WORKSHOPS & KIRTAN

Restorative, Pranayama, Meditation & Props

Cost:

Sunday January 11th, 1-3:30pm
TAKE THE LEAP! Moving from Level 1 to Level 2
w/ Lisa B.

This afternoon workshop is specifically designed to teach you what to expect when you’re ready to move up from Level 1 to Level 2 classes! Expect to unlock hidden mysteries like Caturanga, Upward Facing Dog and making your Vinyasa transitions smooth. Lisa will help you find your proper alignment, move from pose to pose with clarity, and offer up ways to continue to build strength and offer possible modifications so you can move forward with confidence!

Saturday January 10th, 8pm
Kirtan w/ Bhagavan Das

Bhagavan Das is one of the last living cultural icon of the 60’s. As Ram Das’s mentor (author of Be Here Now) he ushered in the New Age Spiritual Movement being the first Kirtan Artist in America. His groundbreaking album “Ah” (1971), produced by Jimi Hendrix’s manager Michael Jeffrey, was the first World Music album from Electric Ladyland. Bhagavan Das has also toured with Allen Ginsberg, opened for the Grateful Dead and sang with Bob Dylan. Kirtan with Bhagavan Das is always a deep experience.

Living as a sadhu in India for six years, Bhagavan Das studied the ancient science of Nada Yoga under the guidance and direction of his Guru, Neem Karoli Baba. Nada Yoga is the path of devotion to the inner sound current as a means to God Realization. Alan Watts himself said in a Rolling Stone review of the Album “Ah” that “Bhagavan Das is truly a Master of Nada Yoga”.

To experience Bhagavan Das in concert is to receive Darshan of the Guru himself, to touch and be touched by the immortal essence of his Guru Neem Karoli Baba—as the Light of the Guru is delivered through the mystical and potent voice of Bhagavan Das. His devotion to his Guru as that living inner sound is what he shares and transmits to all that wish to receive this blessing. Bhagavan Das’s rare and sacred offering to this world is his singing open heart, heralding the Guru’s Grace through the vehicle of Sound.

Thursday December 4th, 8:30-10:30pm
HAVEN Collective Launch & Holiday Shopping Party!

Cost:

FREE!

Join Haven and Yogamaya for a special shopping event celebrating the launch of HAVEN – a new yoga and lifestyle apparel line conceived by Yogamaya student and Illuminated Journey graduate Tracy Squillante. CHECK OUT THEIR CLOTHES and SITE here!

This is a perfect opportunity to do some holiday shopping and to pick up some new pieces for your wardrobe. Enjoy some sweets and beverages AND receive 10% off your purchases!

A very special addition to the evening is that 10% of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to start the first ever ILLUMINATED JOURNEY SCHOLARSHIP FUND. Tracy and the HAVEN team are committed to giving back and especially to empowering women in business and we couldn’t be more honored to have this contribution to the Yogamaya community.

Saturday and Sunday December 6th & 7th, 1pm-7pm both days
Bhakti Experience Weekend w/ Prof Edwin Bryant

BHAKTI EXPERIENCE WEEKEND WITH PROF. EDWIN BRYANT

We are delighted to present a full weekend dedicated to the teaching and practices of Bhakti Yoga with special guest teacher Professor Edwin Bryant.

We will cover the entire Narada Bhakti Sutras and certain pastimes from the Bhavagata Purana. This weekend we be experiential and interactive with time dedicated to an explanation and hands on practice of japa, beautiful Kirtan and concluding on Sunday with Prasadam, a meal prepared as an offering in a meditative state by loving devotees. Copies of the text will be provided!

Edwin Bryant received his Ph.D in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University. He taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years, and is presently the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University where he teaches courses on Hindu philosophy and religion. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, published six books and authored a number of articles on Vedic history, yoga, and the Krishna tradition. As a personal practitioner of yoga for over 30 years, a number of them spent in India studying with traditional teachers, where he returns yearly, Edwin strives to combine academic scholarship and rigor with sensitivity towards traditional knowledge systems. In addition to his academic course load, Edwin currently teaches workshops on the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Hindu Philosophy at yoga studios and teacher training courses throughout the country. His translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009) is specifically dedicated to contributing to the growing body of literature on yoga by providing insights from the pre-modern commentaries on the text with a view to grounding the teachings in their traditional context. http://www.edwinbryant.org/

Saturday Dec 6 & Sunday Dec 7, 1-7pm (Concluding with special Prasadam meal Sunday)
$80/day, $145 Full Weekend
($130 Full Weekend Early Bird by Nov 15)

We recommend that you attend the ENTIRE weekend of this program if you are able.

As a personal practitioner of yoga for over 30 years, a number of them spent in India studying with traditional teachers, where he returns yearly, Edwin strives to combine academic scholarship and rigor with sensitivity towards traditional knowledge systems.

Friday October 10th, 7:30pm-9pm
Dream Seed: A Shamanic Sound Journey

Cost:

$20

THIS IS GOING TO BE AWESOME!

Dream Seed is a 90min sound bath hosted by members of Golden Drum and Didge Project. Shamanic chanting, mantras, overtone singing, Native American songs, indigenous music, didgeridoos, crystal singing bowls, bells, gongs, harmoniums, tuning forks and other overtone-emitting instruments are used to create an environment conducive to deep relaxation and inward investigation. Participants are led through guided meditations and sound healing practices designed to harmonize body, mind and spirit. This Dream Seed will be led by Jerry Walsh and AJ Block.

JERRY WALSH started playing the didgeridoo in 2011 utilizing the instrument’s deep drone and conscious breathing in efforts to access deeper levels of meditative awareness and spiritual connection. Jerry has since developed a love for the instrument’s musical and healing capabilities, frequently performing in shamanic circles and developing highly experimental rhythms. Jerry spent a year in 2010-11 traveling through India, Nepal, and the Kingdom of Bhutan studying art, eastern religion, and sociology. Jerry currently lives in Brooklyn, New York at Golden Drum, a spiritual community with a focus on sacred traditions.

 

AJ BLOCK is a musician, healer and teacher inspired by spirituality and sacred traditions. He is a student of Maestro Manuel Rufino and co-director of the Sacred Arts Research Foundation. As the co-founder and director of the New York didgeridoo organization Didge Project, AJ operates within the intersection of sound and healing. As a Certified Integrative Sound and Music Practitioner AJ works with individuals and groups who seek healing through the didgeridoo, voice, piano, guitar, flute and drums. Listen to AJ’s music at www.ajblock.com.

AJ Block
didgeproject.com – Didgeridoo Community
sacredartsresearch.org – Arts and Music Center in Brooklyn, NY
ajblock.com – Music
soundworldradio.org – Podcast

March 1-March 12
Journey of the Heart INDIA TOUR
w/ Bryn, Visvambar & Kish from The Mayapuris!!

Delhi – Rishikesh – VRINDAVAN – Taj Mahal – Jaipur

Kirtan & Ambassadorship & Stories with Vish & Kish
Yoga with Bryn

~ Yoga overlooking the sacred Ganges River
~ Hiking in the stunning Himalayan Foothills
~ Stories & Satsang from Advanced Teachers
~ Soul Rejuvenating Kirtan & Meditations in Sacred Locations
~ Finely flavored vegetarian and vegan food in laid back cafes
~ Wash away your karma in Mother Ganga’s healing waters
~ See MAJESTIC palaces, temples and monuments of India
~ Celebrate HOLI, the Festival of Colors, in Rishikesh

ITINERARY
Note: Please allow for some flexibility in this itinerary. That’s how things go in India. We sometimes get inspirations which are worth following through on.

Delhi – Accommodation: Hotel Surya International or Hotel Gulnar
March 1
- Airport pickup and check in to hotel in Delhi (Rest or shop)
- Meet in lobby at 6:30 pm for orientation and dinner

March 2
– Depart for Rishikesh (approx. 6.5 – 7.5 hours of driving).

Rishikesh- Accommodation: Divine Ganga Cottage or similar
March 3
- Morning Yoga/Kirtan
- Early Evening Meditation/Kirtan

March 4
– Morning Yoga/Kirtan & Breakfast
- Sacred bath in Ganges with Mantra chanting
- Evening Yoga/meditation & Dinner

March 5
– Morning Yoga/ Kirtan & Breakfast
- Ganga Puja ceremony and dinner

March 6
– Breakfast & Holi festivities
- Early evening Yoga/Kirtan & Dinner

March 7
- Morning Yoga/Kirtan
- Breakfast then departure for Himalayan foothill trek (approx 3hrs roundtrip) to waterfall
- Evening Yoga & Kirtan & Dinner

Vrindavan- Accomodation: MVT or Ananda Krishnavan
March 8
- Train to Vrindavan (Approximately 8 hours in AC compartment)
- Settle into Hotel in Vrindavan
- Evening visit to local temple

March 9
- Visit Sandipani Muni Charity School & cow shelter
- Visit Kusam Sarovar & Radha Kund!! in afternoon (meet some interesting Yogis)

Taj Mahal:
March 10
- Visit Taj Mahal at sunrise, enjoy breakfast and drive to Jaipur

Jaipur – Hotel: Mahal Khandela Or Similar
March 11
- Visit pink city, Amber Fort, City Palace museum, observatory

March 12
- Drive to Delhi (6 – 7 hours) & airport drop off. Please schedule your flight for late evening after 8pm.

PRICING INFORMATION
Price: $1,797 USD on twin share basis
(Early bird – $1,495 till September 30)
Single supplement: $395 USD for 12 day tour

Price Includes:
- Airport transfers
- Double Occupancy Accommodation($395 extra for private accommodation)
***Note: Single supplement payment is required if it’s not possible to arrange a roommate.
- Transportation within India (AC trains, taxis, buses)
- 2 Vegetarian meals daily (breakfast and dinner for the entire tour) (with Vegan options)
- Experienced and friendly English speaking tour guide for the entire tour
- Himalayan Foothill trek

Price Excludes:
- Your international airfare
- Visa for India
- Tips for Indian guides, drivers
- Entry fees for tourist attractions / monuments. (total about $60)
- Laundry services
- Snacks and bottled water
- Transportation costs which are outside of the tour activities
- Any activities or items not mentioned in the itinerary

There are limited spots on the tour so sign up ASAP!
To book your spot on this trip or if you have any questions contact Bryn here!

See you in India!
Vish & Kish & Bryn

Monthly Sunday's: Nov 23rd 7:45pm-8:15pm
OPEN MEDITATION w/ Frank

Are you curious about meditation? Have your considered it as a practice for yourself but don’t know where to begin? Come join me as we create a comfortable seat, close our eyes, and attempt to follow our breath. Who knows what may arise as we sit quietly with ourselves for an extended period of time? Your mind may wander, your legs may fall asleep, you may get antsy, but that’s all part of beginning a meditation practice – to sit simply and quietly and see what bubbles up. We have to start somewhere, so why not start together.

For everyone. No previous experience necessary.

Sunday, Nov 23rd

7:45pm-8:15pm, please arrive a few minutes early.

Cash Donation for this class.

Saturday June 21st, 1-3:30pm
108 SOULSTICE SALUTATIONS w/ Frank!

Some say that Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutations contain the entire yoga practice within them. Literally translating to ADORING or BOWING TO (Namas) the SUN (Surya), the Sun Salutations are made up of a wide range of movements: forward bends, backbends, spine lengthening, grounding the feet, being still, strengthening the upper body, stretching the hamstrings, expanding the lungs and sacred Mudras. We use them to create heat, to help get the prana within moving, and to help us shift from a place of stagnancy to a place of vitality (both physically and emotionally).

What would happen if we explore these movements, this creation of vibrancy, this moving prayer TRULY as way to usher in the Summer on the Solstice when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky? And what if we included the sacred number 108 and committed our minds and bodies to this moving meditation to push past physical exhaustion and mental distraction and create a living and breathing Mala of Asana?

Join Frank for this auspicious celebration of the sun and community and find out!

Sunday October 19th, 1pm-5pm
Psoas Release Party w/ Jonathan Fitzgordon

Psoas Release Party! A free and happy psoas allows the body to move with peak efficiency and little strain. Your psoas muscle is the main hip flexor of the body and the main engine of walking. It is essentially responsible for holding us upright while standing. Issues with the psoas can lead to any number of problems throughout your body—both physical and emotional. Lower back pain and other joint discomfort as well as disturbances to the nervous system can be linked to the psoas.

This is not a yoga class. You will spend the afternoon awakening, learning about and releasing the Iliopsoas muscle group and understanding its core function within the body.

Jonathan FitzGordon is author of Psoas Release Party! and creator of the CoreWalking Program. He is psoatically obsessed and thinks the psoas is the answer to any question about the body.