Yoga Assists- A Jivamukti Workshop with Banka Schneider

Yoga Assists- A Jivamukti Workshop with Banka Schneider

Event Info:

  • Dec 23, 2017
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • $50 Guests, $30 Kama'aina, $20 Volunteers


Whether you are a teacher or a student, join us as we explore the benefits of hands on assists in yoga class. The first part of this workshop will consist of an asana class including meditation, chanting, postures, and breathing. The last hour will be an Assisting Lab, where hands on assists will be shown and explained for forward bends, back bends, twists, inversions, and shavasana.

Hands on guidance insures correct alignment in all asanas as well as deep understanding of the connection to the Earth. Jivamukti Yoga teachers are renowned throughout the world as exemplifying the techniques of hands-on assists for yoga asanas. 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. OV25 Studio
$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.