Cihangir Yoga is Proud To Be Hosting Leslie Kaminoff !

Novotel, Karaköy — 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

Cihangir Yoga is Proud To Be Hosting Leslie Kaminoff!

Dates: April 14- 16, 2017

Location: Novotel, Karaköy

Hours: April 14,15: 09.30- 12.30, 14.00- 17.00

April 16: 11.00- 14.00, 15.30- 18.30

Price: 450 Euros

*Full participation has priority. Single day attendance is only possible for the first day upon availability.

Cihangir Yoga is proud to be hosting Leslie Kaminoff, co-author of Yoga Anatomy. Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar, an internationally recognized specialist with four decades’ experience in the fields of yoga and breath anatomy. He will be meeting the Turkish yoga community for the first time for this 3-day event. During this training, Kaminoff will apply his uniquely yogic, experiential approach to asana practice and refresh your views on Yoga practice.

This intensive is open to experienced practitioners and advanced level students and will count toward the CY 300 Path to Transformative Living and Teaching.

April 14 Frıday 09.30-12.30: An Introduction To Breath-Centered Yoga
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.

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.

April 14 Friday 14.00-17.00: Exploring The Breathing Body In Yoga and Demystifying The Bandhas

What is breathing? Based on his deceptively simple yet powerful definition – shape change in the cavities – Leslie will lead participants into a progressively deeper understanding of the vital forces at work in the human breathing mechanism during yoga practice. The primary focus of the lecture and movement explorations will be the basic anatomy of breathing and its relationship to the mechanics of yoga practice. Additionally, many myths and misconceptions about yogic breathing and the diaphragm will be addressed and clarified using a variety of audio-visual aides — including unique animations and x-ray images of the breathing muscles in action.
The popularity of vinyasa-based yoga practice has created a wide interest in the theory and practice of Mula, Uddiyana and Jalandhara Bandha – the “yogic locks.” The good news is the moment you first learned to coordinate breath and body movement, you were immediate, 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.

In this workshop, Leslie applies his unique, experiential approach to clarify and, above all, simplify the practical, anatomical basis of these powerful, yet widely misunderstood tools.

April 15 Saturday 09.30-12.30: The Warrior Series, part 1: 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, up dogs and chaturanga, then this is the workshop for you. During part one of Leslie’s signature Warrior Series, he will introduce anatomical principles and breath-cueing to achieve alignment and safety objectives while exploring individual adaptation and modification. This specially-designed vinyasa strongly works your legs and moves your spine in all possible directions, all without putting any body weight on your hands.

April 15 Saturday 14.00-17.00: Reimagining Alignment, part 1
This highly interactive, 2-part 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.

Part 1 begins with a 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.”

These principles will then be explored through the teaching of the foundations of the most basic standing poses.

April 16 Sunday 11.00 – 14.00 : Warrior Series: A Hands – Free Vinyasa Practice , part 2

Building on the basics covered in part one, part two of “The Warrior Series” covers the full sequence of poses in the Warrior Series with an emphasis on the details of alignment. In particular, 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 vinyasa will be practiced twice, the first time flowing through non-stop, and the second time breaking down the myriad possibilities for individual adaptation.

April 16 Sunday 15.30 – 18.30 : Reimagining Alignment, part 2

Continuing with the clear, simple principles that govern musculoskeletal function, Leslie explore a full range of asana with respect to the following topics:

  • 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

About Leslie Kaminoff

Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. For four decades he has led workshops and developed specialized education in the fields of yoga, breath anatomy and bodywork. His approach to teaching combines intellectual rigor, spontaneity, and humor, and is always evolving.

Leslie is the founder of The Breathing Project, a New York City-based educational non-profit dedicated to teaching individualized, breath-centered yoga. His unique year-long yoga anatomy course is now available online at

He is the co-author, with Amy Matthews, of the best-selling book “Yoga Anatomy.”

For more information and registration : +90 539-572 84 37 / +90 212 243 19 93 or