New Students

New to Samamkaya? Don’t know where to start? Don’t fret! We’re here to help!

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions. If you are still unsure where to begin, we are happy to answer any other questions you have at info@samamkayabackcare.com or 646-964-5772.

Check out the New York Times article about Samamkaya: A Manhattan Yoga Studio for Bad Backs by Natalie Shutler

What class should I start with?

That all depends on you. We recommend that you start with our Back Care Basics or Yoga & Scoliosis Basics classes, or our Back Care Beginners Series. Details about these classes can be found below. If you have prior yoga experience or cannot make the Basics or Beginners classes, you might find that the regular classes are more to your liking. However, these classes do tend to move faster than the Basics classes or Beginners series, so we highly recommend starting with either of those.

Back Care Basics and Yoga & Scoliosis Basics: The Basics classes are designed for students with no prior yoga experience or for those students who think that a regular class will be too rigorous. These classes introduce the basics for working with yoga to help you safely strengthen and stretch your spine, and to work with other conditions in the hips, legs, shoulders, and arms. They also tend to be smaller classes than our regular classes and the Beginners Series, so you will get more personal attention. These classes are ongoing and do not have pre-registration.

Back Care Beginners Series: The Back Care Beginners Series are designed for brand new beginners and are progressive, introducing concepts over the course of 5 classes. You will be in class with other new beginners and learn the basic skills to help you make a commitment to your yoga practice and help you integrate smoothly into the regular Back Care and Yoga & Scoliosis classes. You can find our more information about the series on our Workshops & Class Series page.


Do I need to pre-register for class?

We do not have pre-registration for our regularly scheduled classes. You can just drop in to the studio. Please arrive 10–15 minutes before the start of class to sign a waiver and speak to the teacher about your back. Many of our teachers also like for their students to fill out a Student Information Form. You can fill this out in advance if you would like to save time at the studio.

We do have pre-registration for Class Series & Workshops. It is strongly recommended that you pre-register, as many series and workshops fill up quickly. You can find out more about our current series and workshop offerings on our Workshops & Class Series page.


What is the cost for class?

We have a New Student Special to help you jump start your yoga practice:

$15 for your first 1.5 hour class
$10 for your first 1 hour class
First Visit 5 Class Card: 20% off if bought on day of first visit
$88 for 1.5 hour classes, $64 for 1 hour classes


What do I need to bring?

Just yourself and comfortable clothes that you can move in! T-shirt or tank tops and shorts or workout pants are all appropriate. We have all of the props you need: mats, blocks, towels, pads, wedges, and all of the other things we use to help modify the poses to fit your body at the studio.


Did we miss something? We’re happy to answer any other questions you have at info@samamkayabackcare.com or 646-964-5772

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