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.
David Newman (Durga Das)Bhakti Yoga: The Way of Love
Sages and seers have always known that Love is the master key to happiness. Through the ages, the practice of Bhakti Yoga evolved to help seekers embody that Love and access the wisdom of the heart. Join us for a joy filled and inspirational blend of heart opening Bhakti Yoga teachings and Kirtan.
KirtaniyasKirtan - Mantra Alchemy
A presentation of the benefits of call and response Mantra chanting. A process that has been practiced for milleniums throughout the World bringing community together in Unity and Diversity. "Man" means "mind" and "tra" means "to give bliss". Great masters claim the benefits of chanting these power words together in groups has immense benefit to ones soul, each other and even the whole world.
Learn about Deities behind the Mantras, the effects "Kirtan" has in developing un-conditional love and personal practice of Mantra meditation.
Dr. Manoj & Jyothi ChalamSymbolism of Ganesha, Shiva, Hanuman & Goddesses and their Relevance today
Using statues to illustrate, Manoj will relate the symbolism of these deities to archetypes within us. Through their myths, we'll uncover hidden symbolisms and learn the four ways to work with them as part of your spiritual practice. Manoj will help you to find your personal archetype or Ishtadevata. Discover how working with your archetypes can profoundly shift you, especially during moments of life transitions, and how these ancient teachings have practical relevance to your life, bringing peace of mind and uncovering our underlying common spirit.
The Joy of Chanting - by Jyothi Chalam
We will explore the spiritual meaning and significance of chanting through both Vedic chants and Kirtans.
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
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
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.
Zach Leary (Ramana)Daily Hanuman Chalisa Recitation
Zach Leary (Ramana) is a practitioner of Bhakti yoga as taught by his Guru Neem Karoli Baba. Through the practice of kirtan he has found keys that unlock doorways that allow the soul to experience it's true nature of being eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. In addition to Bhakti yoga, Zach has been influenced by many different methods and traditions ranging from trans-humanism, hatha yoga, Buddhism and psychology. But above all he believes first and foremost in his Guru's teaching that "love is the strongest medicine."
The Hanuman Chalisa is a 40 verse Hindu prayer that sings the praises and glories of Hanuman who is the essence of love and devotion to God in the form of Ram. In this workshop, Zach will lead the group in the practice of singing this prayer while maintaining focus on service and devotion. Zach will also talk a little about what the Hanuman Chalisa means to him, the practice of Guru Kripa, and Bhakti.
Hand-outs with the transliteration of the words will be provided.
Michael Brian BakerDay 1: Perception and the shape of our world
Within our personal yoga lies magic far beyond physical conditioning. The way in which we see or “perceive” our reality dictates not only our life experience but also defines our ability to create the life of our dreams. Join us for a visceral shift and feel into absolute abundance.
Day 2: The Truth of love indefinable
What driving force lies behind the desire to obtain self-mastery? Is love defined by romance, sexuality, discipline, connection or commitment? When one or more gather, answers to age-old questions are often birthed from within. Do not miss this gathering!
Day 3: The responsibility of prayer and healing
What deity or being do the Sun, Water, Wind & Fire pray to? Expanded awareness of our place in the masters’ divine plan will be explored in this final healing workshop in honor of Shakti Fest 2013. When we gather together to heal ourselves we heal our world. All levels and belief systems welcome. Please arrive early as these workshops fill up quite rapidly.
Michael H. CohenMidwest Workshop
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