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Day 51 SF-Yoga Tree-Les Leventhal

Les Leventhal

Les Leventhal

As the saying goes…Sometimes Les(s) is More!

…and never was that truer than tonight when the YoYo’s ventured back to Yoga Tree-Castro, a San Francisco nucleus for many of the most sought after teachers in the nation. This time, we were anxious and a tad terrified to take class from the reputed butt kicker of a yoga teacher… Les Leventhal, especially since we dim-wittedly put it in our crazy minds that at this late evening hour, on our 51st day we were to be pounded with an outrageous soundtrack and put through our paces with a faster than lightnin’ flow.

Then… of all things, Les opened calmly and quietly in a candle lit room by gently askin’ this serene group of yogis to take away all expectations; to not make any preconceived ideas about what scary asanas we may or may not do, how we might react over the next 1 ½ hours or anything else for that matter. He simply asked us to be in this moment and always be in our breath. Then, this trickster announced that there would be… no music. Seems Les wanted us to tune in…to our own unique sound. At this point, the YoYo’s were pretty sure that clairvoyant Les had been reading our “hyped out for no reason” YoYo minds.

Les is often more

Les is often more

No expectations…No tunes…No worries…the YoYo’s soon understood this was to be a class of just feelin’ it and breathin’ it… and we couldn’t think of a better guide to take us there.

After class, the YoYos thought Les should rename his “all levels yoga” to long, slow, deep and damn near perfect. This second to none strength-buildin’ sequence focused on using the breath to stay calm in difficult situations…which there were many of as this skillful teacher worked every muscle in our YoYo bodies. Les’s flawless explanations and unbridled encouragement to try something new, take a chance, take it deeper, higher, or more anti-gravity defyin’ than ever before was the backbone of this all encompassing tip to toe and top to bottom practice.

O.K….so maybe the YoYo’s were right about one thing…this was butt kicker…just not at all in the way they expected… Lesson Learned… Don’t anticipate…just breathe!


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