Breath-Centered Yoga: A Weekend Workshop with Leslie Kaminoff

January 13-14, 2018

Sadler Center, Rooms Tidewater A&B
The College of William & Mary
200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, VA


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 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. Join Leslie for a weekend of workshops centered around his unique approach to understanding breath and anatomy through practice.



Introduction to Breath Centered Yoga, Demystifying the Bandhas, and Theory of Inversions

Saturday, January 13th: 9:30am-1:00pm

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. 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.
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. 



Twist, Don’t Break and Better Backbends through Breathing

Saturday, January 13th: 2:30-6:00pm

Axial rotation is the anatomical term for twisting of the spine. Understanding the structural core of twisting postures, known in yoga as “Parivritti,” reveals the critical role that breathing plays in safely accomplishing these complex movements.  Similarly, is backbending 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 backbending. In this practice-oriented session, Leslie will review the key structures of the spine and breathing mechanism that can contribute to (or sometimes interfere with) these delicious shapes.


Re-Imagining Alignment day-long intensive

Sunday, January 14th: 9:30am-12:00pm and 1:30-4:00pm

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.

The session 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.”Starting with clear, simple principles that govern musculoskeletal function, Leslie will help you put your asana on a solid foundation literally from the ground up (and from your head down).

Topics include:

  • Functional principles of alignment
  • 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





  • Full weekend; early bird pricing by October 1, 2017: $299
  • Full weekend: $325