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Breath-Centered Yoga

  • Boston University's College of Fine Arts 855 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA, 02215 United States (map)

Please note that this event will now be held at Bow Street Yoga, 34 Bow St., Somerville, MA.

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.

$299 for the Full Weekend

$180 for Saturday Only

To register for Sunday only or individual sessions, please email

Payment Plan: $100 deposit | $199 Balance due May 1st


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


Saturday June 10th | 10-1pm

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 relationship between the bandhas and Krishnamacharya’s unique theory of kundalini will be covered, as well their connection to the practice of inversion (viparita karani).

Twist, Don't Break and Better Backbends through Breathing

Saturday June 10th | 2:30-5:30pm

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 June 11th | 10-5:30pm

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

Please note that this event will now be held at Bow Street Yoga, 34 Bow St., Somerville, MA.

Registration deadline is May 15th.

Refund Policy for workshops:

All workshop sales are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another workshop. If you notify us via email 72 hours in advance we can transfer your registration to a different student. Please email if you have any questions.

Earlier Event: May 25
Teachers' Gathering