Faculty - Leslie Kaminoff

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 three decades he has led workshops and developed specialized education for many leading yoga associations, schools and training programs in America and throughout the world. Leslie is the founder of The Breathing Project, a New York City based educational non-profit dedicated to teaching individualized, breath-centered yoga.
Leslie created and teaches The Breathing Project’s unique year-long course in yoga anatomy, also available online at yogaanatomy.net. He is the co-author, with Amy Matthews, of the best-selling book Yoga Anatomy.

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Breath and Spine: A 3-Dimensional Perspective

Leslie Kaminoff - TH1KAM

In this full day intensive, we will take a deep dive into the topic of breath cueing in asana practice. While the standard cues of inhaling on backbends and exhaling in forward bending introduce a basic connection of breath to movement, there are many other variations. With the intention of opening the breath and spine to new dimensions of freedom, this workshop will explore those possibilities, and highlight some the functional advantages of alternative perspectives. The workshop will blend guided practice sessions with individual inquiry and the presentation of relevant anatomical information.


11:00 AM - 6:00 PM (6 HRS)


Re-imagining Alignment

Leslie Kaminoff - FR1KAM

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). Topics include: • 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


9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (6 HRS)


The Warrior Series – A Hands-Free Vinyasa Practice

Leslie Kaminoff - SA2KAM

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.


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (2 HRS)


Bones, Muscles and Structural Diversity

Leslie Kaminoff - SA3KAM

This visually-rich workshop will present a wealth of evidence that confirms the absolute uniqueness of each individual. From the shape of our bones, to the tapestry of our myofascia, we will explore the inner landscape of our singular structure and function through asana and vinyasa. We will explore how each individual has a different experience of basic poses, how to confidently lead a group class while allowing for these differences, and suggest simple breath and alignment modifications that can make practice safer and more effective.


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (2 HRS)


Breath-Centered Yoga and Demystifying the Bandhas

Leslie Kaminoff - SA5KAM

In this highly interactive, experiential session, Leslie will cover 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. Details of breath sequencing, coordination with movement and spinal action are some of the elements that comprise the topic of bandha. Far from being a mystical practice, the good news is the moment we were immediately, implicitly learning bandhas when we first learned to coordinate breath and body movement. From this perspective, deepening our yoga consists of nothing more than uncovering our innate ability to find support and spaciousness through a breath-centered practice.


5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (2 HRS)


Alignment and Breath Cueing for Individuals in Group Practice

Leslie Kaminoff - SU1KAM

You can’t personally keep every student in your class safe, but you can help them learn how to keep themselves safe. By practicing mindful teaching language, imagery and open-ended pacing, we will explore how students in a class of any size can have a truly individual experience. A variety of strategies will be demonstrated and discussed in the context of a simple practice session.


9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (2 HRS)


Healthy Spines: Range of Motion, Support and Breath

Leslie Kaminoff - SU2KAM

Are forward- and back-bending asanas about moving forward and backwards in space or are they about changing the shape of the spine? What role does the breath play in entering into and supporting us these challenging poses? How we answer these fundamental questions will determine our goals and experiences when we practice. Unfortunately, some of the most common alignment cues do not produce evenly distributed spinal movement, resulting in a perpetuation of chronic tightness in the very areas the poses seek to release. This workshop will provide a solid grounding in details of the anterior and posterior lines of the body from both an anatomical and a yogic perspective. We will practice a variety of breath-based movements and healthy alignment strategies


11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (2 HRS)