Featured Classes

New! Intermediate Back Care & Scoliosis with Mimi Rosetti
Mondays, 10:00-11:30 am
Starts Monday, November 5

Join Mimi Rosetti on Monday mornings to help grow and enhance your practice. This series is designed for students with an established yoga practice, and will be especially beneficial for students with fusions and scoliosis who are familiar with their curves. As with all of our classes at Samamkaya, poses will be modified with props and awareness techniques so each student can safely move forward with his/her practice. There will be some focus on inversions. This Intermediate series is not appropriate for new beginners.

Miriam (Mimi) Rosetti, C-IAYT, was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 16. Following 6 months wearing a brace, she underwent corrective surgery fusing a large portion of her spine. Nearly 10 years later, in 2005, while simultaneously pursuing a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and delving into her first yoga teacher training at YogaWorks, Mimi began to reconnect with her scoliosis and the impact of her surgery. Since then, she has apprenticed extensively with Deborah Wolk and is certified as a Yoga for Scoliosis teacher through Elise Browning Miller. Mimi spent January 2011 as a student in the medical class at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India and is currently in the second year of the teacher training at the Iyengar Institute of New York. Mimi lives in Manhattan with her husband and her two beautiful daughters.

New Back Care Basics Class with Melva Max
Fridays, 12:15–1:15pm

We are very excited to announce that Melva Max is joining our faculty! Beginning January 5th, Melva will be teaching a lunchtime Back Care Basics class on Fridays, 12:45–1:45pm. Melva is a wonderful teacher with a warm and welcoming manner who has assisted Deborah Wolk and subbed many classes at Samamkaya for the last several years. We are so pleased to officially welcome her to our community!

Melva Max came to the mat initially seeking relief from sciatica brought about by years of waitressing in her Chelsea restaurant, La Lunchonette. As her practice deepened, it enriched her life. Melva yearned to impart her passion for yoga and guide others in the transformation that is yoga. She completed her teacher training in 2011 at the Iyengar Institute of New York with James Murphy. After being certified, she began assisting Deborah Wolk in both her Yoga & Scoliosis and Back Care classes. In addition to studying therapeutics with Deborah Wolk, Melva has studied extensively with Genny Kapuler in New York and Faeq Biria, Senior Iyengar teacher in Paris, France. Melva is grateful to all of her teachers, especially her students.