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All About the Feet with Karin Stephan
In-Studio Only

June 22-23
Saturday 10am-12pm & 2-5pm
Sunday 10am-12:30pm & 2-4:30pm
Full Weekend: $190*/$210
Saturday or Sunday All Day Only: $100*/$110
Saturday Morning Only: $45*/$50
Saturday Afternoon Only: $70*/$75
Sunday Morning or Afternoon Only: $55*/$60
*Early Bird until June 10

In this workshop, Karin will present her work with the feet in relationship to the yoga asanas as taught by B.K.S. Iyengar. Her focus will be on how correct alignment in the feet can enhance precision and alignment in the execution of the poses. She will also demonstrate how misalignments and asymmetries in other areas of the body can have an effect on the feet. Drawing on three major categories of perception [the use of imagery, visual cues, and understanding of the structure of the foot], Karin will show students how to adjust and activate the neuromuscular skeletal aspects of the feet in order to enhance strength, beauty and resilience in the entire body.

6 months minimum practice experience in Back Care / Alignment based and/or Iyengar Yoga required

Karin Stephan began teaching Yoga in Paris in 1972 at The European Center of Yoga under the direction of Jean Bernard Rishi. She was teaching Ashtanga Yoga after having spent three months with Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. From 1972-1976, she studied with B.K.S. Iyengar during his European tours and then studied with him in India. She also began practicing the macrobiotic diet which she follows to this day. When she moved to Boston in 1976, Karin furthered her studies of the macrobiotic way of life under the tutelage of Aveline and Michio Kushi whom she had met when she organized a seminar for them in Paris earlier that year. In early 1977, Karin opened her own Yoga center on Beacon Hill and taught Mr. Iyengar’s work as well as some classes in Ashtanga Yoga. In 1981, Karin moved to Cambridge and began teaching Yoga classes and workshops in her loft, where she still lives and teaches today. In the early 80’s Karin helped introduce Iyengar Yoga to New York City where she taught bimonthly weekend workshops for years. She also introduced Iyengar Yoga to Washington D.C. where she taught occasional workshops as well. In 1985, in partnership with Patricia Walden, Karin opened the B.K.S. Iyengar Center of Somerville, which was the first of its kind in the United States. She also began offering Yoga/macrobiotic retreats in the Caribbean, the United States and occasionally in France.

Karin has written a large number of essays for her newsletters on the relationship between Yoga, art, film and way of life. In these essays she draws on the inspiration of B.K.S. Iyengar, Krishnamurti, poets, writers and literary and film critics. Her second passion is literature and writing and she is currently working on her memoir. Karin specializes in Alignment and The Asymmetric Body but also offers private sessions on using Yoga to heal from injuries and various illnesses and gives consultations on “Way of Life” and “Healing through Yoga and Food.”dots2

Inversions for Back Care & Scoliosis with Jon Musgrave
(In-Studio & Online)

July 6–7, 2024
Saturday, 2:30–5p
Sunday, 12–2:30p
Full Weekend: $100*/$110
One Session: $55*/$60 
*Early Bird Special if registered by June 15

Inversions are an essential part of the practice of yoga, and help to regulate the body and promote healing and wellbeing throughout the entire self. Physically, going upside down works the muscles and joints in an opposite relationship to gravity, allowing for different patterns to emerge. Inversions help to balance the hormonal system, and going upside down flips our perspective so that we see our practice and relate to our patterns from new angles. However, students with back issues and scoliosis often have fear around inverting, and care must be taken to practice inversions safely and effectively.

On Saturday, Jon will introduce you to ways of working towards Sirsasana (headstand) and related, more stimulating and activating asana (handstand, pincha mayurasana, viparita dandasana). On Sunday, you’ll work towards Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) and related calming and restorative asana (setu bandha, viparita karani, halasana). Fully inverting is not required for you to benefit from these upside-down postures, and Jon will teach setups for all of the asana without fully extending the legs. However, if you have an interest in fully inverting but don’t yet feel comfortable doing so, Jon will introduce ways to begin building the strength and confidence to go all the way!

This workshop is recommended for students who have been attending classes regularly for at least 6 months, and is not appropriate for new beginners. For students attending online via Zoom, it would be helpful (but not required) to have 2 matching folding chairs and 2 sticky mats.

Jon Musgrave, LMT, is a  therapeutic yoga teacher and bodyworker. He is a founding member of Samamkaya Yoga, and has been on the teaching faculty since 2019. Jon has studied Iyengar yoga since 2011, and has found this approach to yoga to be an essential part of healing and managing his own scoliosis and back issues. He has studied and apprenticed extensively with Deborah Wolk since 2014, and is certified as a Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Trainer by Elise Browning Miller. His other primary teachers are Genny Kapuler and Jaki Nett, and he has studied in workshops on various topics with many other senior Iyengar teachers and specialists in yoga therapeutics and anatomy. Jon has an active bodywork practice, specializing in helping clients manage issues around scoliosis, injuries, chronic pain, and trauma using biodynamic craniosacral therapy, deep massage, and neurofascial techniques. A former conductor and tuba player, Jon fell in love with anatomy while studying the Alexander Technique in college, and is particularly interested in helping students embody their own anatomy, and correct and clarify vague or incorrect ideas we have about their structure. Visit jmbodywork.com to find out more about his bodywork practice.

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Masterclasses with Sri H.S Arun
In-Studio & Online

 

July 26-28

Friday: 5-7:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am-12pm & 2:30-5pm
Sunday: 9:30am-12pm & 2:30-5pm
Full Weekend: $250*/$260
Saturday Only: $100*/$110
Sunday Only: $100*/$110
One Session Only: $55*/$60
*Early Bird if registered by July 8

Samamkaya is honored to welcome back Sri H.S. Arun for his 7th visit to our beautiful studio! For more than 50 years, Arunji has practiced and taught yoga in India. He has been touring the US annually since 2005.

Both a science and an art, Arunjiʼs teaching of Iyengar yoga is simple, direct and effective. His wit and humor lend a positive energy to his classes. Known as “The Chairmaster”, Arunji uses many props in his teaching to assist in working with the asana. Each class consists of an asana practice including standing poses, forward folds, twists, inversions and backward bends, followed by a discussion about the art and practice of yoga. Keeping in mind Samamkaya’s focus on back care and scoliosis, Arunji may 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 is required. No acute injuries, please.

Sri H.S. Arun began teaching yoga in 1976. Conducting a class in the presence of B.K.S. Iyengar in 1978 inspired a lifelong study with Guruji. He founded Prashant Yogashraya in Bangalore, India and has served as its Principal Instructor for 39 years. Arunji is known for taking a personal interest in every student. He quickly develops an understanding of each student’s unique strengths and weaknesses and skillfully guides them according to their capabilities. Arunji’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. Active use of props is a dominant theme in Arunji’s practice.

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Yoga for Scoliosis: Teacher Training Part II and Continuing Education with Elise Browning Miller

Saturday, December 7, 9:30am‒12pm & 2–4:30pmSunday, December 8, 9:30‒12pm & 2–4:30pm
*$330 early bird if registered by November 18/ $360 in advance
Sign up here for IN-PERSON
Sign up here for VIRTUAL

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.

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WORKSHOP PRE-REGISTRATION & CANCELLATION POLICY

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 (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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