Kirtan Soul Revival (KSR) is New York City’s funkiest devotional mantra music experience. Since 2011 they have been fusing traditional Sanskrit mantras, original music, and music from around the world to create a unique, dynamic sound that merges guitar-driven funk, rock, gospel, rhythm and blues, world grooves, and chants. Soul-stirring vocals and three part harmony add fullness and depth to their sound. Calia Marshall, Helen Styring Tocci, and Todd Keller with drummer Terrence Pompey, are all longtime yoga practitioners and musicians. They have created a singular sound in the growing genre of mantra music. KSR brings the connecting power of harmony and a fusion of Eastern and Western sounds to a public craving more positivity, love and community in its music and life.
Kirtan is a celebration of spirit through the chanting of sacred names. KSR invites their audiences to participate fully through call-and-response chanting. Through their simple presentation, even non-singers can easily experience the joy of being surrounded by harmony in a space that encourages improvisation and exploration. The Kirtan Soul Revival experience invites participants to open their hearts to Spirit and to life!
Bhakti yoga has the potential to create deep transformation, both inside of ourselves and in the world around us. This practice can help us to love ourselves and to love one another as we recognize sameness and difference, shadow and light. In this workshop we will use chanting, discussion and journaling to release judgement of ourselves and others, to explore ways to open our voices and sing in harmony, and to find our individual voice inside of the collective voice. When we sing from the heart we open to our divine potential. We tune our voices and hearts to that which is sacred, so we may use our voices as a tool for empowerment and social change.
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Come Dance! We are setting up a safe space to let go, tap in, and feel vibrantly alive through ecstatic movement.
A wave of eclectic beats will gently warm up your body and build to a stomping ecstatic pulse. Winding down softly, things will wrap up with sound healing and intention.
Lets create something BEAUTIFUL.
1. To honor and deepen the journey we request no talking on the dance floor.
2. Care/Awareness for the space and each other
3. Move your body however you wish
4. You can dance alone, or with as many partners as (you) like to join. (If you’d rather not dance with someone, thank them for the offer by placing your hands in prayer position at your heart – Namaste.)
Omar Aena is a conscious dance ambassador and community organizer based in New York City. His passion and focus is in bringing people together to experience a sense of belonging, connection and freedom.
He is co-organizer, facilitator and DJ at Ecstatic Dance NYC and creator of Dance Lab, a weekly event in Brooklyn for somatic inquiry. A student of various mystical traditions – including Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, Advaita Vedanta and other philosophies of non-duality – Omar seeks to integrate these age-old, wisdom teachings into his life in the big city.
His background in Conscious Dance started in 2012 when he was introduced to 5Rhythms and then eventually Ecstatic Dance. This set him off on a journey around the world, meeting and dancing with many different communities, absorbing various styles, flavors and inspirations from each one. He has now stepped into DJ’ing, where his globally inspired + NYC rooted taste in music has been shaking and awakening conscious dance floors around the world.
All of the great spiritual cultures held dance sacred – as a means to purify, enlighten, and release the vast stores of energy inside us. Justin draws strength from this lineage, creating a dialog on the dance floor of shared beats, sweat, and blissful states of being. He reaches deep and plays a huge range of music – from his roots in House Music through Latin and African flavors, Bass and Dub.
A typical workshop will focus on the basics of Contact Staff, Double Staff and/or Hoops. Each of these disciplines has been used in martial arts, Cirque du Soleil, marching bands and many other types of performances. No prior training? No problem! Grasping these concepts will be quick and easy. For staff, we will practice grip, rotors, flow planes, one-beats, two-beats, body rolls, and anti-spins. For double staff, we will review grip, finger rolls, timing and direction, one-beats, extensions, and reels. For hoops, we will learn waist hooping, isolations, anti-spins, and jump throughs. Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Maurice (Reese) Crawley has been practicing flow arts since January 2014. The passion and freedom found in the arts has taken him through many different forms of self-expression, but his love is for performance. From volunteering at the American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO) in Portland, Maine, to video shoots in Birmingham, AL, to fire performances for 80,000 attendees at Burning Man, every endeavor receives all of his time and dedication. Most recent achievements include SpinCo’s Social Engagement Chair, Bangarang shows, PEX performances, and festivals all around the country. Reese looks forward to bringing that same energy to you.
One of the biggest gifts we can give ourselves and the people in our lives is our presence. During this workshop we will be dropping into a wonderful state of being with ourselves and our partner that creates a feeling of connection and nourishment. Partner Yoga is simple and easy to do, using the body you have and any other person that is available. Bring a partner and a yoga mat if you have one, otherwise we’ll help you find one at the workshop.
Dancing from the time she could walk, Chandra has devoted her life to the study of movement arts. She was introduced to Yoga by her parents and began practicing as a teenager. Her teaching career began in 1996. She has traveled the world, studying various styles, from Astanga to Iyengar and everything in between.
Chandra brings an ease and grace to the practice of Yoga, encouraging students of all levels to feel comfortable in their personal practice while gently playing with the edge of possibility and growth. The physical practice is her vehicle for teaching mindfulness, and self-acceptance. For more about Chandra go to: www.steppingintobalance.com