MetaAnatomy of the Knee at ISHTA Yoga NYC
Nov
26
12:30 PM12:30

MetaAnatomy of the Knee at ISHTA Yoga NYC

Once described by my friend as like your Grandmother’s porcelain tea cups, the knees are a delicate, unique and precious joint. Often taken for granted until we are called by pain or dysfunction, the knees are a vital part of our ability to move, rebound and be responsive to change. In this 5-hour exploration we will look with reverence at not just the bones, joints and muscles relevant to the knee but also our relationship to this part of our body in both our practice and our lives. Concluding with a therapeutic practice for the knees you will leave with immediately applicable tools for both your own body and that of your students. 

*Review major muscles and joint structures of the knee joint

*Develop X-ray vision! Using hands on techniques discover what is bony compression (that ain't moving) or muscular tension (eventually might be moveable)

*Discover why no two students will ever experience the same yoga posture in the same way

*View real human bone specimens to gain a deeper awareness of our inner architecture

*Refine your language and verbal cues to be a more thoughtful, accessible and skillful teacher

*Expand your view of the form by learning the energetic correlations of each structure

*Enjoy a full asana, pranayama and meditation practice that weaves together what you've learned


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MetaAnatomy in Punta Gorda FL
Dec
15
12:00 PM12:00

MetaAnatomy in Punta Gorda FL

Hacking the Nervous System (12-3pm)

We have all experienced stress. Whether it is a feeling of being overworked at your job or the pressure cooker of a tumultuous relationship with a family member or partner... We know stress. Or do we?

Stress actually has a physiological response in your body. When this stress response is turned on through chemical stimulation, we can turn into superheroes with super human strength and reflexes to fight or flee from a dangerous situation. The problem is that we learn to nudge and annoy this system even when there is no immediate threat to be found. This literally wears down the tissues of the body.

Through lecture and practice, we’ll talk about the chemical response of stress and why it might not be a good idea to marinate in them. From there, we’ll learn how to turn off the stress response and turn on the relaxation response- where all of the body and minds housekeeping activities can be performed....ahhhhhh  

*Review the fantastic organization of the Nervous System

*Befriend your Sympathetic Nervous System (it's not the devil it's made out to be)

*Learn about the latest fascinating research about what is actually going on in the brain during meditation!

*Learn ancient Yogic technologies to hack the nervous system

*View and work with the poetic energetic correlations to the Nervous System 

 

Breaking Free with Yoga Nidra (3:30-5:30pm)

Have you noticed certain patterns in your relationships or life that seem to be stuck on repeat? Of course! You're human! One of the beautiful benefits of a yoga practice is that we strengthen the ability to be self-reflective and notice these grooves that form in our minds....but then what? How do we break free of the patterns that no longer serve us? 

In this workshop through a guided journalling exercise, gentle freeing movement and a personalized practice of Yoga Nidra (guided deep relaxation) we will find the tools to liberate ourselves once and for all. You will also leave with an audio recording of the Yoga Nidra so you can continue the practice at home.

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Yoga Works Dupont Circle DC
Jan
4
to Jan 6

Yoga Works Dupont Circle DC

  • Yoga Works Dupont Circle (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Friday

6-9:30 Welcome to the Energy Body

Saturday

11-3 Chakras 1 & 2 Security and Sexuality

4-7 Chakras 3, 4 & 5 Self, Love and Authenticity

Sunday

9:30-12:30 Chakras 6 & 7 Inspiration and Higher Connection

Details and registration coming soon!

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MetaAnatomy in London!
Apr
9
to Apr 11

MetaAnatomy in London!

  • Elsham Road London, England, W14 United Kingdom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

MetaAnatomy Spinal Reset

The number one reason people come to Yoga (Āsana) is to relieve back pain. While Āsana can be very therapeutic for our spines it unfortunately can also be aggravating. Housing both the superhighway of nerves as well the energetic body’s Sushumna Nadi, balancing the graceful architecture of the vertebral column has wide ranging structural and spiritual benefits.

Join us as we examine technologies that I have seen to be immediately beneficial to my own body and numerous students over the years. Come empower yourself and your students to stop pulling ourselves apart and start reuniting our body, heart and mind.


*Review major muscles and joint structures of the spine

*Develop X-ray vision! Using hands on techniques discover what is bony compression (that ain't moving) or muscular tension (eventually might be moveable)

*Discover why no two students will ever experience the same yoga posture in the same way

*View real human bone specimens to gain a deeper awareness of our inner architecture

*Refine your language and verbal cues to be a more thoughtful, accessible and skillful teacher

*Expand your view of the form by learning the energetic correlations of each structure

*Enjoy a full asana, pranayama and meditation practice that weaves together what you've learned


For more details and registration please email

kristinleal@me.com

 


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MetaAnatomy The Sacred Sacrum ISHTA Yoga NYC
Oct
29
12:30 PM12:30

MetaAnatomy The Sacred Sacrum ISHTA Yoga NYC

Sacrum from the Latin "Os Sacrum" meaning the Sacred Bone

The Ancient Greeks believed that the soul inhabited this Sacred Bone

In Yoga, Tantra and Vedanta it is the throne of the Feminine power of Kundalini, Shakti and Agni

It's time to empower ourselves and our students to stop ripping this area apart and start nurturing and strengthening our connection to this Feminine source

  • Learn major muscles and joint structures of the body

  • Develop X-ray vision! Using hands on techniques discover what is bony compression (that ain't moving) or muscular tension (eventually might be moveable)

  • Discover why no two students will ever experience the same yoga posture in the same way

  • View real human bone specimens to gain a deeper awareness of our inner architecture

  • Refine your language and verbal cues to be a more thoughtful, accessible and skillful teacher

  • Richen your view of the form by learning the energetic correlations of each structure

  • Learn self care and therapy techniques to help free tension and speed healing

  • Enjoy a full asana, pranayama and meditation practice that weaves together what you've learned

  • Celebrate your amazing form in a community full of dedicated, light-hearted and supportive yogis!

 

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MetaAnatomy Shoulder Speak ISHTA Yoga NYC
Sep
7
12:30 PM12:30

MetaAnatomy Shoulder Speak ISHTA Yoga NYC

What is it to speak our truth? It's to lay bare the highway of communication between heart and brain, emotion and mind, Jiva and Brahman. It's the moving beyond the obsession of wrapping your body into contortions and immersing in the sublime unwrapping of heart and mind. The shoulder girdle is the toll booth on the road from heart to brain. By addressing its sweet balance we can have profound effect not just in our yoga postures but in our lives. 

How we carry our shoulders in life speaks volumes. Whether rounded forward, hiked up around the ears or even pulled down the back, an exaggerated shoulder girdle creates disharmony and reuniting with its intelligence can free pain, provide more mobility and foster a sweeter more connected communication between the heart and the mind.

Join us as we examine technologies that I have seen to be immediately beneficial to my own body and numerous students over the years. Come empower yourself and your students to stop pulling ourselves apart and start reuniting our body, heart and mind.

*Review major muscles and joint structures of the shoulder girdle

*Develop X-ray vision! Using hands on techniques discover what is bony compression (that ain't moving) or muscular tension (eventually might be moveable)

*Discover why no two students will ever experience the same yoga posture in the same way

*View real human bone specimens to gain a deeper awareness of our inner architecture

*Refine your language and verbal cues to be a more thoughtful, accessible and skillful teacher

*Expand your view of the form by learning the energetic correlations of each structure

*Enjoy a full asana, pranayama and meditation practice that weaves together what you've learned

Click here to register!

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MetaAnatomy Spinal Reset and Hacking the NS The Yoga Dojo Richmond VA
Aug
17
to Aug 19

MetaAnatomy Spinal Reset and Hacking the NS The Yoga Dojo Richmond VA

August 17  5:45-7:15pm

"Master Class"   

August 18   12-5pm

Spinal Reset

The number one reason people come to Yoga (Āsana) is to relieve back pain. While Āsana can be very therapeutic for our spines it unfortunately can also be aggravating. Housing both the superhighway of nerves as well the energetic body’s Sushumna Nadi, balancing the graceful architecture of the vertebral column has wide ranging structural and spiritual benefits.

Join us as we examine technologies that I have found to be immediately beneficial to my own body and numerous students over the years. Come empower yourself and your students to stop pulling ourselves apart and start reuniting our body, heart and mind.

*Review major muscles and joint structures of the spine

*Develop X-ray vision! Using hands on techniques discover what is bony compression (that ain't moving) or muscular tension (eventually might be moveable)

*Discover why no two students will ever experience the same yoga posture in the same way

*View real human bone specimens to gain a deeper awareness of our inner architecture

*Refine your language and verbal cues to be a more thoughtful, accessible and skillful teacher

*Expand your view of the form by learning the energetic correlations of each structure

*Enjoy a full asana, pranayama and meditation practice that weaves together what you've learned

August 19   12-3pm

Hacking the Nervous System

We have all experienced stress. Whether it is a feeling of being overworked at your job or the pressure cooker of a tumultuous relationship with a family member or partner... We know stress. Or do we?

Stress actually has a physiological response in your body. When this stress response is turned on through chemical stimulation, we can turn into superheroes with super human strength and reflexes to fight or flee from a dangerous situation. The problem is that we learn to nudge and annoy this system even when there is no immediate threat to be found. This literally wears down the tissues of the body.

Through lecture and practice, we’ll talk about the chemical response of stress and why it might not be a good idea to marinate in them. From there, we’ll learn how to turn off the stress response and turn on the relaxation response- where all of the body and minds housekeeping activities can be performed....ahhhhhh  

*Review the fantastic organization of the Nervous System

*Befriend your Sympathetic Nervous System (it's not the devil it's made out to be)

*Learn about the latest fascinating research about what is actually going on in the brain during meditation!

*Learn ancient Yogic technologies to hack the nervous system

*View and work with the poetic energetic correlations to the Nervous System 

*Using the practice of Yoga Nidra explore the connection between the yoga concepts of Samskaras and Neuroplasticity.

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MetaAnatomy Spinal Reset ISHTA Yoga NYC
Aug
3
12:30 PM12:30

MetaAnatomy Spinal Reset ISHTA Yoga NYC

The number one reason people come to Yoga (Āsana) is to relieve back pain. While Āsana can be very therapeutic for our spines it unfortunately can also be aggravating. Housing both the superhighway of nerves as well the energetic body’s Sushumna Nadi, balancing the graceful architecture of the vertebral column has wide ranging structural and spiritual benefits.

Join us as we examine technologies that I have seen to be immediately beneficial to my own body and numerous students over the years. Come empower yourself and your students to stop pulling ourselves apart and start reuniting our body, heart and mind.

*Review major muscles and joint structures of the spine

*Develop X-ray vision! Using hands on techniques discover what is bony compression (that ain't moving) or muscular tension (eventually might be moveable)

*Discover why no two students will ever experience the same yoga posture in the same way

*View real human bone specimens to gain a deeper awareness of our inner architecture

*Refine your language and verbal cues to be a more thoughtful, accessible and skillful teacher

*Expand your view of the form by learning the energetic correlations of each structure

*Enjoy a full asana, pranayama and meditation practice that weaves together what you've learned

Click here for more info and registration!

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Three Queens Yoga Philadelphia PA
Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

Three Queens Yoga Philadelphia PA

Anatomy of Stress

We have all experienced stress. Whether it is a feeling of being overworked at your job or the pressure cooker of a tumultuous relationship with a family member or partner... We know stress. Or do we? Stress actually has a physiological response in your body. When this stress response is turned on through chemical stimulation, we can turn into superheroes with super human strength and reflexes to fight or flee from a dangerous situation. The problem is that we learn to nudge and annoy this system even when there is no immediate threat to be found. This literally wears down the tissues of the body. Through lecture, we’ll talk about the chemical response of stress and why it might not be a good idea to marinate in them. From there, we’ll learn how to turn off the stress response and turn on the relaxation response- where all of the body and minds housekeeping activities can be performed....ahhhhhh

Breaking Free with Yoga Nidra

Have you noticed certain patterns in your relationships or life that seem to be stuck on repeat? Of course! You're human! One of the beautiful benefits of a yoga practice is that we strengthen the ability to be self-reflective and notice these grooves that form in our minds....but then what? How do we break free of the patterns that no longer serve us? 

In this workshop through a guided journalling exercise, gentle freeing movement and a personalized practice of Yoga Nidra (guided deep relaxation) we will find the tools to liberate ourselves once and for all. You will also leave with an audio recording of the Yoga Nidra so you can continue the practice at home.

Please visit the Three Queens Yoga website for more details and registration

 

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Breaking Free With Yoga Nidra NYC
Jan
8
6:30 PM18:30

Breaking Free With Yoga Nidra NYC

Have you noticed certain patterns in your relationships or life that seem to be stuck on repeat? Of course! You're human! One of the beautiful benefits of a yoga practice is that we strengthen the ability to be self-reflective and notice these grooves that form in our minds....but then what? How do we break free of the patterns that no longer serve us? 

In this workshop through a guided journalling exercise, gentle freeing movement and a personalized practice of Yoga Nidra (guided deep relaxation) we will find the tools to liberate ourselves once and for all. You will also leave with an audio recording of the Yoga Nidra so you can continue the practice at home.

Investment- $40

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The Yoga Sanctuary Punta Gorda FL
Dec
16
12:00 PM12:00

The Yoga Sanctuary Punta Gorda FL

The Embodied Heart

Take a few moments to place your hands over your tender heart. Can you feel its precious song? This is, quite literally, the visceral participation with who you are. It is the very first place that feels the rush of excitement and the sorrow of separation and it is time to reconnect and listen to its inherit wisdom. Join me for a workshop utilizing chanting, breath work, asana and Yoga Nidra to return back to the intelligence of our hearts.

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MetaAnatomy in Jacksonville FL
Dec
9
to Dec 10

MetaAnatomy in Jacksonville FL

  • 2301 Park Avenue Orange Park, Florida 32073 USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

MetaAnatomy Core

Let’s get to the core of the body’s support! In this lecture and master class we will dive deep into the underutilized and often misunderstood center of the body’s strength and stability. Reconnecting to our core has a wide range of physical as well as energetic benefits. It can offer us the ability to heal from back pain as well as become a more powerful navigator in our lives. Through subtle but powerful practices we will tap into this potential to reignite the fire in our belly!

Igniting Your Inner Fire

The Ayurvedic concept of fire, or Agni, is critically important to our overall health and well being. Fire is transformational and while we are used to talking about stoking the fire of digestion to efficiently break down our food into nutritious bits and getting rid of what’s no longer needed this concept also relates to how we assimilate everything in our lives including emotions, memories, beliefs, and impressions. In this workshop we will start with a brief introduction to the concept of Agni and then share asana, pranayama and meditation techniques to stoke the transformational fire within. 

Anatomy of Stress

We have all experienced stress. Whether it is a feeling of being overworked at your job or the pressure cooker of a tumultuous relationship with a family member or partner... We know stress. Or do we? Stress actually has a physiological response in your body. When this stress response is turned on through chemical stimulation, we can turn into superheroes with super human strength and reflexes to fight or flee from a dangerous situation. The problem is that we learn to nudge and annoy this system even when there is no immediate threat to be found. This literally wears down the tissues of the body. Through lecture and practice, we’ll talk about the chemical response of stress and why it might not be a good idea to marinate in them. From there, we’ll learn how to turn off the stress response and turn on the relaxation response- where all of the body and minds housekeeping activities can be performed....ahhhhhh  

Breaking Free with Yoga Nidra

Have you noticed certain patterns in your relationships or life that seem to be stuck on repeat? Of course! You're human! One of the beautiful benefits of a yoga practice is that we strengthen the ability to be self-reflective and notice these grooves that form in our minds....but then what? How do we break free of the patterns that no longer serve us? 
In this workshop through a guided journalling exercise, gentle freeing movement and a personalized practice of Yoga Nidra (guided deep relaxation) we will find the tools to liberate ourselves once and for all. You will also leave with an audio recording of the Yoga Nidra so you can continue the practice at home.

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The Practiced Recollection of Who You Are NYC
Nov
6
6:30 PM18:30

The Practiced Recollection of Who You Are NYC

Yoga often becomes the practiced recollection of where you are.  Starting with where are my body parts? Where is my breath? Where is my mind? When we start to recognize the transient nature of all of this- it’s far less tempting to identify yourself as any one of them. In this master asana class students will be led through a dynamic, thoughtful Hatha Tantra flow and meditation to experience the unbound infinite potential of who they really are. 

Investment- $35

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Feeling and Freeing Your Emotions with Kristin Leal & Sarah Platt-Finger
Oct
5
6:30 PM18:30

Feeling and Freeing Your Emotions with Kristin Leal & Sarah Platt-Finger

All proceeds will be donated to United For Puerto Rico

Ayurvedic teacher Dr.Vasant Lad has observed:

 “Emotions are like mangos. We have to learn to ripen them and then juice them. When emotions are juiced, they are deeply nourishing. Even sweet.”

Emotions can be our greatest teacher. They have a way of whispering, or sometimes shouting, when we are aligned or disconnected with our Truest Self. Just like mangos, they need to be consumed and then through the assimilating process of digestion, use what is needed and release what is no longer nutritious. 

In this 2 hour preview to Sarah and Kristin’s 4th annual Women’s retreat we will utilize the practice of chanting, asana and meditation to help bring awareness to our emotional intelligence. And- through the process of feeling- create healing and freedom.

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The MetaAnatomy 5 / CORE
Jul
10
to Jul 14

The MetaAnatomy 5 / CORE

  • The Yoga Collective NYC (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Let's get to the CORE of the body's support with these 5 MetaAnatomy lectures/practices

Psoas - Psoas I was saying...

Abdomen- Let's get to the core of the issue

Hips- Hip Hip Horray

Breath and Diaphragms - Your inner jellyfish 

Digestive system - It's alimentary my dear

Each day we will immerse ourselves in a gross (meaning large, not yucky) anatomical lecture. Using real bone specimens and hands on "body testing" we will impart concrete ways to help assess the differences in our own (and our students) skeletal anatomy. We will look at common injuries and ways to work with all students in a meaningful and safe way. And what makes this training so unique is that each day will also include the poetic energetic correlation to each structure and a full and fulfilling therapeutic asana and meditation class that weaves it all together.

Join me for what I promise will be a deep, informative and fun exploration of all things MetaAnatomy!

Full completion of the MetaAnatomy 5 CORE (25 hours) can be credited towards the MetaAnatomy 100-Hour Training

Individual class $125 

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 The Gayatri Immersion with Kristin Leal and Susanna Harwood Rubin
May
21
10:30 AM10:30

The Gayatri Immersion with Kristin Leal and Susanna Harwood Rubin

The Gayatri is one of the oldest known mantras in the Yogic tradition, as well as being the name of a Hindu goddess. An offering to the sun, the Gayatri connects us deeply to nature’s energy and power. Join Kristin Leal, author of MetaAnatomy, and Susanna Harwood Rubin, author of Yoga 365, for a rich exploration of the Gayatri through yoga asana, mantra, and mudra practices. We will explore the Gayatri in our bodies, voices, and hearts.

Click here for more info on Susanna!

Early Bird (before May 13) $45

After May 13 $55 

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The MetaAnatomy 5 / Essentials
May
1
to May 5

The MetaAnatomy 5 / Essentials

The Top 5 MetaAnatomy Topics Essential For Every Yoga Teacher And Serious Student!

Knees

Sacrum

Low back

Shoulder

Reading the Energy Body

Each day we will immerse ourselves in a gross (meaning large, not yucky) anatomical lecture. Using real bone specimens and hands on "body testing" we will impart concrete ways to help assess the differences in our own (and our students) skeletal anatomy. We will look at common injuries and ways to work with all students in a meaningful and safe way. And what makes this training so unique is that each day will also include the poetic energetic correlation to each structure and a full and fulfilling therapeutic asana and meditation class that weaves it all together.

Join me for what I promise will be a deep, informative and fun exploration of all things MetaAnatomy!

Full completion of the MetaAnatomy 5 Essentials (25 hours) can be credited towards the MetaAnatomy 100-Hour Training

Click here for more details and registration

$525 Early Bird (register by April 18, 2017) // $625 Late Bird (after April 18, 2017)

Individual Drop In $135/class

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Tranquil Space DC
Apr
29
to Apr 30

Tranquil Space DC

Guest teaching in the Tranquil Space 200/300 Hour teacher training program
Workshops now open to the public!

Saturday April 29, 2017 11-2:30pm Anatomy of Stress

Saturday April 29, 2017 3:30-7:00pm Yoga Nidra

Sunday April 30, 2017 10:00-2:00pm Mantra, Chanting and Kirtan
Please visit the Tranquil Space website for more details and registration

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Breaking Free with Yoga Nidra
Mar
18
5:00 PM17:00

Breaking Free with Yoga Nidra

Have you noticed certain patterns in your relationships or life that seem to be stuck on repeat? Of course! You're human! One of the beautiful benefits of a yoga practice is that we strengthen the ability to be self-reflective and notice these grooves that form in our minds....but then what? How do we break free of the patterns that no longer serve us? 

In this workshop through a guided journalling exercise, gentle freeing movement and a practice of Yoga Nidra (guided deep relaxation) we will find the tools to liberate ourselves once and for all. You will also leave with an audio recording of the Yoga Nidra so you can continue the practice at home.

$30 in advance//$40 day of workshop

click here to register

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