Yoga, the Science of Body, Mind, and Soul

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‘Yoga’, a photo by Omar Bariffi

I’m very happy to share this news! I have 3 scheduled workshops in 3 cities in Indonesia with the topic of Yoga: the Science of Body, Mind & Soul.

The schedule is:

  • Sentul (Bogor) – at Fei’s Place, Saturday 13 August 2016 [Sold Out]
  • Bandung – at Amala Yoga Studio, Sunday 11 September 2016
  • Surabaya – at Hotel Santika Jemursari, Sunday 6 November 2016

In this workshop I will share about how yoga is a holistic methodology to uncover harmony and integration of the many layers of beings, the body, mind and soul. Yoga is not only asana (poses) but so much more! Topics covered are asana, pranayama, meditation, layers of beings and how does it work together, overview of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra & Bhagavad Gita, the different paths of yoga, and kirtan, a bhakti yoga practice.

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I decided to offer this workshop due to my own experience a years ago. After months and years of regular yoga asana practice, I thought “Is that all there is to yoga? To be able to do challenging, difficult poses? There’s gotta be something more!”

I was really curious about yoga, and they say that when a student is ready a teacher will appear. I met a teacher that showed me glimpses of how whole, vast, and rich the world of yoga is. I went to the school where the teacher came from, and what they teach gave me a solid holistic framework to continue my own study. I’m still studying now, I am a perpetual student in yoga.

I’m grateful to have met someone that showed me clues or sign post pretty early in my yoga journey. I notice that this content is rarely offered in Indonesia, so I decided to try to offer this. I hope by sharing these, more yoga practitioners (and teachers too) understand how holistic yoga is, and that yoga is so much more than asana.

Image: Yoga by Omar Bariffi

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Journey to Wholeness

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Are you feeling sick or tired all the time?
Are you happy with your life or are you thinking there must be something more for you out there?
Are you up for a wholesome rest where you can transform your health and your life?

If you say yes to either one of these three questions, let us walk with you hand in hand to live a better life – Mind, Body and Soul.

Journey to Wholeness – Transformational Health Retreat
11-13 December 2015 – Vila Air, Lembang, Bandung

During this 3 Day 2 Night Retreat, you will:

  • Discover and take action to live your life purpose
  • Learn simple yet powerful self-healing techniques
  • Start practicing meditation or mindfulness in your daily life
  • Use yoga to balance your body, mind and soul
  • Relax, take a break from the daily routine, return to your wholeness

Expect surprises… more exciting programs await you!

This retreat is facilitated by:

Amelia Devina
A Quantum Healing Practitioner & Intuitive Coach, Amelia’s goal is to help you find out who you truly are, why you are here, and what you should practice to be the best version of yourself. She does that by giving you tools (healing, reading, coaching, wisdom) that you can immediately apply to improve your life, relationship, career, health and many more than you can possibly dreamed of. Read her blog at ameliadevina.com/blog.

Joshua S. Lie
A naturopath, energetic healer and meditation facilitator. He was trained in various highly respected Australian complementary and alternative medicine institutions such as Charles Sturt University, Nature Care College and Awareness Institute. He believes in the healing power of Mother Nature. Joshua has great success helping his clients with holistic approach combining herbalism,shamanism, Reiki and meditation. His specialisation is in helping psychosomatic illnesses and chronic health problems. Visit his website at joshualie.com

Silvia Hendarta
A yoga instructor, meditation facilitator and founder of Wannabe Zen, Silvia is teaching in several yoga studios around Jakarta. She is trained to teach yoga at Satyananda Yoga Australia, Fitness First Asia, and Byron Yoga Australia. Silvia is into health & wellness, spirituality, coffee, good books, and endurance sport (she is a marathoner & triathlete). She blogs at silviahendarta.com

Register now – see, hear, and feel the transformation!

Get your early bird prices till 19 November 2015!

Contact: Karuna Center (Fandi) 021-56728264 WA 081287783338

Please kindly share to all your friends, this might be something they’ve been looking for. Thank you and see you there!

The koshas

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According to yogic theory & philosophy, a human being is comprised of 5 layers. These layers are called koshas, or sheath. Each layer is more subtle than the other.

The first is annamaya kosha, or literally mean ‘food sheath’ – it is the physical body: the bones, muscles, tissues, organs, bloods, etc. The grossest of the layers. It is made of the elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space. It is on this layer the gateway to the external world, the five receiving senses and the five action sense are located, so it is through this layer that one is experiencing life.

The second is pranamaya kosha, or the energy body, the prana layer. More subtle than the physical body, this layer not visible to the naked eye, but one can feel it. The chakras, or energy centers, are within this layer. Without prana, there is no life.

The third is manomaya kosha, the mind body. This is the mind that interacts with the inputs from the senses, carry out day to day operation of keeping oneself alive and well – eg if there’s a danger, move away – if there’s a reward, come closer. Manomaya kosha is full of emotions – a reaction to the input from the senses. It is key for survival.

The fourth is vijnanamaya kosha, sometimes called the higher mind. Also referred to as the ‘wisdom body’ – this is where awareness, insight, discernment, and consciousness located. Without awareness, one will be only reacting to whatever comes one’s way. With awareness, one can stop to only reacting and choose to response with intention.

The fifth is called anandamaya kosha, the bliss body. Sometimes also called the causal body. This is the innermost layer covering the essence – the soul, or spirit, or self, or atman. The unchanging eternal reality.

Using a computer as analogy, annamaya kosha is like the hardware. The receiving sense organs are keyboards, mouse, touchscreen, microphone. The action sense organs are the monitor, speaker, printer. Pranamaya kosha is like the electricity powering the computer – without plugging it into the electricity the computer can’t turn on. It’s the current that goes through the hardwares. Manomaya kosha is like the operating system – basic operation of the computer is controlled from here. Vijnanamaya kosha is like the more advanced software, with which the computer can interact in a more useful way, be productive, be of service. I can’t think yet of the parallel for anandamaya kosha in a computer… can you think of one? Although not yet complete, I think this computer analogy helps me understand more about the koshas.

Image source: iytyogatherapy.com