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Yoga teacher, practicing yoga since 1997, teaching since 2003, writer/translator, global soul, world traveller (and sometimes beyond), passionate about eastern philosophy and western psychology, especially its application in mind-body practices such as yoga and somatic movement therapy, deeply in love with life, knows that our greatest teacher lies within, also sometimes a total mess - it's part of the package!

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    Recent Entries

    Sanskrit Made Easy

    Monday, July 11. 2011

    Inspirational quotes from Leslie Kaminoff's Yoga Anatomy course 2010-2011...

    Leslie on PRANAYAMA

    "The most advanced pranayama, and the simplest - here it is: Take a deep breath please, hold it for just a moment, and now - without squeezing, pushing or forcing - just let it go. Let it leave your body and wait … just wait at the end of that exhale. […long pause…] Where you waiting for the next instruction? Does there need to be a next instruction? That’s the point! Do you have any choice whatsoever about what happens next? [laughter in class] What you do have a choice about is what relationship you have to NOT having a choice. That’s deep!"

    "There is a force inside of you that makes you take your next breath."

    "Pranayama doesn't mean breath control, it means unobstructing the breath."

    "Hindi speaking Indians have the habit of dropping the final "a" in Sanskrit words. So it's actually prana-ayama. Meaning: unobstructing the breath. … Ours is sometimes a society of restrictions, control and DON'Ts instead of undoing and unlearning."

    "Unobstructing prana is accomplished through a balanced joining of the forces of inhale and exhale."


    "su-kah means "good space" (internal space). This means that asana should be stable and with good space inside (being at ease)."

    "Sukha: look for space - always."

    "It's always going to come down to prana/apana, sthira/sukha, release and support. We’re always dealing with these dynamics."

    "Intrinsic equilibrium: a deep source of support that can be uncovered through yoga practice."


    "Following your fingertips with your gaze or with your nose is actually one of the most challenging things for people to do. You have to stay really present in the moment to maintain that drishti."


    "The Primary Knot - the energetic root of our resistance to change."

    "The thing that's preventing the prana and the apana, the inhale and the exhale, from having an integrated relationship."

    More quotes from Leslie Kaminoff:
    On Yoga
    Breath and breathing
    Asana and yoga anatomy
    On human nature and the path of yoga

    Five Classical Techniques in Dynamic Yoga

    Saturday, November 6. 2010

    Dynamic Yoga is based on the integration of the five classical techniques of yoga:
       - asana (stillness)
       - vinyasa (movement)
       - bandha (integration)
       - pranayama (breathing)
       - drishti (focus, awareness)

    Each of these is a dynamic, direct expression of one of the five primary energies of existence:
       - stability
       - motion
       - transformation
       - extension
       - emergence

    They are symbolically defined as the five elements (tattvas) of the natural world:
       - earth (stability) —> asana
       - water (motion) —> vinyasa
       - fire (transformation) —> bandha
       - air (extension)> —> pranayama
       - space (emergence) —> drishti

    More about the five elements in Dynamic Yoga >>
    (Page 1 of 1, totaling 2 entries)


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