Class Series


Back Care Beginners Series with Edna Gruvman

Fridays, 4:30-6:00pm
Trial Class: February 4 Try it out for just $15!
Series: February 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11
$95 for New Students using the code BRANDNEW
$115 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 Edna Gruvman 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.

Edna deBeer Gruvman, MS, BC-DMT, began studying yoga in the late 90s as she transitioned away from a career as a modern dancer. She worked as a Dance/Movement Therapist, specializing in helping children with Autism use the power of movement to help facilitate communication and interpersonal interaction. She began her exploration of yoga at Yoga Zone and continued her studies with Adam Dobbs. Edna received her 200 hr training at Yoga Polarity of Long Island where she was first introduced to Iyengar Yoga. She went on to study Iyengar Yoga with Jeff Logan and Ann McDermott where she was able to deepen and develop her understanding of alignment. Edna’s interest in movement flow and body mechanics later brought her to study with Lorraine Aguilar, where she received her 300 hr training and first began her journey in recognizing and working with her own scoliosis. This discovery led her to Samamkaya, where she studied with Elise Browning Miller, and the many other talented teachers at the studio, broadening her understanding of scoliosis and furthering her desire to help others deepen their own understanding of their practice. In her spare time, Edna can be found tending to her hummingbird garden or working with a number of nonprofit organizations to better her own community and the world beyond.


Fusions Support Group with Martha Carter

MONTHLY on Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 pm on ZOOM:
February 24
March 24
April 21
May 26
June 23
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. (


The Standing Poses in “Light on Yoga” from a Back Care Perspective with Eve Holbrook

Online Series for experienced practitioners

POSTPONED until further notice

In this 10-week series, we will explore all of the standing poses in Light on Yoga progressively, with modifications for back issues. The poses will be approached in the order in which they are presented in the book, which will give us an opportunity to better understand the intelligence behind the sequencing and how one asana builds upon another. This series is appropriate for experienced practitioners with at least 6 month’s experience. Because this series is progressive and each class builds on the class before, it is highly recommended that you sign up for the entire series. However, a 5 class option is also available. No drop-ins or single classes for this series. Recordings of sessions will be available for participants who attend to review.

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




POSTPONED until further notice

  • 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.



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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