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.

Ashley Taylor takes over Yoga for Scoliosis and Spinal Fusions
Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm
Starts Thursday, November 1

We are so happy to welcome Ashley Taylor to the faculty at Samamkaya! Because of the contraindications with Harrington Rods and other instrumentation, being in a general class—even one focused on scoliosis or back problems—can be frustrating. This class covers all the principles and poses of the Yoga & Scoliosis classes but without extreme twists, convex forward bending or backbending. The practice will help strengthen muscles around the fusion in an aligned manner, bring stability to hypermobile joints and open up very stiff areas—without destabilizing the body or the instrumentation itself. This is the ONLY weekly class in the United States catering specifically to students with spinal fusions

Ashley Taylor is a yoga therapist who came to yoga as a tool for healing both emotionally and physically. When she was a teen she wore a back brace for scoliosis before undergoing spinal fusion surgery. It was then she began her yoga practice but after a few years her body rejected the metal hardware and it was removed. Ashley completed her 200 hour training at Mindbody Centering Yoga in Durham, NC, in 2013 and is RYT200. After moving to NYC Ashley studied with Deborah Wolk at Yoga Union Backcare and  has been assisting Ms. Wolk for the past 3 years.  A full member of Samamkaya, Ashley serves on the Adaptive Yoga Committee writing a grant, fundraising and developing a class for students with disabilities.  She also serves on the Cooperative Committee—which connects Samamkaya to other Co-ops and supporting non-profits throughout NYC. Ashley teaches at her home studio in Brooklyn: Future Posture and at the YMCA. She holds a B.A. from Duke in Cultural Anthropology and is currently working on her MS in Data Analysis and Data Visualization at CUNY Graduate Center. She also works as a community organizer and digital systems designer and just opened RE:GEN:CY, a space for community development in Red Hook.