Yoga Intensive: Yoga, Anatomy, In Practice

This is your opportunity to study with Leslie Kaminoff, a senior teacher and expert on yoga anatomy. Leslie is well known for the book 'Yoga Anatomy' he co-authored and his years of international teaching. 

After the wonderful Masterclass and Intensive Leslie offered last year, we are happy to welcome him back in Amsterdam for this Masterclass or a full weekend Intensive of yoga, yoga anatomy, alignment, breath-centered yoga, and meditation. You get to learn from the master and explore topics that are a must for every yoga practitioner and teacher. 

DATES & TEACHER

14-15 November '20

with Leslie Kaminoff

PROGRAM

12 Hour of Teaching

Saturday: 11:00 - 18:30 

Sunday: 11:00 - 18:30

LOCATION

van Houten Church

Oudegracht 69

1381 XX Amsterdam-Weesp

PRICE

Early Bird: 
Intensive Only: €269
Intensive + Masterclass: €314

Regular Price: 

Intensive Only: €289
Intensive + Masterclass: €334

Early bird price available for the first 20 bookings before 15 June

The Intensive: Yoga, Anatomy, In Practice
Session 1: The Most Powerful Breath You Will Ever Take

The most powerful breath you will ever take is your very first breath. It transforms your entire physiology from its non-breathing, non-eating fetal state to that of an independent entity that must oxygenate its own blood, seek out its own nutrition, eliminate its waste and navigate a world of gravity and space. For the rest of our lives, we will have to negotiate this intricate dance between our internal and external spaces.
A breath-centered yoga practice offers you the opportunity to take the second-most transformational breaths you will ever take, and that is the specific goal of this workshop. Through inspiration, education, and reflection, Leslie Kaminoff will lead you through a series of practices that will forever transform your relationship to your breathing body.

 

Session 2: Healthy Spines: Range Of Motion, Support, and Breath

Are forward- and back-bending asanas about moving forward and backward 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.

Session 3: Less Talking More Doing - The Theory of Mostly Practice 

This is a full-length practice session (2+ hours) with a minimum of lecture. Simple body and breath warmups will be followed by a session of seated breath/bandha practice. A standing vinyasa series will flow into floor work, modified inversions, twists, backbends and forward bends, concluding with a full savasana, followed by quiet sitting. Brief introductory and concluding remarks will frame the session.

 

Session 4: The Sage's Seat - The Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga, Meditation, and Pranayam

Drawing inspiration from Patanjali’s royal eight-limbed path, this workshop will explore and illuminate the embodied basis of seated meditation experiences. When our relationship to gravity is at maximum efficiency, our body’s inherent structural equilibrium provides sufficient support so our metabolic requirements draw a minimum of resources from breathing. This eclectic session covers topics that range from anatomy and physiology to effective preparation for sitting postures to chanting and visualization techniques.

Location

We are gathering at the beautiful van Houten Church in Amsterdam-Weesp, 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. 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.

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 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.”

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