Krishna DasHeart of Devotion
Join Krishna Das, the "chant master of American yoga", for an intimate afternoon of stories & discussions on the Path, chanting and an opportunity for Q&A. No experience is required and all are welcome. Krishna Das has several chant CD and books for sale at this venue.
Radhanath SwamiSpecial Guest—Author of The Journey Home
Through near-death encounters, apprenticeships with advanced yogis, and years of travel along the pilgrim's path, Radhanath Swami eventually reaches the inner sanctum of India's mystic culture and finds the love he has been seeking. It is a tale told with rare candor, immersing the reader in a journey that is at once engaging, humorous and heartwarming.
Ram DassExclusive DVD
Ram Dass first went to India in 1967. He was still Dr. Richard Alpert, an already eminent Harvard psychologist and psychedelic pioneer with Dr. Timothy Leary. He had continued his psychedelic research until that fateful Eastern trip in 1967, when he traveled to India. In India, he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, affectionatelyknown as Maharajji, who gave Ram Dass his name, which means "servant of God." Everything changed then - his intense dharmic life started, and he became a pivotal influence on a culture that has reverberated with the words "Be Here Now" ever since. Ram Dass's spirit has been a guiding light for three generations, carrying along millions on the journey, helping free them from their bonds as he has worked his way through his own.
Siva MohanDancing with the Moon: Ayurvedic Practices to build Shakti Prana
Join Dr. Mohan for an closer look at the moon and her effect on our subtle and physical bodies, and our ability to manifest our desired reality. We'll apply the wisdom with an overview of practices (yoga, mudra, mantra, herbs, pranayam, and meditations) that align us with lunar rhythm, and help to fortify our shakti.
- David Newman or Durga Das, as he is also known, is a Kirtan chant artist, sacred singer songwriter, best selling author, and inspirational teacher. David travels extensively sharing his music, and teachings on the path of love as a vehicle for spiritual awakening. His music embodies a devotional mysticism, distinctive musicality, poetic intimacy and a joyous, often ecstatic quality. A dedicated troubadour of chant and sacred song, David has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and in The Washington Post and Yoga Journal among many others. David is also the founder of The Stay Strong Project and Yoga On Main.Share your loveFeatured David Newman (Durga Das) Videohttpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNFGKfBhtUk
Michael Brian Baker
The Illumination ExperimentDay 1: The Gates of Permission
To be in spirit, one must be inspired. Each and every sacrament, ceremony or initiation is opened on the wings of request for permission. We gather this morning to connect our collective prayer. As individuals our connection to source is quite magical! As tribe our invocation is immeasurable! Let us anchor this year’s celebration together... Let the bhav begin!
Day 2: The personality conflict, waving the white flag within
Come witness spirits inner play through sacred ruach and shed the ego's illusion of self and separation. A practice in heart opening and the preparation of the physical and spiritual body for ascension and transition.
Day 3: Willing the Witness Within
WAs Bhaktas, the sweet surrender to “the highest” has left us drenched in amrit with the fullness of having been blessed with special vision and tools for navigating the material realms. Only when deep spiritual blessings are combined with action can the gifts begin to root into our great work in this world. Is there anything we are pretending not to know where we can increase our service together?
Nina RaoChanting the Hanuman Chalisa
Nina Rao learned traditional chants from her grandfather in a village in south India when she was nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. She is Krishna Das's assistant and tours with him, playing cymbals and singing. In 2007, she recorded a track 'Nina Chalisa' on Krishna Das' CD "Flow of Grace - Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa". In January 2013, she released her own double-CD "Antarayaami - Knower of All Hearts" which includes kirtan, bhajan, and a variety of Hanuman Chalisa melodies including a duet with Krishna Das. Nina is based in Brooklyn, NY, USA with her daughter, Uma, and chants with her friends and satsang in the New York area and beyond. For more information about the CD, live chanting events, and videos visit: Click for more details.
Mia ParkTantra Yoga: The Cultivation of Power and The Fire of Transformation
According to tantra, the body is the living temple of divinity. You can practice yoga without tantra, although the path is slow. However, tantra without yoga leads to an unhealthy, unbalanced life.
Tantra is the path of health and healing, and science and spirituality. Tantra seamlessly weaves together yoga’s diverse practices and holds our full expansion and development as its main objective. All tantric paths and practices have one common theme: the cultivation of power. Through special tantric practices, we learn to focus our power in order to store it and apply it skillfully towards personal transformation.
At this workshop, we’ll learn special tantric techniques that cultivate power through yoga practices and that stoke the inner fire of transformation. We’ll also practice yoga nidra, or yoga sleep, in order to assimilate our new knowledge and further guide us towards self empowerment and fulfillment. www.MiaPark.com
Aubree SaiaAs we breathe... So shall we live
Breath is our direct connection to source energy & life. Without it, we are not alive! As we breathe... So shall we live.
Transformational Breath uses a connected breath pattern that awakens the infinite wisdom & healing possibilities found inside your birth given breath. Tremendous Insight and transformation can be gathered in just one breath session. Profound healing & permanent resolution can emerge from the experience. The journey is truly beyond words and needs to be experienced 1st hand, to realize the beauty, the blessing, the magic, the sacredness of this offering. Transformational Breathing gives you the POWER to make POSITIVE change in your life.
If you would love to embrace life more fully, have more energy, and radiant health... I invite you to attend this introductory workshop!
High Vibe Oneness with Catherine Scherwenka
Day 1: Ananda Mandala Breathwork
Experience the “Circle of Bliss”, an ancient yogic technique involving Breath of Fire which helps clear the Chakras and raise the Kundalini, your personal spiritual energy. Explore the Breath-Mind-Kundalini connection and the importance of the kundalini to the Awakening process.
Day 2: 9 Bhakti’s – An Ecstatic Dance Communion
The 9 Bhakti’s are the nine modes of devotion in the path of bhakti yoga which help the person cultivate a deeper closeness with their Divine. We will dive into exploration of these devotions, take a guided journey together, dance ecstatically in communion with grace, share Kundalini yoga and the Oneness Meditation.
DAY 3: Dhyana Yoga – Bhakti through Yantra
Experience Creative Intelligence and Tranquility through a practice called Dhyana Yoga using Yantra's, a geometrical representation of the Divine. There will also be kundalini yoga and a special Oneness Meditation.
Yvonne ClarkHEALING VIBRATIONS the power of yoga and sound
Sound and Movement help align the energy that flows through our bodies and promote well being and health, enhance stress relief, alleviate pain and bring us into harmony with the Universe. In this very special, gentle, Deep Flow Slow Flow, students of all levels are welcome to move through physical yoga postures led by Yvonne Clark, RYT 500, while simultaneously moving energy through each energy vortex (chakra) by use of rare quartz crystal healing vibration tools called singing bowls played by Patrick. Students will have the benefit of Thai Yoga Massage adjustments via certified therapists Nina Swati and Jon Johnson. This practice is deliberate and alive; intended to help students heal mind, body and soul while aligning with Bhakti Energy.
Michael H. CohenIntroduction to Somatics and the Art of Teaching Yoga
This introductory workshop is perfect for new teachers (or those in training) desiring confidence in working with a group AND experienced teachers seeking a path for moving their yoga teaching from good to great. Facilitators will share: 6 ways to relate to the body - external, internal and transpersonal; a pragmatic 3-step teaching flow; useful practices for integrating the 3 centers of human intelligence (head, heart, body), building Somatic Awareness and cultivating a Centered Presence.
Rebecca Curland & Pascale La PointChakra Mantra Flow
Rebecca Curland (yoga teacher) and Pascale La Point, devotional singer (Kirtan Path) are co-facilitating this workshop. Postures merge with vibration and mantra as the chakra system is explored and harmonized through a mindful vinyasa sequence. Accompanied by live harmonium, drumming (Mark Baker of Kirtan Path) and chanting, this workshop takes the practitioner sequentially through the major energy centers of the body to release stored tensions and bring about healing and empowerment through yoga postures and sacred sound. This workshop includes participatory chanting throughout the flow and culminates with meditation and kirtan.
Darlene Vander HoopYIN YOGA with Aroma therapy
Yin Yoga postures guided with skill, humor, intelligence, and home-made aerosols of pure therapeutic grade Essential Oils, all take participants on a journey “inward” and into the Present Moment … Dar has created blissful states leading people through Classic Yin postures, slowly opening heart, shoulders, hips, feet, ribs … until light, space, and breath replace everyday physical and mental tightness. Enhanced with scents of earth, a world music playlist, and 34 years of teaching experience, Dar creates a space of acceptance and clear observation of “what is.” Be Prepared to BlissOut!
Dar Vander Hoop has been a teacher and student of yoga studies for 35 years, and has taught nationally and internationally; Vinyasa Flow, hot Bikram, Yin, Chakra workshops, aroma yoga, teacher trainings, and a student of aromatherapy for 7 years. Humor, wisdom, compassion, knowledge, age, and colorful life adventures gives her teaching its unique depth. Aromayogascents.com Certifiedbikramyogateacher.com
Judy PiazzaThe Yoga of Rhythm
Explore the world of drumming, one of the most profound and longest lineages for healing and transformation. Experience rhythm as yoga (a pathway to union), pulse as heartbeat of Gaia. We'll play on djembes, frame drums (tars and tambourines), and other drums and percussion you bring. Explore trance rhythms, polyrhythms, and rhythms of the heart in community playing. Harmonize with voice, rhythm, and motion for a full-body experience to deepen our indigenous rhythmic selves and to transcend the personal. Come with any drum or percussion instrument. Some drums may be available for use.
HuDostReconnecting with the Divine Source of Oneness
HuDost will lead a homeopathic sized version of a Sema; in which the body and voice are used to express the longing and joy of reconnecting with the beloved divine source of oneness. This will involve participants having the opportunity to whirl, sing, dance, connect, and pray.
Preston & Emily KlikPeace Through Healing
Preston & Emily Klik will be hosting three breathwork classes: 1. INTRO TO HEALING THROUGH CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY (physical, energetic, & spiritual). CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, yet powerful form of healing that promotes regenerative self-healing, inner peace, and release of long-standing trauma and pain. During this session, Emily will give a synopsis of how our beautiful craniosacral system functions, followed by an explanation of the gentle "unwinding" touch of CranioSacral Therapy, completing with an opportunity to receive hands-on healing from Emily while her husband Preston plays his crystal bowls. You will gain a deeper understanding of healing, and a deeper connection to yourself. 2. GONG WASH HEALING-MEDITATION: Remove barriers between yourSelf & your full expression of Love. Preston plays a 36-inch HEART GONG +crystal bowls, ocean drum etc. Preston will invoke the living presence of heart-centered Spirit - not just in theory, but by having spiritual principles come alive in one's daily life. Wounds heal, awareness awakens, and consciousness evolves. Bonus: Emily Klik will share CranioSacral Therapy with some attendees. Her gentle touch and intention improves central nervous system function and alleviate stress. 3. DREAMCATCHER NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE SHAMANIC JOURNEY is a very melodic Earth-based multi-media shamanic journey honoring Mother Earth & Father Sky. During this session, you will be transported by the beautiful organic sounds of 5 Native American flutes, crystal bowls, and nature recordings. Put down roots in fertile soil even as your spirit soars on high-winds like an eagle. Commune with your True Nature, allowing the GREAT SPIRIT to restore centering, balance. Emily Klik will share gentle, conscious CranioSacral Therapy, gently releasing blockages allowing for optimal body function and decreased pain. www.prestonkliksoundhealing.com
Lisa Gniady (Manjeet Kaur)Journey to the Center of Your Soul
“The purpose of Kundalini Yoga is transformation” -Yogi Bhajan
Life is complicated. Learning to flow through the peaks and valleys of life effortlessly, can bring magic to your life. In Kundalini Yoga, we call this spirit, “Cherdi Kala”, living with uplifted spirits. Breath is the pathway to living a life of joy and vitality. We will use the breath to awaken this spirit and connect to our truth, our essence. Come together in a group to chant, breathe, move, and have fun! In the end, the vibration of the Gong will envelop you, leaving you relaxed, happy, and knowing that life is truly a gift.
Lisa Gniady, is a former Wall Street Trader turned Yoga Instructor. While her outward journey has taken her from New York to Chicago, her inward journey has taken her from Vinyasa to Kundalini Yoga. After practicing Vinyasa yoga for over 20 years, she found the essence of her practice in Kundalini Yoga. She has been sharing this transformation, her love and passion of Kundalini Yoga combined with the mesmerizing healing sounds of her Paiste symphonic gong in the Chicagoland area.
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