Friday mornings 7:45 – 9:10 am
Join Jayne Schell, certified Jivamukti Yoga instructor from Taos, New Mexico for an exploration of yoga 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: to other humans, animals, plants, things, the planet itself and all of manifestation. 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.
We will explore the five tenets of Jivamukti Yoga: shastra (scripture), bhakti (devotion), ahimsa (kindness), nada (music), and dhyana (meditation) supported through chanting, breath awareness, flowing vinyasa sequences, alignment exploration, hands-on assistance, spiritual teachings, relaxation and inner listening.
Please arrive a few minutes early with bare feet and an empty belly. Please bring your own yoga mat as there will be no props or mats available.
Instructor: Jayne Schell grew up in the Jemez Mountains of Northern New Mexico. She earned her BFA in textile design at the University of Kansas in Lawrence and her Montessori pre-school certification from MECA in Hinsdale, Illinois. In 2000, Jayne moved back to New Mexico with her family. With two small children, Jayne sought out fun activities which led her to the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos where she plans, designs, teaches and evaluates many educational programs, including Harwood Art in the Schools, Museum Adventures in Art, Saturday Arts for Families, Art and Movement and Art Exploration Workshops.
Jayne is a certified yoga instructor and the Jivamukti Yoga instructor in the state of New Mexico. She has developed “Art and Movement”, a program for the Harwood Museum of Art which integrates kid-sized yoga class with a related activity. She also teaches a weekly adult Jivamukti Yoga class in the Harwood’s Agnes Martin Gallery.
Jayne teaches Jivamukti Yoga in and around Taos, New Mexico while continuing to deepen her understanding of living yoga. Jayne lives in deep gratitude to her Jivamukti teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life traveling every year to study at their feet in New York. Bhakti yoga and expressing this love of the Divine through Kirtan is one of Jayne’s favorite ways to connect to others!