Workshops & Events
Personal Breath Bootcamp Series with Becky Morrissey
Personal Breath Bootcamp Series with Becky Morrissey, RYT500, C-IAYT, TCTSY-F
Date: July 6-31st, Monday through Friday
You do not have to be a yoga teacher to attend this program. This bootcamp is open to all levels. If you are a 200RYT, you will receive 10 CEUs.
This summer's morning yoga series is an opportunity to experience and establish a pattern of personal yoga breath practice in your own home. Each 30 minute class will provide step-by-step guidance suitable for beginners as well as more experienced practitioners. The class will begin with a centering breath, move through an intentionally themed sequence of breath practices, have a "restorative breath" practice, and then end with a short meditation. Options and how-tos will support you in finding a way to make the practice your own as we practice together. Printed material will be available for reference and clarity. Join us in your PJs or your yoga clothes, with a cuppa, on the deck or anywhere you are able to breathe, meditate and awake!
Saturday September 19th 2020, 9:30-12:30pm; 2-5:00pm
Sunday September 20th 2020, 9:30am-12:30pm; 2:00-5:00pm
Cost: Early Bird $299 available through; Regular Price $345
Saturday, September 19th, 2020
An Introduction to Breath-Centered Yoga and Demystifying the Bandhas
In this highly interactive, experiential session, Leslie will introduce the distincitive breath-centered teachings of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar from a historical, scholarly and anatomical perspective while leading participants into 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 comrpise the topic of bandha. Far from being a mystical practice, the good news is the moment we were immediately, implicityly learning banhas whe we first learned to coordinate breath and body movement. From this perspective, deepening our yoga consists of nothing more than uncovering our innate ability to find support and spaciousness through a breath-centered practice.
Re-imagining Alignment: Part 1
The first part of Leslie's Re-imagining Alignment begins with an historical and anatomical perspective on the subject and functional definition of alignment followed by an exploration of the uniqueness of human structure. 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).
- a historical context for alignment in asana
- Anatomical definition and principles of alignment
- The relationship of bandha to support and movement
Sunday, September 20th, 2020
The Warrior Series - A Hands-Free Vinyasa Practice
If you like a strong, flowing, breath-centered yoga practice, but have done more than a few too many down dogs, updogs and chaturangas, then this is the class for you. This practice -heavy workshop will lead you through a specially designed vinyasa that strongly works legs and moves the spine in all possible directions; all without putting any body weight on your hands. the use of breath cueing to achieve alignment and afety objectives will be covered through exploring individual adaptation and modification for individual therapeutic objectives.
Re-imagining Alignment: Part 2
Part 2 of Leslie's Re-imagining Alignment 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
- Why Instructions like "tuck your tail, lengthen your spine, square your hips" maybe doing more harm than good, and what kind of language to use instead
- Breath-centered, anatomically-based cueing
- The use of Gazing (drishti) and imagery to foster increased neuromuscular integration