Leslie Kaminoff, world-renowned Yoga Educator, brings Yoga Anatomy to life Online in a 9-Month Intensive Training Program
Leslie Kaminoff, author of the #1 best-selling yoga book “Yoga Anatomy,” has been bringing the study of anatomy to life for over 31 years. One of the world’s most renowned and accomplished teachers of yoga anatomy, Kaminoff’s internationally acclaimed Yoga Anatomy Course has helped teachers and practitioners from yoga, dance, pilates, and somatic therapy backgrounds improve their teaching, enhance their personal practices, and provide better experiences for their students and clients. Previously available only to students live at his studio, The Breathing Project in New York City, you can now enroll in the course online!
As a graduate of this course, you will enhance your teaching, protect your students, and deepen your personal practice with a comprehensive understanding of how the human body actually works.
If you want to be a world-class yoga teacher or physical instructor, intimate knowledge of human anatomy is a MUST. Practical knowledge of the working human body, and the ability to impart that knowledge to your students in meaningful ways, is what will keep your room packed and your teaching inspired for years to come. Join the community and converse with today’s expert in this field while you hone your skills.
Leslie Kaminoff’s teaching is inspired by his studies with T.K.V. Desikachar, son of T. Krishnamacharya’s. With over 31 years of experience in yoga anatomy and bodywork, Leslie Kaminoff is one of the world’s most renowned teachers of yoga anatomy. Now you can learn from him online, wherever you are in the world.
We couldn’t have said it better…
“I have known Leslie for 30 years and personally witnessed his ascendance in the Yoga and Health community.
Like the late Nathan Pritikin he is a self taught genius and his courses on anatomy and breathing are always the first to fill in academic settings.
Over the last 5 years he has consistently received the highest evaluations possible from the majority of the students in our Yoga Therapy Rx program at Loyola Marymount University. I highly recommend his new internet course for students and teachers alike.”
Larry Payne Ph.D.
Founding Director, Yoga Therapy Rx
Co-Author, Yoga for Dummies, Yoga Rx and The Business of Teaching Yoga
Co-Founder, International Association of Yoga Therapists
In Leslie Kaminoff’s 9-month intensive Online Yoga Anatomy Course, you will discover:
- The evolutionary science of supporting body-weight on your arms.
- A simple body measurement you can teach your students to help them set up for a safe and successful headstand.
- How many yoga-related lower body pains really boil down to what Leslie has termed “Yoga Butt,” and how you can avoid it, or heal it.
- How to get more effective hip-opening from standing postures, and why floor work can be counterproductive.
- How to help older students re-gain their sense of balance (and how to keep younger students from losing it!)
- Warning signs that you are pushing a joint too far.
- The truth about Ujjayi breath, and when you should stop doing it.
- Little-known factors that could affect your asana longevity.
- Why more students are getting injured in yoga class than you think, and what you can do to change it in your class.
- Leslie’s top 10 tips for individualizing student experience in group classes.
- How to identify knee problems before surgery.
- How to resurrect fallen arches.
- How breath re-patterning can transform your practice.
- How to tell when repetition will heal, and when it will injure.
- Learn the Warrior Series, and how you can modify it in any context.
- One simple trick to protect the knees in (almost) any posture.
Nora Oldwin, Yoga Teacher, CA:
“I just wanted to thank you for putting this together. This is EXACTLY what I am looking for, explained EXACTLY in terms I understand, I am very very grateful and excited! WHOO HOO!!!
After my two-hundred hour training, all of us, I think we were about fifteen, turned to each other and said: “NOW, we’re ready to START learning!” This course is the right next step, and I really appreciate the Yiddishisms as well. Feels like I’m at home. Wow.
How you’ll learn in this course…
The three twelve-week trimesters cover the essentials of Yoga Anatomy from the perspective of the breath, the spine, and the limbs. The core concepts of yoga: Prana/Apana, Sthira/Sukha, Brmhana/Langhana serve as a lens through which the vast subject of anatomy becomes focused, fascinating and immensely practical.
Because the course focuses on grasping fundamental concepts, rather than memorizing endless details, students can easily embody the material and put it to practical use immediately. In addition, there is a high level of student interactivity through questions, demonstrations and homework assignments.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Build an Encyclopedic Knowledge of Yoga Anatomy in Three Trimesters
We will send you links to download covers, inserts, and the foundation of your library. You’ll fill it out with class notes, observations, downloadable class transcripts, and reminders of your own journey.
Trimester #1: Breathing
- Introduction to core concepts of yoga and anatomy
- Breathing as shape change
- SLOIRA – The Diaphragm Formula
- Relations and Actions of the Diaphragm
- The Diaphragm as the Engine of 3-D Shape Change
- The Accessory Muscles: The Steering Mechanisms of Breath
- Brmhana / Langhana - Fundamental Energetics of Breath
- A Guided Tour of the Pelvic Floor
- The Vocal Diaphragm & the Anatomy of Sound
- The Role of Bandhas in Support and Movement
- Kundalini – Energy or Obstacle?
- Breath – Centered Practice
Trimester #2: The Spine
- An evolutionary and developmental history of the spine
- Architectural principles of spinal structure – Tension/Compression as Sthira/Sukha
- The spine’s major curves
- The spine’s major movements
- How to recognize and analyze spinal range of motion
- A yogic perspective on asymmetry
- A breath-centered approach to twisting, and why we need to protect T11/T12
- Healing the cervical region with “Drishti” and other sensory-driven movement cues
- Disc structure, function and disfunction – Why most back pain is not discogenic in origin
- Symmetry vs. Balance – Special scoliosis presentation
- Detailed range of motion practice and observation – strategies for teaching and healing
- The special case of axial extention – Mahamudra
Trimester #3: The Articular Body
- Evolution and development of the limbs
- The architecture of the foot – bones and arches
- The musculature of the foot – pulleys, cables, fulcrums and layers
- How to analyze and re-pattern gait
- Teaching strategies for awakening and integrating the arches
- Yoga and the knee – includes surgical videos
- The hip joint and pelvic articulations – The truth about “Yoga Butt”
- The shoulder girdle – using the hand as a foot
- Arm support strategies – headstand analysis
- Arm balances: a new perspective
- The warrior series: fundamentals and modifications
- Strategies for individualizing group practice
Here’s what actual graduates of Leslie Kaminoff’s Yoga Anatomy Course have to say…
Sadie Nardini, founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga:
“Quite simply put, Leslie’s a true yogi-genius, and a pioneer in his field. He gets right down to the core concepts you absolutely must know to be a truly effective teacher or student of mind/body movement. Leslie couples his immense knowledge with a refreshing ability to translate complex information into real-world terms and give us instantly applicable tools that make the world of anatomy, yoga and breath something we can deeply experience and understand.
I count him as one of my most formative teachers, and each time I leave his classroom, my worldview (and body!) has been shifted in the most powerful ways. Run, don’t walk, to his next session!”
Tamara Behar, Yoga Teacher, New York:
“I began your yoga anatomy course online this past winter and just wanted to express my gratitude to you. Every week, I continually get blown away by the information you provide and the inquiry that is created!
I get a lot of “aha” and “oh shit” moments, and all of it has inspired my teaching a great deal. I particularly love that you bring everything back to sthira sukha asanam as it has always been one of my favorite sutras; now it just has a much deeper meaning for me. My brain is getting so much exercise!
Anyway, I just want to thank you as it’s the best money I’ve ever spent. I will be in class for the spring trimester and I look forward to meeting you.”
Jennie Wilson, Yoga Teacher, New York:
“I have only great things to say. I’ve taken a lot of online courses for college and I have to say that Leslie’s surpasses them in all areas. The handouts, the video, the audio and the transcription ensures that all the online students have multiple venues for getting the coursework based on their personal preference. It’s amazing.”
Beverley Foster Murphy, owner, MindBody Online:
“Leslie Kaminoff was one of my most influential teachers. His intellect and vast understanding of yoga are truly inspiring. He is THE guru of breathing — opening your eyes to this profound aspect of yoga. A must for all serious yoga teachers — I encourage all my teachers to take his course!”
Mary McGovern, Yoga Teacher, France:
“I think the most important thing that the course has done is that is has opened me up to new possibilities in my yoga journey, as a practitioner and as a teacher. The course has provoked deep questions in me, about why I practice and teach, and I’m excited about where the questions will lead me.
And of course, I learned a LOT about the anatomy of yoga – which is extremely helpful to me personally and professionally. It has changed my body, my practice, and the way I teach – in very positive ways.
I enjoyed the content, the way it was organized, and the way it was taught. I liked the informal and relaxed atmosphere of the classes, and the way the online students were included. I also love the opening chant, it is very inspiring and sets a nice tone.
The quality of the content and professionalism, while at the same time giving a feeling of a down-to-earth, open-minded community really resonated with me. I loved how Leslie was always open to learn from his students, to hear another perspective, to listen to others’ experiences.
I thought that the online course was very professionally presented, with great technical quality. I think the entire organization was amazing and seamless.”
Suzanne Ausnit, Yoga Teacher, New Jersey:
“If you’re a yoga teacher, and even if you’re not, L.K.’s class will fundamentally change the way you teach and/or practice yoga. It did for me. Leslie is wonderful at demystifying complex subjects and making them readily accessible– both on an intellectual academic level and on a tangible experiential level. What’s more, he’s refreshingly non-pretentious and always willing to go the extra mile to make sure everyone’s on the same page.”
Here’s what is included in your registration for Leslie Kaminoff’s online Yoga Anatomy course…
- 9 months of intensive training in all aspects of yoga anatomy, practice, & breathing.
- Streaming and downloadable video files of each class.
- Streaming and downloadable audio files of each class.
- Full text transcriptions of every class (English.)
- PDFs of class outline / notes.
- Weekly PDF downloads with course visuals.
- Live Tuesday chats with Leslie and the international online community.
- Direct access to a members-only interactive site where Leslie will answer your questions directly.
- Homework to take you deeper into the material, and personal dialogue about your discoveries.
- Ability to attend any of Leslie’s in-person Yoga Anatomy classes, any time you’re in NYC!* (Any year, any class in the sequence, details below)***
- Access to like-minded Yogis around the world, and their learnings and experience with the course.
- Continuing education credits applicable to Yoga Alliance standards** (details at bottom.)
- Certificate of Completion from the course, exactly as if you had been sitting in the NYC studio (upon completion of all homework.)
- Lifetime Access – every time we update the course or resources in years to come, you benefit!
Frequently asked questions…
Is there a timeline for the course?
There is no fixed timeline or deadline for the course. You can sign up whenever you want, watch the classes as it works for your schedule, ask Leslie questions and get answers on your own time, and finish the homework whenever it fits in your schedule. We wanted this course to be as flexible as possible because we have so many students enrolled from all over the world, and there’s really not a one-size-fits-all structure.
How much homework is there? What kind of weekly time commitment am I looking at?
As discussed above, you can go through the course at your own pace. If you’d like to finish the course in the 9-month timeframe that Leslie uses to teach the live class, here’s what it would look like: One 2-hour video class per week, plus optional homework, consisting mostly of review questions and additional activities to help enhance the learning experience. Most of our graduates say the homework took them 30-60 minutes per week. The classes are structured in three 12-week trimesters for a total of 36 weeks, and there is a short break between each trimester (like a holiday break and spring break.)
What do I need to get started?
Just a computer and a reliable internet connection. You’ll be either streaming or downloading 2-hour video files, so we’ve found it to be most efficient if you have access to a solid high-bandwidth connection. You can still take the course if you don’t have that, but it may mean overnight downloads, or going someplace with a faster connection to download, then watching later at home. We can help you figure out the best scenario for you on a case by case basis.
We currently have students in 40 different countries around the world, and so far we’ve found a solution for everyone.
Do I ever get to ask Leslie questions in real-time?
Absolutely! Leslie is holding live chat sessions at 7pm NYC time on Tuesday evenings every other week.
Still not sure if Leslie Kaminoff’s Yoga Anatomy Course is right for you?
Here’s a note we just received from Catherine Townley, a yoga teacher in Alberta, Canada, who has just finished the online course:
“I’d like to share my favorite parts of the course as a list, for easy reading. This isn’t hierarchical…
- I appreciated the clarity and levity of Leslie’s teaching.
- The fabulous analogies and metaphors that really helped me to understand more complex (and even some simple) concepts.
- The applied way in which the essence of each teleclass was delivered.
- The three trimesters made sense. The entire course actually felt like a human gestation period as the syllabus grew and evolved to a logical conclusion.
- The pace was great – even with the ability to FF and Rewind, the delivery was paced well.
- The students present for the live classes were insightful and provided their thoughts and bodies in a very meaningful way.
- The use of slides, embedded videos and Leslie’s gadgets (the water balloon and accordion) absolutely brought alive the imagery for the conceptual approach to the breath as related to shape and volume change.
- I loved the 3 Om’s, chanted individually, and the opening invocation became so dear to me, being new to this tradition. A lovely way to begin a class or practice.
- I was impressed with the smooth technical management of all aspects of the program. It was efficient and organized.
- Leslie’s acceptance of the individual – function over form. Brilliant and welcoming.
My experience with this course has affected my teaching and practice hugely! Where to begin…?
- My understanding of the application and experimentation with the breath has profoundly assisted my approach to my students. And they in turn have been gracious enough to furnish me with feedback to this effect.
- I’ve learned the difference between ‘hanging into the joints and connective tissue’ vs actively working the muscles. The Warrior Series brought this home.
- I’ve happily accepted that I can only do my best to cater to everyone’s needs and allow them to be their best version of the pose.
- My technique has always been gentle and compassionate but I’ve noticed that I’ve shifted away from cueing as I once used to – it’s become more effective.
- I’ve introduced what I’ve learned in this class to help the students to really listen to their bodies.
I’ve enjoyed this course more than any other I’ve taken – I mean that. It’s been an absolute joy and I’ve relished watching the classes, working on the assignments and whenever possible, logging on for the Tuesday Live Chats.
I always remember something after the event but will send this off now with much gratitude. I feel very privileged to have been able to complete the course and will look forward to continuing my studies with you. I’d like to think I’m a better teacher, but will always be a perpetual student.
Students of Leslie Kaminoff’s training have unanimously found this course worth the investment – for 25 years. As an online student, you’re receiving the same level of knowledge, interaction, and expertise – with the added benefit of learning on your own schedule, as well as the ability to revisit the course as much as you want, at any time, without limitation.
Don’t worry if you’re still not sure – if you try the course and it’s not right for you, just let us know within 90 days of your enrollment and you’ll receive a full refund. If you don’t come out of this course with a new perspective on yoga, Yoga Anatomy, and how to optimally teach and practice asana, you get 100% of your money back, guaranteed. Fair enough?
*This course qualifies as professional training for yoga instructors, yoga therapists,
pilates teachers, dance teachers, professional dancers, and other movement professionals.*
**This course counts as non-contact Continuing Education credits with the Yoga Alliance. The Yoga Alliance
requires at least 30 hours of CEU credits every three years to maintain registration, 20 of which may be non-contact CEUs.
Contact credit hours may also be earned by visiting the NYC class while in session. Contact email@example.com for any questions or details.**
***Drop-ins are limited to 3 classes per trimester, per year, on a space-available basis. If you’re planning on attending more classes than this in person, we recommend enrolling with the Breathing Project directly.***