Asheville Yoga Center is one of the most popular yoga schools in the Southeast. Our foundational programs are designed to enhance your personal knowledge, deepen your practice and provide you with the confidence and skills necessary to safely experience or teach yoga.

We offer three types of event:

  • Yoga workshops (non-certification events) 
  • 200 Hour RYT  training courses
  • 300 Hour certified training courses (Advanced Study and Therapeutically-Oriented)

Healing with Yoga Anatomy and the Breathing Body

Healing with Yoga Anatomy and the Breathing Body
Leslie Kaminoff
Asheville Yoga Center
October 26, 2018
12:00 am - 12:00 am

October 26 - 28, 2018
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $50 if you sign up by September 14, 2018

$300 with Early Bird Special 

($350 after Sept. 14, 2018)

Friday 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm | 2:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday 9:00am – 1:00pm

Can be taken in combination with Better Breath Coaching: A Full Day Breathing Immersion on Monday, October 29, 2018. Inquire with for details on 300 hour YA crediting.

Join Yoga Anatomy pioneer Leslie Kaminoff in an interactive lab that will transform your practice by re-examining asana and vinyasa in light of a basic tenet: “Healthy movement is well-distributed movement.” The most common source of movement-based injury is the opposite: too much movement from too few places, repeated too many times – something many commonly used alignment cues may unintentionally promote by putting stress on vulnerable joints. Taking a fresh look at the anatomical basis for alignment in asana practice, Leslie will challenge and re-imagine many long-held assumptions about how to make practice safe and effective.

Starting with clear, simple principles that govern musculoskeletal function, he will help you put your yoga on a solid foundation literally from the ground up and from your head down. Topics will include:

– Functional, anatomical principles of alignment
– Breath-centered cuing to achieve alignment objectives
– 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
– The use of gazing (drishti) and imagery to foster increased neuromuscular integration
– How to teach individual modifications in a group environment

Practical modifications to familiar postures and movements, and the creative use of breath, language and imagery will be explained and practiced. Bring your mat, your practice and your questions. 

Friday 6:00-9:00pm:
Introduction to Breath Centered Yoga
Yoga in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar exhibits many distinctive principles and practices not found in other Hatha Yoga lineages. Leslie will introduce these breath-centered teachings from both a historical and an anatomical perspective while leading participants into a 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 subjects we will explore in this highly interactive, experiential and informative session.

Saturday 10:00am–1:00pm:
Practice and Principles of Breath, Movement and Alignment
This session will open with a strong, flowing, breath-centered yoga practice that will lead you through a specially-designed vinyasa that strongly works the legs and moves the spine in all possible directions.
Leslie will introduce the practice by focusing on the relationship of breath to movement, while introducing the basic elements of the sequence. We will then experiment with how to individualize the breath and asana cueing in order to modify the practice for individual therapeutic objectives.

Saturday 2:30–5:30pm:
Re-Imagining Alignment: Form Follows Function
In this session, Leslie will promote an experimental, experiential atmosphere of inquiry regarding the teaching of alignment, safety and effective cueing of asana.
After grounding the discussion in clear, simple principles that govern musculoskeletal function, Leslie will then address questions about:

-Functional principles of alignment

-Breath-centered, anatomically-based cueing

-The relationship of bandha to support and movement

-Why many standard alignment cues may be doing more harm than good, and what kind of language to use instead

Sunday 9:00am – 1:00pm:
Accessible Twists, Backbends and Inversions
Challenging practices can be made accessible by understanding their functional objectives and working with simple adaptations to posture and breath. This session will explore these possibilities with a sequence that includes modified twists, backbends and inversions, as well as seated and supine breathing. Ample time will be devoted to questions and individual concerns.

Required Reading (click on book title to purchase):

Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff (do not need to bring to class unless you would like it signed)

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This event is expected to fill. Please make sure you are okay with large capacity groups.

More Info: 300 Hour Advanced Studies

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

200 Hour (200 RYT)
Yoga Teacher Training

Become a Yoga Teacher — Our 200 Hour program is lead by an expert faculty who inspire future yoga instructors and those simply looking to deepen their practice. Gain skills, knowledge and experience to be great yoga teacher.


300 Hour (500 RYT)
Advanced Teacher Training

Begin Anytime – 11 Required Modules (mostly weekends). Our most popular and flexible program: you have several years to pick and choose your courses to most enhance your own teaching style.


Therapeutically Oriented 
Teacher Training

10+ Weekends over 9 months – This course is geared mostly towards working one-on-one in private yoga sessions that contain strong therapeutic elements, with each weekend building upon the next.

300 Hour Advanced Studies Teacher Training Modules