities as a student’s back pain or scoliosis. 

We are each unique individuals with personal stories, body stories that sometimes trace back to our time in the womb. Yoga speaks to our layers of being and sometimes to past lives. Practice must be modified for the individual and how the person feels in the moment. That means checking in with one’s body and mind to see if one has the time to practice, how much energy is available, and the current level of pain or discomfort. 

Listening to the body’s innate wisdom requires taking the time to learn and practice the art of paying attention. As we do that, with patience and dedication, we learn to approach yoga asana not so much as an exercise strategy but as a tool for inquiry or self-exploration.

HYBRID Create the Environment to Find Inner Guidance in Practice with Patricia Videgain

Saturday, January 7 2:30–5:30pm ET $65
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In this workshop we will learn classical Iyengar yoga asana strategies for back pain and scoliosis.  We will explore the dynamics of the practice, working with several concepts which can be labeled either extrinsic or intrinsic:

Breath, Principles of inner observation, Capacity for attention, Following instructions, Alignment principles, Anatomical principles, Posture, and Gesture:  these skills could be referred to as “extrinsic” practices.  

Breath, inner observation and inner focus, felt-sense, checking in with oneself how the practice of a pose at hand translates into our inner experience, tracking and following how the body and our selves change, ideas of innerness and embodiment. We could bundle these concepts in a group called “intrinsic” practices. 

The practicalities of asanas will also be addressed—getting into the pose; being in the pose; coming out of the pose; muscle action; breathing action; what body parts are supporting so others can move; different rhythms of practice as well as different rhythms of the body and the breath. 

Focus on these principles will promote self understanding and healing in your practice and in that of your students.

Patricia Videgain grew up in Santiago, Chile, and lived in Denmark before settling in New Jersey.

She is classically trained and certified in Iyengar Yoga, is an E-RYT 500+ Yoga Alliance instructor . She has been practicing yoga since 1995 and teaching since 2002. She has also taught Experiential Anatomy since 2010 and guided Somatic Meditation group classes since 2017. She received her certification in Embodied Anatomy and Developmental Movement and Yoga from the School for Body Mind Centering. She completed Advanced Studies in Yoga Anatomy under Leslie Kaminoff at the Breathing Project; Embodied Anatomy and Kinesiology under Amy Matthews; and Mindful Self-Compassion Training from the Greater Good Science Center.

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In-Person Yoga Philosophy with Neta Katz

January 28, March 18, June 3
Saturdays, 2:30-5:30pm $65 each
All 3 Workshops: $185

Yoga philosophy, beyond its awe-inspiring wisdom and humbling beauty, is effective and practical. 

Three paths in Yoga philosophy are Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti. Are these paths relevant to an asana practice? Are they useful perspectives, or tools in our healing processes? 

In these 3 sessions we will explore how the paths of Jnana, Karma and Bhakti can inform our understanding of asana, healing, and beyond. 

Session 1 – Jnana Yoga: It’s not personal – identifying without identification
Saturday, January 28 2:30-5:30pm $65

Inquiry is an essential tool for understanding one’s patterns. Identifying asymmetries, and imbalances is necessary as we take an active role in our healing process. Examining our unique particularities is fascinating! 
But, as we dedicate ourselves to identifying pattern, are we boxing ourselves in, limiting our experience of who we are? Is it fair to define yourself by your pattern? Your injury? Your pain? Is it useful?

“Who am I?” Is an essential question in the path of Jnana Yoga. 
How can the process of inquiry be used to expand our awareness of who we are? And how can we practice inquiry on the mat in such a way that both zooms in to examine particular detail, but also zooms out to see the big picture, one that’s free and vast.

Session 2 – Karma Yoga: Action/reaction, reflection – with an eye towards freedom
Saturday, March 18 2:30-5:30pm $65

If you’ve been practicing asana, you’ve been experimenting with karma. “When I press my knuckles down in dog pose, then the sides of my body lengthen”. Action/reaction. “When I project my scull forward in tadasana, then my chest withdraws”. Action/reaction. Which direction should I go? What’s the correct action? Reflection. 

The Yoga texts tell us that the correct action leads to freedom.

When practicing asana, we take specific actions that promote an ease-full, spacious and free experience in the body. 
Is this freedom limited to resolving the restrictions of the body? 
Again, let’s zoom out. How far reaching is the potential of action/reaction and reflection. 

Session 3 – Bhakti Yoga: It’s personal – the wonder of it all
Saturday, June 3 2:30-5:30pm $65

Yoga tells us that the source of all, and all its manifestations are one and the same. This singularity and multiplicity are forever linked in cosmic dance. What does that mean? What does it mean to have a particular body, condition, experience, if we reflect on our interconnectedness with perfection? 
Could my particular form be one worthy of wonderment? Be perfect, beautiful, and filled with the potential for self-discovery?  
Can I maintain this perspective as I work with challenging conditions?

Neta Katz has been teaching Iyengar Yoga since 1998 (certified Junior 1). Her style of teaching is deeply rooted in her architecture background, and her love of anatomy. With thoughtful understanding of structure and space, Neta guides students towards a profound understanding of the body and its potential.

With over 20 years of teaching experience, Neta has worked with a wide range of students from beginners seeking an encouraging introduction, to longtime practitioners looking to deepen their practice and understanding.

Having recovered from severe and chronic back pain herself, Neta is dedicated to helping others on their healing journey. Always fascinated in how balance is experienced differently in each and every body, Neta encourages students to go deep into their own particular set of body conditions, and find a center that is unique and individual. A place of balance, harmony, and equilibrium. In addition to teaching asana, Neta is a Licensed massage therapist. To learn more about neta please visit yogawithneta.com

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Yoga for Back Care Weekend with Deborah Wolk

February 3 & 5
Friday 4-6pm
Sunday 10am–1pm & 3–6pm
Full Weekend: $175

HYBRID Anatomy of Back Care

Friday, February 3 4–6p $45
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This workshop on spinal anatomy and the pathology of back issues will prepare Advanced Studies students and those wishing to learn more about their own back pain for the Back Care workshop on February 5.

Through lecture, visuals, and touch Deborah will cover the following topics in this introductory workshop.

The sagital curves of the spine (neutral spine)
The structure of the spine, vertebrae and spinal disks 
The spinal cord

Physiology of such back issues as: disc herniation and other disc issues, kyphosis, lordosis, spondylolisthesis, sciatica, neck and shoulder issues

Physiology of degenerative bone diseases: osteoporosis, arthritis

HYBRID Yoga for Back Care

Sunday, February 5 10am-1pm & 3pm-6pm $135
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Deborah will teach a direct approach to relief and awareness addressing all types of chronic back pain and alignment issues such as disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, swayback, whiplash and kyphosis. The Yoga poses practiced in this workshop with a specific focus can be the key to alleviating pain and creating more balance in the body. This workshop is for students of all levels who wish to work on any issues related to pain and discomfort in the back and for teachers wishing to learn more about how to work with these issues: 

  • How to “see” and correct postural problems and return to neutral curves of the spine
  • Defining and describing pain 
  • Asana and modifications for acute back issues and pain
  • Asana and modifications for chronic back issues and pain 

This workshop is part of the Advanced Studies Course.   It is geared towards yoga teachers learning to teach students with back issues and towards yoga students with back pain or structural issues who would like to deepen their practice by understanding their own patterns. Teachers and students will learn from each other.

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In-Person “The Central Axis” with Roxlyn Moret

February 25-26
Saturday 2:30–5:30pm
Sunday 1–4pm
Price: $135

In this pair of workshops, Roxlyn Moret will integrate knowledge of embryology with asana, exploring both . the process and practice of consciousness while moving through layers of tissue and experience to help students reach their potential. The sessions will explore the embryonic development of the cranium, vertebrae, spinal nerves and gut tube. Classes will reveal the relationship of these to the convex and concave curves of the spine and ways to facilitate greater ease, flow and support in the Central Axis. This vertical axis is important in the organization of our limbs, brains and nerves.  This study of developmental anatomy will help teachers better understand themselves and their practice and thus relate to and help their students more.

The first workshop will focus on the dynamics of the curves that initiated in the birth canal as well as secondary curves. Initiating movement from the coccyx up the spine to the head can be a big source of support for the hips and low back down to the feet.  This session will examine the dynamic curves of the spine and how to develop a balanced spine that facilitates freedom of movement.

Day 2 will focus on gut tube, from mouth to anal sphincter, and ways it supports the spine. The workshop will also explore how the ribs and lungs connect into the concave thoracic spine, as well as the ability of the intestines and pelvic bones to support the sacroiliac joint and concave sacrum.

Roxlyn Moret has been exploring, practicing, and teaching movement and the healing arts for 40 years. She is a Body Mind Centering ® teacher; a certified Laban /Bartenieff Movement Analyst; an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance; and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. She teaches yoga, BMC℠ and Chi Gung. 

Her background includes dance, studying Tai Chi Chuan with Maggie Newman; Shiatsu; Cranial Sacral therapy; and touch for healing. She co-coordinates the Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga program by her longtime mentor Bonnie Cohen (founder of BMC℠). She teaches teachers, corporate groups, co-teaches annual workshops in the Swiss cities of Basel and Lucerne and has an active yoga practice in New York City.

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HYBRID Yoga for Scoliosis Weekend with Deborah Wolk

March 3-5
Friday, 4-6pm: Anatomy of Scoliosis $45
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Saturday 2:30-6:30pm: Yoga for Scoliosis PRACTICE $90
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Sunday 10am-12:30pm & 2:30-5PM  Understanding your Student with Scoliosis/Principles of Teaching Yoga for Scoliosis (must be taken with full workshop)
Sunday 5-6pm Optional Q&A (FREE FOR PARTICIPANTS!)
Full Weekend: $240

In this 11 hour workshop weekend, Deborah Wolk, renowned Yoga for Scoliosis teacher, will introduce participants to the anatomy of scoliosis and how it affects oneʼs physiology and health. Yoga asanas and principles of sequencing will be practiced and modified for different curvatures and pain issues. 

On Saturday participants will learn how to develop a yoga practice which specifically addresses their own patterns and needs using awareness and alignment.

On Sunday, through practice, demonstration and discussion participants will learn how to see and understand their student with scoliosis, and understand the principles of teaching yoga for scoliosis.  

The following material will be covered throughout the weekend:

  •  Defining scoliosis and asymmetry through spinal anatomy
  •  Understanding and “seeing” lateral asymmetry and rotation
  •  How scoliosis affects spatial and balance issues
  •  How scoliosis affects the nervous system and can create joint issues and pain
  • Asana to realign and connect with the limbs.
  • Asana and breath techniques to create awareness, relieve pain, balance the nervous system and possibly stabilize the curves themselves.

This workshop is part of the Advanced Studies Course. It is geared towards yoga teachers learning to teach students with scoliosis and towards yoga students with scoliosis who would like to deepen their practice by understanding their own patterns and structure. Teachers and students will learn from each other.

Friday evening’s Anatomy portion and Saturday afternoon’s practice portion can be taken individually. Sunday’s teacher portion must be taken as part of the full weekend. IAYT CE credit will be available to teachers who attend the full weekend course.

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In-Person “The Limbs” with Roxlyn Moret

March 25-26
Saturday 2:30–5:30pm
Sunday 1–4pm
Price: $135

This pair of workshops will explore the limbs in relationship to gravity, space and the Central Axis – the vertical axis that is important in the organization of our limbs, brains and nerves. Using BMC methodology and her decades of experience with Yoga, Roxlyn Moret will integrate knowledge of embryology with asana, exploring both the process and practice of consciousness while moving through layers of tissue and experience to help all students reach their potential.  This study of anatomy will help teachers better understand their own anatomy and practice and thus, be better able to relate to and help their students.

The limb buds start to develop in the 5-week-old embryo. The bones and joint space spiral out. Experiencing how the bones of our limbs articulate and integrate – from our fingers and toes to our Central Axis – can allow our joint spaces to be more fluid  and supportive.

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In-Person Working with Anti-Gravity Muscles to Increase Postural Strength & Resilience with Laura Staton

April 15 & May 6
Saturdays, 2:30–6pm
$155

Part One (April 15):

Part One will explore which 6 muscle groups comprise the antigravity muscles, their localized function, and what roles they play in maintaining posture and flexible, healthy alignment. This material will be learned verbally and non-verbally, with the class exploring how their own bodies respond to differing postural positions including standing, sitting, prone and supine. We will  work as partners and/or small groups to feel our own and others postural adaptations to gravity.

Part Two (May 6):

Part Two will explore the 6 antigravity muscle groups in the context of yoga practice. We will problem-solve which prone, standing and seated poses utilize anti-gravity muscle groups and how to specifically engage the antigravity muscles through traditional asana practice and during transitions in and out of poses. We will also problem-solve on different types of postural challenges such as kyphosis and lordosis and will continue this work in partners and/or small groups. 

Laura Staton holds a master’s degree of science in occupational therapy from NYU and is a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist specializing in injury rehabilitation. She works as a yoga therapist and occupational therapist and her recent book bridging these two disciplines, Yoga Bones: A Comprehensive Guide to Managing Pain and Orthopedic Injuries Through Yoga, was published in 2021. 

Laura is passionate about yoga’s powerful effect on physical and emotional well-being and how it interacts with daily life. She teaches continuing education and professional development courses for Yoga Alliance and IAYT in addition to teaching at Yogi’s and Yogini’s in Brooklyn and Adaptive Yoga at Samamkaya Yoga Back Care & Scoliosis Collective in Manhattan. For many years, Laura was a dancer and choreographer in NYC. She received her BFA from The Juilliard School and is the co-author of Baby Om -Yoga for Mothers & Babies.

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