It has been too long! Les Leventhal’s influence has been a part of Bala Yoga from the very start. Not only did studio owners, Mike & Gabriela Baiocchi study under his guidance, but many of the Bala instructors you know & love today were a part of his very first trainings at Bala Kirkland. Les recently moved back to the U.S. and will be returning to Bala Yoga for his homecoming this May. Join him for a Teacher Tune Up Training, Weds thru Fri, and a weekend of public workshops, Saturday + Sunday.
SATURDAY 10:30AM-12:30PM | Master Class
This masterclass is the perfect opportunity for students, from beginning practitioner to intermediate/advanced students and teachers, to drop in, dive in and go deeper into exploring everything that is possible with their practice.
The asana practice is mindfully sequenced so that the basics are covered for newer students and the seasoned practitioner can play on their edges with many variations and up-levels to practice throughout.
Become familiar with Les’s playful yet powerful teaching style, and be taken on a personal journey of interesting and surprising transformation that has no limits.
SATURDAY 2-4:30PM | Gravity & Grace (Arm Balances & Inversions)
Flying is like a great fire of courage – once that flame is ignited – it never goes out. Arm Balances and Inversions can be some of yoga’s most challenging yet fun poses to practice. Learn to safely defy gravity, starting with a single breath.
In this workshop you will strengthen your core to better support your arm balances. We will build upper body strength which will help support and build healthier wrists, elbows and shoulders. We will guide you to engage the legs, so they don’t take refuge in Savasana. Begin cultivating awareness of your body in an upside down position and moving through space, while surfing from one pose to another. Yoga should be satisfying and fun, not a chore full of fear. This workshop will launch you there.
SUNDAY 12:30-3PM | Detox Flow
Opening the hips begins by cultivating an 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.
- Early Bird Pricing: $40 Single Session, $105 Entire Weekend (Before April 25, 2020)
- Full Price: $50 Single Session, $135 Entire Weekend (After April 25, 2020)
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.
*All enrollments are non-refundable and non-transferable. We are not able to make exceptions to this policy.