Class Series

Anatomy of Scoliosis with Deborah Wolk

Wednesdays in May and June 4:30-5:30pm
One session: $25
One Month (four sessions): $80
Entire Course (eight sessions): $140
Entire Course for IAYT Credit (includes one-on-one mentoring session): $180

These 1-hour online classes are for teachers. Experienced students who have already been studying Yoga for Scoliosis at Samamkaya for some time are also invited to join.

The classes will focus mainly on anatomy and physiology of scoliosis with some suggestions for yoga poses and sequencing at the end. The sessions will not focus on personal practice nor will we be able to look in-depth at individual patterns of students as we have done in Adjustments, Modifications, and Verbal Instructions classes.

Please have some knowledge of Iyengar style yoga (props, sanskrit pose names, etc.) and some basic anatomy background.

Classes will include anatomy drawings, text, lecture, and discussion.

TOPICS
May 6 SEEING THE SPIRAL
May 13 CONCAVITY AND CONVEXITY
May 20 BONE/REMODELING
May 27 THE HIPS AND LEGS
June 3 THE SHOULDERS AND ARMS (AND HEAD AND NECK) 
June 10 NERVOUS SYSTEM:  PROPRIOCEPTION 
June 17 NERVOUS SYSTEM:  SYMPATHETIC/PARASYMPATHETIC
June 24 NERVOUS SYSTEM:  PAIN PATTERNS

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FRIDAY BACK CARE BEGINNERS SERIES

with Eve Holbrook

Fridays, 4:00–5:30pm
February 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27 $95 for New Students $115 for Returning
Sign up today!

Brand new to yoga?
Confused in the Back Care classes?
Don’t understand your back problem?
Overwhelmed by the props?
Join our Back Care Beginners Series!

This series will cover the basic skills you need to participate in the Back Care and Back Care Basics classes. An excellent introduction to Back Care yoga for those students who need a weekday class, this series is a great way to kick off the weekend! With other new beginners to Back Care Classes at Samamkaya Yoga Back Care & Scoliosis Collective, the instructor will teach you many of the basic actions, how to find your alignment, and learn prop adjustments appropriate for your scoliosis, herniated disk(s), kyphosis, lordosis, spondylolisthesis, lumbar or neck pain… or any other back problem. Learning these skills through a series will help you make a commitment to your yoga practice and help you integrate smoothly into the Back Care classes. A certified Iyengar yoga teacher, Eve has been working with beginners for 20 years. She has gained a great depth of knowledge and understanding of yoga for back pain through her work with students, as well as with her own back.

Eve Holbrook, C-IAYT. Initially drawn to yoga in 1994 for relief from back pain following a childhood horseback riding injury, Eve has grown to view it as an exploration of life and what it is to be a human being. In 2005, Eve completed the two-year teacher-training program at the Iyengar Institute of New York, where she now teaches, and is a certified Iyengar teacher at the Junior Intermediate two level. Since 2006, she has made five extended trips to Pune, India to study and assist in the medical classes at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute. Her beloved teachers include the late Mary Dunn, Kevin Gardiner, James Murphy, and Lara Warren. Eve is a graduate of Northwestern University and The British American Drama Academy. You can learn more about Eve at evesyogaspace.comYogaCityNYC Article about Eve

$5 Trial Class only available to first-time students. For returning students, the cost for the trial class is $15. Series must be paid for in-full in advance. You may join for the 1st or 2nd class. The price will be pro-rated for those joining in the 2nd class. There will be an opportunity to make up 1 missed class.

Join our Friday Back Care Beginners Series!

For cancellations up to 48 hours before the series begins, we will refund full amount paid less a 20% administration fee. However, no refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of the event.

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YOGA & SCOLIOSIS FOR TEENS & TWEENS SERIES
with Dahlia Galler

Sundays,12:30–1:30pm

  • Has your doctor told you to watch and wait?
  • Is your child braced?
  • Is your child preparing to have fusion surgery, or have they already had fusion surgery.

No matter what your child’s situation, the Yoga & Scoliosis for Teens and Tweens class will help address your child’s scoliosis, muscular tension, pain patterns as well as the psychological and social pressures that accompany treatment and therapies in adolescence.

This class is appropriate for ages 11-17. All teens welcome are welcome to this class, but as idiopathic scoliosis is commonly diagnosed in adolescence the class will generally focus on scoliosis. This 1-hour class creates an environment that is less intense than the adult classes, allows teens to relate with one another, and is sequenced for a young person’s energy level. Dahlia Galler’s positivity and experience with her own scoliosis will communicate how the love of yoga will lead to a healthier relationship to the body…at a time when this relationship is particularly difficult.

Dahlia Galler: While studying at Parsons School of Design, Dahlia worked as a visual merchandiser at Yogaworks. It was there where she practiced her first Downward Dog and learned to let go. In class one day, a friend noticed her scoliosis and recommended that she check out Yoga Union Center for Backcare & Scoliosis. After only one class, Dahlia was hooked. It was at Yoga Union Center for Backcare & Scoliosis where she seriously began her yoga journey, which she sees as a balance between effort and ease, and between hard work and letting go. After completing her 200 Hour RTS Certification with Alison West’s 200 Hours Yoga Union Teacher Training receiving her 200 Hour RYT Certification, she began her apprenticeship with Deborah Wolk, assisting with back care and scoliosis classes. Dahlia lives in New York City and is not only a yogini, but a freelance interior designer and stylist. Knowing that there is no one-size-fits-all pose, she brings a fun, light-hearted, artistic style to her teaching of all levels!

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE!

For cancellations up to 48 hours before the series begins, we will refund full amount paid less a 20% administration fee. However, no refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of the event.

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BACK CARE BEGINNERS SERIES
with Jon Musgrave

Sundays, 4:30-6:00pm

This series will cover the basic skills you need to participate in the Back Care and Back Care Basics classes. With other new beginners to Back Care Classes at Samamkaya Yoga Back Care & Scoliosis Collective, instructor Ashlee Willaman will teach you many of the basic actions, find your alignment and learn prop adjustments appropriate for your scoliosis, herniated disk(s), kyphosis, lordosis, spondylolisthesis, lumbar or neck pain… or any other back problem. Learning these skills through a series will help you make a commitment to your yoga practice and help you integrate smoothly into the Back Care classes.

Jon Musgrave is a yoga teacher, manager, and founding member of Samamkaya, and has a bodywork practice in Union Square. He has studied Iyengar yoga since 2011, and has focused primarily on yoga for back care and scoliosis. His primary teachers are Deborah Wolk, Julie Brandwein, Genny Kapuler, Debby Green, and Wendy Baranello, and he has also studied in workshops with Elise Browning Miller, Karin Stephan, Sri H. S. Arun, Jaki Nett, Simone Inns, Rita Manos-Lewis, Cator Shachoy, and Kevin Gardiner. He has also assisted Deborah Wolk’s Yoga & Scoliosis class at Samamkaya since 2017. Jon is a former conductor and tuba player, and his interest in bodywork began during his Bachelor’s degree in Tuba Performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied the Alexander Technique with James Brody to help deal with the chronic pain associated with two childhood falls, and which became worse during the demanding schedule of a college music major. He has continued to study the Alexander Technique since 2004, primarily with Witold Fitz-Simon in NYC and Jerry Schweibert at the Conductor’s Retreat at Medomak. After completing his Master’s degree in Wind Conducting at Ithaca College, Jon attended massage school to be able to further study the body and to help people live with less pain. He has continued to study extensively, and has advanced training in working with transgendered clients and other members of the Q community, and clients with chronic pain and trauma issues. Visit jmbodywork.com to find out more about his bodywork practice.

$5 Trial Class only available to first-time students. For returning students, the cost for the trial class is $15. Series must be paid for in full in advance. There will be an opportunity to make up one class in this series.

Brand new to yoga?
Confused in the Back Care classes?
Don’t understand your back problem?
Overwhelmed by the props?
Join our Back Care Beginners Series!

For cancellations up to 48 hours before the series begins, we will refund full amount paid less a 20% administration fee. However, no refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of the event.

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CLASS SERIES PRE-REGISTRATION & CANCELLATION POLICY

It is strongly recommended that you pre-register for workshops and series. If you pre-register for a series, you must cancel 48 hours in advance in order to be refunded for that class series less a 20% administrative fee.

Please cancel via email (info@samamkayabackcare.com) or call 646.964.5772. Even if we receive the message later, we will go by the time stamp and refund your money if appropriate. If you are ill or there is an immediate family medical emergency, we will of course waive the fee. However, please email us as early as possible, and before the workshop begins, to waive the fee or arrange a credit.

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