Guest Teachers

lotus-bigLeslie Howard

Leslie Howard is an Oakland-based yoga teacher specializing in pelvic-floor health. She gives both private and public classes as well as workshops on that topic in the Bay Area and beyond, in addition to workshops on lower-back care and yoga for cranky hips.

Additional Offerings

Saturday, March 11, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Do you tightly grip your butt muscles with all of your might in yoga poses or is there a “lazy ass” you may not be aware of? The gluteal group of muscles consists of 3 muscles: Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Minimus. “Gluteus” is Greek for rump. How the rump works in yoga poses can effect change in the hips socket, where the sacrum sits, how the legs work, and how you experience the pose.

This workshop was so well received at the Yoga Journal conference that they wrote an article inspired by it. Leslie developed it as an extension of her work with the pelvic floor and noticing how many yogis/yoginis are not using their buttocks muscles properly. This workshop will give you a deeper understanding of the anatomy used in standing poses and hip opening poses. As a result you will experience familiar poses in an unfamiliar way.

Two Sessions:
Saturday, March 11, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 12, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Proper strengthening and stabilizing of the pelvic floor helps to create the correct foundation of each movement in the body. This is the true meaning of “core work.” Whether you experience any of these conditions, or are just plain curious about this region of the body, this workshop is for you:
  • pelvic pain
  • lower back, hip or groin problems
  • discomfort during sex or while using tampons
  • skin irritation
  • leak when laughing or sneezing
  • have to go the bathroom too often
  • prolapsed organs
  • pregnancy and birth
 Leslie Howard is a San Francisco-based yoga teacher, specializing in all things pelvic. She leads workshops and trainings nationally and is writing a book about the female pelvis called Pelvic Liberation. Her own struggles with healing her hips and pelvis led her to intense study of the anatomy, physiology, cultural messaging, history and energetics of this rich place. Her teaching is informed by over 3000 hours of yoga study with senior Iyengar yoga teachers, notably Manouso Manos and Patricia Walden. She considers Ramanand Patel her most important influence and mentor. She designed a successful study for University of California, SF on yoga for incontinence with Judith Lasater. She has another study underway with UCSF for Yoga for Pelvic Pain.

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Carrie Owerko

Dynamic Alignment
Friday, May 5: 7:15 – 9:15 pm
Saturday, May 6: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm & 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 7: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

carrie-owerkoWhat do we mean when we use the term alignment? How are we distinguishing between posture and alignment? And how does our yoga practice inform our everyday movement, alignment, posture, and perspective?

Our yoga practice can serve our capacity to live a more fully embodied life. And by cultivating a dynamic sense of alignment we can increase not only our awareness but our ability to respond or do things in a variety of ways. Because life is unpredictable and dynamic, we need to be able to respond to life’s ever changing circumstances in multiple ways, depending upon what we encounter. Through an exploration of dynamic alignment we are better able to respond to life’s many joys and difficulties with a stable, yet fluid, grace.

In this workshop we will look at alignment as a process of exploring how things work rather than getting too caught up in how they look (that is, function over mere appearance). In this way alignment is an expressive and optimal functionality that is sustainable over time. Come and play with the process of dynamic alignment.

This workshop is open to students Level 2 and above.

Carrie Owerko has been teaching yoga and the interplay between body, breath and mind for many years and holds a Senior Intermediate Iyengar teaching credential. She loves to explore the relationship of discipline and playfulness and is a firm believer in the power of controlled folly.