Asymmetry and The Internal Organs with Karin Stephan

June 8-9 Saturday 9am-12pm, 2-4:30pm, Sunday 9am-12pm

Single Morning Session: $70/$65 early bird*/$75 drop in
Saturday Afternoon only: $60/$55 early bird*/$65 drop in
All Day Saturday: $120/$110 early bird*/$125 drop in
Full Weekend: $165/$150 early bird*/$170 drop in
*Early Bird if registered by May 25

When we work with our bodies in the various yoga asanas, we are affecting not only our alignment but our internal organs as well.  In this workshop, Karin will focus on the connection between the asymmetries in our bodies and their correlation with the organic systems which help our body to function in a balanced way.  Drawing on her understanding of the alignment principles as handed down to her by B.K.S. Iyengar and her subsequent interpretation of this aspect of his work, the five element theory, ideas and theories behind the macrobiotic diet, and her own observation of the human body for the past 45 years, Karin will offer a synthesis of these various  traditions in a way which will give you new insights into your own body and into your own Yoga practice.

Karin Stephan is a renowned certified Iyengar teacher (Jr.Intermediate III) who has been teaching in Cambridge, Massachusetts and internationally for more than 47 years. She also holds a 500-hour E-RYT certification from Yoga Alliance. Karin has taught many of the faculty at Samamkaya and is one of the Godmothers of the studio! We are very excited to welcome her back to our center!

Karin Stephan began teaching Yoga in Paris in 1972 at The European Center of Yoga under the direction of Jean Bernard Rishi. At the time she was teaching Ashtanga yoga after having spent 3 months with Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India and having studied it prior to that with Jean Bernard Rishi in Paris. From 1972- 1976 she studied with B.K.S. Iyengar on his European Tours and then in India after that. When she moved to the Boston in late 1976 Karin began studying The Macrobiotic Diet, which she had already begun in Paris, with Aveline and Michio Kushi. In early 1977 Karin opened her own Yoga studio in Beacon Hill and taught Mr. Iyengar’s work as well as some classes in Ashtanga Yoga. She continued to practice the macrobiotic diet and began offering retreats offering Yoga and macrobiotic meals. In 1981 Karin opened her open Yoga Center called ‘The Loft’ located in Cambridge where she still lives and teaches.

In the early 80’s Karin helped introduce Iyengar Yoga to New York City and Washington D.C. and has continued teaching in New York City since then. She also began to run Yoga/Macrobiotic Retreats in the Caribbean and throughout the United States. Karin has written a large number of essays for her Newsletters on the relationship between Yoga, Art, Film and way of life. In these essays she draws on the inspiration of B.K.S. Iyengar, Krishnamurti, poets, writers and literary and film critics. Her second passion is literature and writing and she is currently working on a few different memoirs.

Karin has specialized in Alignment and The Asymmetric Body but also offers private sessions on using Yoga to heal from injuries and various illnesses and offers consultations on ‘Way of Life’ and ‘Healing through Yoga and Food.’

Please ~ Register In Advance!

For cancellations up to 14 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.


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

2019 Dates: 

5/15, 6/12, 7/31, 8/7, 9/18, 10/16, 11/13, 12/11

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.

Please ~ Register in Advance!



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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