Breath-Centered Yoga Intensive: Journey into the Center of the Breath
We are happy to welcome Leslie Kaminoff back in Amsterdam! Leslie is a senior teacher and expert on yoga anatomy. He is well known for the book 'Yoga Anatomy' which he co-authored and his years of international teaching.
After the wonderful Masterclass and Intensive Leslie offered in 2019 with us, we are exited to have him back in October to take us on the journey of Breath-Centered Yoga. You get to learn from the master, experience your breath in a whole new way, and explore topics that are a must for every yoga practitioner and teacher.
DATES & TEACHER
21-22 October '23
with Leslie Kaminoff
10 Hour of Teaching
Saturday: 10:30 - 18:00
Sunday: 13:00 - 18:00
Saturday has a 1,5 hour lunch break and Sunday a 1 hour lunch break.
van Houten Church
1381 XX Amsterdam-Weesp
1382 AJ Amsterdam-Weesp
2- Day Intensive
The Intensive: Journey into the Center of the Breath
'Asana is how we stabilize our bodies in space… breath is how we mobilize the space in our bodies.'
- Leslie Kaminoff
This weekend immersion with Leslie is for you if you like to take your yoga and understanding of the breath to the next level. Consisting of four sessions, each session will include a balance of practice (both asana and pranayama), inquiry, lecture, and interactive discussion.
Yoga practitioners, teachers, and therapists of all levels will be able to benefit from Leslie's simple, clear methodology.
In a highly interactive format, Leslie will share effective breathing and teaching techniques developed over 40 years of practice as a yoga, breath, and anatomy educator. Leslie’s approach is aimed at creating freer, more efficient movement and support within all styles of yoga practice. You will gain both an anatomical understanding and an embodied experience of the different techniques used. Allowing you to go home with practical and effective tools to work with your breath and body in a way that is adaptable to your or your student's unique needs.
What you will learn:
The yogic concepts of breath: prana and apana
Anatomical essentials of your breath and spine and how they contribute to coordinating movement
Myth-busting: clarify your teaching language by eliminating breath and anatomy myths
Balancing your teaching and personal practice between inquiry and technique
Applying simple, adaptive imagery
Non-invasive breath techniques that provide a safe space for all, including those who have experienced trauma
Take-home breath exercises to incorporate into your own practice and daily routine
Leslie’s teaching is rooted in the individualized perspective of his teacher T.K.V. Desikachar, which honors every person’s unique structure, condition, history, etc. This means he avoids formulaic systems of observation or prescription when it comes to asana analysis.
For this intensive Leslie assumes participants have an understanding of basic anatomy, so he does not spend time reviewing the names or locations of individual muscles, nerves, joints, or anatomical systems. Instead, he teaches about them in relation to your practice and experience, encouraging personal embodiment.
A certificate of completion from The Breathing Project will be issued to all participants. If you like to refresh your knowledge before attending, we recommend reading: Spine and Breath chapters of “Yoga Anatomy, 3rd edition” by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews.
Saturday Session 1: Essentials of Breath-Centered Yoga
Yoga practice in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar exhibits many distinctive principles and practices not found in other yoga lineages. Details of breath sequencing, coordination with movement, and spinal action are just some of the subjects we will explore in this highly interactive, experiential, and informative session.
Leslie will introduce these breath-centered teachings from an anatomical and energetic perspective while leading participants in a series of inquiry-based techniques that will allow participants to embody the material in a uniquely individual experience.
Saturday Session 2: Non-Linear Asana Flow - Escaping the Tyranny of the Rectangle
Learning the simple geometries of classic asana is a great starting point for the physical aspect of yoga practice, just as learning scales on a piano is a necessary foundation for playing music.
This session tunes into the music of the body, by honoring the spirals, fluids, and asymmetries inherent in our organic forms. We will practice in a way that seeks more balance in our systems by honoring the complementary forces of order and chaos, inquiry and technique, form and function.
Sunday Session 1: The Warrior Series - A Hands-Free Vinyasa Practice
This strong, flowing, breath-centered yoga practice will lead participants 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 the upper limbs.
Additionally, the use of breath cueing to achieve alignment and safety objectives will be covered through exploring individual adaptation and modification.
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.
Sunday Session 2: Re-Imagining Alignment
This highly interactive session relies on students to bring questions about their own asana practice and teaching language. Leslie will promote an experimental atmosphere of inquiry regarding the teaching of alignment, safety and effective cueing of asana.
The session begins with a functional definition of alignment that will lead to clear, simple principles governing our choices in yoga practice.
The fundamental importance of proprioception and interoception
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
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.
He is the co-author, with Amy Matthews, of the best-selling book “Yoga Anatomy.”
We are gathering at two beautiful location in Amsterdam Weeso. On day one we practice in the van Houten Church in only a 15-minute train ride from Amsterdam Central Station. This beautiful church with wooden floors offers a unique atmosphere and all the comfort you need for this training. On day 2 we practice in the St. Laurentiuschurch, just a 5-minute walk from the other church and the train station. During your lunch break, you can have a stroll along the picturesque canals in Weesp. There are different lunch options and stores, or you can enjoy the weather sitting on one of the terraces by the water.