Workshops

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HYBRID Lower Back Therapeutics with Liz Owen
In-Studio and Online!

March 2-3
Saturday, 2:30-4:30pm
Sunday, 2:15-4:15pm
Full Weekend: $70
One Workshop: $40

Saturday – LOWER BACK THERAPEUTICS – CARE FOR YOUR SACRUM

This session will combine some of the work from our previous workshops while also exploring new therapeutic movements for your sacrum. Its aim is to provide you with a toolbox of techniques to relieve your lower back pain due to sacroiliac joint and sacral band issues. Students of any skill level – including beginners – will benefit, attendance in prior workshops is not required.

During our time together you will learn:

  • Gentle, safe movements to soothe, balance and strengthen your sacroiliac joints and sacral band, while respecting your body’s particular conditions and limitations.

  • How to explore the messages that your sacroiliac joints present to you, in order to gain understanding of how to create sacral spine health.

  • Techniques to change your emotional responses to sacral pain.

Sunday – LOWER BACK THERAPEUTICS – CARE FOR YOUR LUMBAR 

This session will combine some of the work from our previous workshops while also exploring new therapeutic movements for your lumbar spine. Its aim is to provide you with a toolbox of techniques to relieve your lower back pain due to lumbar musculature issues, trauma, and vertebrae and disk conditions.  Students of any skill level – including beginners – will benefit, attendance in prior workshops is not required.

During our time together you will learn:

  • Gentle, safe movements to soothe, balance and strengthen your lumbar spine, while respecting your body’s particular conditions and limitations.

  • How to explore the messages that your lumbar presents to you, in order to gain understanding of how to create lower back health.

  • Techniques to change your emotional responses to lumbar pain.

Liz Owen learned lower back therapeutics over a 25-year period immersed in Iyengar yoga. During this time, she studied with senior Iyengar teachers in the U.S., and both B.K.S. and Geeta Iyengar. Her 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. She is co-author of two books that students will find useful for creating both lower back health and emotional well-being – Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back, Shambhala Publications, and The Yoga Effect: A Proven Program for Depression and Anxiety, DaCapo Lifelong. Both books are available for purchase at Samamkaya.

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. www.LizOwenYoga.com

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Yoga Scoliosis And The Nervous System with Deborah Wolk
In-Studio and Online!

March 8-10 2024
Friday 6pm – 8:30pm
Saturday 9am – 12 & 2pm – 6:00pm
Sunday 9am – 12pm & 1:30 – 4pm
Full Weekend: $310*/$330
Friday Only: $55*/$60
Saturday Only: $155*/$165
Sunday Only: $120*/$130
*Early Bird if registered by February 26

The scoliotic spine affects not only the bones and muscles but also the nerves—the feedback from the right and left sides of the curves is not the same. The eyes are not level and the sense of internal and external space is distorted. Some of the most powerful asana directions for students with scoliosis are ones directing and re-training the nervous system. In this workshop, students with scoliosis will learn to practice so the spine follows the eyes and is re-directed by props, walls and other external stimuli. By the end, students will find more extension, alignment, and balance as a result of practice than ever before. The  sense of the body and particular nervous system issues will be felt in a new way and students will learn how to unravel the disorientation they may feel when practicing yoga or when receiving adjustments and modifications in the asanas.  Teachers will learn to guide their students with scoliosis with a different set of directions.

FRIDAY

An experiential exploration of the anatomy of the nervous system in relationship to the anatomy and physiology of the scoliotic body.

SATURDAY

In the morning poses and breathwork will be introduced which stimulate the concave aspects of the scoliotic pattern awakening these areas and balancing the nervous system.
In the afternoon through yoga asana, students will use the eyes to re-pattern the spine and head; use the wall and props to bring awareness to the back of the body and other areas where it may be difficult to feel.

SUNDAY 

In the morning practicing even limb use in the asanas will help help strengthen and balance the spine. Moving sensory feedback away from the joints and into the muscle ie: avoiding hyperextension and other common scoliotic misalignments.
In the final, afternoon session students will use props and other cues in the restorative poses to move from sympathetic to parasympathetic in the often agitated scoliotic nervous system.

This workshop is appropriate for all levels and the asanas will be modified for all abilities and range of motion issues.

6 months minimum asana practice is recommended before taking this workshop.

Deborah Wolk is Founder and current Program Director of Samamkaya Back Care & Scoliosis Collective.

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HYBRID Relieve Jaw Tension with Yoga & Mindfulness with Cator Shachoy

April 13-14
Saturday 2:30–5:30pm ET
Sunday 9:30am–12:30pm and 2:30–5:30pm ET
One Session only: $55*/$60
Full Workshop: $155*/$165
*early bird if registered by April 1

Did you know your jaw is connected to your shoulders? Your hips?? And even your feet???

But most significant is the intimate connection between your brain and jaw. From an evolutionary view, the oral cavity and TMJs are so essential to your survival — as well as your ability to thrive — that nearly half of the sensory and motor aspects of your brain are devoted to the dental area. This means your brain is hardwired to keep close tabs on your mouth. Whatever is — or is not — happening in your mouth is continually impacting the rest of your body through brain functioning. 

Join us as we explore how to relieve jaw tension with yoga & mindfulness. Class time includes a lecture/ discussion of the causes and repercussions of jaw tension that can manifest throughout your body. This understanding lays a foundation for our mindful awareness and yoga practice. Through experiential anatomy, mapping your personal tension pattern, applying core actions, yoga poses, facial self-massage, and guided meditations you will gain a well-rounded tool bag for working with jaw tension and pain. If you clench or grind, this workshop is for you!

Classes can be taken independently, though Day 2 will build on information shared during Day 1, so participating in the full weekend is recommended!

**Jaw Tension can be a factor in many conditions including headaches, sinusitis, sciatica, digestive and hormonal disorders. Come and learn why this is so, and how to bring relief.

TMJ 1: Understanding Jaw Tension—Saturday afternoon

Learn about cause & effect within your body & your life

  • Lecture with powerpoint on what causes jaw tension and its repercussions  
  • Core actions & asana sequence to bring relief
  • Guided Meditations

TMJ 2: Mapping Your Personal Tension Pattern—Sunday morning

No one has a perfectly balanced jaw – or body. We can still find symmetry within

  • Refining awareness of body structure & midline
  • Creating a personal body map
  • Core actions, asana & mindfulness

TMJ 3: Rewiring Your Nervous System to Relieve Jaw Tension—Sunday afternoon

Your jaw and your nervous system are intimate partners. De-escalation = Restoration

  • Gentle, safe self-massage techniques to relax the face and jaw 
  • Restorative yoga to soothe frayed nerves
  • Pranayama & Breath Awareness

Cator Shachoy began the practices of yoga, Buddhist meditation, and energy healing in 1990 to heal chronic illness. Through the regular practice of these disciplines, she regained her strength and vitality. For Cator, spiritual growth and development is a healing path inviting us to become more intimate with everything. Her practices of Buddhism, Energy Healing, Yoga and conscious body movement are deeply integrated. Cator is a CIAYT yoga therapist, MBSR Mindfulness teacher and Visionary Craniosacral Work practitioner. She completed teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco and Kripalu, and studied extensively with Bay area senior Iyengar teachers for 25 years. Cator lived in Buddhist and spiritual communities for three years, and has spent a cumulative total of over five years in intensive silent meditation retreat. Her primary meditation teachers are Ajahn Pasanno, Mingyur Rinpoche and Ruth Denison. Cator has a certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy from the Sati Center. She began teaching in 1996. Currently she has a private practice incorporating craniosacral, therapeutic yoga and mindfulness and teaches internationally. Her book, The TMJ Handbook: A Therapeutic Guide for Relieving Jaw Tension and Pain with Yoga & Mindfulness will be available from Shambhala publications Summer 2024.    www.catorshachoy.com / www.youthyogadharma.org

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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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