When we practice forward bends in our asana practice, we become acutely aware of tightness in our hamstrings or hips, sensitivity in our lower backs or fear, anger or sadness that arise seemingly out of the blue. Forward bends take us into our past, giving us opportunities to resolve deep psychological issues which over time have become lodged in the joints, muscles, organs and other tissues of our bodies. Forward bends activate the second chakra – swadhishthana chakra – located at the level of the sacrum, pelvis, hips and groin.
Forward bends yield many physical benefits. They tone the abdominal glands and organs; they improve digestion; and they can relieve menstrual cramps. These asanas also tone and strengthen the hip flexors and the muscles on the entire front of the body, while increasing the freedom of the muscles on the back of the body, including the hamstrings. The forward bending position is a humble position, a position of surrender and letting go. A consistent forward bend practice can help develop humility, patience, endurance and focus. Forward bending offers a chance to reflect on and heal the past, leaving you free to move forward effortlessly into the future.
The first 2 hours will include Meditation, Chanting & Asana Practice, followed by an asana lab: breaking down and exploring several forward bends (Uttanasana, Paschimottanasana, Baddha Konasana,etc). This workshop is OPEN to all levels.
Banka Jennifer Schneider has spent much of her life as a seeker, student, and spiritual practitioner. At the young age of 13, Banka first started meditating. Her teacher at that time was her mother, Sheila. Buddhism has been an important element of Banka’s study and practice. She lived at Tassajara Monastery and Green Dragon Temple where she practiced a strict discipline of Zen Buddhist meditation, chanting, and silence. In 1994 Banka received ordination (Jukai) from her teacher Reb Tenshin Anderson. She then went to France to study with Thich Nhat Hanh, and in 1995 received the 5 Precepts Ordination. India called to Banka, and she had the great fortune to go on a pilgrimage and study with HH the Dalai Lama, receiving White Tara Empowerment in 1997. Since that time Banka has studied yoga intently, receiving many certifications along the way and bringing a wealth of experience and understanding of yoga into her teaching. In 2003 Banka completed her ﬁrst teacher training at Kalani with Kathy Elder. Her second yoga teacher training, in 2007, was in the Sivananda method. Also in 2007 Banka completed her third teacher training in Jivamukti Yoga. And her fourth teacher training came in 2015 in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Banka became an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher in 2015.
Healthy, peaceful lifestyle and nutritious diet has also been a focus and force of study for Banka. She is certified in the Kushi Macrobiotic Healing Lifestyle and in the Ann Wigmore Institute Living Foods Lifestyle. She has also spent long periods of her life devoted to direct action campaigns to liberate animals, defend forests, anti-nuke, and indigenous rights.
Banka is grateful for her teachers, Shri Sharon Gannon and Shri David Life, co-founders of Jivamukti Yoga and has spent 5 weeks since 2008, studying, living with and taking care of her teachers in New York. She offers her gratitude to her other teachers; the Earth, animals,plants, trees and the ancestors.
Location: Kalani. Blue Moon Room
Admission: $50 Guests, $30 Kama’aina, $20 Kalani Volunteers
Reservations: Call Tony at 808-965-0468 ext. 108 or [email protected]. You may also contact our Guest Services team at 808-965-7828 to register. Walk-ins welcome.