Workshops

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

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

Wednesday, January 17, 1:45–3:45pm
“Periphery to Center—Arms & Legs in the Standing Poses”

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.

Dates for 2018:

Jan 17, Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 18, May 23, Jun 13, Jul 11 (tentative), Aug 15, Sep 12, Oct 17, Nov 14, Dec 12.

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.

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Calm-Abiding Meditation – A First Step – A Mind Training
with Eliza Bishop

Saturday, February 3rd, 2:30–4:30pm
$35 Early Bird by 1/13 – $40 In Advance – $45 Drop In

In our busy, complicated lives we focus most of our attention outwards as we constantly interact with the complex world around us. Much of the time, we leave our minds on automatic pilot and take their inner workings for granted. Meditation, like Yoga, allows us to turn our attention inward and gain perspective on our lives and priorities. Spend this Saturday afternoon learning and practicing Shamatha Meditation, through various techniques, to promote mindfulness, stability, calmness, and help reduce physical and mental stress. We will alternate between practice, discussion, and answer questions about what comes up or how to overcome obstacles. Suitable for those who have not meditated before as well as experienced meditators seeking to deepen their practice. Whether sitting on the floor supported by props or in a chair, you will be taught the essential points for meditation. All bodies welcome!

Eliza Bishop is a certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor and Meditation Guide, based in Berlin, Germany. She’s been practicing for 15 years and teaching for 5. She lived 3 years in India and studied with the Iyengar family in Pune, and Swati and Rajiv Chanchani of Yog-Ganga in Dehradun. For Eliza, the art of teaching means bringing human beings into asana with complete involvement of body, mind, and breathe, creating awareness that allows one, eventually, to study the mind. Yoga is for every body and can teach us all that we ultimately belong to the same family. Eliza is a certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor and Meditation Guide, based in Berlin, Germany. She’s been practicing for 15 years and teaching for 5. She lived 3 years in India and studied with the Iyengar family in Pune, and Swati and Rajiv Chanchani of Yog-Ganga in Dehradun. For Eliza, the art of teaching means bringing human beings into asana with complete involvement of body, mind, and breathe, creating awareness that allows one, eventually, to study the mind. Yoga is for every body and can teach us all that we ultimately belong to the same family.

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.

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

Introduction to Terminology: Movement, Planes, and the Muscular System
Saturday, February 10 • 2–7pm • $100

In this workshop, Rachel will introduce you to anatomical terminology, movement terms, the planes of the body, and the muscular system. You’ll explore the structure of your skeletal muscles, how they connect to your bones, and the ways in which they relate and work in concert with each other to create movement.

The muscles work in groups to support and balance the joints, so if you focus on muscles individually without taking into consideration all the other muscles involved in an action, it can create imbalances. This can in turn create discomfort and discord that over time can cause injury. Likewise, if you are injured and favor the injured area, this can cause discord which, if not addressed, can reflect elsewhere in the body developing compensatory issues.

Come learn how the body moves, the different kinds of muscle actions, and how to coordinate these actions to find balance throughout the body!

Two Workshops Exploring the Skeletal Structure & Dynamics of the Lower & Upper Limbs

Skeletal Structure of the Lower Limbs: Saturday, April 14, 2–6pm • $80
Skeletal Structure of the Upper Limbs: Saturday, May 5, 2–6pm • $80

In these two workshops, Rachel will help you explore the skeletal structures of the lower and upper limbs to find support and ease for your movement. Through an understanding of the skeletal relationships from the foot to the pelvis and from the hand to shoulder and ribs, you can refine the dynamic qualities of how you direct the movements of your limbs as you move into and out of an asana, and within the daily activities that you may take for granted. As you begin to understand how your limbs are structured, you can start to unravel old pattens and habits that may be causing us discomfort or pain and to reeducate your limbs to facilitate a more finely tuned and easeful way of being.

The first class on the lower limbs on April 14 will explore the structural relationships between the bones of the foot, tibia, fibula, patella, femur and pelvis, and joints of the ankle, knee, and hip. The second class on the upper limps on May 5 will focus on the relationships between the bones of the hand, radius, ulna, humerus, scapula, clavicle, sternum and ribs, and the joints of the wrist, elbow, and shoulder. These two workshops can be taken together or individually.

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.

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Yoga Asanas, Asymmetry, and Our Internal Organs with Karin Stephan

Saturday, March 3: 9:30am–12:00pm & 2:00–4:30pm
Sunday, March 4: 9:00am–12:00pm

Full Weekend: $195 / $170*
Saturday Only: $130 / $110*
Sunday Only: $80 / $70*
Saturday AM or PM Only: $70 / $60*
*Early Bird Special if registered by February 3

We are thrilled to welcome Karin Stephan back to Samamkaya for an in-depth look at the relationship between your yoga practice and your internal organs. Over the course of the weekend, Karin will introduce the various ways that that yoga asanas help heal and strengthen your organs, and how this work influences and is influenced by your structural symmetries and asymmetries. Throughout the weekend, Karin will introduce the concepts involved in tying these two aspects of your body—the organic and the structural—together. Each session will focus on different organ pairs from Traditional Chinese Medicine, and will include studying and practicing the asanas that are most related to them:

  • Saturday Morning: Liver/gallbladder and heart/small intestine organ pairs
  • Saturday Afternoon: Stomach/spleen/pancreas and lung/large intestine organ pairs
  • Sunday Morning: Bladder/kidney organ pair and the reproductive organs

Throughout the workshop, Karin will address how certain asanas can nurture and enhance the health and well-being of these organs, and how the overarching healing effect of these asanas on the internal organs can be impeded or thwarted by our asymmetric body patterns—and what to do about it. Towards the end of Sunday afternoon, Karin will take and help problem solve individual questions and address specific obstacles and/or difficulties participants may have in achieving the goal of integrating the organic and structural in a way which makes the body feel healthy and whole.

Karin Stephan is a renowned certified Iyengar teacher (Jr/Intermediate III) who has been teaching in Cambridge, Massachusetts and internationally for more than 40 years. She also holds a 500-hour E-RYT certification from the Yoga Alliance. Karin has taught many of the faculty at Samamkaya and is one of the Godmothers of the studio! We are very excited to welcome her to our center!

Please Register in Advance

For cancellations up to 7 days before the class, 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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Kevin Gardiner – 3 Masterclasses

Wednesdays, March 14, 21, 28 • 2:30–5pm each day
All 3 Classes:
$125 In Advance | $110 Early Bird by 2/14 | $150 Drop In
Single Class:
$45 In Advance | $40 Early Bird by 2/14 | $50 Drop In

Join us for classes with Kevin Gardiner this March in the intimate, well equipped, and beautiful environment at Samamkaya Yoga. For many of the faculty members at Samamkaya, Kevin is one of our primary teachers:  astute, precise, subtle, and philosophical…yet not for the faint-hearted—studying with Kevin is hard work! Every class of Kevin’s will change the way you understand practice. Please help us welcome Kevin back from Budapest this September.

Intermediate Level and up only please. Classes limited to 18 participants
If you are unsure of your level, please check in with your teacher or Deborah.

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.dots2

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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OUT OF TOWN WORKSHOPS AND RETREATS WITH OUR FACULTY MEMBERS

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

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