Class Series

ONLINE: Specific Topics with Deborah Wolk

Mondays, 10-11:15 am ET
Dates and Topics Below
One Class: $27
Two Class Series: $49
Full Series: $180
Or Drop-In on Your Class Card!

These virtual classes will address home practice with specific props for back care, scoliosis and related injuries. Precision with these props becomes more and more important as your practice progresses. To really learn to heal independently one must understand the principles behind the props. In this series, Deborah will go over specifics of practice combining the principles needed to work with different back conditions with each class’ prop theme. It is strongly suggested you have the props listed on the Samamkaya site and if possible, have the additional props listed next to each session. Many props are available through Samamkaya.

Please have 6 months regular practice. This class series is not recommended for brand new beginners.

9/12 & 9/19: Belts Four belts. Pune belts are preferred and are available through Samamkaya

10/3 & 10/17: Home traction set ups At least two 10 foot Pune belts

10/24 & 11/7: Chairs Two folding chairs

11/28 & 12/5 Creating a trestler-like set up at home 1-2 folding chairs. Some kind of counter, table or railing will be useful. Empty wall space can also work. 1-4 full size blocks — wood is best, or some kind of weight like sandbags or big bags of rice to put on or against the blocks. A quarter round or small 1/2 block will also come in handy.         

12/19 Props for neck conditions A selection of blankets, towels., and or peices of sticky mat. A belt. You may want an old blanket or towel you can tear up.


Fusions Support Group with Martha Carter

MONTHLY on Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 pm on ZOOM:
May 26
June 16
Free or by donation
Sign Up Here!

Samamkaya Yoga is pleased to offer a support group for people with spinal fusions for scoliosis (or those considering a spinal fusion for their scoliosis). This group, led by Martha Carter, is designed to encourage participants to safely explore the emotional toll and experiences related to their fusion in an environment with other participants who share their experience.  Whether you were a teen when your spinal was fused or an older adult or somewhere in between, discussions within this group will draw out personal reflections, identify successful ways to self-heal, and evolve to reflect the needs of the group.
Please join Martha as she seeks to encourage health and healing through group interaction—free of the shame and stigma associated with scoliosis and related surgeries.

Martha Carter 
As a therapeutic movement specialist for scoliosis and spinal fusions, Martha teaches Gentle Yoga and Scoliosis Wellness classes, workshops, and retreats for all ages and abilities in Canada, the US, and internationally. She is a certified teacher of Yoga for Scoliosis, based on the techniques developed by acclaimed Iyengar teacher, Elise Browning Miller. She has also studied (and continues to enjoy explorations in) Pilates for Scoliosis, Essential Somatics, Energy Medicine, and Trauma Release techniques, which she weaves into all her classes to help participants with pain relief while enhancing their movement potential. Martha is the founder and director of the Twisted Outreach Project for Back Care and Scoliosis (TOPS), a Canadian-based non-profit that provides a range of holistic and creative approaches to working with back care and scoliosis. (



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 ( 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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