Om My Yoga, May 2023

QUOTES:
  • Leslie Kaminoff has been in the process of teaching individualized, breath-centered yoga, even to groups, since meeting his teacher, T.K.V. Desikachar.
  • Leslie Kaminoff: “Yoga is not about doing the asanas; it’s about undoing what’s in the way of the asanas.”
  • T.K.V. Desikachar: “The recognition of confusion is a form of clarity.”
  • T.K.V. Desikachar: “Your yoga practice must always be a little more clever than your habits (tapas).”
  • Leslie Kaminoff: “There are correct ways to do techniques. There is no one right way to breathe.”
  • Leslie Kaminoff: “What we are after in our Yoga practice is freedom. One of the first things to get free from is the idea that there is a *right* way. It doesn’t matter what pattern you’re stuck in, the problem is being stuck!”
  • Leslie Kaminoff: “Breath is the great teacher of tapas, svadhyaya, isvarapranidhana. Tapas refers to that which you can change; isvarapranidhana relates to the stuff you can’t change; svadhyaya refers to self-reflection, the introspection that allows us to distinguish one from the other.”
  • Leslie Kaminoff: “The simpler the practice, the more sophisticated a relationship you can have with it.”
  • T.K.V. Desikachar: “Without the breath it’s not Yoga.”
  • Amy Matthews, paraphrasing Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen: “Healthy movement is well-distributed: a little bit of movement from a lot of places.” This was further clarified by Leslie: “a little bit of movement, coming from a lot of places, repeated a reasonable number of times.”
  • Conversely, Leslie Kaminoff says “Unhealthy movement is too much movement coming from too few places repeated too many times (repetitive stress).”

WATCH/LISTEN:
RECOMMENDED READING:


Should We Keep Mula Bandha All The Time?

Have you heard advice about maintaining mula bandha all the time? Have you heard advice about maintaining any body position all the time? Join Leslie and students as they examine well-meaning advice, habits, and practices you can follow to honor the balance into your system.


What is Flexibility, and How Much Do We Really Need?

Do you do yoga to live a better life, or do you live to do better yoga? Your answer may surprise you, and it will help you learn where to set healthy limits in your own practice.


Honesty in Yoga Credentialing