Backbends provide entry into the ANAHATA (heart) chakra, located at the center of the chest. Anahata chakra is associated with our karmic relationships with others whom we feel have hurt us. When we bend backwards, we access our heart center and allow the experience of those relationships to come to the surface. That can be very scary, because it forces us to see that the source of negativity is within us, not in the others whom we usually feel have wronged us—we can only see things outside of us that we already have within us; nothing exists in the world except as a projection of our own minds. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “I have decided to go with love; hate is just too heavy a burden to bear.” Backbends also stimulate the thymus gland. The thymus plays a significant role in our immune system, which can be suppressed when we dwell in dark emotions. Stimulating that gland can help keep our immune system working effectively and contribute to better health. Our physical, psychological and spiritual health is intertwined."-Sharon gannon
~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.