THE BODIES OF THE SELF / SATURDAY MAY 3 and SUNDAY MAY 4 / 10:00 TO 11:30 AM / AHD KAMEL
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Shravanadibhiruddhiptajñana Gniparitapitah Jivassarvamalammuktah Svarnavad Dyotate Svayam
By hearing, thinking, and meditating, the light of the Self is kindled. Once this light of Self is kindled, the individual “I” becomes free from all impurities and begins to shine forth as the universal “I,” in the same way as gold shines when it is purified by fire.
Atma Bodha, verse 66, translation by Shri Brahmananda
It’s often said that “You are what you eat.” According to yoga philosophy the material substance of our physical body is made of the food that we eat, derived from the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether. In Sanskrit our material physical body is referred to as the annamayakosha. The word anna means “food.” But yoga reveals that we have four additional bodies: an
energetic body (pranamayakosha), a body comprised of emotions and feelings (manomayakosha), an intellectual body (vijñanamaykosha) and an innermost subtle body comprised of bliss (anandamayakosha).
AHD KAMEL is an actress, filmmaker and a certified 300 hr Jivamukti yoga teacher from Saudi Arabia. She is most well known for her starring role in 2012’s high profile festival favorite, critical darling and Venice winner, ‘Wadjda’, which is Saudi Arabia’s feature film. The fluently English-speaking, American educated, multi-lingual Saudi Arabia native launched her film career in 2005 with a string of internationally successful short films; all three which have won prestigious festival awards.
Ahd then went on to study Acting under the personal tutelage of William Esper at the Esper Studio in NYC. Her first lead role earned her the Golden Gate Award for Best Actress at the San Francisco International Film Festival. The first film she produced, short ‘Where To’, was an Official Selection at Rotterdam and Slamdance. ‘La Sainteté’, her 2nd directorial short, in which she also starred, received a Golden Bear nomination at the Berlinale in 2013. Her move into the world of English language features began with a position as technical advisor on Peter Berg’s ‘The Kingdom’. Ahd was presented with a Cloeween Connection Award from Spike Lee, by the Abu Dhabi Authority of Culture and Heritage as an emerging Arab filmmaker.