Kirtan with Kirtan Soul Revival

Kirtan with Kirtan Soul Revival

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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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Hip Hop Yoga PLAYGROUND

Hip Hop Yoga PLAYGROUND

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For Kids of All Ages

A fusion of hip hop yoga led by MC “Make Change” Undakova, a native New Yorker and renown conscious hip hop artist/composer and his partner Katie, a yoga instructor and performance artist. Based in the 5 Elements of Holistic Hip Hop, this special workshop is an adult “cipher” (sacred circle) utilizing movement, sound and vibration to create layered soundscapes, simple vocal percussion and righteous rhymes to unlock authentic vocal expression. Drawing on mantra meditation, positive affirmation and the microcosmic orbit breath, participants learn to channel source energy and use their voice as a wand of manifestation. Optimal root chakra medicine for those returning home to indigenous ways. All ages welcome.

For over twenty years, David Jason Williams a.k.a. U.N.D.A.K.O.V.A
(Universe. Naturally. Delivers. All. Knowledge. Of. Vitality. Automatically.) has been awakening audiences with his special brand of insightful & knowledge ­infused hip hop. He spiritually guides his listeners and shares the benefits of healthy living while, quite fittingly, making you move & groove in the process. Whether spinning disco, funk and breaks, or Latin beats, his artistic sensitivity enables him to affect crowds in a powerful way. Wearing the hats of Emcee, Songwriter, and Producer also open doors for Undakova to shine his light as a lyrical wordsmith, blending mood altering melodies and uplifting messages. He believes true success involves re­establishing the positive foundation of hip hop culture. With a seasoned background in yoga, meditation and philanthropy, Undakova teaches by demonstration that self­love and all forms of artistic expression are the leading ways to empower communities. Through heartfelt displays of compassion, leadership, and creativity, loyal fans continue to grow with him.

Urban monk and teaching artist, his seasoned background in yoga and meditation has allowed him to develop a yoga hip hop curriculum for urban youth with the organizations non-profit BEAT NYC, GENERATION WIRELESS (Now Amplify) and the ABC Sanctuary just to name a few. UNDAKOVA believes self­love and artistic expression are the ultimate tools for empowering communities.

A practicing yogi of 20 years, Katie “High Prieztezz Or Nah” is a visionary artist, scribe, priestess and spiritual gangsta hailing from the blessed coast. Katie’s transformational work lies under a sacred canopy of co-created ritual and magic to align with a group or individual’s deepest soul intention for healing, expansion and higher consciousness. A uniquely interdisciplinary artist, she is co-leader of the radical queer feminist Go! Push Pops collective and creative director of ULTRACULTURAL OTHERS: Urban Mystery Skool. Having led Yoga & Sacred Arts workshop internationally including in Japan and the UK, a major goal of her work is the preservation, cultivation and ultimate resurgence of the worship of the Great Mother Goddess, the reinstating of women as spiritual leaders worldwide, and the restoring to sacred status women’s genitalia and symbols of fertility. A known pioneer with her partner UNDAKOVA of Hip Hop Yoga, the two lead seasonal hip hop yoga retreats in the magical jungle of Thailand, turn up at high vibration sacred arts festivals worldwide and throw our monthly new moon wellness ritual Dream Beat.
Follow her on Instagram @0r__nah

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Hooping like a Pro & Easy steps toward becoming a (paid) performer

Hooping like a Pro & Easy steps toward becoming a (paid) performer

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Alexander has been hooping for 14 years, devoting the last few primarily to trailblazing new double hooping ground, developing a systematic hooping pedagogy, and illustrating/writing “The Book On Hooping,” which is currently available. Nixon’s Hoop Journey started in 2004 playing Puck in a Burning Man-inspired version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in which he hula hooped his way into and out of mischief. Nixon has been hooping ever since, helping Stefan Spins and Malcolm Stuart teach the legendary Groovehoops class in NYC, and, thereafter, taking his hoops with him to his Peace Corps service in Guatemala. Nixon teaches group and private classes online and in NYC, and hosts a daily Hoop Jam in New York City’s Union Square, wherein he loves to show off his innovative work in Double Hooping using his new LED hoops designed by TheHoopCompany. Last but not least, Nixon is working to raise interest in making hooping a stand-alone Olympic sport for men and women and hopes you will become involved. Nixon is also the singer/song-writer, front man of The Violets, an 80s styled rock band. He graduated from Stanford University in 2000 with Honors in Latin American Studies and Fine Arts.

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Hypnotic Flux

Hypnotic Flux

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Hypnotic Flux, also known as Lauren Vissicchio, has been practicing Movement Arts since the age of 3. She studied traditional Dance for 13 years until she moved on to the Flow Arts when she was 18 years old. She is proficient with Hoop Dance, Twin Hoops, Fire Fans, Silk Fans, Palm Torches, and Fire Hoops. She also loves to drop the props on some special occasions in Ritual Dance performances! You can catch her eclectic, hypnotic, and energizing performances around the state of New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire!

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Ecstatic Dance

Ecstatic Dance

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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.

Guidelines:
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:
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.

Justin Aubuchon:
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.

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Healing with Art and Mantra

Healing with Art and Mantra

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This class will be a healing blend of mantras in the form of kirtan, or call and response chanting, and the creation of art. We will begin with a brief introduction of the history of kirtan and why mantras are such powerful tools. We will also discuss how art and creativity are powerful healing tools and how mantras can help us tap into our creativity. We will start with a session of some call and response chanting to get grounded and settle into the class. I will lead the chants accompanied by my harmonium. Then we will proceed to draw. I will suggest students to choose a mantra to focus on, to mentally repeat or quietly sing, as they draw to get into a flow state. The repetition of the mantra while creating will help with artist’s block and allow students to intuitively create. This process can also facilitate healing if a student chooses a mantra with a specific intention behind it; then their art will be infused with this healing intention. My goal is that students will leave the class with useful tools to help de-stress and enter the creative flow that they can use in their own lives.

Hilary has been leading kirtan for three years and has been immersed in the practice for 10 years. The daily practice of kirtan has allowed her to experience more peace and happiness in every moment. She has been singing for her entire life and loves to share this heart opening practice with others. She has also been painting for over 15 years. The practice of chanting mantras has deepened her spiritual relationship with creating art. Although she primarily considers herself a painter, she is joyed to share her practice of kirtan with others.

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Healing the Stories We Tell Ourselves with Mother Turtle

Healing the Stories We Tell Ourselves with Mother Turtle

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(3hrs)
Healing the Stories We Tell Ourselves with Mother Turtle is a unique interactive personal enrichment experience that helps you to uncover and let go of your limiting beliefs and the “stories” that you tell yourself because of them. These stories do not empower or uplift you. Instead they stop you in your tracks, have you thinking you are not enough, and rob you of your joy, dreams and freedom. Wouldn’t you agree, it’s time for these stories to go?

Marsia Shuron Harris aka Mother Turtle, is a facilitator, coach, artist, photographer, singer, songwriter and musician who has been performing her original compositions for over 25 years. Her voice is distinctive, and her music is rooted in personal growth, love, social consciousness, and a greater vision for the world as a whole. In 2009 she designed and began facilitating “Healing the Stories We Tell Ourselves with Mother Turtle,” where she helps women and men uncover and shift the “stories” that are limiting their life experience. As a facilitator, Marsia is funny, compassionate, intuitive, and gifted with the ability to get you out of your head and into your heart. Using her voice as a tool for healing, she can lift you to great heights through her song, as well as take you to those deep places within that are seeking illumination. Marsia’s classes are unique and take on a deeply spiritual nature as she guides participants toward self empowerment and personal transformation. “It is my goal to address the inner unrest that binds us, and offer a means by which to free ourselves.” Mother Turtle
https://www.motherturtle.com/healing-the-stories

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Flow Arts

Flow Arts

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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.

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Hatha Yoga for Flow Art Performers

Hatha Yoga for Flow Art Performers

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This class is tailored to provide flow performers with the tools they need to take care of their bodies, improve their range of motion and help ease pains caused from flow fever.
In this workshop, we will be covering asana poses to best stretch the body before and after flow sessions, joint releasing exercises and lastly some myofascial release techniques to help ease tense muscles.
Come and learn how to better care for yourself and keep your flow going.Class requirements:
Please bring a yoga mat or blanket to practice on. A limited number of community mats will be provided by the instructor.

Gina Giles is an artist and registered yoga teacher (RYT) based out of Philadelphia, Pa. In her spare time, she can be found knitting/crocheting or refining her skills at various forms of movement art.
She began practicing yoga during her years at Moore College of Art and Design as a way to release the stress of her studies. In 2017 with a desire to deepen her personal practice she started her 200hr teacher training at one of Philly’s oldest studios; Yoga on Main. In 2018 she completed her training and has since been grateful for all it has provided her.
Gina hopes to share the vast healing power of Yoga through asana, breath work (pranayama) and meditation with all who are open to receive it.

https://www.facebook.com/Gigiyogaflow/

Instagram: @mindfully.gin

 

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Chandra Cantor

Partner Yoga

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.

Chandra Cantor

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

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