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23/05/2019 09.00 – 12.00 / 13:30 – 16:30

24/05/2019 09.00 – 12.00 / 13:30 – 16:30

25/05/2019 09.00 – 12.00 / 13:30 – 16:30

26/05/2019 09.00 – 12.00 / 13:30 – 16:30

City ZEN Continuing Education

This is Leslie Kaminoff’s signature 24-hour Yoga Anatomy Workshop – 4 days of continuing education designed for the experienced Yoga teacher and students.

DAY 1 Thursday May 23

Breathing as Shape-Change: Covers the basic anatomy, physiology and pressure mechanics of breathing, the coordination of the three diaphragms and other breathing musculature.


An Introduction To Breath-Centered Yoga and Demystifying the Bandhas

In this highly interactive, experiential session, Leslie will introduce the distinctive breath-centered teachings of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar while leading participants into a progressively deeper understanding of the vital forces at work in the human breathing mechanism during yoga practice.

Details of breath sequencing, coordination with movement and spinal action are some of the elements that comprise the topic of bandha, which consists of nothing more than uncovering our innate ability to find support and spaciousness through a breath-centered practice.


Prana, Agni, Shushumna, Kundalini: The Yoga of the Internal Offering

This workshop blends history, philosophy, theory and practice of the central pillar of Krishnamacharya’s integrative, breath-centered teachings.

Specially tailored asana, pranayama and contemplative practice will focus on opening the deep central channel known as shushumna, while re-contextualizing the historic view of Kundalini as “dormant spiritual energy.”

DAY 2 Friday May 24

The Spine – Nature’s Masterpiece of Sthira and Sukha: Covers the evolution and anatomy of spinal structure and mechanics, as well as practical methods for developing greater postural support and articular freedom.


Healthy Spines: Range of Motion, Support and Breath

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 in these challenging poses? How we answer these fundamental questions will determine our goals and experiences when we practice.

This session 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.


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 our 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 workshop will explore – through practice and inquiry – how to tell a different story about our bodies; a story of spirals, fluids, continuities, chaos and freedom – freedom in how we move, feel and think about our embodied existence.

DAY 3 Saturday May 25

Our Articular Selves – Limbs of Locomotion and Evolution: Covers the articular anatomy of the limbs, pelvic and shoulder girdles, exploring issues surrounding locomotion and arm support.


The Yoga of the Foot: How to be a Better Biped

As mammals of the genus homo, we have been walking erect for about 2 million years. Yet, in what amounts to an evolutionary blink of an eye, the natural, organic ground our feet evolved upon has literally been pulled out from under us.

This workshop will delve deeply into the history, structure, function and re-training of our feet as the foundation for a healthy asana practice and for living more fully functional lives as happy bipeds.


Arm Supports Reimagined: Open Chains and Spirals

Leslie considers arm-supported asanas to be intermediate level skills.

He will explain the anatomical basis of this view, and propose a radically different method of entering into these challenging poses by working with open kinetic chain movements that activate the spiraling lines of myofascial support in the arms.


Adaptive Teaching Methodology: With the primary focus on focus on teaching methodology, we will use a breath-centered practice that employs creative cueing to achieve alignment and safety objectives.


Individualizing and Modifying Practice for Groups

Using Leslie’s Hands-Free Warrior Series as a starting point, 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 morning vinyasa will be practiced in a flowing sequence, with time for students to share their individual experiences and concerns.


Individualized Adaptations

Building on the morning’s explorations, the afternoon session will break down the myriad possibilities for individual adaptation, modification, and therapeutic application of asana and breath techniques.

Students will have an opportunity to discuss and explore challenges they experience their individual practices, and receive suggestions for addressing them.

Price: 550€

Attendees must have CSNE membership card, available at City ZEN for 5€, valid for the entire year 2019. We suggest to arrive 20 minutes before the beginning of the event. 

Workshops in English

Places are limited
Booking requested