Jivamukti Yoga Charleston is hosting Joshua Greene — a popular lecturer on yoga philosophy, the holocaust, and peacekeeping initiative — this weekend. (See the schedule and pricing below.) Greene’s books include Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison and Gita Wisdom: An Introduction to India’s Essential Yoga Text.
He also produced the film “Living Yoga,” a biography of Swami Satchidananda, who opened the famed Woodstock festival. He is a Professor of Religion at Hofstra University on Long Island, and has spoken at the Pentagon, the World Economic Forum, the New York Public Library Distinguished Author series, and numerous universities.
In 2000, Mr. Greene was appointed Director of Strategic Planning for the United Nations Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. That year his book Witness: Voices from the Holocaustwas produced as a feature film for PBS. His next book, Justice at Dachau, revealed the story of the largest yet least known series of war crimes trials in history.
I asked Jivamukti co-owner Andrea Boyd how Greene’s appearance came to be and what people will be able to draw from his talks.
Q: Tell me how this weekend’s events came about. Did you know Joshua Greene on a personal level?
A: He teaches the Bhagavad Gita at the Jivamukti shala in NYC. We have both read his book “Here Comes the Sun” and loved it. He was a dear friend of our teacher Shyamdas who left his body this past January. We met him for the first time last year, and invited him to come and teach and thankfully, he agreed!
Q: I know that George Harrison’s music is special to you and Jeffrey, and probably the Jivamukti community. Will Greene shed light on Harrison specifically or on spiritual journeys more specifically?
A: He will indeed speak about George. He spent time with him, was a friend, and wrote a book about his spiritual journey and musical journey called “Here Comes the Sun.” He may also speak about spiritual journeys as well.
Q: For those who are a bit less spiritual about their yoga, is there something they can take out of these talks?
A: Yes of course. A deeper understanding of the roots of yoga, inspiration, wisdom, teachings and guidance for life and daily experiences…or, you can just love the Beatles! and come be with someone who had close association with George!
“We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Q: Will there be any actual yoga practiced in any of the classes?
A: Yes, but there will not be any yoga asanas. You can wear regular clothing and no mat necessary.
Q: Can people pick and choose the classes they attend? As I read it, it’s $75 for all three.
A: Yes, they can come to 1, 2 or all 3 events. $25 (sat 4pm) $25 (sat 7:30pm) and $30 (sun) OR $75 for all 3
Q: Jivamukti Yoga Charleston always has interesting events planned for the months ahead. Do you have anything else coming from now until New Year’s/
1. Movie Night “Blackfish” (Wed, Nov 20)
2. Annual Thanksliving Vegan Potluck (Sat, Nov 23)
3. Annual Holiday Rockasana/Fundraiser (Wed, Dec 18)
The weekend classes will be held at their Mt Pleasant location: 320 West Coleman Blvd.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
4pm-6pm “The Bhagavad Gita
Learn about the most popular and studied text on spirituality in the world. He makes understanding and application of the Gita’s wisdom easy to bring into your own life. $25
7:30pm-9:30pm “The Spiritual and Musical Life of George Harrison”
In this very rare opportunity, we will receive first hand accounts of George Harrison’s awakening, which is the well-spring of yoga’s popularity today in the West. Through Mr.Greene’s auspicious association with Mr. Harrison, we are given intimate access beyond the veil of popular Beatle lore. $25
Sunday, November 3, 2013
10am-1pm “Yoga From The Heart: An Open Discussion”
Question and Answer session, for anyone who has an interest as to the truth of spirituality – from casual interest to experienced seeker. $30