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


“Ways of Seeing” Mini Workshop with Deborah Wolk

January 30th 2021
Saturday 9:30am – 12pm & 2pm – 4:30pm
Full Day: $90

Morning Only: $50 in advance/$60 day-of
Afternoon Only: $50 in advance/$60 day-of

Morning Session: Ways of Seeing

Do you observe and give feedback to your students while you teach? How can you really see and sense your students’ asymmetries and injuries on a screen with no depth of field nor use of touch? In her workshop “Ways of Seeing” Deborah Wolk will include ways to “see” online (and in-person), observation practice with feedback, and honing the eye to see the 3-dimensional body in 2 dimensions. ⁠ Deborah is a teacher in the Samamkaya Advanced Studies Program and this short workshop will help prepare you and give you a taste of material to be covered in that program.

Afternoon Session: Seeing and Modifying Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a condition that is hard 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.  This workshop is a great complement to Deborah’s Anatomy of Scoliosis classes!

dots2Take Care of Your Bones with Ayurveda and Yoga with Jeanne-Marie Derrick

February 6-7 2021
Saturday & Sunday 2-4:30pm EST
Full Weekend: $75 early-bird*/$85 in advance
One Session: $45 early-bird*/$50 in advance/$55 day-of
*early-bird by January 18

Bones are alive, growing and always changing. Ayurveda contains a wealth of information to help you rebuild and strengthen your bones and joints. Ayurveda offers practical tips to support you and your body. Knowing your constitutional body type or dosha is like having a roadmap that points you in a clear direction. Both Ayurveda and Yoga emerged from shared philosophical roots, both define life as the union of the body, mind and spirit. Yoga and Ayurveda have their own unique merits, but they were designed to be practiced in tandem, each enriching the other. Deepen the impact and understanding of your yoga practice with a foundation of Ayurveda. Take care of your bones and they will take care of you.

Jeanne-Marie Derrick is a Clinical Ayurveda Specialist, a graduate of the California College of Ayurveda, a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor and is certified in Yoga for Scoliosis. She has been involved with the practice and teaching Iyengar Yoga for over 36 years. She is an ayurveda herbalist, sees private clients and holds public classes online. She currently resides in Monroe, NC.


Back Strengthening for Scoliosis and Back Care with David Meloni

February 13-14, 2021
Saturday and Sunday 9am-12pm
Full Weekend: $175*/$190
One Day Only: $95*/$105
*Early Bird if registered by February 1

We are so excited to welcome back David Meloni, the highest-level Iyengar-certified teacher, to teach on our online platform! David’s workshop was one of the most popular and informative in-studio workshops we had last year and we are thrilled to open this workshop to our international community on ZOOM.  Like last year’s workshop at Samamkaya he will focus on therapeutic yoga practice and will modify for students with back issues, scoliosis and other limitations.

David Meloni began practicing IYENGAR® Yoga in 1996. 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 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.dots2

Asana as a Meditation to Quiet the Mind with Lou Rajhas Iyengar (Asselin)

February 27 9:30am-12pm: $45 early-bird*/$50 in advance/$60 day-of
*early bird if registered by February 15

In this workshop, Lou will present a sequence of familiar poses to help us quiet the brain.   Participants will approach the poses with a quiet mind and stay in the poses for a longer period of time, observing silence.  Connection with the breath will help each student settle into awareness of their Self.  In other words, you will “do the pose” less to better explore “being in the pose”.

With the help of props, appropriate support will be offered by the instructor to students of all levels;  taking care of the body so one may go beyond it.

Lou will help you shift your focus in your practice from trying to achieve something with your yoga to connection and being.

“To me, this practice is about getting to know yourself better.  Through the Asanas and Pranayamas, we become more sensitive beings and get to discover the different layers of who we are, which in turn tunes us to the bigger picture that is Yoga.  What started as a physical discipline, has become the path through which I am continually finding emotional stability, self acceptance, and a greater connection to my surroundings.”  — Lou Rajhas Iyengar

Lou Rajhas Iyengar (born Lou Alexandra Asselin Marante) was born in Venezuela to a French father and Venezuelan mother. She grew up around Yoga, occasionally seeing both her father and step father practice it. When she was 16 Theresa Rowland (family friend, Iyengar Yoga teacher and the owner of Studio Yoga in New Jersey) invited her to her first Yoga class at Studio Yoga in Madison-New Jersey. But it wasn’t until she was 19 that she started practicing consistently. She completed her Iyengar Yoga teacher training with Theresa Rowland in 2005. In 2007 she moved to New York City and met Deborah Wolk and Alison West with whom she studied extensively Yoga for Back Care and Yoga for Scoliosis.  Lou also met Arun at Studio Yoga and studied with him for over 15 years.

Lou’s first trip to India to study with the Iyengar family in 2013 was a major turning point for her and her relationship to Yoga and life. She was exposed for the very first time to Prashant Iyengar’s teachings, which gave her a much greater scope of what Yoga encompasses. It was then that she began to see “YOG” everywhere and in everything. Prashantji’s teachings of philosophy and esoteric thought opened the window to help her go “beyond posture” and lead her “closer to Asana”.

After 20 years in the US, she relocated to Paris with her husband Rajhas where they spent 5 years teaching and making a family. With their little boy Abhimanyu they have recently moved to a remote area in Les Cevennes (Lozere) where they continue to teach and conduct residential workshops. Lou’s teaching style is firm yet compassionate.

Lou has been teaching since 2002 and is an Iyengar Yoga certified teacher.



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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