An Introduction to Breath-Centered Yoga: Leslie Kaminoff
The process of breathing is at the functional core of any mind-body practice. In this class, author and yoga educator Leslie Kaminoff will lead participants to a progressively deeper understanding of the vital forces at work in the human breathing mechanism. Topics covered will include the basic anatomy of breathing, the mechanics of spinal movement, coordinating the three diaphragms (bandhas), and how to stretch and strengthen the key structures of the breathing body. Ample time will be devoted to individual concerns and questions.
Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. He is an internationally recognized specialist with thirty four years' experience in the fields of yoga and breath anatomy. He leads anatomy and yoga methodology workshops for many of the leading yoga associations, schools and training programs in the world. Leslie's book Yoga Anatomy, (co-authored with Amy Matthews), sold out its first print run of 19,000 within one month of its June 2007 release, and has been a top-selling yoga book ever since. With many international translations, and the release of the newly-revised second edition of Yoga Anatomy, there are currently over 500,000 copies in print.
Leslie is the founder of The Breathing Project, a non-profit educational corporation dedicated to the teaching of individualized, breath-centered yoga practice and education in New York City, where from October to June, Leslie can be found teaching his highly respected year-long courses in Yoga Anatomy. His courses are also available online to a worldwide audience at yogaanatomy.net. Currently there are 1000 students from 39 countries participating in this growing online community.
Leslie has also helped to organize international yoga conferences while serving as Vice-President of Unity in Yoga, and was part of the ad-hoc committee that established national standards for yoga teacher training. Prior to the formation of The Yoga Alliance, Leslie was a strong voice in the ensuing national debate regarding the application of those certification standards. This dialogue resulted in the creation of e-Sutra, an influential e-mail list and blog that has an active worldwide membership, and IYEA (The Independent Yoga Educators of America). His personal website is yogaanatomy.org.
Leslie has also released two innovative instructional products: The Human Kinetics DVD "Breath-Centered Yoga with Leslie Kaminoff" and the Sounds True Audio CD "Freeing the Breath - Health, Relaxation and Clarity Through Better Breathing."