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

Next Class In This Series: August 15, 1:45–3:45pm

Following Classes In This Series: Sep 12, Oct 17, 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!

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.


Yoga for Scoliosis – A Dancer’s Perspective
with Jen Gorman

Sunday, September 9th, 9am–12pm
$55 Early Bird if registered by August 12th / $60 In Advance / $65 Drop In

This workshop is for dancers and other movement artists with scoliosis, as well as teachers.

During this class we’ll develop a common language to discuss scoliosis as well as an awareness of our own individual scoliotic pattern. Jen will then introduce the concepts of yoga for scoliosis as well as key poses to address scoliosis, muscular tension, and pain patterns. We will discuss why yoga for scoliosis leans towards an Iyengar-based practice and how these concepts might be applied to dance.

Jen will use the following principles to create a refined sense of alignment and center during the workshop:

  • Awareness – The first step to working with scoliosis is to develop an awareness of your own unique curves.
  • Breath – Using the breath in specific ways and places can help release muscular tension and calm the nervous system.
  • Elongation – Elongation with the assistance of inversions and gravity can help reduce the curves, release tension in the muscles, and increase space between the vertebrae.
  • De-rotation – Twisting from a specific area of the back can help de-rotate the spine and loosen tight back muscles.
  • Strength – Building strength will help sustain and support the new pattern developed through elongation and de-rotation of the spine.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to learn alongside other dancers who have scoliosis!

Jen Gorman has had the honor of working with the highly acclaimed Susan Stroman, renowned director Anne Bogart, Broadway legend Ann Reinking, and numerous highly esteemed choreographers, including Lar Lubovitch, Shapiro & Smith, and Melissa Thodos. She has performed with dance companies, including Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (San Francisco), Liss Fain Dance (San Francisco), and Thodos Dance Chicago, as well as in multiple operas at the Kennedy Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Winspear Opera House, and Harris Theater Millennium Park.

Jen was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of eleven. Less than a year later she underwent surgery that involved fusing much of her thoracic spine (T3-T10). The doctor’s instructions were rather vague and involved continuing to dance but avoiding gymnastics. Jen carried on through life as though nothing happened. She attended the University of Notre Dame and studied accounting (noting that extended hours studying hurt her back), became a certified public accountant (noting that extended hours working hurt her back), and then returned to dancing professionally (noting that extended hours dancing hurt her back). She began practicing yoga to balance her body, discovering that it also allowed her to manage and even prevent pain. Jen eventually found her way into a yoga for scoliosis class and then a yoga for spinal fusions class in New York City, both of which brought to light an even deeper understanding of her body and the effects of scoliosis. Jen is also a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and holds certificates in Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Scoliosis, Functional Movement Systems, and TRX Suspension.

Learn more about Jen at

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.



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.  To learn more about this module click here.

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

DATES FOR FIRST MODULE: Click on dates to find out more about individual workshops
 Sept. 21| Sept. 22, & 23 | Sept. 28, 29, & 30 | Oct. 5 | Oct. 6, 7 | Nov. 2, 3 & 4 | Nov. 10 & 11 | Dec. 14, 15 | Dec. 16

Some workshops will be open to study weekend by weekend, please inquire for more information.  Registration is contingent on an application process.  Please contact us for more details.

Single Module :$1,550*Early Bird | $1,615 paid in full in advance
$200 non-refundable deposit plus 4 monthly payments : $375 each
All 3 Modules: $4,100*Early Bird | $4,370 paid in full in advance
$500 non-refundable deposit plus 12 monthly payments: $345.00 each
Full Weekend – 3 session workshop: $* Early Bird | $ in advance | $ drop in
Full Weekend – 4 session workshop: $250*Early Bird | $265 in advance | $275 drop in
Full weekend – 5 session workshop: $290*Early Bird | $310 in advance | $320 drop in
*Early Bird Special if registered by August 25

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.


YOGA FOR SCOLIOSIS with Elise Browning Miller

Yoga for Scoliosis: Beginners
Fri, Dec 7, 6–9pm *$65 early bird / $75 in advance / $80 drop in

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, Dec 8, 9a‒12p & 2–4p & Sun, Dec 9, 9:30a–12:30p & 2–4p
Full Weekend: *$325 early bird / $350 in advance
*early bird 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.



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.




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