Workshops & Class Series

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ANATOMY EXPLORATIONS: Shoulder Anatomy & Therapeutic Asana
with Lauri Nemetz

Sunday, June 11 • 9:00am–12:00pm
$60 in advance • $55 Early Bird before 5/11 • $65 drop in

Many yoga students (and quite a few yoga teachers!) find the shoulder girdle to be quite mysterious. Strain and other shoulder issues can be caused by injury, repetitive movement or habit (such as computer work), structural misalignments from scoliosis or kyphosis, and can be challenging to work with. Join well-known instructor Lauri Nemetz to learn the anatomy of the shoulder and gain an understanding of how the rhythm of movement in this area can impact your asanas, from raising your arms in Warrior One and supporting your weight in Downward-Facing Dog. Explore ways to strengthen the shoulder and how to increase range of motion in areas of restriction. The workshop will be a mix of learning through exploration, partner work, and asana practice. All levels welcome! Lauri is a YA Provider, and this workshop will qualify for CEUs.

Laurice (Lauri) D. Nemetz, MA, BC-DMT, ERYT, RYT500, C-IAYT, LCAT  is a Pace University faculty member, faculty at Anatomy Trains®, long-time yoga teacher, dance/movement therapist and yoga therapist.  Lauri regularly assists at Anatomy Trains® dissections and has presented at several prominent conferences on anatomy and movement.  She is also a kayak guide, artist, and mom of two! More about Lauri at www.wellnessbridge.com

Please register in advance

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

Trial Class: June 4. Check it out for only $5!
Class Series: June 11, 25, July 9, 16, 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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Adjustments, Modifications, & Verbal Instructions
Teaching Yoga For Scoliosis
with Deborah Wolk

Wednesday, June 7, 1:45–3:45pm
Lateral vs. Rotational: Working with Different Aspects of a Curve”

Scoliotic curves are very specific to each individual. There are certain principles that are common to everyone’s scoliosis but there are also exceptions to every rule. Every scoliotic curve has lateral and rotational aspects and very often one dominates the other. For those with two or more curves one curve may be more lateral, one more rotational. How can yogasana and pranayama address these aspects?  Should one only address the dominant aspect or look for the other aspect as well? (i.e.: if a curve is very rotated but lateral displacement is minimal — should one work on moving that curve into the midline? ) Through yoga poses, verbal instructions, and hands on adjustments, this class will look at how to approach each person’s curves and address what is most important to their individual practice.

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:

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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Morning Back Care Series with Mimi Rosetti

Thursdays, 8:30–9:30am
$65 for 4 Class Series • June 8, 15, 22, 29

Join Mimi Rosetti for four Thursdays this June to grow your practice and envigorate your body and mind at the beginning of the day! With other dedicated students, instructor Mimi Rosetti will teach you many of the basic actions, help you find your alignment, and learn prop adjustments appropriate for your scoliosis, herniated disc(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 get your summer off to a fresh start!

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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YOGA & SCOLIOSIS BEGINNERS SERIES
with JEN GORMAN
Sundays, 6:30–8:00p

Next Series:
Trial Class: June 11. Check it out for only $5!
Class Series: June 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23. $95. Sign Up Today!

Brand New to Yoga & Scoliosis?
Confused by your Pattern?
Overwhelmed by the props?
Join our Yoga & Scoliosis Beginners Series!

Practicing yoga with scoliosis can be confusing and overwhelming, and can leave you prone to injury. The Yoga & Scoliosis classes at Samamkaya Yoga allow you learn to practice safely while providing traction and extension, step by step instruction, and hands on adjustments that help you to address your pain, asymmetries, and imbalances.

Along with other students new to Yoga for Scoliosis, Jen Gorman will take you through the progressive steps you need to understand your own pattern and modify for it, how to use props to address your pattern, and the actions that are most important to get you started with your yoga practice, preparing you for the other Back Care and Scoliosis classes at Samamkaya.

This class is appropriate for all levels of yoga practice but especially those new to classes at Samamkaya or new to yoga itself. All ages, curve patterns, and those with spinal fusions or other surgeries welcome.

$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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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

This workshop is sold out. If you would like to be put on the waitlist, please email us at info@samamkayabackcare.com.

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

Class Series: June 25July 23
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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Embodied Anatomy with Rachel Lynch-John
Presented in conjunction with The Yoga School NY

Organ Systems: Working with Symmetry and Asymmetry
Sunday, July 16, 9am–3:30pm • $100

In this workshop we will look at the organization and location of our organs and how they support and influence our movement. Defining and understanding the symmetry and asymmetry of our organ body can help to develop a more balanced practice to support our skeletal structure and muscular effort in movement and in stillness. We will look at where the organs are located in the body, how they relate to each other in movement, and how they support the muscular-skeletal body from within. Through guided embodiment of the organ body, Rachel will help you to utilize the support of your organs, to develop new ways to bring ease to the discomfort or pain, and balance to the structural asymmetries we all hold in our bodies, however large or small.

Breath, Diaphragms, and the Skeletal System: Finding Ease and Fluidity in the Body, in Stillness and in Movement
Saturday, July 29, 2–6pm • $80

In this workshop we will explore the structure and function of the lungs along with the thoracic and pelvic diaphragms. From these explorations, we will open up relationships to other diaphragm qualities throughout the rest of the body. Along with the thoracic and pelvic diaphragms, we will look at the shoulder diaphragm, palates of the mouth, cranial diaphragms, and the diaphragms of the hands and feet.

Through the structural pathways of the skeletal system and the breath, we will look at ways to coordinate and connect the diaphragms of the body to each other, developing and exploring different qualities of being and moving. In these explorations, we can begin to find a balanced, supplesupport in our movement, giving clarity and three-dimensionality to our form, helping to ease discomforts and pain we may hold in the tissues and structures of our bodies and to open up the potential for fluidity and ease in our daily movement and activities.

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 EVE HOLBROOK
Fridays, 4:00–5:30pm

Trial Class: May 12. Check it out for only $5!
Class Series: May 19, June 2, 9, 16, 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. 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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YOGA & SCOLIOSIS FOR TEENS & TWEENS SERIES with DAHLIA GALLER
Sundays, 12:30–1:30pm

Class Series: April 30, May 7, 21, June 4, 11

• 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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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

  • Deborah Wolk – Back Care and Scoliosis Weekend: September 8–10
  • Kevin Gardiner – Masterclasses: September 11–13
  • Jaki Nett – Yoga for the Pelvic Floor: October 14–15
  • Martha Carter – Spinal Fusions Workshop: October 21
  • Liz Owen – Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back: October 28

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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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