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Musica & Devotional Chanting with Avasa & Matty Love

Married singer-songwriter duo Avasa & Matthew Love present music as an expression of divine inspiration and union. Their music is an evocative blend of world, devotional soul, and kirtan woven with beautiful anthemic melodies. Stirring uplifting dance songs, poignant moving ballads, mantras and conscious lyrics take the listener towards the light within the heart. Their powerful songwriting is highlighted by the gifts of their rich and soulful voices, which entwine together harmoniously, offering the audience a transcendent experience of union.

Avasa & Matty Love married in October 2010 at ‘Love Field’, and two weeks later released their first EP ‘Love is King, Love is Queen’, co-produced with Robin Livingston (MC Yogi). They have recently re-released this album through White Swan Records with additional tracks featuring MC Yogi and Ryan Dilmore. Avasa & Matty Love are currently sponsored by ORGANIC INDIA through their program ‘Call to Shine Ambassador’, which supports conscious up and coming artists.

Over the past few years, Avasa & Matty Love have shared the stage with numerous esteemed artists such as Jason Mraz, Ben Lee, MC Yogi, Donna De Lory, David Newman, C.C. White, Raining Jane, The Luminaries, and many others. This past year, they toured Australia opening for multiple ARIA award winning indie musician Ben Lee. They have played in various venues including The World Beat Center (San Diego), Earth Dance (NorCal), The House of Blues (LA), Bhakti Yoga Shala (Santa Monica), Byron Bay Community Theatre (Australia), Love Fest (LA), Leaders Causing Leaders (LA), Hop Monk (Sebastapol, CA), Monthly Residency at The Source (Venice Beach, CA), and Harmonic Humanities ‘Feeding the Homeless’ (LA homeless Shelter), to name a few.

Avasa & Matty Love currently reside in Los Angeles and are now completing their second album “The Road”, due to be released in Autumn of 2014.

Sunday, July 27th | 7:30 – 9:30pm

Suggested Donation: $20

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JALA Take Me To The River: Wash Me In The Water with Lauren Hanna

Take Me To The River_BackgroundPhotoJoin Lauren Hanna & Thomas Wave on live sitar for a rejuvenating Prana Flow class inspired by the water element, Jala.

Through this ritual practice we will bathe the body & mind in pure bliss, wash away stress & stagnation and calm and soothe the heat of summer.

Our practice will begin with an energizing, flowing mandala namaskar vinyasa sequence designed to stir the cells, wring out the body/mind and drench us with Prana, vital life force energy. The practice will close with deep earthy hip opening to release any lingering emotional stagnation and open us to the freedom of the fluid body.

All Levels Welcome! This class occurs during the Wednesday, July 23rd 12:30 Flow 2 class time. Regular Passes Apply.

Followed by a Liquid Purification Meditation 2-2:30

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Yoga for Runners this August!

KarenJoin Karen Miller for a series of yoga classes tailored specifically to runners’ needs this August.

Increasingly, runners are turning to yoga as cross-training, for injury prevention and rehab, to strengthen form and increase power, and for all the reasons we do yoga—stress relief, improved mental and physical health, and personal and spiritual advancement. When running and yoga are practiced together, there is tremendous potential to deepen and expand our experience of both activities and of ourselves.

In this four-class series, we’ll build bridges between running and yoga by:

  • Safely easing muscle tightness and increasing range of motion
  • Addressing common strength imbalances and injury “hot spots”
  • Focusing on areas that running can neglect like core and shoulders
  • Linking the breath, the body, and the mind
  • Cultivating attention to the body

Each session will provide a balanced yoga practice specially geared for runners. Sign up for all four classes or drop in!

Saturdays, August 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2014, 2:30 – 3:45pm

$70 for all four sessions; $20 drop in per session

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About Karen Miller

Running was Karen’s first yoga. Through it, she began to learn how powerfully the mind and body can be united, and how they can cultivate growth in each other through movement and breath. She has been running consistently for more than 20 years, including completing seven marathons and dozens of shorter races. A running injury first brought her to yoga in 1999. She fell in love with the practice, and has been exploring the interface between running and yoga ever since, as both a practitioner and yoga teacher.

Karen completed her 200-hour teaching certification at Sonic Yoga in 2011 and is currently enrolled in the Sonic 500-hour advanced training program.

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Ustrasana, our pose of the month

UstrasanaIn the radiant peak of light that is July, Ustrasana becomes an embodiment of the inner light of the heart singing to the light of the sun, which represents the underlying life force energy that is Shakti, the energetic pulse that creates and drives the universe.

Ustrasana, a very grounded heart opening posture, is brilliant to practice as part of a balancing sadhana for Pitta season. Ayurvedically, Pitta refers to a constitutional state that is composed of fire and water. July is poised at the peak of heat and light so fire, or Agni, is high. If you’ve ever been late on the subway during rush hour on a hot, humid 95 degree day in New York City, you know what Pitta is. Ustrasana taps into the elements of air through the heart opening aspect and earth through the grounded aspect of kneeling and using the strength of the legs to support the opening of the heart. The Ayurvedic adage, “Like increases like, opposite heals,” applies here. By tapping into the cooling energy of earth and air, and even using the benefits of the heat of the sun, we can begin to calm the mind and melt deeply into the space of the heart.

 If you’re feeling overheated this summer, try a few simple Ayurvedic practices of your own: Crush mint into your water bottle before you head out for some extra help cooling down as the sidewalks heat up. Rub sliced (organic) cucumber all over your face and on bug bites or heat rashes to soothe skin, or carry around a bottle of rose water to spritz on whenever you feel steamy. The sweetness of rose, the watery content and minor salinity of cucumber, and cooling bitterness in mint all encompass balancing qualities which pacify pitta. Pitta rules vision, so wear a hat and protective sunglasses to shield your eyes. Keep an aloe plant in your kitchen to use on your skin and in beverages. In your yoga practice on and off the mat, move slowly and give yourself time so you’re not inclined to rush- think things through and allow yourself (and others) room to breathe and exist. Incorporate forward folds, hip openers, and gentle heart opening postures into your asana practice to embody earth, water, and air in your physical practice and explore cooling, balancing pranayama practices like shitali and nadi shodana.

Ayurveda welcomes us to enter into our lives by practicing that which we need to keep us balanced and whole on a daily basis. Every day, we get a chance to ask ourselves what we need and then provide based on what answers we receive. This practice of self-care is the very essence of the heart space, finding room to love and nurture yourself at every moment as part of an intricate dance with the ever shifting world around you.

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Love, Spirit and You: An Evening of Evolutionary Intimacy Practice with Sally Kempton – Wednesday, August 13th

1974851409In this evening class, we’ll explore the path of love and evolutionary relationship as it shows up in our encounters with the Self and others. We’ll begin with some insights and practices from the devotional traditions. We’ll meditate on kindling the heart, and look at how our relational styles show up in our encounters with Spirit. We’ll play with deity practice as a portal into Spirit. Most of all, we’ll practice the art of meeting the Divine in another person. This is a workshop that can literally change your understanding about your relationship with yourself, with other people, and with Spirit itself.

You’ll learn:

• Devotional meditation practice
• The art of evolutionary dialogue
• Partner practices for opening up mystical experience between yourself and another
• Some inner secrets of deity practice
• Spiritual love at different levels of consciousness?

A veteran of the path of intimacy with the inner Beloved, Sally will share insights and signature practices for invoking your own insight and unique experience. Together, we’ll create a space of safety and challenge that will allow you to deepen your own relationship to Spirit as the Beloved—both inside and with others.

Learn more at sallykempton.com

Shriyoga is co-hosting this event with Sonic Yoga. Registration and event at Sonic Yoga, and further questions or enquiries should be directed to shriyoga@shriyoganyc.com

Wednesday, August 13th | 7:00 – 9:30pm

$60 before August 6th, $70 after’

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Music & Devotional Chanting with Avasa & Matty Love

1974851476Married singer-songwriter duo Avasa & Matthew Love present music as an expression of divine inspiration and union. Their music is an evocative blend of world, devotional soul, and kirtan woven with beautiful anthemic melodies. Stirring uplifting dance songs, poignant moving ballads, mantras and conscious lyrics take the listener towards the light within the heart. Their powerful songwriting is highlighted by the gifts of their rich and soulful voices, which entwine together harmoniously, offering the audience a transcendent experience of union.

Avasa & Matty Love married in October 2010 at ‘Love Field’, and two weeks later released their first EP ‘Love is King, Love is Queen’, co-produced with Robin Livingston (MC Yogi). They have recently re-released this album through White Swan Records with additional tracks featuring MC Yogi and Ryan Dilmore. Avasa & Matty Love are currently sponsored by ORGANIC INDIA through their program ‘Call to Shine Ambassador’, which supports conscious up and coming artists.

Over the past few years, Avasa & Matty Love have shared the stage with numerous esteemed artists such as Jason Mraz, Ben Lee, MC Yogi, Donna De Lory, David Newman, C.C. White, Raining Jane, The Luminaries, and many others. This past year, they toured Australia opening for multiple ARIA award winning indie musician Ben Lee. They have played in various venues including The World Beat Center (San Diego), Earth Dance (NorCal), The House of Blues (LA), Bhakti Yoga Shala (Santa Monica), Byron Bay Community Theatre (Australia), Love Fest (LA), Leaders Causing Leaders (LA), Hop Monk (Sebastapol, CA), Monthly Residency at The Source (Venice Beach, CA), and Harmonic Humanities ‘Feeding the Homeless’ (LA homeless Shelter), to name a few.

Avasa & Matty Love currently reside in Los Angeles and are now completing their second album “The Road”, due to be released in Autumn of 2014.

Sunday, July 27th | 7:30 – 9:30pm

Suggested Donation: $20

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Sahaja Trance Dance™ 7/19

Sahaja Trance Dance™ with Jeffrey Scott Duval

Date: Saturday, 7/19/2014    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Sahaja Trance Dance™

Come join Jeffrey Duval for a Saturday afternoon guided movement exploration into the sublime world of Sahaja.

Sahaja is the unfolding of spontaneous movement that takes us back into our natural and essential state of being.

Just like Ayurveda offers asanas and yoga practices that are seasonally appropriate, Sahaja Trance Dance is a way to de-thaw at a slower pace, with many of the movements being more languid, earth based, and introspective. This allows for the inner alchemy of movement to be more subtle, the shift more inward, and the expression of ritualistic healing spontaneous dancing is more like a pranic bath. Guided by the beautiful ancient healing rhythms and drone-tones of the afternoon siesta Ragas, the Ney, and the Tamboura, this practice will guide you into a tranquil state
of supreme meditation and clarity.

Drop in : $20.  Memberships and class cards apply.

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Dance as Ritual Workshop with Wendy Joseph

1974851456Join us on Saturday, July 26th!

“Our body is the most precious gift that we have been given. Our body houses our mind and spirit, and it is through this vehicle that we tap into the potent energy of the Life Force which nourishes all creation. When we bring presence of mind to our body as we move, we open a wellspring of healing that radiates throughout our internal universe. To Dance is to Soar, and to be a Blessing on the Earth.”

Using organic flowing movement, we’ll strengthen, stretch, tune, and tone the body. Wendy uses guided imagery to encourage participants to mindfully work within their own bodies. She emphasizes deep breathing and healthful alignment of the body’s skeletal structure. Energy flows from the feet along the spine and resonates at the top of the head.

The music of Keith Jarrett, Samba drums and the Pacific Islands inspire the dance movements. Participants come away with clear minds, playful spirits and a joyful awareness of their bodies.

Saturday, 7/26 | 2:30 – 4:00pm | $25

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Anatomy of the Energy Body, part II with Kate Smith

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Our Western culture tends to place a higher value on the rational thought processes of the mind over the holistic wisdom of the body. However, unlike the mind, the body does not lie, and in fact, at times the thinking mind can be a sneaky, story-telling liar! So developing a relationship with a bodily, felt-sense of one’s path in life can help keep us on track, show us where we may need to be a bit more honest with ourselves and help us maintain a clearer sense of where we are and where we are going. This workshop gives participants a unique opportunity to cultivate and access the wisdom of the body through developing a familiarity with its energy landscape and a felt sense of energy in the body. Specifically, we will create, feel and cultivate a relationship with our chakras thought meditation and authentic/organic drawing exercises. In this experiential and creative workshop, our own bodies and energy are the real Teachers because they show us exactly what we need to see and feel in the present moment. This class is Part II of a three part series. Part I explored the grounding cord, truth cord, central channel and personal boundaries from an experiential energy perspective. Part III (the crown jewel of the series) will show participants how to clear stuck energy (outdated patterns, negative emotional habits, blocked energies) from their energy body.
Sunday, July 20th 1:00pm – 4:00pm | $50
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Kate Smith has a PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University and has studied contemporary, Peruvian and African shamanism since 2006. She worked in the pharmaceutical industry and academia for over a decade before rebuilding her life around the ideals that are important to her – helping others navigate their life journey in a way that speaks from their heart. Leveraging her scientific background, Kate is an approachable and grounded shamanic counselor and workshop facilitator who gives practical support in understanding and acting upon the inner wisdom of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit.
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Energy of Postures – Focus on Bandha with Will Duprey

willdupreyBeyond the postures, the systems of yoga illuminate a subtle body. This lighter version of the physical body is built by prana. Prana itself contains the Sanskrit root prā “to fill.“ Often translated to “vital force” and comparable to the Chinese concept of Qi, Prana flows through the body in particular patterns or via tubes of energy that can be manipulated. This intensive will cover application of vital energy by use of bandha and adjustments with a deeper look at the subtle body (chakras, bandhas, nadis) and its relationship to the practitioner.
The emphasis of this practice is for the student to develop a deeper awareness of their practice in relationship to the energy within – a perfect path of yoga.
Hathavidya is an inclusive science comprised of yogic principles evolved from the teachings of Will Duprey to purify, empower and uplift the spirit toward clarity and elevating the human experience.
Saturday, July 12th 1:00pm – 3:30pm | $50
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