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. /


HYBRID Yoga, Scoliosis, and the Organs with Deborah Wolk

May 3-5
Friday 6-8pm
Saturday 9am-12pm & 2-4:30pm
Sunday 9:30am-12:30pm & 2-4:30pm
Full Weekend: $260*/$280
Friday Only: $45*/$50 
Saturday or Sunday All-Day: $110*/$120
Saturday or Sunday Morning: $65*/$70
Saturday or Sunday Afternoon: $55*/$60
*Early Bird if registered by April 22

Scoliosis and other Back Issues are musculoskeletal conditions, but these conditions impact and are impacted by our organs. Deborah will offer techniques in the asanas to address these imbalances. She will also propose techniques to use the organs themselves to offer the spine more support.

By understanding the specifics of your structure caused by scoliosis or back-issue-related asymmetries, one can learn to sense organic imbalances that have formed deeper within and how they impact one’s health

Friday Anatomy Session:  After a review of spinal anatomy and scoliosis anatomy, participants will locate the organs through pictures, lecture and touch and learn to “see” them in themselves and others

Saturday & Sunday Sessions: Deborah will teach techniques in the asanas to address asymmetries that impact the organs and may also address some specific organic health issues.

Saturday morning will focus on asana and the organs of digestion.
Saturday afternoon will focus on the reproductive organs and kidney/bladder
Sunday morning will focus on the heart.
Sunday afternoon will focus on lungs and pranayama.

The workshop is appropriate for all levels. Six (6) months yoga experience is strongly suggested. Drop ins are allowed for any session but it is strongly recommended that you attend Friday’s Anatomy workshop to prepare for any of the following sessions.

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



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 ( 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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