Class Series


Adjustments, Modifications and Verbal Instructions
with Deborah Wolk
In-Person & Online!

Wednesdays, 2:15-4:15pm

In-Person Dates: 1/4, 2/8, 3/15, 4/12, 5/17, 9/13, 10/11, 11/8, 12/6

Online Dates: 1/18, 2/15, 3/29, 4/26, 5/31, 9/27, 10/25, 11/15, 12/20

One class for: $40 teachers, $30 Samamkaya Teaching Assistants, $20 Students
Sign up for IN-PERSON CLASSES here
Sign up for ONLINE CLASSES here
Any 3 classes for Teachers/Assistants/Students:  $105/80/54
Any 6 classes for Teachers/Assistants/Students $180/150/100
Any 12 classes for Teachers/Assistants/Students  $300/275/170
This course is approved as an IAYT CE Course! Take any 6 classes (12 hours) +  one 1 hour mentoring session for $240

Students with scoliosis have very specific needs with the nervous system, proprioceptive system and with pain patterns.  One must avoid muddled information.  Using prop set-ups, hand on adjustments and verbal instructions, Deborah Wolk will guide you in how to better teach your students with scoliosis.

This class is appropriate for all yoga teachers and for students with scoliosis. Teachers of other modalities (Pilates, personal training, etc.) may attend as teachers with Deborah’s permission. This class is not recommended for brand new beginners to yoga.


Linking Our Roots to Our Wings: An Exploration of PSOAS with Julie Brandwein

Saturdays 10am–12pm
February 11, March 18, April 1, May 13

$150 4-part monthly series
$40/individual class (No class cards or unlimited cards for this series)

In this workshop series, Julie will help you explore the role the Psoas plays in connecting our roots to our wings. The psoas is located in the center of the body and plays a key role as a conductor between our upper and lower body.

In this 4 part monthly series, you’ll dive into your “roots” in the first two classes and connect to your “wings” in the last two classes:

2/11 & 3/18: Feet/Knees/Legs/Pelvis

4/1 & 5/13: Pelvis/Shoulders/Arms and Head

“A yogi’s brain extends from the bottom of the foot to the top of the head”

-BKS Iyengar

Julie Brandwein, MSPT, LMT, came to yoga seeking help from a back injury and found her way into her first Iyengar yoga class with Kevin Gardiner in 1992. In this technique she found the answer she was looking for to heal her body, and began a lifelong study and practice of Yoga.She has extensive training in Iyengar Yoga, in addition to studies in the Alexander Technique, Somatics and Pilates. She has taught yoga since 1997 both here and abroad.

She has earned her Masters in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, completed training at the Swedish Institute of Massage and has certification in a Pilates for Rehab Professionals training from Polestar Pilates, Inc. Licensed in both physical therapy and massage therapy, Julie has worked in a variety of clinical specialities, including pediatrics, orthopedics, sports injury and dance injury.Her massage training includes myofascial unwinding, integrative deep-tissue massage and neuromuscular repatterning. She has a private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn offering services in therapeutic bodywork, stress-reduction massage, and  yoga privates.


Back Care Beginners Series with Brooke Moyse

Sundays, 4:30-6:00pm
Trial Class: February 12 Try it out for just $5! ($15 for returning)
Series: February 19, 26, March 12
$60 for New Students using the code BRANDNEW
$70 for Returning
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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 Brooke Moyse 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.

Brooke Moyse is a yoga teacher, visual artist, and art educator based in Brooklyn, NY. Brooke taught art to students with special needs in Brooklyn, NY where she integrated her yoga, meditation, and fine art training to give students a creative outlet and language for communicating their experiences. She brings this same commitment to individualized learning and agency to teaching yoga and strives to empower individuals to develop the tools to care for themselves with awareness and compassion.

Brooke received a 200 HR yoga certification from YogaWorks in 2016, and shortly after developed debilitating back pain which led to the realization that she had scoliosis. After her diagnosis she made her way to Iyengar Yoga to discover a more integrative and therapeutic approach to managing her condition. She has been assisting Deborah Wolk’s classes at Samamkaya Yoga since 2017 and has completed Samamkaya’s Advanced Studies Program focusing on teaching integrative and embodied yoga for back care techniques. Brooke has also studied extensively with Elise Browning-Miller, having completed her Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Training and Practicum to become certified to teach Yoga for Scoliosis. More recently, Brooke has been fortunate to study regularly with Abhijata Iyengar, Raya U.D., and Hugh Millard, all of whom bring clarity and insight to yoga therapeutics and the mind/body connection. Brooke also has an ongoing interest in meditation and completed a 100 HR yoga and mindfulness training through the Nalanda Institute under Mary Reilly Nichols, with whom she continues to study.


Curve Specific Scoliosis Program with Gabriella Barnstone

Wednesdays 10:00–11:30am
$95 4-part series + drop-ins allowed on class cards

This monthly series focuses on strengthening, stretching, and restorative poses for your specific curve type, based on the 4 most common scoliotic patterns. Each month we will focus solely on one pattern:

February: Low back curves (Left or Right Lumbar)
2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22

March: Upper back curves (Right or Left thoracic)
3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22

April: C Curves (Right or Left thoraco-lumbar)
4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26 

May: S curves* (Right Thoracic & Left Lumbar or Reverse)
5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24

This is an opportunity for you to understand your specific pattern better and learn how to work unilaterally for your curve type. These sequences can help manage curve progression, provide pain relief, and build strength. All this will be done in a fun, friendly, supportive atmosphere.

*Please note: Those with an S curve are encouraged to take both the low back and upper back series in addition to the S curve series.

*If you do not know your curve pattern, please ask any of the Samamkaya Yoga & Scoliosis teachers (Deborah, Jon or Cat), or email with questions.

Gabriella Barnstone is a certified yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and has been teaching yoga since 2008. She worked at Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation  from 2015 to 2020 where she specialized in treating patients with back pain using yoga as therapy. Gabriella has taught courses with Dr. Loren Fishman on Yoga for Back Pain, Yoga for Osteoporosis, and Yoga for Arthritis at Kripalu, Yogaville, and Omega Institute. She was on the faculty of Prema Yoga Institute from 2017 to 2020 where she developed her own course on functional anatomy. She was the resident Yoga Therapist at Healthquarters, which brings top medical providers together with clinically-backed wellness services to provide connected, seamless, and comprehensive health services. She is now practicing at SoulBeingWellness in Chelsea.


Fusions Support Group with Martha Carter

MONTHLY on Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 pm on ZOOM:
January 26
February 23
March 16
Free or by donation
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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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