The teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and his son, T.K.V. Desikachar, exhibit a high degree of integration on all levels, from the physical to the esoteric. Therefore, practicing from an anatomically informed perspective does not have to be at the expense of the energetic or spiritual aspects of yoga.
In honor of his teacher, Desikachar, Leslie Kaminoff will share 40+ years’ experience as a yoga educator. Topics include core concepts and techniques unique to the breath-centered, individualized approach passed through this lineage.
FRIDAY 20th March
Introduction to Healing Through Breath-Centered Yoga
Krishnamacharya’s and Desikachar’s therapeutic approach puts the central focus on two crucial elements: the breath, and the specific needs of the individual. In addition, promoting healing through yoga is based on the perspective that there’s always more going right for a person than has gone wrong. During this first session, Leslie will review the anatomical and physiological basis for yogic concepts that will be explored in more depth throughout the weekend.
SATURDAY 21st March
Mahamudra – Opening the Central Axis
A cornerstone of Krishnamacharya’s breath-centered yoga, the practice of Mahamudra provides a powerful bridge between Asana and Pranayama. In addition to the seated practice that bears its name, the principle of Mahamudra is invoked whenever strong axial extension of the spine is accomplished through the action of the bandhas. This practice workshop will utilize a carefully designed sequence of breath-centered movements and postures that build towards a unique experience of “central channel” breath movement.
Creative Chaos in the Classroom: Spirals, Fascia and Fluids
Yoga is typically practiced on rectangular mats in rectangular spaces making it very easy to impose a linear geometry on our bodies completely at odds with its true nature. There are no straight lines in the body, and we can’t “square off” parts of our anatomy. In fact, we don’t actually have “parts” at all. This session will explore – through practice and inquiry – how to tell a different story about our bodies; a story of spirals, fluids, continuities, chaos and freedom. Breaking out of the “tyranny of the rectangle” can lead to breakthroughs in how we move, feel and think about our embodied existence.
SUNDAY 22nd March
Less Talking, More Doing – The Theory of Mostly Practice
This is a full-length practice session 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.
Shushumna Nadi in Theory and Practice – The Central Pillar of Krishnamacharya’s Yoga
An organizing principle of Krishnamacharya’s breath-centered approach to yoga theory and practice involves the opening of the central channel of the energetic body – the Shushumna Nadi. Leslie’s uniquely anatomical and experiential perspective on this topic refers to this as “vertical axis integration.” This session will explore this idea in a practice sequence that integrates asana, kriya, bandha, mudra, pranayama. The session will conclude with a dhyana on the imagery derived from Krishnamacharya’s unique perspective on Prana/Apana, Kundalini and Agni.
Full Weekend Program: $550 early bird/$680 regular price