A WEEKEND WITH LESLIE KAMINOFF
AYM is pleased to host LESLIE KAMINOFF for a weekend of inquiry. Starting with the Friday evening community event, a by donation class dedicated to the healing powers of Pranayama and breath work. During the weekend we will explore various aspects to our physical practice from the ground up. Whether you are a teacher or a dedicated student this weekend will offer us a chance to dive deep and learn from one of the most influential teachers of our day.
Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. He is recognized internationally as a specialist in the fields of yoga, breath anatomy and bodywork. For over four decades he has led workshops and developed specialized education for many leading yoga associations, schools and training programs in America and throughout the world. 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.”
You can follow him on Instagram (@leslie.kaminoff), Twitter (@lkaminoff) and on Facebook (LeslieKaminoffYogaAnatomy), on YouTube (YogaAnatomy) and learn more at YogaAnatomy.org.
Demystifying The Bandhas
Saturday 12:30-2:30 pm:
The popularity of vinyasa-based yoga practice has created a wide interest in the theory and practice of Mula, Uddiyana and Jalandhara Bandha – the “yogic locks.” In this workshop, Leslie applies his unique, experiential approach to clarify and, above all, simplify the practical, anatomical basis of these powerful, yet widely misunderstood tools.
The good news is the moment you first learned to coordinate breath and body movement, you were immediately, implicitly learning bandhas. From this perspective, deepening your yoga consists of nothing more than uncovering our innate ability to find support and spaciousness through breath-centered practice.
Saturday 3:00-5:00 pm:
This highly interactive workshop relies on students to bring questions about their own asana practice and teaching language. Leslie will promote an experimental, experiential atmosphere of inquiry regarding the teaching of alignment, safety and effective cueing of asana.
The session begins with an historical and anatomical perspective on the subject and functional definition of alignment. Then, an exploration of the uniqueness of human structure will lead to the understanding that “asanas don’t have alignment – people have alignment.”
Starting with clear, simple principles that govern musculoskeletal function, Leslie will help you put your asana on a solid foundation literally from the ground up (and from your head down).
The fundamental importance of proprioception and interoception
Functional principles of alignment
Breath-centered, anatomically-based cueing
The relationship of bandha to support and movement
Why instructions like “tuck your tail,” “lengthen your spine,” “square your hips” may be doing more harm than good, and what kind of language to use instead
The use of gazing (drishti) and imagery to foster increased neuromuscular integration
The Warrior Series – A Hands-Free Vinyasa Practice
Sunday 12:30-2:30 pm:
If you like a strong, flowing, breath-centered yoga practice, but have done more than a few too many down dogs, up dogs and chaturangas, then this is the class for you. 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.
This session can be extended into two parts, with part one focusing on the relationship of breath to movement, while introducing the basic movement principles of the sequence. Additionally, the use of breath cueing to achieve alignment and safety objectives will be covered through exploring individual adaptation and modification.
Building on the basics covered in part one, part two covers 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 practiced twice, the first time flowing through non-stop, and the second time breaking down the myriad possibilities for individual adaptation.
The Yoga of the Foot: How to be a Better Biped
Sunday 3:00-5:00 pm:
As mammals of the genus homo, we have been walking erect for about 2 million years. Yet, in what amounts to an evolutionary blink of an eye, natural organic ground has literally been pulled out from under us, as we have leveled, paved, and otherwise smoothed out the unpredictable terrain our feet evolved upon. Add to this insult the injury of restrictive footwear and we in the industrialized world have an epidemic of physical ills that can be traced back to our compromised foundations.
This workshop will delve deeply into the history, structure, function and retraining of our feet as the foundation for a healthy asana practice and for living more fully functional lives as happy bipeds.
In person pricing
Early bird offer: $235 (before August 9)
Full price :$260 for all 4 sessions
$70 per individual session (Registration will open after August 9)
Online pricing (On Zoom)
$225 for all 4 sessions
$60 per individual session
SPECIAL EVENT BY DONATION
Pranayama Practice & The Power of Breath
A community event for:
Anyone who has experienced respiratory difficulties and wants to receive instruction in healthier ways of breathing.
Families and friends of people suffering from breathing difficulties who want to learn simple effective ways of assisting their loved ones.
Yoga and movement teachers who want to hone their observational and instructional skills related to breath education.
First Responders, Fire Fighters, Search and Rescue, and more are encouraged to attend!