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Leslie Kaminoff’s Hands Free Class on Yoga Journal

Squeal Squeal SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEAL!  One of our most beloved teachers, Leslie Kaminoff, has a sequence featured in Yoga Journal’s October issue.  We could not be more excited or proud.  It is thrilling that YJ would make room for a no hands-practice and about time! Too many people are unprepared, tortured and unhappy with the typical flows that use lots of downward dogs.  Downward Dog is not bad; it’s just not for everyone all the time.  Well, here’s a class that still gets you warm (trust us!), muscles working and feeling good.  The class is full of Leslie’s signature breath work and arm spirals.  It’s amazing how connecting breath and movement in his particular way opens space in the body that is unique unto his yoga classes.

Stop reading this (not really, keep reading the blog, but just take a break) and go do this already.  You will not be disappointed and you’ll be feeling your leg and glute muscles working hard while using your breath to move you through the class.  Thank you, Leslie!

Leslie Kaminoff Sets the Record Straight

Numbers can be a tricky business, especially when describing the body.  Leslie disputed the ROM numbers William Broad (writer of THE NYT article) used to describe movement in the cervical spine.  Leslie explains how those same numbers actually appear in his book Yoga Anatomy and why we need to pay very close attention to what we see and read.  Apparently, he is even enjoying Broad’s book. It’s refreshing to see respected authorities in their fields argue rationally and clearly.

Also, there is an excellent analogy here comparing the video game guitar hero to musicianship and really how ridiculous that is, but that is exactly how people have been defining asana practice vs. yoga.  Many North American practitioners head into classes eager to do their postures and think, “Ok, I’ve run through the sequence, I’ve done yoga.”  See actually, that’s like guitar hero.  The REAL Yoga (musicianship if you will) happens when one moves with awareness, which deepens the link between body and mind. This linking is not exclusive to asana practice, but asana practice is NOT a guarantee to this linking.  Just watch the video, Leslie explains…


Leslie Kaminoff Reacts to the New York Times Article

Once again here is another fantastically expressed argument about some of the issues yoga teachers are having with the NY Times article.  Of course, no surprise it comes from one of our beloved educators Leslie Kaminoff.  Leslie does such a wonderful job of critically addressing the scientific errors that made it into the article that has caused so much controversy.

Again to be clear we still think this article was important to point out that yoga like ANY OTHER physical activity you take on can have its own risks involved. But now with the emergence of video’s like Leslie’s and the blog post by Eddie Stern the real conversation can begin.  So let’s start digging in and see what we learn.  Thanks to Leslie for his excellent clarifications and support for an important dialogue necessary to the evolution of a better yoga in America.