Jivamukti Yoga Intensive w/ Andrea Boyd Cohen
November 30th - December 1st, 2018
$75 ($65 early bird until 11/1/2018)
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 11/30, 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 12/1 Workshop: "Peace Mantras"
9-11am asana, pranayama, & meditation
12-2pm chanting & philosophy
Shanti, or peace, mantras are prayers for universal peace. They are found in ancient scriptures, such as the Upanishad and Vedas. Fundamentally, shanti mantras are not chants for any material gains but for inner peace. It is believed that by reciting these mantras at the beginning and end of any rituals and discourses, it helps to calm the mind and the environment. Hence, it’s known as Shanti path or the invocation for peace. It is also believed that by reciting shanti mantras, it helps to remove any obstacles for the task ahead.
In India, teacher and students would recite the peace invocation together in the beginning of each Yoga class. It is done so as to seek blessings from the God for study, to be rid of obstacles, eg. poor memory, inability to concentrate or poor health. It also includes blessings for peaceful and amicable relationships.
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.