Workshops & Class Series

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BACK CARE BEGINNERS SERIES with EVE HOLBROOK
Fridays, 4:00–5:30pm

Trial Class: March 24. Check it out for only $5!
Class Series: March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28. $95. Sign Up Today!

This series will cover the basic skills you need to participate in the Back Care and Back Care Basics classes. An excellent introduction to Back Care yoga for those students who need a weekday class, this series is a great way to kick off the weekend! With other new beginners to Back Care Classes at Samamkaya Yoga Back Care & Scoliosis Collective, instructor Eve Holbrook will teach you many of the basic actions, how to find your alignment, and learn prop adjustments appropriate for your scoliosis, herniated disk(s), kyphosis, lordosis, spondylolisthesis, lumbar or neck pain… or any other back problem. Learning these skills through a series will help you make a commitment to your yoga practice and help you integrate smoothly into the Back Care classes. A certified Iyengar yoga teacher, Eve has been working with beginners for 20 years. She has gained a great depth of knowledge and understanding of yoga for back pain through her work with students, as well as with her own back.

$5 Trial Class only available to first-time students. For returning students, the cost for the trial class is $15. Series must be paid for in full in advance. You may join for the 1st or 2nd class. The price will be pro-rated for those joining in the 2nd class. There will be an opportunity to make up 1 missed class.

Brand new to yoga?
Confused in the Back Care classes?
Don’t understand your back problem?
Overwhelmed by the props?
Join our Back Care Beginners Series!

For cancellations up to 48 hours before the series begins, we will refund full amount paid less a 20% administration fee. However, no refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of the event.

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Embodied Anatomy with Rachel Lynch-John
Presented in conjunction with The Yoga School NY

The Axial Skeleton and the Nervous System
Saturday, April 1, 2–6pm • $80

In this workshop, Rachel Lynch-John will help you explore the structure of the axial skeleton, from head to tail, and how the central nervous system is encased within this structure. From there, she will then teach you how the peripheral nervous system flow out into our limbs. The nervous system is a vast network of communication throughout the body; it relays information from our inner and outer environments and experiences to our Central Nervous System to be processed, which then sends information out to the body in response through our Peripheral Nervous System. By becoming more aware of your movement choices and understanding of the skeletal pathways, along which the peripheral nerves flow, Rachel will assist you in beginning to find ease and support for your spine in movement and at rest.

Organ and Respiratory Systems
Saturday, May 20, 2–6pm • $80

The musculoskeletal body gives us our form, our basic framework to support us and the container for our organs. In turn, our organs provide a quiet support for our musculoskeletal body from within. Through a basic knowledge and embodiment of our organs, you can find a subtle and profound support through which to deepen your asana practice. In this workshop, Rachel Lynch-John will help you explore the structure and function of the lungs as you breathe in external respiration, and how you can find support for the limbs through defining different regions of the lung tissue. She will also help you to learn where your organs are located in the body, and how they relate to each other in movement to support the musculoskeletal body. Finally, Rachel will give you the experience of initiating movement from the organs, which allows for the form of each asana to arise without pushing or straining our body, developing a quiet meditative practice of effortless effort.

Please Register in Advance

For cancellations up to 48 hours before the series begins, we will refund full amount paid less a 20% administration fee. However, no refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of the event.

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Essential Oils for Spine Health with Deena Barselah

Saturday, April 8: 3:00–4:30pm • $30

Join Deena Barselah, Integrative Health Coach and Essential Oil Expert for a fun DIY afternoon in which you will learn how therapeutic essential oils can support your musculoskeletal and nervous systems, as well as your whole body health.

Together, we will make essential oil based products that are easily used at home or on-the-go to help:

  • decrease and alleviate muscle aches, pain and stiffness caused by chronic spinal pathologies
  • increase movement and mobility
  • support better sleep
  • reduce tension headaches
  • decrease inflammation which contributes to chronic pain

You will leave the workshop with an understanding of the basics of essential oil potency and usage for spine health along with your own handmade products and the recipes to make them again at home.

Deena Barselah, Owner of My Vitality Lab, shares practical and easy ways for families around the world to improve their wellness. Deena has scoliosis and had a spinal fusion when she was 13. She knows, first hand, what it means to support this unique body holistically. Deena is a Certified Integrative Health Coach, a mom and a lover of traditional ways of healing (including yoga, healthy eating and, of course, essential oils).

Please Register in Advance

For cancellations up to 48 hours before the series begins, we will refund full amount paid less a 20% administration fee. However, no refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of the event.

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Intermediate Scoliosis & Back Care Series
with Mimi Rosetti
Sundays, 10:00–11:30am

Class Series: April 9, 23, June 25July 23
Any 3 Classes: $70 • Single Classes: $27

Join Mimi Rosetti for five Sundays to help grow and enhance your practice. This series is designed for students with an established yoga practice, and will be especially beneficial for students with fusions and scoliosis who are familiar with their curves. As with all of our classes at Samamkaya, poses will be modified with props and awareness techniques so each student can safely move forward with his/her practice. This series would be a great introduction for those students wanting to move into the regularly scheduled Intermediate classes, and could also be a bonus class for those students who are already seasoned practitioners! There will be some focus on inversions. This Intermediate series is not appropriate for new beginners.

For students who sign up for the whole series, there will be an opportunity to make up 1 missed class.

For cancellations up to 48 hours before the series begins, we will refund full amount paid less a 20% administration fee. However, no refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of the event.

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

Wednesday, April 26, 1:45–3:45pm
Chest Openers

About This Series:

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.

Teachers: $35
Samamkaya Assistants: $30
Students: $20

This Class is Held Monthly throughout the year! The remaining dates for this series are:

March 22, April 26, May 17, June 7, July 5, August 16, September 13, October 18, November 8, December 6

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.

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Masterclasses with Sri H.S. Arun

May 22–25, 2–5pm each day

All 4 Classes: $220 ($190*)
Any 2 Classes: $115 ($105*)
Single Class: $60 ($55*)
*Early Bird Special if registered by April 30

Samamkaya Yoga Back Care & Scoliosis Collective is proud and honored to welcome Sri H.S. Arun back to our beautiful studio! Arunji has practiced and taught the art and science of yoga in India for more than 35 years, and has been touring the US yearly since 2005. His teaching is simple, direct, and effective, while his wit and humor lend a positive energy to his classes. The endless variety in his sequences, based on a solid knowledge of the Iyengar tradition, allows students to explore the many facets of Iyengar yoga. Arunji uses many props in his teaching to assist in working with the asana, and has become known as “The Chairmaster”! Each class will include an asana practice and a discussion about the art and practice of yoga, and especially for Samamkaya will cover topics like spinal asymmetry, back problems, and other therapeutic issues. This is a unique opportunity to study with a warm, devoted, and knowledgeable master teacher!

One year of yoga practice required. No acute injuries please.

Sri Arun began teaching yoga in 1976. He conducted a class in the presence of B.K.S. Iyengar in 1978 which inspired a lifelong study with Guruji. He is the Founder and Principle instructor at the Prashant Yogashraya in Bangalore, India. Arun is known for taking a personal interest in every student he encounters. He quickly develops an understanding of each student’s particular strengths and weaknesses, and skillfully guides them according to their capabilities. Arun’s students appreciate him for his ability to connect and teach from the heart, as well as for his quick-witted sense of humor. His workshops offer a well balanced, challenging, deep, (sometimes restorative), and powerful class. He is very attentive to every student in the room. During his workshops, students will experience a full understanding of a wide spectrum of asanas including standing poses, forward-folds, twists, inversions, and backward bends. Active use of props is a dominant theme in Arun’s practice.

PLEASE PRE-REGISTER

For cancellations up to one week before each class, we will refund full amount paid less a 20% administration fee. However, no refunds for cancellations made within one week of the event.

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We’re excited to be welcoming Elise Browning Miller back for two workshops in June! These popular workshops will sell out. Sign up today!

Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Training Program, Part 1
with Elise Browning Miller

Friday, June 16: 6–9pm
Saturday, June 17: 9–11:30am & 2–4:30pm
Sunday, June 18: 9–11:30am
$375 • Sign up early! This workshop will sell out!

We’re excited to welcome Elise Miller back to Samamkaya for her internationally acclaimed workshop on working with scoliosis! Participants will learn anatomical information about scoliosis, identify their own scoliotic pattern, lean 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.

Samamkaya is the ideal location for this workshop. Well stocked with props & outfitted with a 20-station rope wall, the workshop will be limited to 20 students. 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.

On Friday evening, 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. On 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 fulfills the first 10 hours of the 20 hours required to get started on the Elise Browning Miller  “Yoga for Scoliosis” Training program.

Upside Down & Inside Out: Inversions & Pranayama for Scoliosis
with Elise Browning Miller

Sunday, June 18: 2–5pm
$80 in advance • $75 Early Bird by 4/30 • $70 add on to Teacher Training, Part I

Sign-Up Early! This workshop will sell out!

Join Elise Miller for an in-depth study of two practices for the intermediate student: inversions and pranayama. First, Elise will teach inversions both actively and with support to create traction and defy the gravitational force that compresses the spine. Next, students will explore supportive poses to increase breath capacity, and create more space for organs. Finally, Elise will introduce pranayama practices, both lying down and sitting that are beneficial for those with scoliosis to create a harmony of body and mind.

One year of yoga for scoliosis experience or teacher’s permission required.

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.

Sign Up Early! These workshops will sell out!

For cancellations up to 7 days before the workshop, we will refund full amount paid less a 20% administration fee. However, no refunds for cancellations made within 7 days of the event.

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YOGA & SCOLIOSIS FOR TEENS & TWEENS SERIES with DAHLIA GALLER
Sundays, 12:30–1:30pm

Trial Class: March 5. Check it out for only $5!
Class Series: March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9. $95. Sign Up Today!

• Has your doctor told you to watch and wait?
• Is your child braced?
• Is your child preparing to have fusion surgery, or have they already had fusion surgery?

No matter what your child’s situation, the Yoga & Scoliosis for Teens and Tweens class will help address your child’s scoliosis, muscular tension, pain patterns as well as the psychological and social pressures that accompany treatment and therapies in adolescence.

This class is appropriate for ages 11-17. All teens welcome are welcome to this class, but as idiopathic scoliosis is commonly diagnosed in adolescence the class will generally focus on scoliosis. This 1-hour class creates an environment that is less intense than the adult classes, allows teens to relate with one another, and is sequenced for a young person’s energy level. Dahlia Galler’s positivity and experience with her own scoliosis will communicate how the love of yoga will lead to a healthier relationship to the body…at a time when this relationship is particularly difficult.

$5 Trial Class only available to first-time students. For returning students, the cost for the trial class is $15. Series must be paid for in full in advance. You may join for the 1st or 2nd class. The price will be pro-rated for those joining in the 2nd class. There will be an opportunity to make up 1 missed class.

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE!

For cancellations up to 48 hours before the series begins, we will refund full amount paid less a 20% administration fee. However, no refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of the event.

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BACK CARE BEGINNERS SERIES with ASHLEE WILLAMAN
Sundays, 3:45–5:15pm

Trial Class: March 5. Check it out for only $5!
Class Series: March 12, 19, April 2, 9, 23. $95. Sign Up Today!

This series will cover the basic skills you need to participate in the Back Care and Back Care Basics classes. With other new beginners to Back Care Classes at Samamkaya Yoga Back Care & Scoliosis Collective, instructor Ashlee Willaman will teach you many of the basic actions, find your alignment and learn prop adjustments appropriate for your scoliosis, herniated disk(s), kyphosis, lordosis, spondylolisthesis, lumbar or neck pain… or any other back problem. Learning these skills through a series will help you make a commitment to your yoga practice and help you integrate smoothly into the Back Care classes.

$5 Trial Class only available to first-time students. For returning students, the cost for the trial class is $15. Series must be paid for in full in advance. You may join for the 1st or 2nd class. The price will be pro-rated for those joining in the 2nd class. There will be an opportunity to make up 1 missed class.

Brand new to yoga?
Confused in the Back Care classes?
Don’t understand your back problem?
Overwhelmed by the props?
Join our Back Care Beginners Series!

For cancellations up to 48 hours before the series begins, we will refund full amount paid less a 20% administration fee. However, no refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of the event.

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

  • Masterclasses with Sri H.S. Arun: May 22–25
  • Lauri Nemetz – Shoulder Anatomy & Therapeutic Asana: June 11

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WORKSHOP & SERIES PRE-REGISTRATION & CANCELLATION POLICY

It is strongly recommended that you pre-register for workshops and series. If you pre-register for a workshop or series, you must cancel either 1 week or 48 hours in advance (depending on the workshop), in order to be refunded for that workshop or class series less a 20% administrative fee. Cancellation deadlines can be found below the workshop descriptions above.

Please cancel via email (info@samamkayabackcare.com) 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.

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OUT OF TOWN WORKSHOPS AND RETREATS WITH OUR FACULTY MEMBERS


Iyengar Yoga Retreat with Eve Holbrook
Nayarit, Mexico
March 11–18, 2017

After four fantastic years, I am thrilled to offer this retreat once again!

Mar de Jade — situated on the Pacific coast of Mexico between the blue-green sea and tropical mountainside of Chacala Beach — is surrounded by natural beauty and absolute tranquility. It is the ideal location to rest, recharge, and deepen your yoga practice.

Join me for a seven-day retreat in this lovely place, 90 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta by car. I will teach two yoga classes each day in an inspiring studio with a full rope wall – an active asana practice in the morning and a restorative pranayama practice in the evening, both suitable for all levels. If you have any physical issues, including back pain and scoliosis, I will help you modify for them.

In addition to three delicious meals each day, there will be plenty of time to take part in activities like snorkeling, hiking to secluded beaches, bird and whale watching, cultural excursions, spa treatments, or simply relax and enjoy the surroundings. 

Prices range from $1750-$2695, depending on choice of accommodation (please go to www.mardejade.com for descriptions). This includes all yoga classes, meals, and seven nights accommodation. It does not include airfare to Puerto Vallarta, ground transportation, spa treatments, bar drinks, or gratuities.

For more information or to register, contact Eve at info@evesyogaspace.com or by phone at 917-660-7315. The retreat is filing and space is limited, so please make your reservations now. 

Mar de Jade was created in 1983 in the spirit of active community service, gratitude for the natural environment, and cultivation of human life. To that end, it has founded numerous community projects, including regeneration of the land via non-toxic farming methods on a 19-acre organic farm, and an after-school program for local children in Las Varas, a nearby farming village. It is far more than a vacation destination. It’s a community I love to return to year after year.


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