When I wrote about two new viniyoga videos in my blog a few weeks ago, I thought they were the only new ones out there. Turns out, I was wrong. As I researched anatomy books for the next teacher training, I came across a third video that I wanted to share with you. Breath Centered Yoga is a DVD created by Leslie Kaminoff, a viniyoga master teacher and the author of Yoga Anatomy, the anatomy text we use in Whole Life Yoga’s teacher training program.
Leslie is a long-time student of Desikachar who lives in New York. He founded The Breathing Project, an institute dedicated to this style of yoga in New York City, and his knowledge of both breath-centered yoga and anatomy is renowned. Although I’ve never studied with him personally, I know several people who have, and they have described him and his teaching approach as grounded, accessible, and filled with humor. I never hesitate to recommend his work to my students.
His DVD offers four practices that vary in length from 18 to 29 minutes. The 29 minute practice is meant to be a stand-alone practice. The three shorter practices can be practiced individually or combined to make a single practice that is a little over an hour in length. The DVD also includes several bonus audio tracks with descriptions of adaptations for everything from plus sized bodies to “real men.” 😉
True to the viniyoga methodology, the practices on this DVD involve dynamic movement in addition to stay. The video’s practitioners don’t move in concert, but at their own pace, and they each practice using their own adaptations. The video is described as offering “gentle, therapeutic yoga routines that are accessible for all levels.”
I haven’t actually seen this video yet, and I don’t yet carry it in the studio. However is it readily available on Amazon.com and other online retailers. I hope to add it to my retail offerings later this spring or summer. I am excited to find another video I can recommend to my clients by a very reputable viniyoga master!
In the mean time, if any of you buy and review it, please tell me what you think!
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