Workshops

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

2019 Dates: 

1/16, 2/13, 3/13, 4/24, 5/15, 6/12, 7/31, 8/7, 9/18, 10/16, 11/13, 12/11

In 2019, you will be able to save money by pre-paying for multiple sessions! New Prices are:
One Session: $40 teachers, $30 Samamkaya Teaching Assistants, $20 Students
Any 3 months for Teachers/Assistants/Students:  $105/80/54

Any 6 months for Teachers/Assistants/Students $180/150/100

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!

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Iyengar Yoga for Scoliosis with Rita Lewis-Manos

March 29th-31st • Friday 6-8pm/ Saturday 9am-12pm & 2-5pm/ Sunday 9am-12pm

Friday, Mar 29th: 6-8pm  $40 in advance | $45 drop in
Saturday, Mar 30th: 9-12pm $60 in advance | $65 drop in
Saturday, Mar 30th: 2-5pm  $60 in advance | $65 drop in
Sunday, Mar 31st: 9-12pm  $60 in advance | $65 drop in
Saturday All Day:  $110 in advance | $120 drop in
All 4 sessions:  $200 in advance | $210 drop in

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome back Rita Lewis-Manos to Samamkaya Yoga!  Rita’s was one of our most phenomenal workshops of 2018. This 3 day workshop will provide practical applications for those with scoliosis, or for 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.  Rita looks at each student as an individual and uses the most appropriate props and pose modifications for their situation. As she teaches to the students in the room, each workshop is entirely different according to who attends.  Taking the entire workshop is highly recommended, but you may also register for single sessions or full days.

These sessions are open to students of all levels and yoga modalities.

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 14 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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“Embodying The Essence Of The Skeletal And Ligamentous Systems” with Rachel Lynch-John

This is part of the Advanced Studies Program. In these two workshops we will look at how we can develop clarity of action and thought, through an embodiment of the skeletal and ligamentous systems, exploring the qualities of being that arise out of these two systems combined. As we define the skeletal and ligamentous structures and functions, the potential for greater comfort and ease of movement in our body and practice can evolve.

Part 1: April 26, 27, & 28, 2019 • Friday 5–8pm / Saturday 9am–12pm & 2-6pm / Sunday 9am-12:15pm & 1:45–3:30pm
$310 In Advance

Part 1: Exploring the Skeletal Structure and Dynamics of the Lower and Upper Limbs to Find Support and Ease for the Spine.

In this workshop we will examine pathways within the limbs, to better understand the relationships from the foot to the pelvis and from the hand to shoulder girdle and ribs. We will develop and refine ways in which to direct our limbs, as we move into and out of an asana, and within our daily activities.

As we begin to understand how our limbs function, we can start to unravel old patterns and habits that may be causing us discomfort or pain and to reeducate our selves to facilitate a more finely tuned and easeful way of being.

Part 2: May 4 & 5, 2019 • Saturday 9am–12pm & 2-6pm / Sunday 9am-12:15pm & 1:45–3:30pm
$265 In Advance

Part 2: Exploring the Skeletal Structure and Dynamics of the Spine.

Axial Skeleton: (from the head to tail)

In this workshop participants will examine the structure of the spine and its curves: cervical, thoracic, lumbar. The structure of the vertebra, vertebral discs, sacrum, coccyx, atlas, axis, hyoid and the ligaments of the spine.

The two workshops will culminate in an experiential exploration of the skeletal and ligamentous systems in movement. Finding ways to utilize this knowledge to enhance the ability to see and sense discord in the body, and to develop tools to help discern how to approach issues that present themselves, allowing for each asana and practice to evolve in a way that is helpful, healing and supportive to each individuals needs.

Please ~ Register In Advance!

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Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back and 
Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back Teacher Training 
with Liz Owen

May 18, 2019 • Saturday 10am–12pm for Students & 2-4:30pm for Teachers

Saturday 10am–12pm for Students *$35 Early Bird | $40 in advance
Saturday 2-4:30pm for Teachers *$45 Early Bird | $50 in advance
*Early Bird Special if registered by May 3

Saturday 10am-12pm for Students: Yoga For a Healthy Lower Back
In our time together you will learn gentle, safe movements to stretch tight hip and lower back muscles and strengthen weak ones, techniques for coping with pain flare-ups, and ways to create natural tone and balance while respecting your body’s particular conditions and limitations. Special attention is paid to pelvic misalignment issues, sacral joint dysfunction, and spinal disk conditions. Liz Owen’s expertise of lower back health and yoga philosophy brings both Eastern and Western wisdom to bear on creating a healthy lower back and will bring mindfulness and depth to your journey of maintaining lower back health in daily life.

Open to everyone of any skill level, including beginners and those who live with lower back pain. Yoga Alliance CEUs available for yoga teachers.

Saturday 2-4:30pm for Teachers: Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back Teacher Training

In this teacher training immersion we delve into the physical and energetic structure and alignments of the back and the spine. You will learn:

  • Spinal and back anatomy – sacral, lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spines.
  • Anatomy of the hips, and musculature of the abdomen and legs, and how they support back health.
  • Proper alignment and movement of the spine in asana and meditation practice.
  • Common back conditions and injuries. Special attention is paid to pelvic misalignment issues, sacral joint dysfunction, and spinal disk conditions.
  • Sequencing asana practice for back health.
  • Gentle, safe movements to stretch tight hip and lower back muscles and strengthen weak ones.
  • Use of assists, props, and pose modifications for optimal alignment and back health.
  • How to help your students ease back pain.
  • The spine and the energetic body asana, pranayama, and yoga nidra practice to open chakras and nadis, and enable the flow of prana.

Liz Owen’s expertise of lower back health and yoga philosophy brings both Eastern and Western wisdom to bear on creating a healthy lower back and will bring mindfulness and depth to your journey of helping your students create lower back health. 

Open to yoga teachers, teachers in training, and other professionals wishing to deepen their knowledge of yoga as a healing modality for back health. Yoga Alliance CEU credits are available for RYTs.

Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back, by Liz Owen and Holly Lebowitz Rossi (Shambhala Publications) may be purchased at the workshop for $20.

“This is a clear, insightful program for lower back health, rooted in classical yoga and rich in Western and Eastern wisdom. The authors offer fresh and accessible yoga practices that are sure to inspire a lasting, healing recovery from pain in the lower back. I love this book!”
– Patricia Walden, author of The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health.

Liz Owen E-RYT500, C-IAYT is an inspiring and passionate yoga teacher and teacher trainer. She combines physical and energetic alignments with meditative action to create an innovative and transformative class experience. She has taught since 1990 and is known for her light-hearted teaching style as well as for the depth of her knowledge. Liz has studied Iyengar, vinyasa, classical hatha yoga and meditation for over 30 years, and has studied with masters of various traditions, including Thich Nhat Hanh, B.K.S. Iyengar, Patricia Walden, Dharma Mittra, Erich Schiffmann, Rod Stryker, T.K.V. Desikachar, and Vasant Lad.  Classes are dynamic and challenging, yet always respectful of students’ individual abilities and needs. Liz draws inspiration from the deep well of yogic philosophy and brings broadness into each class experience. Currently she teaches weekly classes in Arlington and Cambridge, Massachusetts and is on the faculty of Wellesley College. Liz teaches workshops nationally and leads retreats in the U.S. and Mexico. She has presented workshops at Sivananda Ashram Bahamas, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Wellness, Yoga Journal Boston Conferences, Yoga Alliance Leadership Conferences, and the Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga 2015. She is co-author of two NIH-funded studies at Boston University School of Medicine studying yoga as a modality for improving depression and anxiety, and is co-author of Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back, Shambhala Publications.

Please~ Register in Advance!

For cancellations up to 14 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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Masterclasses with Sri H.S. Arun

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday–Thrusday, May 21st–23rd • 2-5pm Each Day

All 3 Classes: $165 in Advance | $150*
Any 2 Classes: $115 in Advance | $105*
Single Class: $60 in Advance | $55* | $65 Drop In
*Early Bird Special if registered by April 30

Samamkaya is proud and honored to welcome back Sri H.S. Arun for his 4th visit to our beautiful studio! Arunji has practiced and taught the art and science of yoga in India for more than 35 years. He has been touring the US annually since 2005. Arunjiʼs 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. 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. Especially for Samamkaya, 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 required. No acute injuries please.

SRI H.S. 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 Principal 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 ~ Register In Advance!

For cancellations up to 14 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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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.dots2

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