Workshops

Back to Basics: How To Take Yoga for Back Care Online with Cat Murcek

 

Friday 9/25 3:00-4:15pm
Saturday 10/24 10:30-11:45am
Friday 11/20 3:00-4:15pmSaturday 12/20 10:30-11:45am
$25 per class for Samamkaya students
$15 for Students who are new to the studio! Use the code BRANDNEW at checkout to get this special price! New students will also have the opportunity to purchase a class card at a discounted rate after their first class!

This monthly class is designed for brand new beginners to online yoga or returning students who would like to re-discover the fundamentals. These workshops will be slow-paced and accommodating to whoever is “in the room”. This class is perfect if you’re new to yoga for back care and are feeling confused or intimidated by the props or alignment-oriented cuing used in our drop-in classes. Some things you can expect to go over:

-how to set up your tech to get the most out of class
-the standard props and how to work with them
-basic yoga postures you might encounter in our drop-in classes
-gentler modifications for some standard yoga postures
-plenty of time and space to ask questions, look at backs, etc.

Please bring all your questions, and have the following props ready to use:
-three-four 4″ yoga blocks
-one Pune-style yoga belt (8 or 10 feet preferable)
-two or more yoga blankets (or you could use full-size towels and/or throw cushions)
*Please visit Deborah Wolk’s website to source props 

Catherine “Cat” Murcek is a dance artist and yoga instructor at the 500-hr level​. Cat first connected with yoga in Boston after receiving a B.A. in International Economics from Franklin College of Switzerland. ​​What began as a ​supplement ​to ​her ​dance training​ quickly became a vital tool for maintaining tranquility and groundedness in her life.​​ ​Cat​ received her 200-hr certification from Yogaworks with Natasha Rizopoulos in 2009 and did her 300-hr training with Alison West at Yoga Union. She has also completed the Yoga Tune-Up(R) Level 1 Certification, an introductory course in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation patterns with Irene Dowd, and participated in both parts of Elise Browning Miller’s Yoga for Scoliosis training. She continues to study Yoga for Back Care and Scoliosis with Deborah Wolk and Alexander Technique for yoga teachers with Witold Fitz-Simon. Cat leads retreats in the US and internationally, and continues to perform in dance theatre chocolate-tasting productions with the company “Chocolate Dances.”

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Yoga & Somatics for Scoliosis & Fusions with Martha Carter

Fridays 12:30-1:45 October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Full Series: $110
One Class: $25

Join movement educator Martha Carter for a gentle series of classes combining yoga and somatics. Using specific breathing techniques, students will be guided to visualize their bodies to find clarity and ease. Following a series of yoga poses, freestyle movements, and foundational somatic movement patterning, participants will learn to shift their scoliotic patterns from within, allowing more mobility and less pain.

This series is helpful for students of all levels with scoliosis and fusions. It is also educational for bodywork professionals and movement teachers interested in expanding their tools to work with students/clients with scoliosis and fused spines

About Martha CarterMartha’s gentle approach combines her experiences as a dance artist, yoga teacher, and ‘scoliosis warrior with a fused spine’. Martha’s enthusiasm, encouragement, and creativity helps students to connect with the whole body and find awareness, length, strength, comfort and fluidity.

About SomaticsBased on the discoveries of Thomas Hanna (1928-1990), Somatics is a combination of his combined expertise as a philosopher, movement educator, and neurophysiologist. Similar in some ways to restorative yoga, the exercises are accessible to all ages, fitness levels and body types. Done lying on the floor in loose clothing, Somatics is known to be anti-aging in the way it helps us re-find and re-fine our mobility, reversing lost function from injuries, disabilities and bad habits.

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Anatomy of Scoliosis with Deborah Wolk

Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm
July 8, 22, August 19, September 2, 23, October 14, 28, November 11
One session: $25
Entire Course (eight sessions): $140
Entire Course for IAYT Credit (includes one-on-one mentoring session): $220

These 1-hour online classes are for teachers. Experienced students who have already been studying Yoga for Scoliosis at Samamkaya for some time are also invited to join.

The classes will focus mainly on anatomy and physiology of scoliosis with some suggestions for yoga poses and sequencing at the end. The sessions will not focus on personal practice nor will we be able to look in-depth at individual patterns of students as we have done in Adjustments, Modifications, and Verbal Instructions classes.

Please have some knowledge of Iyengar style yoga (props, sanskrit pose names, etc.) and some basic anatomy background.

Classes will include anatomy drawings, text, lecture, and discussion.

Series 2 Topics:
July 8 Nervous System: Eyes and Proprioception
July 22 Nervous System: Touch and Proprioception
August 19 Joint Hypermobility
Sept 2 Organic Body–General
Sept 23 Organic Body–Heart, Lungs and Diaphragm
October 14 Organic Body– Digestive System
Oct 28 Organic Body—Women’s Hormonal System Part 1
November 11 Organic Body—Women’s Hormonal System Part 2

Series 1 Topics (Lessons Prerecorded):
May 6 SEEING THE SPIRAL
May 13 CONCAVITY AND CONVEXITY
May 20 BONE/REMODELING
May 27 THE HIPS AND LEGS
June 3 THE SHOULDERS AND ARMS (AND HEAD AND NECK)
June 10 NERVOUS SYSTEM:  PROPRIOCEPTION
June 17 NERVOUS SYSTEM:  SYMPATHETIC/PARASYMPATHETIC
June 24 NERVOUS SYSTEM:  PAIN PATTERNS

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Pranayama for Scoliosis and Back Care with Deborah Wolk

Saturday and Sunday November 14 & 15 9:30am-12pm
Full Workshop $85
One Day Only $50

The holidays can be a busy and stressful time of the year. Join Deborah Wolk to learn pranayama, yogic breathing practices, to help quiet your body and mind!

The breath is both a primary and intrinsic aspect of yoga practice. With yoga for scoliosis, the breath is our first approach to the thoracic and lumbar concavities-our first real internal sense of those areas that are so difficult to feel.  This opening of difficult to feel areas can help with all back pain, not just that associated with scoliotic patterns

Pranayama, the yogic breathing practices, practiced regularly, can provide as much or more support for your spine as the asana for helping work with your back issue and/or scoliosis. In this workshop, students will go beyond using the breath to support the concavities in asana to using practices such as ujayi, viloma, and nadi shodana (alternate nose breathing) on their own to support the weaker areas of the spine, ribs, organs, and the entire physiological structure, as well as the mind and spirit. 

Come to both days to learn:

  • How to sense the shape of your ribcage and how this tells you how to optimize the breath.
  • How to optimally access the diaphragm.
  • How to control your breathing patterns so you can be calmer and experience less pain.

On Saturday, Deborah will present a sequence helpful for opening the lungs and supine pranayama practices with set-ups specifically geared to your curve(s), asymmetries, or other patterns.

On Sunday, students will continue to explore these postures and may also practice seated pranayama. 

This workshop is appropriate for students with at least one year’s asana experience. It is recommended that you do not eat for at least 2 hours before the workshops.

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NOW ONLINE! Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Training Part II and Beyond
with Elise Browning Miller

Saturday, Dec 12 & Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 | 12-2:30pm & 4-6:30pm EST Each Day
Full Weekend: $350 in Advance | $325 Early Bird Special if registered by Nov 7, 2020

Samamkaya is proud to present Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Training Part II and Beyond. Anyone may attend this workshop—we highly recommend it for teachers and students alike. If you want to take Part II towards certification, you must have taken Part I with Elise Browning Miller at another time. Most of the Samamkaya faculty have completed Elise Browning Miller’s 20 hour course program.

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 and presence on the Yoga for Scoliosis website. This particular course is also appropriate for those who have already done the Teacher Training with Elise in full but would like to prepare or receive support for their practicum or are certified trainers but would like to learn more.

This year’s course will be taught online via Zoom and will have a greater focus on seated poses and twists than in previous years.

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!

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.

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Workshops with Liz Owen

Yoga Therapy for a Happy, Healthy Sacrum

Saturday, January 9, 2021 9:30am-12pm EST $40

Students of any skill level with sacroiliac joint or sacral band pain – pain that may present on one or both sides of the back of your hips and buttocks, or that may radiate through one or both legs, will benefit from this workshop. You will learn gentle, safe movements to create balance and tone in the SI joints and across the sacral band, while respecting your body’s particular conditions and limitations. Special attention will be focused on pelvic misalignment issues and sacral joint dysfunctions. Liz Owen’s expertise of lower back health and yoga philosophy brings both Eastern and Western wisdom to bear on creating a healthy lower back and will bring mindfulness and depth to your journey of maintaining lower back health in daily life.

This course is open to yoga teachers and therapists. Teachers will observe and verbally assess real lumbar spine issues in students’ bodies and will learn techniques, hands-on assists and prop usage to create lower back health in the context of a therapeutic workshop. Approved for  IAYT CE hours.

Yoga Therapy for a Happy, Healthy Lumbar Spine

Saturday, January 9, 2021, 2-4:30pm $40

Students of any skill level with lower back pain due to lumbar musculature issues, vertebrae and disk conditions, and trauma will benefit from this workshop. You will learn gentle, safe movements to create length, alignment, and strength in your lumbar spine, while respecting your body’s particular conditions and limitations. Liz Owen’s expertise of lower back health and yoga philosophy brings both Eastern and Western wisdom to bear on creating a healthy lower back and will bring mindfulness and depth to your journey of maintaining lower back health in daily life.

This course is open to yoga teachers and therapists. Teachers will observe and verbally assess real lumbar spine issues in students’ bodies and will learn techniques, hands-on assists and prop usage to create lower back health in the context of a therapeutic workshop. Approved for IAYT CE hours.

Liz Owen E-RYT500, C-IAYT is an inspiring and passionate yoga teacher and teacher trainer. She combines physical and energetic alignments with meditative action to create an innovative and transformative class experience. She has taught since 1990 and is known for her light-hearted teaching style as well as for the depth of her knowledge. Liz has studied Iyengar, vinyasa, classical hatha yoga and meditation for over 30 years, and has studied with masters of various traditions, including Thich Nhat Hanh, B.K.S. Iyengar, Patricia Walden, Dharma Mittra, Erich Schiffmann, Rod Stryker, T.K.V. Desikachar, and Vasant Lad.  Classes are dynamic and challenging, yet always respectful of students’ individual abilities and needs. Liz draws inspiration from the deep well of yogic philosophy and brings broadness into each class experience. Currently she teaches weekly classes in Arlington and Cambridge, Massachusetts and is on the faculty of Wellesley College. Liz teaches workshops nationally and leads retreats in the U.S. and Mexico. She has presented workshops at Sivananda Ashram Bahamas, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Wellness, Yoga Journal Boston Conferences, Yoga Alliance Leadership Conferences, and the Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga 2015. She is co-author of two NIH-funded studies at Boston University School of Medicine studying yoga as a modality for improving depression and anxiety, and is co-author of Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back, Shambhala Publications.

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Anatomy Courses with Jon Musgrave

Available as On-Demand Video Courses!

Anatomy of Breathing
Both Classes: $45 – Single Class: $25

In this 2-part class, Jon Musgrave will help you better understand how your organs, bones, and muscles work in the breathing process, and how to apply this information to your yoga practice. The class is appropriate for students and teachers of any level, and will consist of both lecture and practice to help feel the processes happening in your body. It’s recommended that you take both sections of the class, as the second half will build upon the first. Class will be recorded for students who cannot attend live; however, if at all possible please do attend the class so that you can ask questions as they arise.

Anatomy & Physiology of Pain
Both Classes: $45 – Single Class: $25

Many of us with back issues and bone asymmetries come to our yoga practice to help deal with acute or chronic pain. Being in regular pain can be frustrating, overwhelming, exhausting, irritating, and confusing. In this 2-part class, Jon Musgrave will teach you about the healthy functioning of the pain systems in the body and brain, and how these systems can go awry to cause chronic pain. He will also discuss ways to work with these systems, in your yoga practice and other areas of your life, to start calming down your pain. The class is appropriate for students and teachers of any level, and will consist of both lecture and practice. It’s recommended that you take both sections of the class, as the second half will build upon the first. Class will be recorded for students who cannot attend live; however, if at all possible please do attend the class so that you can ask questions as they arise.

Jon Musgrave is a yoga teacher, manager, and founding member of Samamkaya, and has a bodywork practice in Union Square. He has studied Iyengar yoga since 2011, and has focused primarily on yoga for back care and scoliosis. His primary teachers are Deborah Wolk, Julie Brandwein, Genny Kapuler, Debby Green, and Wendy Baranello, and he has also studied in workshops with Elise Browning Miller, Karin Stephan, Sri H. S. Arun, Jaki Nett, Simone Inns, Rita Manos-Lewis, Cator Shachoy, and Kevin Gardiner. He has also assisted Deborah Wolk’s Yoga & Scoliosis class at Samamkaya since 2017. Jon is a former conductor and tuba player, and his interest in bodywork began during his Bachelor’s degree in Tuba Performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied the Alexander Technique with James Brody to help deal with the chronic pain associated with two childhood falls, and which became worse during the demanding schedule of a college music major. He has continued to study the Alexander Technique since 2004, primarily with Witold Fitz-Simon in NYC and Jerry Schweibert at the Conductor’s Retreat at Medomak. After completing his Master’s degree in Wind Conducting at Ithaca College, Jon attended massage school to be able to further study the body and to help people live with less pain. He has continued to study extensively, and has advanced training in working with transgender clients and other members of the Q community, and clients with chronic pain and trauma issues. Visit jmbodywork.com to find out more about his bodywork practice.

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WORKSHOP PRE-REGISTRATION & CANCELLATION POLICY

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 (info@samamkayabackcare.com) 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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