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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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. 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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