LESLIE KAMINOFF WORKSHOPS
OCTOBER 18-20, 2019
"BREATH AND ALIGNMENT: HONORING THE INDIVIDUAL"
6 hours | 2 sessions | Friday morning - afternoon, October 18, 2019
- 10am - 1pm: A Hands-free Vinyasa Practice - The Warrior Series
This practice-heavy workshop will lead you through a specially designed vinyasa that strongly works the legs and moves the spine in all possible directions, all without putting any body weight on your hands. The main focus of this session will be the relationship of breath to movement, emphasizing the basic movement principles of the sequence. The use of breath cueing to achieve alignment and safety objectives will also be introduced.
- 230pm - 530pm: Alignment in Asana and Vinyasa – Adaptation and Modification
Building on the basics covered in the morning session, the afternoon workshop will cover the full sequence of poses in the Warrior Series with an emphasis on the details of alignment. In particular, we will experiment with how to individualize breath and asana cueing for groups of any size, as well as how to modify the practice for individual therapeutic objectives. The vinyasa will be broken down into its components and applied to the myriad possibilities for individual adaptation and modification.
"FOUNDATIONS OF BREATH-CENTERED YOGA"
14 hours | 5 sessions | Friday evening - Sunday evening, October 18-20, 2019
- FRIDAY 7pm - 9pm: Anatomy of Yoga: Body, Mind and Breath
Yoga can be described as integration of body, mind and breath. Leslie’s teacher, T.K.V. Desikachar, stated that without the breath there is no yoga. Join Leslie Kaminoff, co-author of Yoga Anatomy, for a two hour introduction to the basics of the anatomy, physiology and neurology of yoga practice. Lecture, audio-visual material, led practice and interactive inquiry; this can be taken as a standalone session or as part of the weekend workshop. All levels of experience (including beginners) are welcome.
- SATURDAY 930am - 1230pm: Breath-Centered Yoga - Theory and Practice, part one: Asana, Vinyasa
In this highly interactive, experiential session, Leslie will introduce the distinctive breath-centered teachings of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar from a historical, scholarly and anatomical perspective while leading participants into a progressively deeper understanding of the vital forces at work in the human breathing mechanism during yoga practice.
The practice will highlight the details of breath sequencing and how to coordinate movement and spinal action.
- SATURDAY 2pm - 5pm: Breath-Centered Yoga - Theory and Practice, part two: Bandha, Drishti
The popularity of vinyasa-based yoga practice has created a wide interest in the theory and practice of Bandhas – the “yogic locks” and Drishti – “gazing.” In this session, Leslie applies his unique, experiential approach to clarify and, above all, simplify the practical, anatomical basis of these powerful, yet widely misunderstood tools. Ample time will be devoted to demonstrating adaptations of these practices for individual and therapeutic needs.
- SUNDAY 930am - 1230pm: The Yoga of the Foot – Walking Anatomy, Gait Analysis and Re-Patterning
These are the lessons in being a biped that we all should all have had when we were young. It’s never too late to transform your relationship to the surface of our planet by restoring deep support for the arches of your feet, which are literally the foundation of a yoga practice. Leslie will cover essentials of foot anatomy, weight transfer and gait analysis to help transform your asana and walking from the ground up.
- SUNDAY 2pm - 5pm: The Sage’s Seat: The Physiological Basis of Pranayama, Meditation and Yoga Philosophy
This workshop will explore and illuminate the embodied basis of yogic philosophy and meditation experiences by demonstrating the connection between Patanjali’s eight-limbed path and the biological life sciences. For example, when our relationship to gravity is at its maximum efficiency, and our metabolic requirements are at their minimum, our body’s inherent structural equilibrium emerges as a deep sense of support and energy, which gives rise to concepts like shushumna, chakras and kundalini. Be prepared for an eclectic, free-ranging inquiry into topics ranging from the anatomical roots of pranic theory to the neurological basis of volitional consciousness, karma and free will.
20 hours | all 7 sessions | Friday - Sunday, October 18-20, 2019
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Refund & Cancellation Policy:
A full refund minus $60 processing fee shall be issued for cancellations through October 3, 2019.
Any cancellation request after that date will only be honored in the event of available substitutions: a full refund minus $60 processing fee shall be issued to the client ONLY if a new registrant from the event's waitlist is ready to take their place. In case of no substitutions available, no refund will be issued.
Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. For over four decades he has led workshops and developed specialized education in the fields of yoga, breath anatomy and bodywork. His approach to teaching combines intellectual rigor, spontaneity and humor, and is always evolving.
Leslie is the founder of The Breathing Project, a New York City based educational non-profit dedicated to advancing educational standards for yoga teachers and other movement professionals. His unique year-long course is available online at yogaanatomy.net. He is the co-author, with Amy Matthews, of the best-selling book “Yoga Anatomy.”
During this weekend workshop he will lead participants in asana and breath practices with a strong focus on personal inquiry.
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