Three Workshops Exploring the Skeletal Embodiment of the Foot, Ankle, Foreleg, Knee and Pelvis with Rachel Lynch-John

Wednesdays, April 14, 21, and May 5 5:30-8:30pm ET
All Three Workshops: $150
Two Workshops: $110

This three-workshop series will explore the articulation, organization and coordination of the lower limbs

Please join Rachel Lynch-John in one, two, or all three, of the workshops in this series.  Through a deeper understanding of our limbs’ interconnectivity students will work to enhance the well-being and stability of the whole body.  In each workshop Rachel will explain and help students sense the specificity of each particular area of the leg—specifically, the articulation of the foot and foreleg, the organization of the knee, and the differentiation of the two pelvic halves.

This series will be especially helpful for teachers working with students with lower limb and pelvic joint issues but students of all levels are welcome as no previous anatomy experience is required

An Embodiment Of the Knee

April 14th 5:30 – 8:30pm: $60

Our knees negotiate both the forces flowing up from the ground and down from our torso, and can be a place of confusion and discord. As  babies learning to stand and walk, we may have been encouraged to accomplish this feat before we were completely ready, and as a result we may have missed the opportunity to establish and develop a buoyant and healthy relationship to gravity. Through an enthusiasm for us to accomplish the tasks of both standing and walking, we may have developed habitual patterns that harden, lock, or hyperextend our legs. In this workshop we will explore the spirillic organization of the ligaments, and the articulation of the menisci, to soften and strengthen our knee joints.

An Embodiment of the Pelvis

April 21st 5:30 – 8:30: $60

The word pelvis means basin or bowl, in our body this bowl is made up of three bones and a cartilaginous disc. These bones are the two pelvic halves (ilium), and the sacrum (where our two pelvic halves meet the spine at the sacroiliac joints), and the cartilaginous disc is the pubic symphysis (where our two pelvic halves meet at the front of our torso). However if we think of our pelvis just as a bowl we might miss the dynamic, yet subtle ways to differentiate our two pelvic halves. This oversight may limit our overall movement, and even cause discomfort in our sacroiliac joints and spine.

As babies we explore movement freely, discovering ways of getting up to a sitting position, finding the support and coordination required to move in and out of a sitting posture with ease. If this process is inhibited, if we are sat before we are ready, we may not fully develop a differentiation of our two pelvic halves. In this workshop we will explore ways of gently awakening new dynamics in our pelvis, freeing up our sacrum and spine to relieve discomfort and discord.

An Embodiment Of The Foot, Ankle and Foreleg

POSTPONED TO May 5th 5:30 – 8:30pm: $60

Enhancing the articulation of our feet can have an influence on the wellbeing of our whole body. As babies our feet are free and highly articulate, but as we begin to walk and the need to put our feet into shoes arises, this dexterity may begin to diminish. In this workshop we will explore the structure of the foot, and how the ankle joint and foreleg influence and are influenced by the foot. Through an embodiment of the bones and joints of the foot, ankle, and foreleg, we will begin to reawaken their dexterity and articulation finding ways to care for these structures.

Rachel Lynch-John, C-IAYT, is a founding member of Samamkaya Yoga Back Care & Scoliosis Collective. She began practicing Iyengar yoga in 1990 as a way to care for her body while pursuing a career in modern dance. Rachel assisted her Iyengar teacher, Genny Kapuler, for over ten years, and is certified through the School for Body-Mind Centering® as a Somatic Movement Educator and an Infant Developmental Movement Educator. She is also certified in Embodied Anatomy and Yoga and Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga, both of which are Body-Mind Centering® approaches to teaching yoga that utilize anatomical and developmental principles to allow for an embodied exploration and mindful yoga practice to evolve. Along with her Embodied Back Care Yoga classes at Samamkaya, Rachel offers private sessions, small group classes and workshops in somatic movement education, embodied anatomy, pre & postnatal yoga, infant developmental movement education and asana alignment. Rachel has taught in numerous teacher training programs in NY and Japan, and is presently on the faculty of the teacher training program for The Yoga School NY. Rachel originally trained as a dancer in her native England, and in 1999 earned a “Bessie” (NY dance and performance award) for her work in the field of dance and performance.


Seeing and Modifying Scoliosis the Series with Deborah Wolk

Thursdays (Biweekly) 2-4pm EST: March 11, 25, April 8, 22, May 6, 20, June 3, 17
One class: $40
6 Classes: $210/$190 add-on to Anatomy of Scoliosis*
4-classes: $150/$135 add-on to Anatomy of Scoliosis*

*Please email us at to access add-on price

Students of all levels with scoliosis can come as students on their class cards/at the single class price ($25). No crossing over (ie coming as a student if you are a teacher).

Scoliosis is a condition that is difficult for many teachers to see—virtual classes are making it harder!!  Understanding the anatomy, and archetypal patterns of scoliosis will help you see more.  Alternatively, for students with scoliosis understanding and feeling your own pattern is often muddled by sensory feedback in the scoliotic nervous system.  This workshop brings students and teachers together to see and understand scoliotic patterns better and look for solutions for modifying asana for the scoliotic body/mind whether you are working online or in person.  Each class will riff off of previous Anatomy of Scoliosis topics so this workshop is a great complement to Deborah’s Anatomy of Scoliosis classes! 

Please note:  Unlike the Anatomy classes, these classes will be working with students’ personal issues related to their scoliosis and will not be recorded.


Anatomy of Scoliosis with Deborah Wolk

Wednesdays, 4:30pm-5:30pm EST Dates Below!
Entire Course (eight sessions): $140
Entire Course for IAYT Credit (includes one-on-one mentoring session): $220
One Class: $25

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.

Anatomy of Scoliosis III:  Winter/Spring 2021
January 6:  Sagittal Vs. Lateral
Jan 27: Muscle Imbalances:  Illiopsoas and Intercostals
Feb 10: Fascial Pull
Feb 24: Shoulders, Arms, and Hands
Mar 10: Hips, Legs, and Feet
Mar 24: Head and Neck:  Tilt & Rotation
Apr 28:  Exteroception/ Proprioception/ Kinaesthesia
May 12: Scoliosis:  Effect on Emotions



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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