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Weekend Vinyasa Immersion with Les Leventhal

Location: Erector Square
Saturday and Sunday, June 9 & 10, 2018
Saturday 10 AM - 12:30 PM; 2 PM - 4:30 PM
Sunday 10 AM - 12:30 PM
Single Session Investment $55, early bird rate prior to June 2nd is $45
Full Investment in Yourself $150, early bird rate prior to June 2nd is $120

About the Weekend

Yoga with Les is like yoga with no other. Rich, raw and real, you are left amazed by his ability to reach your mind, body and soul. Les has found his unique flow which is deeply rooted in self-discovery; and he invites you to find your own. You are taken on a personal journey filled with surprise and delight, vulnerability and acceptance. You’ll be empowered to unearth answers for yourself through embodiment, intuition and self-study; and to have fun along the way. Be prepared to move, and be moved.

Saturday Morning Session 10 AM - 12:30 PM: Anahata Chakra Vinyasa
Heart Openers and Backbends are some of yoga’s most exhilarating postures. In this workshop we will open the entire front body, with emphasis on the heart center. This workshop is accessible for beginners to advanced practitioners and teachers, who want to pay special attention to this area of practice.

Flow through a sequence of postures that will bring your heart chakra back into balance and complete harmony. We will explore many different ways of working with and without props, along with physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of a backbend. Your heart will dance through the fine art of balancing and effortless surrender.

We will work on bringing more awareness to pranayama and ujjayi breathing in this workshop, acknowledging the lungs as an integral part of this body region, as well as the role our breath-work plays in the practice.

Saturday Afternoon Session 2:00 - 4:30 PM: Channeling the Chakras 5, 6 & 7
Pranayama & Meditation Communication, Visualization, Thinking

Working several different practices of pranayama and forms of meditation, we will guide you to wake up to the wandering mind, which begins to create awareness and cultivates more focus and clarity in our lives.

As we move in to the upper chakras, the ethers, we are guided towards communication, whether we talk about everything, or hold back, or sit somewhere in between. Are we able to express ourselves honestly without injuring others or bargain in areas where we need to take some action. Our intuitive self comes into play and also our belief systems, honoring when they change and noticing our resistance in some cases, when it needs to change right now. Our thinking minds, full of ideas, the spiritual connector to a relationship with the divine – where do we believe or don’t believe, in what or who?

The growing in the practice of koruna, compassion, comes from our meditations – like an act of metta, loving kindness. Are our communications, loving, kind, timely, truthful and necessary?

Sunday Morning Session 10 AM - 12:30 PM: Detox Flow Vinyasa
Sequences of Hip Openers will liberate tension commonly held in this area, while twists will free your spine and promote detoxification through internal massage.

This Hips and Twists workshop is great for beginners to advanced practitioners and teachers, who want to learn how to up-level in creative ways and also provide a safe foundation for their beginning students.

Opening the hips begins by cultivating awareness of the challenges we hold in our hips and pelvic region. While we work to release this tension, we can begin to relax and strengthen the quads, the inner and outer muscles of the thighs and also stretch the hamstrings. While unlocking this area of our body, we will also free the spine with twists which can infuse the body with vitality and well being, releasing enormous amounts of tension.

Twists are associated with toning and rejuvenating the abdominal and pelvic regions. When these regions are engaged, blood flow naturally increases and toxins are released – a natural internal massage. Relaxing and strengthening these areas releases lower back tension and frees limitation in the neck and shoulders.

About Les

Les owes his new life to yoga. It is because of this he gifts his yoga, and his life to others. A life that journeyed Les from rock bottom to a world of endless possibility, he infuses fun, laughter, inspiration and transformation into all of his classes. His appreciation for all that is, radiates in all that he does.

Completing his teacher training in 2005 with the renowned Ana Forrest and assisting her with subsequent trainings, his studies are steeped in Forrest tradition. He has completed several trainings with Tias Little from which he has acquired much of his alignment and technique cues, as well as a firm foundation in the 8 Fold path of Buddhism.

Les’ flow yoga has now reached the USA, Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and soon to reach the UK and Europe. He has been featured twice in Yoga Journal magazine, interviewed by Darren Main, author of Yoga and The Path of The Urban Mystic, and by Joe Sarti of Voice America – Your Life Without Limits.

Les weaves in the 8 limbs of yoga, keeping the traditional styles a part of his classes while opening a window into our global cultural shift. He provides the opportunity to heal your heart, sweat, sing, laugh, cry and just let go. Many classes have music. You’re encouraged to modify throughout, doing what you need to take care of your practice and allowing the ’rasa’ (the sap or juice) to flow freely.

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