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

Remaining 2019 Dates:

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

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

Please ~ Register in Advance!


YOGA FOR FUSIONS with Martha Carter

Thursday, October 24th, 5-8pm
$55 early bird if registered by September 26 • $60 in advance • $65 drop in

Designed for those with surgically corrected spines, this workshop introduces participants to connect with their fused bodies in new ways. Combining breathing, stretching, freestyle movement, yoga asana and the rope wall, Martha’s comforting approach helps to find layers of freedom and joy inside the discomfort and stiffness often experienced with fusion. Learn to practise safely while also learning more about your own curve and fusion pattern, giving you tools to apply to other activities and daily life in general.

This workshop will replace Ashley Taylor’s Fusions class on Thursday, 10/24. Regular students at that class can attend the workshop using two classes on their class cards if they register in advance in the studio or by emailing

Martha Carter: From Vancouver Island, Canada, Martha Carter is the Director the Twisted Outreach Project (TOPS). A certified Yoga Teacher, she holds a BA in Music, an MFA in Dance and teaches both dance and Yoga for Scoliosis and Fusions in Vancouver and beyond. Based on Elise Browning Miller’s approach to Yoga for Scoliosis, Martha adds her own blend of breathing, meditation and dance movement to specifically address spinal fusion and how it affects the whole body, mind and soul.

Cancellations made up to 48 hours in advance will be refunded less a 20% administrative fee. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of the workshop.


“Teaching Privates” with Deborah Wolk and Mimi Rosetti

October 26th-27thSaturday and Sunday $265
Saturday 9am – 12 & 2pm – 5:30pm
Sunday 9am – 12:15 & 1:45 – 4pm

This course provides participants with 12 CE credits for IAYT through Approved Professional Development (APD)

This workshop is part of the Advanced Studies program. It will address how to teach a therapeutic private yoga lesson.

We will discuss ways to “see” and work with students from a biopsychosocial perspective so that you can decipher the aspects of the practice that will be most healing for your students.

Deborah Wolk & Mimi Rosetti, Samamkaya faculty with busy private practices for many years will discuss and demonstrate through lecture, partnering & working with actual students what the major factors are that a teacher wants to “see” in the student at intake, through listening, through asana and through touch.

Included in the weekend will be:

  • Working with teens with scoliosis
  • Working with aging students
  • Working at the student’s home vs. the studio
  • Helping your student create a home practice

Saturday’s session will address these questions with lecture, demonstration, practice and partnering with each other.

On Sunday participants will work with their own student or with a Samamkaya Back Care student.

Join Mimi and Deborah as they share their exceptional knowledge on this topic useful for any yoga teacher or aspiring teacher.

Please Register in Advance!


GROUND UP AND BACK AGAIN: A Smart Way to Look after your Hips and Shoulders with Simone Inns

Monday-Friday, October 28-November 1 2-5pm each day
Full week: $240 early-bird*/$260 in advance
Any four sessions: $190 early-bird*/$210 in advance
Any three sessions: $150 early-bird*/$160 in advance
Any two sessions: $105 early-bird*/$115 in advance
One session only: $55 early-bird*/$60 in advance/$65 drop-in
*Early-bird if registered by September 24

 Ground Up and Back Again – A smart way to look after your hips and shoulders is a five-day workshop to empower students to develop greater confidence in their practice. Special needs will be addressed and individual remedial issues will be discussed as part of the daily workshop. This workshop will inform and educate students with techniques and remedial modifications to use in their daily practice.

Initially we will be looking at the feet and their impact to asanas.  We will discover how modifications of the feet and legs can adjust and give access to the difficulties in asana – in particular to the hip and shoulder region. These ideas have been developed to provide specific mobilizations and alternatives to strengthen and alleviate non-specific symptoms experienced by students. 

Monday will focus on feet shins knees; Tuesday: knees, thigh to pelvis; Wednesday: pelvis to shoulders and then Thursday and Friday will focus on inversions and backbends with Pranayama.

From this firm foundation of the feet and legs, each day will include a group of asanas to work from including, standing poses, seated poses, forward extensions, twists & backbends and inversions. We will reflect upon these five key elements within the classes:

  • Practice and develop insight and exploring different experiences
  • Understanding the relationship between what is fear and pain
  • Cultivating detachment and looking for clarity 
  • Registering feedback systems to ensure a safe practice
  • Understanding Iyengar Yoga and the process of working with injuries
  • Students developing their own skills in recognising modifications needed  to suit their individual conditions or injuries. 

 Ground Up and Back Again – A Smart Way to Look After your Hips and Shoulders workshop will be strongly connected and linked by the Yama’s and Niyamas – the first two branches of Astanga Yoga of which these disciplines form the basis of our ethical practice.   

Simone Inns is the principal teacher, owner and founder of Chevron Yoga Centre, Gold Coast Australia. Involved with yoga since 1994, Simone Inns is an Iyengar Yoga Teacher and holds her Intermediate J2 Level. Since 2010, Simone has been travelling overseas to teach in Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal and New York. Simone has also participated as a guest teacher for National Festivals and International Publications.  She also runs regular specialty workshops both in Australia and Overseas.  Simone has been taught directly by all members of the Iyengar Family including B.KS Iyengar and every two years Simone travels to Pune, India to the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute where she attends all classes and participates in the daily remedial sessions. 

Simone also has qualifications in Health and Nutrition, Social Welfare, Anatomy & Physiology. 

‘My aim is that the student discovers themselves through this wonderful practice of Iyengar Yoga in a stress-free environment. The calmness, joy, self-love and intelligence I see in the growth of students keep me humble, and I am forever grateful to anyone that attends my classes’.

Simone is a partner, mother to two beautiful children, loves her animals especially the time with her horses, surfs and bush walks in her spare time.

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.

Please Register in Advance!


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
*$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.

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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