Location: Riverwest, 700 N Carpenter, Chicago, IL 60642.
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The Art and Heart of Breathing
Namaskar, belly breathers! A yoga teacher may practice and teach asanas for years before addressing the specifics of Pranayama, sticking to simple breathing techniques when working with their students. That’s because classically, Pranayama is at the top of the practice pyramid chart. The breath is both a delicate and powerful energy to organize and manage. When refined, it produces a profound body/mind awareness and clears a pathway to mental clarity, peace, and tranquility. In this workshop, we’ll dismantle a few classical Pranayama exercises and introduce “free breathing", an exploration of organic movement to discover how breath and movement inform and support each other -- with the least amount of effort and the most amount of interest.
Developing Your Eye
This workshop is about taking your practice as a teacher and/or student to the next level. Throughout my yoga “career", I’ve learned the most from teachers who were able to see things in my practice that were invisible to my eyes and foreign to my sensibilities.This workshop will invite you to look at yourself and your classmates with soft and curious eyes. The body will speak to you and guide you if you are willing to connect with it first and see it second, without the pressure to immediately change it. Learning “how” to see will open pathways to see things as they are, not as you “think” they, offering you endless possibilities for growth on and off the mat.
Yoga found Leeann Carey in the late 1970s, and hasn’t left her since.
Leeann opened the first full-service yoga studio in her community of Southern California almost 20 years ago, where she developed important skills for operating a successful ‘yoga business’. Her eclectic blend of yoga, forged over many years of study with such teachers as Kofi Busia, Donna Farhi, Erich Schiffmann, and Judith Lasater just to name a few, appeals to a wide range of students. Leeann shares that knowledge today, both personally and through the LCY mentors.
Leeann has mastered the old techniques and developed some new ones that help any student, young or old, fit or physically challenged, improve their performance and their lives. She has used her knowledge and experience to help professional athletes, such as the World Champion LA Lakers and Olympic Gold Medal Volleyball player Eric Fonoimoana, heal from injuries and improve their workouts. And Leeann uses a warm heart and a skilled touch to help set those suffering from chronic health issues on a healthy path.