Shoulders and Hips for Women with Bobby Clennell

Saturday and Sunday July 27 and 28
Saturday 9:30am–12pm & 2pm–4:30pm
Sunday 9:30am–12pm
Full Weekend: $130 early bird*/$140 in advance/$150 drop-in
Saturday Only: $80 early bird*/$90 in advance/$100 drop-in
One session only: $45 early bird*/$50 in advance/$55 drop-in
*early bird if registered by July 8

There is a general tendency to practice asana as if it were merely physical exercise, which means you might practice without paying attention to your structural alignment, or hormonal balance. In this workshop we will adapt the poses according to a women’s needs. We will tune into the bones and joints, and how alignment can impact the reproductive system.

Saturday July 27
Come learn a practice that promotes ease and freedom in the chest, upper back, and shoulders, promotes lymphatic drainage, and supports breast and lung health.

Sunday July 28
By cultivating mobility in the hips, groins, and lower back we free the energy locked in the pelvis, accessing a sense of space, movement, and well-being to create health in the pelvic organs. Come learn how healthy and mobile hip joints impact the hormone system.

Bobby Clennell  has been teaching Iyengar Yoga for over forty years. She is a core faculty member of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York and teaches workshops throughout the United States and around the world. Bobby began practicing yoga in London in the early 1970s while working as a costume designer and animator. In 1976, Bobby (along with husband, Lindsey, and sons, Miles and Jake) made her first trip to study with B. K. S. Iyengar in Pune, India. She has returned every two years to continue her study. She earned an Iyengar Yoga teaching certificate in 1977. In the 1980s, Bobby’s interest in women’s issues was sparked by her studies with Mr. Iyengar’s daughter, Geeta Iyengar. While Mr. Iyengar was teaching the main class, the women who were menstruating were sent to the back of the room to work more quietly with Geeta. This experience awakened Bobby to the need for a woman’s yoga practice. She is the creator of a short film, entitled Yantra, based on the movements of B. K. S. Iyengar during his own asana practice. Bobby Clennell lives in New York City.

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Yoga from the Feet Upward with Jaki Nett

Friday, September 13, 6–8pm
Saturday, September 14, 9am–12pm & 2–4:30pm
Sunday, September 15, 9am–12pm
Full Weekend: $200 early bird*/$220 in advance/$240 drop-in
All day Saturday: $110 early bird*/$120 in advance/$130 drop-in
Friday eve only: $45 early bird*/$50 in advance/$55 drop-in
Saturday or Sunday morning only: $65 early bird*/$70 in advance/$75 drop-in
Saturday afternoon only: $55 early bird*/$60 in advance/$65 drop in
*early bird if registered by August 20

Habituation of actions, movements, and position of limbs allows us to function without thought. As long as we are in a familiar situation of operation, things will feel normal. In this weekend workshop we will re-sensitize areas and experience the beneficial rewards of conscious movement. Each session will emphasize selected anatomical areas in our asana practice:

Friday evening session: The feet, hip joints, and shoulder blades
Saturday morning session:  The pelvis, the core, and the spine
Saturday afternoon session: The spine and ribs
Sunday morning session: From the soles of the feet upward 

Jaki has a very warm and accessible personality which is reflected in her teaching. Her study in anatomy, art, and movement is intertwined with her 35 years of study with the Iyengars, especially with Geeta Iyengar. Jaki’s 45 years of teaching have given her great insight and a therapeutic bent.

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.

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

Next Workshop: Wednesday, 7/31

Remaining 2019 Dates:
8/7, 9/18, 10/16, 11/13, 12/11
Wednesdays, 1:45-3:45pm

In 2019, you will be able to save money by pre-paying for multiple sessions! New Prices are:
One Session: $40 teachers, $30 Samamkaya Teaching Assistants, $20 Students
Any 3 months for Teachers/Assistants/Students:  $105/80/54

Any 6 months for Teachers/Assistants/Students $180/150/100

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.

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Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Training Part I and Intermediate Yoga for Scoliosis with Elise Browning Miller

Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Training Part I
Friday, December 6, 6–9pm
Saturday, December 7, 9–11:30am & 2–4:30pm
Sunday, December 9, 9–11:30am
*$330 early bird / $375 in advance
*Early Bird if registered by October 18

Elise Miller presents her internationally acclaimed workshop on working with scoliosis. This workshop is designed to present information and experience in the ways that Iyengar Yoga can be used to meet the challenges of scoliosis. We will include an anatomical background on scoliosis, identify each participant’s scoliosis, and discuss cause and effect as well as psychological consequences of scoliosis. Participants will learn optimal yoga postures for scoliosis as well as how to adapt specific yoga postures to their scoliosis. By combining the yoga postures with breathing awareness, one can develop more structural alignment of the body and become more symmetrical and balanced. Through yoga, one can find the balance point that allows the scoliosis curve to coexist with gravity and activates the body’s natural plumb line.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone with scoliosis whether he/she is currently a yoga student or not. Teachers are also urged to attend to gain knowledge and be more skillful when assisting their students with scoliosis.

Elise will discuss the physical and psychological causes and effects of scoliosis, identify different patterns of scoliosis and introduce the most beneficial poses for scoliosis. Adjustments and props will be used to assist participants to work with their individual scoliosis. Emphasis will be on lengthening the spine and aligning the body with breath awareness in beginning yoga poses.

Saturday & Sunday
Participants will continue to learn to work with their particular scoliosis with a variety of yoga poses including standing poses, back strengtheners, twists, inversions and forward bends.

Do you have interest in becoming certified as a “Yoga for Scoliosis” Trainer? The Yoga for Scoliosis “Part 1” workshop would fulfill the first 10 hours of the 20 hours required to get started on the Elise Browning Miller  “Yoga for Scoliosis” Training program. 

Intermediate Yoga For Scoliosis Workshop
Sunday, December 9, 2–5pm
$80 in advance | *$75 Early Bird | $70 add on to Teacher Training, Part I

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.

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Cancellations made up to one week in advance will be refunded less a 20% administrative fee. There are no refunds for cancellations made within one week of the workshop.



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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