The Yoga Bank are very excited to host Leslie's first visit to the UK in 2017... This 4 day intensive is an absolute must for yoga teachers and serious students of yoga...
Introductory Principles: An Introduction To Breath-Centered Yoga
Yoga practice in the tradition of
Krishnamacharya and Desikachar exhibits many distinctive principles and practices not found in other Hatha 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 a historical, scholarly and anatomical perspective while leading participants into a progressively deeper understanding of the vital forces at work in the human breathing mechanism during yoga practice.
Demystifying The Bandhas
The popularity of vinyasa-based yoga practice has created a wide interest in the theory and practice of Mula, Uddiyana and Jalandhara Bandha – the “yogic locks.” In this workshop, Leslie applies his unique, experiential approach to clarify and, above all, simplify the practical, anatomical basis of these powerful, yet widely misunderstood tools.
The good news is the moment you first learned to coordinate breath and body movement, you were immediately, implicitly learning bandhas. From this perspective, deepening your yoga consists of nothing more than uncovering our innate ability to find support and spaciousness through breath-centered practice.
The Warrior Series – A Hands-Free Vinyasa Practice: part one
This practice-based session will lead you through a strong, flowing, breath-centered vinyasa specially designed designed to work your legs and move your spine in all possible directions, all without putting any body weight on your hands.
Part one focuses on the relationship of breath to movement, while introducing the basic movement principles of the sequence. Additionally, the use of breath cueing to achieve alignment and safety objectives will be covered through exploring individual adaptation and modification.
Re-imagining Alignment: part one
This highly interactive workshop relies on students to bring questions about their own asana practice and teaching language. Leslie will promote an experimental, experiential atmosphere of inquiry regarding the teaching of alignment, safety and effective cueing of asana.
Part one begins with an historical and anatomical perspective on the subject and definition of alignment. Then, an exploration of the uniqueness of human structure will lead to the understanding that “asanas don’t have alignment - people have alignment."
The Warrior Series – A Hands-Free Vinyasa Practice: part two
Building on the previous day’s topics, we will learn the full sequence of poses in the Warrior Series with an emphasis on the details of alignment. In particular, we will experiment with how to individualize breath and asana cueing for groups of any size, as well as how to modify the practice for individual therapeutic objectives.
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.
Re-imagining Alignment: part two
Continuing our exploration, we will introduce more clear, simple principles that govern healthy function in breath-centered, individualized yoga practice.
Topics will include:
• Functional principles of alignment
• 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
Preventing and Healing Injuries Through Yoga: Therapeutic Adaptation and Modification
Injuries occur when we provoke too much movement from too few places. This day-long intensive is essentially a crash-course in the fundamentals of therapeutic yoga education. We will draw from the histories, injuries and concerns of workshop participants to identify and address the most common sources of stress in yoga practice.
Working with the group, and individually with selected participants, we will explore practical modifications to asana, the creative use of breath, language and imagery, and simple hands-on adjustments. This is Leslie’s opportunity to re-create the context in which he learned the one-on-one application of yoga from his teacher, T.K.V.Desikachar.
Please note, Leslie would prefer not to split the days if possible, as the intensive is sequential, and builds on previous days experiences and talks.
Investment - £325.00