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

Remaining 2019 Dates:

11/13, 12/11
Wednesdays, 1:45-3:45pm

One Session: $40 teachers, $30 Samamkaya Teaching Assistants, $20 Students

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.

NOTES: 12 months for Yoga Teachers/Samamkaya Teaching Assistants/Samamkaya Faculty Members working for IAYT credit: $400/350/250
You may begin the series at any point and have up to 15 months to complete the 12 class series +  one 1 hour mentoring session = 25 hours total

“Pranayama for Back Care and Scoliosis” with Deborah Wolk

November 9–10, 2019
Saturday – 9am–12pm & 2–5:30pm
Sunday – 9am–12:15pm & 1:45–4pm
Whole Weekend: $265
Saturday all day: $150
Sunday all day: $125
Saturday Morning Only: $75
Saturday Afternoon Only: $80
Sunday Morning Only: $80
Sunday Afternoon Only: $60
*MUST TAKE full weekend for IAYT credit

This is part of the Advanced Studies course. The breath is a guide for all yoga therapeutics students:  it can calm pain patterns, guide students to internally locate an asymmetry, and create space and length in the body.

Students participating in this course will learn how use of the breath can re-shape and create equilibrium within strongly held physical patterns as well as re-balance the nervous system of the one who struggles with pain or with compromised range of motion and proprioception.

Classical pranayama techniques such as ujayii, viloma, brahmari, and digital pranayama such as nadi shodana will be explained and practiced in the context of the asymmetrical and/or injured body.   Pranayama geared to the specifics of the asymmetric body will also be discussed and practiced along with modifications for supine and seated postures.

Students will also practice restorative poses that prepare the body for optimal lung capacity.


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 8, 9–11:30am
$375 in advance

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. 

Lift & Open to Life: How to Approach Back Strengthening and Back Bends for Scoliosis (Intermediate)
Sunday, December 9, 2–5pm
$80 in advance | $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.

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.

Elise Browning Miller will also be offering a limited amount of private lessons the morning of December 6. Students interested in a private should contact Elise or her assistant Vera Popova directly at ASAP.  Samamkaya does not arrange private lessons.dots2

Core Integration for Asymmetry and Injury with David Meloni

February 7-9, 2020
$400 earlybird if registered by December 5/$450 in advance

We are so excited to welcome David Meloni, the highest-level Iyengar-certified teacher, all the way from Florence, Italy to teach a workshop on core integration! More details to follow!

In 1996, David Meloni began practicing IYENGAR® Yoga. Since 2003, he returns regularly to Pune, India to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute. He studied with Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar until 2014 when Guruji passed away, and studies with his children Geetaji (until she passed away in 2019) and Prashantji. In 2013 B.K.S. Iyengar conferred upon him the “Advanced Junior level II” certificate. In 2015  Geeta S. Iyengar conferred upon him the “Advanced Senior level I” certificate. In January 2018, Geetaji awarded David the maximum level certificate in the Iyengar Yoga “Advanced Senior level II”, He is the only one in the world to have obtained it.

David Meloni is the director of  the IYENGAR® YOGA Rahasya Center – Florence – Italy, where he currently teaches. He leads teacher training programs and conducts seminars throughout Europe, Asia, U.S.A., and South America.

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.



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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