A Yoga Workshop with Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Anja Kuehnel.
The Knower of the Field
Our identification with what we know is very heavy and deep. We like to call it our knowledge. The knowledge we accumulated in past lifetimes, through early conditioning in this lifetime, and through our studies that we are often so proud of, has filled our cup and is how we now narrow-mindedly perceive ourselves, the people around us and the world.
It is time to free our knowledge and just know! Like Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gītā, we want to be sincere students of Yoga. It is a new beginning! In this Jivamukti Yoga workshop focused on śāstra we will chant from scriptures and use different yogic techniques like āsanas, prānāyāma and meditation to become the real knower.
The Bhagavad Gītā teaches that the body has to be seen as a field and that the one who knows it is called the knower of the field. We will explore the sādhanā that is given in the Gītā, and what students of Yoga can do to put themselves in the right direction of truth at all times.
The Bhagavad Gītā is a text seen as one of the most important śāstras describing the spiritual sādhanā of the ancient Upaniṣadic teachings of the oneness of the Self. In chapter 13 Kṛṣṇa, the jagad-guru - Guru of the whole world - gives essential teachings on how to distinguish between the body-mind which is made up of the five elements, the five sense organs, the five organs of action and the three components of the mind: manas, ahaṁkāra, buddhi, on one side, and the supreme Puruṣa on the other side, which is the Absolute Reality and ultimately our true nature.
To live in the spirit of that absolute light of truth is the sādhanā of the yogī, and all purifying practices are only there to remove avidyā - our knowledge that is false - so that we become the real knower.
Anja Kuehnel is director of the two Jivamukti Yoga Berlin centers and has been practicing and teaching Jivamukti Yoga for many years all over the world. Anja especially is interested in the ancient yogic scriptures and vedantic teachings which offer a path to experiencing one’s true nature as limitless and free by taking away all the limitations we have put upon ourselves.