Jivamukti Yoga Intensive w/ Andrea Boyd Cohen

March 9-10th, 2018

$65 if paid before 2/28/2018 ($75 regular price) 

Jivamukti Yoga is a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. The Jivamukti Method is grounded in the original meaning of the Sanskrit word asana as “seat, connection” – relationship to the Earth. Earth implies all of life. Citing Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, which states that asana should be sthira and sukham, 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.

Friday 3/9, 6-7:30pm - Open Jivamukti Class  

Whether you’re a beginner, deciphering the difference between vrksasana (tree) and sirshasana (headstand) or an advanced yogi who can put both feet behind their head, the Jivamukti Open class welcomes you, as it is open to practitioners of all levels. You work at your own pace, following the teacher’s verbal as well as hands-on guidance. Asana options will be provided for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. A typical Open class incorporates the five tenets of Jivamukti Yoga: shastra (scripture), bhakti (devotion), ahimsa (kindness), nada (music), & dhyana (meditation).

Saturday 3/10 Workshop: The Warrior Within: Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita. 

 9-11am asana, pranayama, & meditation & 1-3pm chanting & philosophy 

"The Bhagavad Gita is an ancient Indian text that became an important work of Hindu tradition in terms of both literature & philosophy. The earliest translations of this work from Sanskrit into English were made around 1795 CE by Sir Charles Wilkins. The name Bhagavad Gita means “the song of the Lord”. It is composed as a poem and it contains many key topics related to the Indian intellectual and spiritual tradition. Although it is normally edited as an independent text, the Bhagavad Gita became a section of a massive Indian epic named “The Mahabharata”, the longest Indian epic. There is a part in the middle of this long text, consisting of 18 brief chapters and about 700 verses: this is the section known as the Bhagavad Gita. It is also referred to as the Gita, for short.

The Bhagavad Gita revolves around the following questions: How can someone live a life spiritually meaningful without withdrawing from society? What can someone who does not want to give up family and social obligations do to live the right way? The Gita challenges the general consensus that only ascetics and monks can live a perfect spiritual life through renunciation and emphasizes the value of an active spiritual life." https://www.ancient.eu/Bhagavad_Gita/ 

About Andrea Boyd Cohen:

ANDREA BOYD COHEN is an earnest and compassionate teacher. Her classes are challenging, fun, musical, creative and disciplined, with teachings grounded in ancient scripture and an emphasis on deep and equal breathing. The sequencing of her classes is fluid and reflects her knowledge of the body and rhythm through many years of dance and asana. Her love of yoga philosophy and chanting is contagious and students are quick to learn Sanskrit pronunciation with her. An Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher, she has been an integral part of the renowned Jivamukti teacher trainings for many years, mentoring hundreds of trainees, teaches all over the world, and is involved in fundraising for amazing organizations, including Bhumi Sehat, The Haiti Clinic, Shyamdas Foundation, and Animal Mukti. With Ruth Lauer Manenti, Andrea edited and produced the books “An Offering of Leaves” & “Sweeping the Dust" and has produced 7 albums called “The Spoken Word Series” featuring 3 of her teachers. She now writes, hosts and produces a radio show called "The Depth of Birth," on the local OHM Radio station (96.3). Her lineage is Sri K Pattabhi Jois, Swami Nirmalananda, Sri Brahmananda Saraswati, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Sri Shyamdas, Ruth Lauer Manenti, and Jayashree & Narasimhan. Andrea is the Director of Satsang Yoga Charleston.