The Path of Devotion
This inspiring, intimate interview and kirtan takes place in home of Krishna Das. He shares beautiful stories about finding his Guru, personal challenges along the way and the healing power of kirtan. A rare musical performance is followed by the interview with some of your favorite mantras that will be musically performed as you've never seen them before. This powerful experience is not to be missed.
Layering traditional kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga's "rock star." With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling western chant artist of all time. His album 'Live Ananda' (released January 2012) was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age album category.
KD spent the late '60's traveling across the country as a student of Ram Dass, and in August 1970, he finally made the journey to India, which led him to Ram Dass' own beloved guru, Neem Karoli Baba, known to most as Maharaj-ji.
Given the name Krishna Das, KD began to chant as part of following the path of Bhakti yoga the yoga of devotion.
After two and a half years with Maharaj-ji, returned to USA - alas, six months after his return, word came that Maharaj-ji had died.
He took solace in music, finding peace and strength in both his Bhakti yoga practice as well as in such heroes as Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, and Bruce Springsteen (whom he laughingly calls "the Bodhisattva of New Jersey"). KD also co-founded Triloka Records, a California-based label specializing in world music, releasing such artists as Jai Uttal, sarod virtuoso Ali Akbar Khan, and legendary jazz musician/composer Jackie McLean.
In 1994, KD started leading chant at Jivamukti Yoga Center, NYC, with an ever-growing audience of yoga students that has led him to chant with people all around the world. In February 2013, Krishna Das performed at the Grammy awards in Los Angeles, CA streamed online to millions of viewers. The award-winning film 'One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das' has been in over 100 US cities, over 10 countries worldwide and is available on DVD everywhere.
With the release of his 14th album, Kirtan Wallah-one who sings kirtan, KD offers a westward-leaning album, fully embracing his American roots in rock and country and yet embodying the spirit of deeply devotional Indian chants - the heart of this latest album is still in the Names that he's singing.
"The chanting just hits you and you want to be a part of it," KD promises. "That's the point of this whole thing. That's what cuts through all the 'stuff'. You get lit up. You don't have to know what it means."
The Art of Letting go with Meditation
Meditation is the practice of watching your mind think. Why would you want to watch your mind think? Well, when you can watch something, you will come to know that you are not that something. You cannot watch and be what you are watching at the same time. The Sanskrit term for this watcher or witness is sakshi.
A yogi strives to shift his or her mis-identification with body and mind to identification with the indwelling Divine Self, whose nature is eternal happiness. All yoga practices, including meditation, are designed to allow happiness to radiate through every cell and tissue of the body and every vibration of the mind. Through these practices, the yogi seeks to clear the mind of all thoughts that cloud the truth of the psyche, (which is the inner soul, or Self), that it exists eternally in a state of happiness. To truly be happy we must bring the mind into a condition of clear perception. With clear perception the mind reflects the Self, like a clean mirror. Learn the powerful "Let Go" meditation technique following the interview created by Sharon Gannon.
Sharon Gannon is a 21st-century Renaissance woman, an animal rights and vegan activist and a world-renowned yogini, perhaps best known as the founder, along with David Life, of the Jivamukti Yoga Method. She is also an accomplished writer, dancer, painter, musician and chef. Sharon has devoted many years exploring the role of diet in promoting physical, emotional and mental well-being as well as spiritual development. She lives in a 125-acre wild forest sanctuary in Woodstock, NY.
A student of Brahmananda Sarasvati, Swami Nirmalananda, K. Pattabhi Jois, and Shyam das, she is a pioneer in teaching yoga as spiritual activism and is credited for making yoga cool and hip-relating ancient teachings of yoga to the modern world. Sharon's bookYoga and Vegetarianism has been called the "seminal" work on the subject, exploring the relationship of veganism to the teachings of yoga.
Sharon is a musician and is a featured vocalist on many CDs including Sharanam, which is her 2010 solo album, produced by Frenz Kallos. She has produced numerous yoga-related DVDs and is the author of several books, including Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body & Soul, The Art of Yoga, Cats and Dogs are People Too!, and Yoga Assists. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Toward 2012, Arcana V: Music, Magic and Mysticism, What comes after Money, Semiotexte, Yoga Journal, Mantra, and Origin. She writes a monthly essay called the Focus of the Month. Sharon is the author several books, her latest: Simple recipes for Joy.
Colleen Saidman Yee
Colleen shares in her interview and class the power behind correct sequencing for emotions and mind. Particular emotions require certain poses, and unless addressed can have a negative impact. Learn how anxiety, depression, the desire for focus and energy all have certain sequencing to create a healing effect to both mind and body. Even times of day require a certain sequence to create the proper response for the body. This interview will share many new ideas on the power of sequencing.
Colleen Saidman Yee is an internationally respected yoga teacher. For 30 years, she was a top global fashion model, represented by Elite and Ford Models. She opened Yoga Shanti Sag Harbor in 1999; and since then has opened locations in New York City and Westhampton Beach, which she runs with her husband, Rodney Yee and partners. With Donna Karan and Rodney, Colleen created and runs the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, utilized in healthcare facilities around the country. She has been featured in dozens of yoga videos by Gaiam. Articles about her have appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, Vanity Fair, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among many others. Colleen released her first book, Yoga for Life in June, 2015. She lives in Sag Harbor, NY. www.colleensaidmanyee.com.
Rock Your Authenticity: 3 Steps to Next-Level Voice-Finding, Clarity & Abundance.
Many people live small, hide their light and block the opportunities and abundance that want to come to them, but can't. Sadie, an authenticity leader who is known for her honesty, courage and uniqueness, shares her top 3 techniques to remove blockages to getting back to one's true nature, and becoming who they were meant to be. Includes a mind-blowing definition of Ahimsa and a yoga practice to help release your fear, free your voice--and get you back into your deepest core strength.
Sadie Nardini is a wellness, singer-songwriter and founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga. She is a biomechanics, physics, and an anatomy and empowerment geek who travels internationally bringing fierce new yoga and lifestyle tools to yoga teachers and students everywhere.
Sadie's new album, Salt & Bone, is available now on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon. With Sadie, you'll sweat, laugh, learn, and come away transformed and inspired anew. Learn more at sadienardini.com.
Equanimity: To Stand in the Middle of All This
Yoga is not a magic pill to calm your irritation or stimulate your boredom. It is about standing in the middle of life with a sense of inner strength, resilience and spaciousness. Cyndi will talk about the Buddhist practice of Upekka, or equanimity, as a path to literally shifting the ground of one's existence, away from habitual drama and toward what Buddhist texts call, "the radiant calm of the mind."
We yogis know that our hips are often the site of deep imbalance due to lack of flexibility, physical and emotional injury, too much sitting, too much working out. In order to find balance in our hips, we need to focus less on just hip opening - another form of craving - and find a healthy range of motion through soft closings, clarity of rotation, organized pelvis and legs, bright feet, and precise attention to exertion and ease. This medium-paced vinyasa class will include standing and seated poses, upside down and inside out work, and some fun, surprising sequencing. Be ready to go slow, or a little faster, to pay attention, and not buy into everything you think because it is all impermanent anyway.
Cyndi Lee is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. Founder of NYC's OM Yoga Center, she now teaches workshops and teacher trainings worldwide. Author of the yoga classic, Yoga Body Buddha Mind, her newest book is the The New York Times critically acclaimed May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga and Changing My Mind.
Crafting an Inspiring Personal Practice
As yogis and meditators, whether we're parents, professionals, teachers, or healers, most of us have an inordinate volume of stress in our space. It's time we understood, in simple terms, the chemistry of how to ease that state. This class will help you re-orient yourself in the direction of wholeness and contentedness.
You'll learn practical, daily ways to recognize and minimize the impact of potential and actual stress. Elena will offer you a simple, comprehensive template to create articulate, accessible practices to inspire and nourish you for years to come.
Elena Brower is a renowned yoga teacher and speaker. Influenced by several yoga traditions including Katonah Yoga, Para Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga, she is recognized internationally for her expertise in combining physical alignment and the art of attention. Since 1998, Elena has been offering these practices as a vehicle for approaching our world with realistic reverence and gratitude. She is the author of Art of Attention, a yoga workbook that has been translated into five languages and the creator of teach.yoga, a virtual home for yoga teachers worldwide.
Elena is also an executive producer of On Meditation: Documenting the Inner Journey, a film that intimately explores meditation experiences, now being screened on international flights and on National Public Television. She's contributed to the Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Origin, Mantra, and has been featured in Yoga Journal, the New York Times and on major network-news channels. Experience Elena's filmed practices onYogaGlo and her Audio Meditations on elenabrower.com/meditation.
Food Isn't Just a Commodity - It's Also A Community!
This workshop will help you to bring consciousness, gratitude, and integrity to your relationship with food. You'll get support in clarifying your food values, and in designing an action plan to bring your food choices into alignment with your goals for your life and your desires for your world. Ocean Robbins will guide you through a look at where you shop, what you buy, how you prepare food, how you consume it, who you share it with. With a no-guilt, unconditionally loving approach, he'll invite you to bring more joy, beauty, and delight to your relationship with food and with your food community.
Ocean Robbins is co-founder and CEO of the 250,000+ member Food Revolution Network, adjunct professor in Chapman University's Peace Studies Department, and co-author with his dad, bestselling author John Robbins, of Voices of the Food Revolution. He launched Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) at age 16, and directed the organization for 20 years. Ocean has spoken in person to more than 200,000 people and facilitated hundreds of gatherings for leaders from 65+ nations. He is a recipient of many awards, including the Freedom's Flame Award and the national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service. Learn more about his work at foodrevolution.org
Learning to Stalk your Fear
Fear stalks us all. It affects everything we do," says Ana Forrest. In this interview, Ana talks about the benefits and drawbacks of fear. She explains how to turn our fear around so that we move out of victim mode and into a place of power. You'll learn specific breathing exercises for counteracting fear and how to turn your fears into actions that help strengthen your self-respect.
Affectionately known to some as the First Lady of modern yoga, Ana has been changing people's lives for over four decades. As an internationally-recognized pioneer in yoga and emotional healing, Ana is a Medicine Woman, the creatrix of Forrest Yoga and author of the highly-acclaimed book, Fierce Medicine.
Ana teaches from an intuitive and highly-developed understanding of the human body and psyche. Native American Medicine, Ceremony and the clinical application of many healing modalities-including homeopathic and naturopathic remedies, reflexology, pressure point & craniosacral therapies, shiatsu, chiropractic, and hands-on healing-always inform her work.
This year Ana celebrates 40 years of teaching and evolving Forrest Yoga - the yoga system that Ana created as she worked through her own life traumas-including abuse, addictions and an unhealthy relationship with food to find healing.
Ana's Spirit pledge is to do her part in 'Healing the Hoop of the People', which has become her life's work. Each year she gives thousands of people the tools to help them connect to their own Spirit and design a life that makes them proud.
Ana received a Los Angeles Mayoral Commendation for her outstanding teaching and healing work in the community - the first time a major U.S. city bestowed such an honor on a yogi or yogini! Ana headlines yoga events across the globe, contributes regularly to many yoga, health and Spirituality publications, and is a guest lecturer at educational institutions acorss the country. Off the mat, Ana loves being a 'Spiritual Detective' with her husband/song man, Jose, and riding her motorcycle into the wilderness!
Eat Breathe Thrive: Yoga, Food, and Body Image
Yoga can be a game-changer in healing food and body image challenges. Chelsea shares her insight and experience overcoming an eating disorder and creating a nonprofit yoga-based program to help others. Learn about the causes of emotional eating and negative body image, as well as yoga and meditation practices to help you love and nourish your body.
Chelsea Roff is an internationally-recognized author, speaker, and the Founder and Director of Eat Breathe ThriveTM. For the past five years, she has been pioneering integrative mental health programs to prevent and help individuals fully recover from food and body image issues. She writes regularly for GOOD Magazine, Yoga Journal, and The Huffington Post and is currently working in partnership with researchers to conduct an evidence-based study on yoga as a complementary treatment for eating disorders.
Chelsea is known for her intelligent, inspiring, and tell-it-like-it-is teaching style, and for weaving together profound personal experiences with her scientific background to deliver deeply moving insights. After nearly losing her life to anorexia and a subsequent stroke when she was 15, she has became a national advocate for yoga and community-based mental health.