Class Series

dots2Anatomy of Scoliosis with Deborah Wolk

Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm EST Dates Below!
Entire Course (eight sessions): $140
Entire Course for IAYT Credit (includes one-on-one mentoring session): $220
One Class: $25

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.

Anatomy of Scoliosis III:  Winter/Spring 2021
January 6:  Sagittal Vs. Lateral
Jan 27: Muscle Imbalances:  Illiopsoas and Intercostals
Feb 10: Fascial Pull
Feb 24: Shoulders, Arms, and Hands
Mar 10: Hips, Legs, and Feet
Mar 24: Head and Neck:  Tilt & Rotation
Apr 28:  Exteroception/ Proprioception/ Kinaesthesia
May 12: Scoliosis:  Effect on Emotions

dots2Seeing and Modifying Scoliosis the Series with Deborah Wolk

Thursdays (Biweekly) 2-4pm EST: March 11, 25, April 8, 22, May 6, 20, June 3, 17
One class: $40
6 Classes: $210/$190 add-on to Anatomy of Scoliosis*
4-classes: $150/$135 add-on to Anatomy of Scoliosis*

*Please email us at to access add-on price

Students of all levels with scoliosis can come as students on their class cards/at the single class price ($25). No crossing over (ie coming as a student if you are a teacher).

Scoliosis is a condition that is difficult for many teachers to see—virtual classes are making it harder!!  Understanding the anatomy, and archetypal patterns of scoliosis will help you see more.  Alternatively, for students with scoliosis understanding and feeling your own pattern is often muddled by sensory feedback in the scoliotic nervous system.  This workshop brings students and teachers together to see and understand scoliotic patterns better and look for solutions for modifying asana for the scoliotic body/mind whether you are working online or in person.  Each class will riff off of previous Anatomy of Scoliosis topics so this workshop is a great complement to Deborah’s Anatomy of Scoliosis classes! 

Please note:  Unlike the Anatomy classes, these classes will be working with students’ personal issues related to their scoliosis and will not be recorded.dots2

Back to Basics: How To Take Yoga for Back Care Online with Jen Gorman, Eva Lev, Wendy Baranello, and Cat Murcek

First Saturday of the Month at 4:30pm EST
March 6 with Jen Gorman
April 3 with Eva Lev
May 1 with Wendy Baranello
June 5 with Cat Murcek
$25 per class for Samamkaya students
$15 for Students who are new to the studio! Use the code BRANDNEW at checkout to get this special price! New students will also have the opportunity to purchase a class card at a discounted rate after their first class!

This monthly class is designed for brand new beginners to online yoga or returning students who would like to re-discover the fundamentals. These workshops will be slow-paced and accommodating to whoever is “in the room”. This class is perfect if you’re new to yoga for back care online and are feeling confused or intimidated by the props or alignment-oriented cuing used in our drop-in classes. This class is appropriate for students experiencing a wide variety of back issues including spinal fusions, bulging/herniated discs, Scoliosis, and others. Please be prepared to let your teacher know what diagnoses you have from your doctor.

Some things you can expect to go over:

-how to set up your tech to get the most out of class
-the standard props and how to work with them
-basic yoga postures you might encounter in our drop-in classes
-gentler modifications for some standard yoga postures
-plenty of time and space to ask questions, look at backs, etc.

Please bring all your questions, and have the following props ready to use:
-three-four 4″ yoga blocks
-one Pune-style yoga belt (8 or 10 feet preferable)
-two or more yoga blankets (or you could use full-size towels and/or throw cushions)
-a yoga or dining chair
-some wall space is ideal but also okay if not possible

*Please visit Deborah Wolk’s website to source props dots2

Fusions Support Group with CJ Shapiro and Martha Carter

MONTHLY on Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 pm on ZOOM:
April 29, May 27, June 24
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 CJ Shapiro and 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 CJ and Martha as they seek to encourage health and healing through group interaction—free of the shame and stigma associated with scoliosis and related surgeries.

CJ Shapiro understands enduring a lifetime of scoliosis and spinal fusion surgeries. At 16, CJ wore a brace during her vulnerable adolescence creating body image and social issues. In her early twenties, CJ had her first fusion, a Harrington Rod, as her “S” curve and associated pain had progressed. She was told if she wanted to carry children, she would need the surgery. In her, late 50’s, unaware of any issues for 30 years, she was overcome with severe pain and an inability to walk. The unfused areas, upper Thoracic and lower Lumbar discs, had disintegrated from wear and tear. Reconstruction followed and CJ now has 22 screws and 2 cages from T1-S2. Yoga has truly enabled her to be pain free and active, but the emotional scars still require constant attention.
CJ majored in Social Psychology as an SSA undergraduate (Carnegie Mellon University) and then pursued a graduate degree in Social Work and Social Research (Bryn Mawr College). Since she was 16, her passion drew her to jail and prison reform in her quest to help the downtrodden and persecuted.  CJ also majored in art and continues to use her x-rays to express her sense of the fused body’s rigidity and her sense of being “caged and screwed”. Throughout her lifetime, CJ has facilitated many types of workshops and support groups and draws on her background in applied, inclusive research for problem-solving and healing.

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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