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

Next Class In This Series: May 23, 1:45–3:45pm

Following Classes In This Series:  Jun 13, Jul 11 (tentative), Aug 15, 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.


How to Cue with Your Hands with Darcy McMurray

Tuesday, June 12th: 2–5:30pm
*$60 Early Bird $65 in advance $70 drop in
* Early Bird Special if registered by May 12th

In this 3.5 hour workshop we will explore hands-on techniques to assist movements, stretch, support, or modify positions for our students. Darcy will share ways to trace bony landmarks, assess tissue vitality, target postural issues and show how practitioners can use their hands, to assist students in shifting movement patterns.

Darcy McMurray Studio Owner, Certified Pilates Instructor, STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer Darcy has been dancing since the age of 4. Through several injuries she was drawn to study Pilates as a form of rehabilitation in 2000. This not only brought her to a place where she was pain free but her Pilates practice allows her to continue work as a professional dancer today.  After completing her training at STOTT PILATES® head office in Toronto, she joined their team as an Instructor Trainer. Darcy traveled internationally conducting courses, workshops and examinations. She was instrumental in designing the course materials and support materials students use in the current training to date.  Darcy has continued her studies of anatomy with Mark Finch in Tensegrity, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in Body Mind Centering as well as Somatic Movement Therapy with Martha Eddy.  She has also studied Yoga for Scoliosis with Elise Browning Miller. She brings a hands on approach to her work and specializes in shifting holding patterns and working with clients dealing with both acute and chronic pain.

‘It was important for me to create a space where we not only had the capacity to heal ourselves, but where we are also encouraged to expand our perceptions of why and how we move in this world!’

This workshop is open to Yoga, movement teachers and body work professionals, teaching assistants and experienced longtime students only.

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.


with Rita Lewis-Manos

Fri, Jun 15, 6-8pm *$35 Early Bird · $40 regular · $45 drop in
Sat, Jun 16, 9-12pm *$55 Early Bird · $60 regular · $65 drop in
Sat, Jun 16, 2-5pm *$55 Early Bird · $60 regular · $65 drop in
Sun, Jun 17: 9-12pm *$55 Early Bird · $60 regular · $65 drop in
All 4 sessions: *$180 Early Bird · $200 regular · $210 drop in
Saturday only: *$99 Early Bird · $110 regular ·
$120 drop in
*Early Bird Special if registered by May 17, 2018*

We are very excited to welcome Rita Lewis-Manos for her IYENGAR YOGA FOR SCOLIOSISfirst visit to Samamkaya Yoga!  This 3 day workshop will provide practical applications for those with scoliosis, or for those teachers wishing to learn more about how they can help students with scoliosis.  Iyengar Yoga uses alignment, precision and props to aid the practitioner and this technique is especially helpful for those with scoliosis. The sessions will consist of standing poses, seated poses, forward bends, and some inversions.  Each class will be individualized as Rita teaches to whomever is in front of her. Taking the entire workshop is highly recommended, but you may also register for single sessions or full days.

These classes are open to students of all levels.

Rita Lewis-Manos is a devoted student and Certified Senior teacher of Iyengar yoga. She has been a practitioner of Iyengar Yoga for over 40 years. Her first visit to Pune, India was in 1977 and since then she has made numerous visits to study with both B.K.S. and Geeta Iyengar.  Rita comes to us from San Francisco, California, where she teaches and directs the Abode of Iyengar Yoga with her husband Manouso. As a student of yoga with scoliosis, Rita has a knowledgeable and unique teaching style that is inspiring, warm, and illuminating. Rita teaches with insight and enthusiasm about the benefits yoga has for scoliosis. She continues to travel throughout the U.S. and internationally, sharing her knowledge and wisdom.

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.

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 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 with Elise Browning Miller

Yoga for Scoliosis: Beginners
Fri, Dec 7, 68pm *$40 early bird / $45 in advance / $50 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 *$120 early bird / $150 in advance / $165
Sun, Dec 9, 9:30a‒12:30p & 2–4p *$120 early bird / $150 in advance / $165
Sat & Sun 
*$225 early bird / $275 in advance / $330 drop in
*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.



Stay tuned for upcoming workshops with our outstanding teachers outside of New York City!


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