As a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings, Jivamukti Yoga is grounded in the original meaning of the Sanskrit word asana as “seat, connection” - relationship to the Earth. Earth implies all of life.
Jivamukti Yoga maintains that one’s relationship to others (asana) should be mutually beneficial and come from a consistent (sthira) place of joy and happiness (sukham). This is a radical idea that, when put into practice, can dismantle our present culture, which is based on the notion that the Earth and all other animals exist for our benefit and to be exploited for our own selfish purposes.
So the practice of asana becomes more than mere physical exercise to keep one’s body fit or to increase strength or flexibility; it becomes a way to improve one’s relationship to all others and thus lead to enlightenment - the dissolution of the sense of separateness, the realization of the oneness of being, the discovery of lasting happiness.
This workshop will explore the core philosophy of Jivamukti Yoga which is comprised of 5 Tenets:
~This workshop is open to all levels~
Banka Jennifer Schneider came to yoga through Buddhism. She was ﬁrst exposed to meditation and chanting while living at Tassajara Zen Monastery and Green Dragon Temple.She went on pilgrimage to India to study with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to France to study with Thich Nhat Hanh. In 2003 Banka completed her ﬁrst teacher training at Kalani with Kathy Elder.In 2007, she became certified in both Sivananda and Jivamukti Yoga and became an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher in 2015.Banka has spent 5 weeks since 2008, studying, living with and taking care of her teachers in New York and has currently been teaching yoga for over a decade.