Tag Archives: Leslie Kaminoff

Leslie Kaminoff starts blog

The Breathing Project‘s Kaminoff already has substantial information on the blog, includingi Interview with T.K.V. Desikachar conducted by Leslie Kaminoff in Madras, October, 1992.. Desikachar is Kaminoff’s teacher (guru?).

Kaminoff’s e-mail list has always had fascinating contributions from many big — and not so big — names in yoga since 1999. He is reposting a lot of material from then so the blog will be an intriguing online resource on yoga.

He will also be starting a site on yoga anatomy since he is writing a book on the topic.


e-Sutra looking for readers

No sooner do I mention this yoga-related mailing list than Leslie Kaminoff decides to go on a membership drive. Just looking at his site will show you that there’s great input on this list.

Subject: Invitation to join e-Sutra

You are invited to join “e-Sutra”…..a lively, interactive Yoga List moderated by Leslie Kaminoff. Current worldwide membership includes over 1,300 yoga teachers and students. There is no fee for e-Sutra. It is supported by voluntary contributions from list members.

e-Sutra will offer you the opportunity to read notices, interviews, articles and editorials featuring some of the leading teachers and thinkers in the world of yoga today. You will also have the unique ability to respond to these postings with questions, comments, and additional thoughts of your own. It’s like the letter column of a yoga magazine, only better.

e-Sutra is a *moderated* list, which means that everyone’s e-mails are sent to Leslie Kaminoff, who will read all submissions and decide which ones are appropriate for posting. The selected postings will then be sent out to the entire list. Some of the itmes may be edited for brevity or clarity, and some may include interjections from the moderator. You will typically receive about three to five e-mail postings once a week. The postings will create “threads” of discussion that will emerge from your responses, questions and contributions.

To subscribe, simply follow these directions. You can unsubscribe or modify your membership at any time.

To subscribe by e-mail, just send a blank e-mail to:

To subscribe by web, go to: Esutra blog

A finger to the pulse with Yogoogle

A while ago, I mentioned Leslie Kaminoff’s Breathing Project, and made a passing reference to the mailing list, e-Sutra. At the time, it did not seem to be too active. Over the summer, a few mailings came through and it’s really proven to be an welcome delivery to my Inbox. Kaminoff sends out something called Yogoogle (no longer available), which is a compilation of links to recent news stories about yoga. Sometimes, he will add his own comments, but mostly the title, source and the lede. He is probably using Google’s News Alert
to find the articles. It’s a way of monitoring yoga’s presence in Western mass culture.

This kind of exercise can be frustrating since most news sites send their stories to archive within 7-30 days of publication, requiring that you pay for access to their past articles. In any case, it’s no small accomplishment to pull together these news items, throw out the dross, repeats or shortened versions and put it in a readable format. I know because I used to do something like this for another site.

He also sends out a bulletin board in which teachers can announce courses and authors their books. These tend to be centered in the New York City area, but can still be far ranging. For instance, it recently pointed me to the site of Kelly McGonigal newsletter (no longer available – MLS). She teaches yoga at Stanford.

Kaminoff also issues a synopsis of mailing list discussions, on a specific topic — for instance, yoga sequencing.

In other words, it’s worth subscribing.

Three-part breathing — the myth and the mechanics

I chanced across some interesting material at Leslie Kaminoff’s Breathing Project. An extra from a mailing list  discussion blog [MLS: you will need to search the posts, but it does go back to 1999] on breathing flow dissects the three-part yogic breathing instructions that usually talk about filling a glass of water from the button to the top. Kaminoff clarifies that the glass metaphor is erroneous because water is a liquid while air is a gas and they have different flows. And that’s just a sampling of the knowledgeable discussion. I tried to register for the mailing list, but it got bounced back so I don’t know if it still exists, what with the general decline of e-mail’s usefulness because of spam.

On closer examination, I found a web link where I was able to subscribe.