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Breath-Centered Yoga and the Desikachar Revolution: A Weekend of Yoga Education with Leslie Kaminoff (Fairfax)

  • Sun & Moon Yoga – Fairfax 9998 Main Street Fairfax, VA, 22031 United States (map)

6:30p - 8:30p

Awakening Our Inner Resources – Proprioception and Interoception in Yoga Education

By recognizing the fundamental job of a yoga teacher is to help students re-inhabit their bodies, we can make a few key changes to transform our teaching language into a more empowering experience for our students. Specific classroom strategies that promote better body awareness will be re-imagined and demonstrated for commonly-taught practices.  A discussion of long and short term skill-sequencing will also help prioritize teaching choices for students of every level of experience.

12:30p - 5:00p (with 30 minute break in the middle)
Healthy Spines and Better Backbends Through Breathing

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.

The first half of this class 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.

After the break, we focus in on back-bending in particular. Is it about moving backwards in space or is it about changing the shape of the spine? What role does the breath play in entering into and remaining in these challenging poses? How we answer these fundamental questions will determine our goals and experiences when we practice back-bending.
 In this fun and informative workshop, we will explore the definition of back-bending from the viewpoint of the body’s full range of anatomical possibilities – from world-class contortionists to average citizens. We will also practice several key asanas and vinyasas that will permit us to use the breath in a variety of creative ways to enhance and deepen the opening of our bodies to these delicious shapes.

12:30p - 5:00p (with 30 minute break in the middle)
Desikachar’s Revolution: The Breath, the Individual, the Relationship

In homage to the groundbreaking contributions of his teacher, Leslie will share rare footage of Desikachar explaining the key tenets of his approach to therapeutic yoga: an utmost respect for the individual, the central role of the breath in yoga practice, and above all, the definition of yoga as relationship. Leslie will share techniques developed working therapeutically with groups and offer selected guest clients the unique opportunity to work one-on-one with him, addressing specific challenges or anatomical issues, building awareness of patterns of holding tension. This culmination of the workshop offers inquiry, dialogue and a practice session to balance structure with self-directed asana. Students will be invited to truly connect to the “Heart of Yoga.”

Full weekend with early-bird registration until February 1, 2020 = $270
After February 1, 2020 = $300
Individual sessions available beginning March 1, 2020 (as space allows)