This 3-module therapeutics course is open to teachers and students who are interested in broadening their scope of practice.  The first 6-weekend Module—“Seeing Human Structure”—focuses on symmetry and asymmetry, sensing and feeling, anatomy and pathology.  This program will prepare you to see and understand the body in order to better work with your own, and others’, therapeutic needs.  In a dynamic and nurturing environment, teachers and students will learn alongside and from one another.

If you are interested in signing up for the modules, or any individual workshops, please complete our application here.

REVISED DATES FOR THE FIRST MODULE: Please note that the dates for the first module have been revised based on feedback from interested students. The new schedule is as follows:


Full Weekend–4 session workshop: $265 in advance
Full weekend–5 session workshop: $310 in advance
Full Module–6 weekends Sept–Feb: $1400 in advance
Full Module–6 weekends Sept–Feb with payment plan: $200 non-refundable deposit + 4 payments of $325 = $1500

Please ~ Register in Advance!

For cancellations up to 7 days before the class, we will refund full amount paid less a 20% administration fee. However, no refunds for cancellations made within 7 days of the event.


Anatomy of the Peaceful Pelvis with Lauri Nemetz

Sunday, September 23, 2–5pm
$60 In Advance • $65 Drop In

We’re very excited to welcome Lauri Nemetz back to Samamkaya! In this workshop, Lauri will help you explore your pelvis, from its structure to movement functions in walking, yoga, and more. Through experiential anatomy exercises, asana, and embodiment exercises, you will investigate the pelvis in terms of common concepts such as neutral alignment and the dual need for stability and mobility. An overview of the role of the pelvis in bipedalism (walking on two legs) and its advantages and challenges anatomically will be explored. This workshop is geared towards teachers as well as those interested in a deeper understanding of the pelvis in relationship to to other key areas of balance. The concept of the asymmetric pelvis, and the relationship of scoliosis to pelvic functioning will be discussed. Find a sense of peace in working with the pelvis through boney and myofascial understanding.

A mix of lecture, discussion and movement…come ready to explore and learn!

Laurice (Lauri) D. Nemetz, MA, BC-DMT, ERYT, RYT500, LCAT, CIAYT, YA Provider, is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Pace University, faculty at Anatomy Trains ®, yoga teacher, former President of the YTA (Yoga Teachers Association) and dance/movement therapist. She began her yoga studies intensively in graduate school after a severe car accident and has taught for over two decades. She counts several influences in her yoga practice, including Karin Stephan, Kim Schwartz and Leslie Kaminoff.

In additional to workshops (both for Anatomy Trains and her own), Lauri assists the dissections for Anatomy Trains ®. She has presented at several prominent conferences on anatomy and movement including for the American Association of Anatomists, the Fascia Research Congress and for the Movement: Brain, Body and Cognition conferences at Oxford and Harvard Medical. She is also a kayak guide, artist and mom of two! More about Lauri at and

Please ~ Register in Advance!

For cancellations up to 48 hours before the class, we will refund full amount paid less a 20% administration fee. However, no refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of the event.dots2

Adjustments, Modifications, & Verbal Instructions: Teaching Yoga For Scoliosis
with Deborah Wolk

Next Class In This Series: October 17, 1:45–3:45pm

Following Classes In This Series: Nov 14, Dec 12.

Students with Scoliosis: $20
Samamkaya Assistants: $30
Teachers: $35

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.

Please ~ Register in Advance!


YOGA FOR FUSIONS with Martha Carter

Thursday, October 18th, 5-7:30pm
$45 early bird if registered by October 6 • $50 in advance • $55 drop in

Designed for those with surgically corrected spines, this workshop introduces participants to connect with their fused bodies in new ways. Combining breathing, stretching, freestyle movement, yoga asana and the rope wall, Martha’s comforting approach helps to find layers of freedom and joy inside the discomfort and stiffness often experienced with fusion. Learn to practise safely while also learning more about your own curve and fusion pattern, giving you tools to apply to other activities and daily life in general.

This workshop will replace Mimi Rosetti’s Fusions class on Thursday, 10/18. Regular students at that class can attend the workshop using two classes on their class cards if they register in advance in the studio or by emailing

From Vancouver Island, Canada, Martha Carter is the Director the Twisted Outreach Project (TOPS). A certified Yoga Teacher, she holds a BA in Music, an MFA in Dance and teaches both dance and Yoga for Scoliosis and Fusions in Vancouver and beyond. Based on Elise Browning Miller’s approach to Yoga for Scoliosis, Martha adds her own blend of breathing, meditation and dance movement to specifically address spinal fusion and how it affects the whole body, mind and soul.


Base to Center With Jaki Nett

Saturday, October 20th & Sunday, October 21st – 9am–12pm and 2–5pm each day
Full Weekend: *$220 Early Bird · $240 in advance · $250 drop in
Saturday or Sunday only: *$120 Early Bird · $130 in advance · $140 drop in
Single Sessions: *$65 Early Bird · $70 in advance · $75 drop in
*Early Bird Special if registered by September 22nd 2018

It is with pleasure that we welcome Jaki Nett back to Samamkaya. This two-day workshop will explore the interconnectedness of the individual actions involved in asanas. In particular, Jaki will focus on how the actions of the feet and legs support the spine and strengthen the lower abdomen and pelvic floor. Jaki interweaves her therapeutic, personal, and advanced knowledge in psychology and anatomy throughout all of her teaching.

Over the course of sessions 1, 2 & 3, Jaki will teach us primarily how to set up foot and leg alignment, and further demonstrate how these actions help support and free up the spine. Practicing such actions during asanas will foster a greater awareness of the structure and function of the lower abdomen and pelvic floor, and strengthen the muscles in these areas. She will teach us how to gain a better understanding of the many connections between the different actions involved, and how to incorporate this into our asana practice.

In session 4, Jaki will lead us through a pictorial sequence from her book Iyengar Yoga: An At Home Practice. The sequence was originally written by Geeta Iyengar in Pune, India. This final session will integrate those actions and connections focused on through sessions 1, 2 & 3. Props will be used to modify so that the asanas will be accessible to all.

All are welcome.

Jaki Nett has taught yoga since 1976 and Iyengar yoga since 1982.  She holds an Intermediate Senior 1 Teaching Certificate, the highest certification of any African American woman in the United States. Jaki has an MA in Humanistic Psychology, and weaves her research in functional anatomy into her teaching. Jaki is the published author of, A Crack in the Mask: The Felt Sense Method® – A Humanistic Approach to Managing Incontinence. Her bright, focused energy and straight-forward teaching style inspires and guides students through the challenges and rewards of a committed practice. Jaki conducts yoga workshops in the Bay Area, around the United States, and in Italy, Germany, England, Poland, Switzerland, and South Africa. Jaki lives in the Napa Valley with her husband, and she is the mother of an adult son.

Please ~ Register in Advance!

For cancellations up to 7 days before the workshop, we will refund full amount paid less a 20% administration fee. However, no refunds for cancellations made within 7 days of the event.


YOGA FOR SCOLIOSIS with Elise Browning Miller

Yoga for Scoliosis for Beginners
Fri, Dec 7, 6–9pm *$65 early bird / $75 in advance / $80 drop in
*early bird special if registered by November 9*

New to Yoga?  Want to get started addressing your Scoliosis with Yoga?  Come to this 2 hour session with Elise Browning Miller, especially for those new to this practice.  Elise is the author of the booklet and DVD Yoga For Scoliosis, and is world famous for her workshops and Teacher Training for Yoga for Scoliosis and Yoga for Back Care.  Most of the teachers at Samamkaya have trained with her and we all love her!

Yoga for Scoliosis: Teacher Training Part II and Continuing Education
Sat and Sun, Dec 8 and 9, 9:00–11:30am & 2:00–4:30pm each day
Full Weekend: *$325 early bird / $350 in advance
*early bird special if registered by November 9*

Many of Samamkaya’s faculty have completed Elise Browning Miller’s 20 hour course program and we highly recommend it for teachers and students alike. The Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher’s Training is the first teacher’s training program designed specifically to train yoga teachers on how to work with students who have scoliosis. This course may lead you to do the coursework and practicum for a Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer Certification.

Samamkaya is proud to present Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Training Part II and Continuing Education.  Anyone may attend this workshop. If you want to take Part II towards certification you must have taken Part I with Elise Browning Miller at another time.  This particular course is also appropriate for those who have already done the Teacher Training with Elise in full but who would like to prepare or receive support for their practicum, or those who are certified trainers who would like to learn more.

Samamkaya is the ideal location for this workshop.  Well stocked with props and outfitted with a 20 station rope wall, the workshop will be limited to 20 students.  Questions that have come up in teaching will be addressed in an intimate and supportive environment. This workshop will continue beyond Part II into more techniques and real life solutions than Part II at other locations.

During this course teacher trainees will learn:

  • The anatomy and physiology of scoliosis.
  • The common scoliotic patterns.
  • Patterns of injury and pain with scoliosis,
  • Yoga Asana to address scoliotic patterns which will help reduce progression, pain and discomfort, and perhaps even the curve(s) themselves.
  • About other patterns that often accompany scoliosis; such as hip and shoulder problems, neck problems, and disorientation.
  • How to give verbal and hands-on adjustments to your students with scoliosis.
  • How to use Yoga Props to specifically address scoliotic patterns and related issues.
  • Addressing psychological aspects of scoliosis. How to work with your own students with scoliosis

Elise Browning Miller, M.A. in Therapeutic Recreation from UNC-CH, is a Certified Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher who has been teaching yoga throughout the US and internationally for over 30 years. A founding director of California Yoga Center in Mountain View, CA, Elise has successfully used yoga to minimize the effects of her own scoliosis. She has published numerous articles on scoliosis and other yoga related subjects in Yoga Journal and other national magazines. Elise has studied on numerous occasions with the Iyengars in India and specializes in Scoliosis, lower/upper back problems and sports related injuries. She recently launched her new book “Yoga for Scoliosis – A Path for Students & Teachers”, and has produced her own DVD and booklets, “Yoga for Scoliosis”, “Yoga for Back Care” and her “Yoga: Anytime, Anywhere book”. Her joyous personality and ease of communication endear her to students with a teaching style that is down-to-earth, precise and nurturing.

Please ~ Register In Advance!

For cancellations up to 1 week before the workshop, we will refund full amount paid less a 20% administration fee. However, no refunds for cancellations made within 1 week of the event.



  • October 18: Martha Carter – Spinal Fusions & Scoliosis (This workshop will replace Miriam Rosetti’s regularly scheduled Spinal Fusions & Scoliosis Class)



It is strongly recommended that you pre-register for workshops. If you pre-register for a workshop, you must cancel either 1 week or 48 hours in advance (depending on the workshop), in order to be refunded for that workshop less a 20% administrative fee. Cancellation deadlines can be found below the workshop descriptions above.

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.dots2

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