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Workshops

IN-STUDIO Extension & Expansion with Susan Elena Esquivel FULL WEEKEND

$155.00
Extension & Expansion: Iyengar Yoga for Optimum Spinal Health with Susan Elena Esquivel

November 5-6, 2022
Saturday 9am - 12pm and 2:30-4:30pm EST
Sunday 9am-12pm EST

Join Susan Elena for this 2 day workshop at our beautiful studio in New York City!

Have the effects of gravity left you feeling shrunken, compressed or dull? We will explore ways to defy gravity and create more space for energy and breath to flow and optimize the health of your spine. This workshop will combine a variety of poses including supported and active backbends as well as pranayama to improve the health of the organic body and spine.

IN-STUDIO Extension & Expansion with Susan Elena Esquivel MORNINGS ONLY

$120.00
Extension & Expansion: Iyengar Yoga for Optimum Spinal Health with Susan Elena Esquivel

November 5-6, 2022
Saturday 9am - 12pm and 2:30-4:30pm EST
Sunday 9am-12pm EST

Join Susan Elena for this 2 day workshop at our beautiful studio in New York City!

Have the effects of gravity left you feeling shrunken, compressed or dull? We will explore ways to defy gravity and create more space for energy and breath to flow and optimize the health of your spine. This workshop will combine a variety of poses including supported and active backbends as well as pranayama to improve the health of the organic body and spine.

ONLINE Extension & Expansion with Susan Elena Esquivel FULL WEEKEND

$155.00
Extension & Expansion: Iyengar Yoga for Optimum Spinal Health with Susan Elena Esquivel

November 5-6, 2022
Saturday 9am - 12pm and 2:30-4:30pm EST
Sunday 9am-12pm EST

Join Susan Elena for this 2 day workshop at our beautiful studio in New York City!

Have the effects of gravity left you feeling shrunken, compressed or dull? We will explore ways to defy gravity and create more space for energy and breath to flow and optimize the health of your spine. This workshop will combine a variety of poses including supported and active backbends as well as pranayama to improve the health of the organic body and spine.

ONLINE Extension & Expansion with Susan Elena Esquivel MORNINGS ONLY

$120.00
Extension & Expansion: Iyengar Yoga for Optimum Spinal Health with Susan Elena Esquivel

November 5-6, 2022
Saturday 9am - 12pm and 2:30-4:30pm EST
Sunday 9am-12pm EST

Join Susan Elena for this 2 day workshop at our beautiful studio in New York City!

Have the effects of gravity left you feeling shrunken, compressed or dull? We will explore ways to defy gravity and create more space for energy and breath to flow and optimize the health of your spine. This workshop will combine a variety of poses including supported and active backbends as well as pranayama to improve the health of the organic body and spine.

Relieve Jaw Tension with Yoga & Mindfulness with Cator Shachoy FULL WORKSHOP

$130.00
Relieve Jaw Tension with Yoga & Mindfulness with Cator Shachoy

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, 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. Classes can be taken independently. Session 2 will build on info shared during Session 1.

**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 power point 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

Specific Topics 2-Class Package

$49.00
These virtual classes will address home practice with specific props for back care, scoliosis and related injuries. Precision with these props becomes more and more important as your practice progresses. To really learn to heal independently one must understand the principles behind the props. In this series, Deborah will go over specifics of practice combining the principles needed to work with different back conditions with each class' prop theme.

Please have 6 months regular practice. This class series is not recommended for brand new beginners.

9/12 belts
9/19 belts
10/3 home traction set ups
10/17 home traction set ups
10/24 Chairs
11/7 Chairs
11/28 Creating a trestler like set up at home
12/5 Creating a trestler like set up at home
12/19 props for neck conditions

Specific Topics FULL SERIES

$180.00
These virtual classes will address home practice with specific props for back care, scoliosis and related injuries. Precision with these props becomes more and more important as your practice progresses. To really learn to heal independently one must understand the principles behind the props. In this series, Deborah will go over specifics of practice combining the principles needed to work with different back conditions with each class' prop theme.

Please have 6 months regular practice. This class series is not recommended for brand new beginners.

9/12 belts
9/19 belts
10/3 home traction set ups
10/17 home traction set ups
10/24 Chairs
11/7 Chairs
11/28 Creating a trestler like set up at home
12/5 Creating a trestler like set up at home
12/19 props for neck conditions

THREE Masterclasses with Sri H.S. Arun

$190.00
Masterclasses with Sri H.S Arun

Tuesday–Thursday, October 11-13 • 2-5pm Each Day

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.

TWO Masterclasses with Sri H.S. Arun

$130.00
Masterclasses with Sri H.S Arun

Tuesday–Thursday, October 11-13 • 2-5pm Each Day

Samamkaya is proud and honored to welcome back Sri H.S. Arun for his 5th 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.

Ways of Seeing with Deborah Wolk FULL WORKSHOP (Student Models)

$150.00
HYBRID “Ways of Seeing” with Deborah Wolk
OCT 22 & 23, 2022

Saturday 2:30–6:30p ET Intro
Sunday 9:30a–12:30p ET How to see on ZOOM
Sunday 2:30–6:30p ET How to see In Person

The first step in working with another person is to observe and see the body. Received, rather than acted upon, observation and vision are skills not always taught to teachers. Yet without these skills one can not truly help an injured student or anyone with therapeutic needs. And now, with online teaching, observation is even more challenging without depth of field, 3 dimensions and without touch.

Students can attend the in-person sessions live or the Sunday morning Zoom session online only, as models. They will have the opportunity to be observed by those attending the workshop and receive feedback and information about their patterns.

Ways of Seeing with Deborah Wolk FULL WORKSHOP (Teachers)

$240.00
HYBRID “Ways of Seeing” with Deborah Wolk
OCT 22 & 23, 2022

Saturday 2:30–6:30p ET Intro
Sunday 9:30a–12:30p ET How to see on ZOOM
Sunday 2:30–6:30p ET How to see In Person

The first step in working with another person is to observe and see the body. Received, rather than acted upon, observation and vision are skills not always taught to teachers. Yet without these skills one can not truly help an injured student or anyone with therapeutic needs. And now, with online teaching, observation is even more challenging without depth of field, 3 dimensions and without touch.
In this workshop we will approach the question: what is seeing? What senses are involved? Which is more powerful: vision or touch? From what standpoint can one truly observe a body?

To find the key to problem solving and subsequently healing you will learn what to look for as you observe your student as well as look for alternatives to touch. These skills will allow you to use light and dark, the draping of clothing, a sense of heaviness and lightness, the space around you, and more. When you see the student and sense asymmetry of bone, muscle, skin you will learn to communicate that to your student with a clear description of where it is happening and give them pathways to feel more clearly. Deborah will guide you to a tangible place where you too can develop a "good eye”.
Sunday's morning session will be specifically focused on how to see virtually and will take place only on Zoom. This session will help you understand how the frame of the screen, the angle of the camera, and the quality of light can hinder or help you in seeing asymmetry when working with online students. Deborah will guide you in problem-solving and filling in the blanks when looking at students on Zoom.

Yoga for Back Care with Deborah Wolk FULL WORKSHOP

$175.00
Anatomy of Back Care
Friday, February 3 6-8pm

This workshop on spinal anatomy and the pathology of back issues will prepare Advanced Studies students and those wishing to learn more about their own back pain for the Back Care workshop on February 5.

Through lecture, visuals, and touch Deborah will cover the following topics in this introductory workshop.

The sagital curves of the spine (neutral spine)
The structure of the spine, vertebrae and spinal disks
The spinal cord

Physiology of such back issues as: disc herniation and other disc issues, kyphosis, lordosis, spondylolisthesis, sciatica, neck and shoulder issues

Physiology of degenerative bone diseases: osteoporosis, arthritis

Yoga for Back Care
Sunday, February 5, 2023 10AM-1PM & 3PM-6PM

Deborah will teach a direct approach to relief and awareness addressing all types of chronic back pain and alignment issues such as disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, swayback, whiplash and kyphosis. The Yoga poses practiced in this workshop with a specific focus can be the key to alleviating pain and creating more balance in the body. This workshop is for students of all levels who wish to work on any issues related to pain and discomfort in the back and for teachers wishing to learn more about how to work with these issues:

•How to “see” and correct postural problems and return to neutral curves of the spine

•Defining and describing pain

•Asana and modifications for acute back issues and pain

•Asana and modifications for chronic back issues and pain

This workshop is part of the Advanced Studies Course. It is geared towards yoga teachers learning to teach students with back issues and towards yoga students with back pain or structural issues who would like to deepen their practice by understanding their own patterns. Teachers and students will learn from each other.

Yoga for Scoliosis Weekend with Deborah Wolk FULL WORKSHOP

$240.00
Deborah Wolk | Yoga for Scoliosis Weekend (hybrid)
FRIDAY MARCH 3, 2023, 4-6PM ANATOMY OF SCOLIOSIS
SATURDAY MARCH 4, 2023 2:30-6:30PM YOGA FOR SCOLIOSIS PRACTICE
SUNDAY MARCH 5, 2023 10-12:30PM & 2:30-5PM UNDERSTANDING YOUR STUDENT WITH SCOLIOSIS/PRINCIPLES OF TEACHING YOGA FOR SCOLIOSIS
SUNDAY MARCH 5, 2023 5-6PM OPTIONAL Q&A (FREE FOR PARTICIPANTS!)

In this 11 hour workshop weekend, Deborah Wolk, renowned Yoga for Scoliosis teacher, will introduce participants to the anatomy of scoliosis and how it affects oneʼs physiology and health. Yoga asanas and principles of sequencing will be practiced and modified for different curvatures and pain issues.

On Saturday participants will learn how to develop a yoga practice which specifically addresses their own patterns and needs using awareness and alignment.

On Sunday, through practice, demonstration and discussion participants will learn how to see and understand their student with scoliosis, and understand the principles of teaching yoga for scoliosis.

The following material will be covered throughout the weekend:
Defining scoliosis and asymmetry through spinal anatomy
Understanding and “seeing” lateral asymmetry and rotation
How scoliosis affects spatial and balance issues
How scoliosis affects the nervous system and can create joint issues and pain
Asana to realign and connect with the limbs.
Asana and breath techniques to create awareness, relieve pain, balance the nervous system and possibly stabilize the curves themselves.
This workshop is part of the Advanced Studies Course. It is geared towards yoga teachers learning to teach students with scoliosis and towards yoga students with scoliosis who would like to deepen their practice by understanding their own patterns and structure. Teachers and students will learn from each other.

Friday evening’s Anatomy portion and Saturday afternoon’s practice portion can be taken individually. Sunday’s teacher portion must be taken as part of the full weekend. IAYT CE credit will be available to teachers who attend the full weekend course.

Yoga Philosophy with Neta Katz FULL WORKSHOP

$185.00
YOGA PHILOSOPHY with Neta Katz
January 28, March 18, June 3
Saturdays, 2:30-5:30pm

Yoga philosophy, beyond its awe-inspiring wisdom and humbling beauty, is effective and practical.

Three paths in Yoga philosophy are Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti.
Are these paths relevant to an asana practice? Are they useful perspectives, or tools in our healing processes?

In these 3 sessions we will explore how the paths of Jnana, Karma and Bhakti can inform our understanding of asana, healing, and beyond.

Session 1 - Jnana Yoga: It's not personal - identifying without identification

Inquiry is an essential tool for understanding one's patterns. Identifying asymmetries, and imbalances is necessary as we take an active role in our healing process. Examining our unique particularities is fascinating!
But, as we dedicate ourselves to identifying pattern, are we boxing ourselves in, limiting our experience of who we are? Is it fair to define yourself by your pattern? Your injury? Your pain? Is it useful?

“Who am I?” Is an essential question in the path of Jnana Yoga.
How can the process of inquiry be used to expand our awareness of who we are? And how can we practice inquiry on the mat in such a way that both zooms in to examine particular detail, but also zooms out to see the big picture, one that’s free and vast.

Session 2 - Karma Yoga: Action/reaction, reflection - with an eye towards freedom

If you’ve been practicing asana, you’ve been experimenting with karma. “When I press my knuckles down in dog pose, then the sides of my body lengthen”. Action/reaction. “When I project my scull forward in tadasana, then my chest withdraws”. Action/reaction. Which direction should I go? What's the correct action? Reflection.

The Yoga texts tell us that the correct action leads to freedom.

When practicing asana, we take specific actions that promote an ease-full, spacious and free experience in the body.
Is this freedom limited to resolving the restrictions of the body?
Again, let’s zoom out. How far reaching is the potential of action/reaction and reflection.

Session 3 - Bhakti Yoga: It's personal - the wonder of it all

Yoga tells us that the source of all, and all its manifestations are one and the same. This singularity and multiplicity are forever linked in cosmic dance. What does that mean? What does it mean to have a particular body, condition, experience, if we reflect on our interconnectedness with perfection?
Could my particular form be one worthy of wonderment? Be perfect, beautiful, and filled with the potential for self-discovery?
Can I maintain this perspective as I work with challenging conditions?