Sam Geppi




Kirtan with Michael Hathaway and Friends
Saturday, August 18th at 8pm

Come join Michael and friends for a soulful evening of call and response, chanting the names of the various manifestations of the divine. Together we will create a soundscape of sacred mantras to facilitate transformation and healing – raising our vibration as we raise our voices in celebration & devotion!

the band:
Tulsi Devi – vocals and violin
Clayton Campbell – percussion
Tom Camillo – bass
Christophe Ambrosino – guitar
Liza Simon – percussion

Michael's main passions are his spiritual practices of hatha yoga (he's a certified Jivamukti teacher), Five Rhythms/ecstatic dance, and Bhakti Yoga. He discovered his musicality and voice through the practice of devotional chanting & has made it a consistent personal practice since he was introduced to daily chanting at the Sivananda ashram in the Bahamas in the late 90's. Living in NYC at the time, he was delighted to discover the kirtan community, and took every opportunity to sit with the likes of Krishna das, Jai Uttal, Bhagavan Das, Shyamdas, and others.

He feels grateful and blessed to be able to share his practice and medicine with others by leading kirtan – to have the opportunity to create an uplifting communal experience of group prayer. He sings some traditional tunes with his own embellishments, but mostly traditional mantras set to his original music. He sings with a sweet, heart-felt yearning – weaving a soundscape of hypnotic harmonics, joyful celebration, and fierce intensity.

He humbly bows at the feet of his Teachers, and wishes only to be a sincere ripple radiating from the grace of Source.


suggested donation $20

Modita


Embodying the Sacred Names of the Absolute Shiva Shambo! with Modita Teller of Sacred Stories Singer of Sacred Songs

Friday, August 24th at 7pm



The practice of repeating or singing the names of the Divine is found in all traditions. This evening will focus on Hindu practice of repeating the names of Shiva, and will include practice in singing and speaking the names, as well as some insightful stories about repeating thosenames.

Shiva is that member of the Hindu triumvirate who represents destruction/ transformation, while the other two members, Brahma and Vishnu, represent creation and preservation. Devotion to Shiva is often chosen when one wants to release something, to change something or to transform something.

Shiva Shambo, the Auspicious One, is most often seen in an image where he is sitting on top of a mountain inmeditation surrounded by snakes with his dreadlocks ontop of his head, or with his partner Parvati on his lap. He is also commonly seen as Shiva Nataraj, the dancing Shiva. In addition, the character Hanuman in the Ramayana is actually the eleventh form of Shiva born on earth to serve Ram.

We will immerse ourselves in this practice and you will leave with tools to continue embodying the names of Shiva or some other Divine Names in your daily life.

About Modita:
Reviving the ancient practice of storytelling, Christy “Modita” Engels delights young and old by telling sacred tales from around the world. Her passion for the telling, “awakens the mind, opens the heart and ignites the soul to Remember!”

Modita is a teller of inspirational stories and singer of sacred songs, delighting workshop participants with stories, songs, and spiritual practices from various traditions, and filling them with peace, and joy, while providing spiritual tools for everyday living.

Modita’s stories are drawn from her diverse experience asa storyteller, singer, educator, artist, musician, minister, attorney, and mediator. She is a student of Ram Dass, a devotee of Neem Karoli Baba, and has studied the Hindu epic the Ramayana for over 30 years. During that time, Modita has embellished her story telling repertoire with other stories from around the world, as well as her personal stories. With joy and devotion, Modita brings each story to life, allowing the listener to discover within themselves timeless qualities of joy, healing, service, faith, love, peace, courage and more.

Modita’s songs include Kirtan, chants from Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hahn, and chants from many other traditions. She accompanies these songs with the four-stringed tamboura from India, an instrument that is plucked to produce a haunting drone, as well as a variety of drums and rhythm instruments.

Modita has told her stories at classes, workshops, retreats, meetings, parties and other events. By hearing these stories and singing these songs, participants discover personal gifts and recover the joy and innocence of a child.



suggested donation $20

Sam Geppi

Alexis Cox


Yoga and Vedic Astrology Weekend
With Sam Geppi and Alexis Cox

August 25th & 26th from 12:30-5:30pm

Discover the secrets of how spirit takes form, as you delve into the ancient wisdom Yoga and Vedic Astrology! Learn the astrological techniques and yogic practices that keep you connected to Mind, Body & Spirit and begin to align YOUR life with Karmic Timing!

*Understand how your Rising Sign and Ruler show your Dharmic path
*Learn how the Planets and Signs Activate your Chakras
*Use Elements & Gunas to understand your motivations and Balance your life
*Nakshatras, Deities & Mantras
*Learn the Truth of Divine Timing with Transits and Dashas
*Learn how Psyche waxes and wanes with the Moon
*Hands-on practice with charts
*Meditative practice and ritual
*and So Much More!
Whether you are interested in astrology or yoga or just someone wanting to invite more peace and grace into your life, this class will help you to take your Life and Practice to the next level! Through a deep dive into the light of Jyotish (Vedic Astrology), we will take a journey to the heart of all Vedic teachings, Sanatana Dharma, Eternal Truth, and unveil the way these sister sciences work together to bring you closer to that Truth.

No prior knowledge of Yoga or Astrology necessary.
$147 for the Weekend. No Drop-ins.
Register by clicking: vedicartandscience.org
Questions can be directed to: alexis@alexiscoxyoga.com



Price
$147 for entire weekend

Register by clicking: vedicartandscience.org






Black Jaguar & Cacao Shamanic Sound Ceremony
with Micah and Elaine

Saturday, August 25th at 8:30pm

Please join us for an evening of Cacao Ceremony and shamanic sound journeying with the spirit of Black Jaguar. In a lush sound field of Himalayan bowls, voice, Gongs, drums, bells, rattles, and conches, we will fully relax and open to the guidance and medicine of these beloved plant and animal spirit teachers.

A shamanic journey is a traditional indigenous practice. It uses sacred sound to cultivate an altered theta state to receive guidance and wisdom from compassionate allies and/or your higher self. In this journey we are inviting Cacao ~ a master plant teacher whose specific medicine is to open our hearts to our highest potential and fullest blossoming through unity. We have found that this medicine synergizes beautifully with the spirit of Black Jaguar ~ an animal totem whose work it is to guide us deep within ourselves ~ into the looks within place and bring back those aspects of ourselves that need to be unified in our hearts.

An Indigenous myth recalls that when the Earth and its people are out of balance, Cacao (raw chocolate) will come out of the rainforest to open people’s hearts and return the planet to a state of harmony and balance. We are now living in those times.

The cacao ceremony is gifted from Spirit as a tool to heal separation and move into Oneness Consciousness. It is also said that "in times of renewal, it is the black jaguar who rules," powerfully and wisely guiding our transitions.
*cacao (theobroma) is the unprocessed, raw source of chocolate.

Micah Sheiner is a vibrational artist/healer. He explores & teaches sacred sound through bowls, gongs, voice, & a variety of shamanic instruments. Micah weaves soundscapes for healing, journeying, & meditation ~ conducting sound baths, individual sessions, & trainings in CA & internationally. www.resonantsoundscapes.com

Elaine Alghani is a Shamanic artist, practitioner, teacher, and guide. She is passionate about inspiring people to embrace Integrative Shamanism as a path to personal power, soul, inner connectedness and heart-centered awareness. In her training programs students participate in and learn to share the ancient wisdom of Shamanism to enhance the quality, depth, and vibrancy of their lives, businesses and relationships to self, each other and the earth.




Suggested Donation $25






Kirtan and Cacao with Rick Franz and Lindsey DePeri
Friday, August 31st at 7pm

Kirtan is an ancient practice of call and response mantra singing. It’s fun, deep, and enlivening. The mantras evoke powerful archetypes within to heal and nurture us.

Gratitude is the focus of the cacao ritual we open our events with. Gratitude for our bodies, each other, the earth, the air, the sun and everything that nurtures our lives.

Rick has played and toured for over 18 years with many well-loved kirtan artists. In his fourth year touring his original music, Rick and his bandmates guide a sublime musical experience with a playful, jazz-inspired feel. This season he’s joined on tour by Lindsey DePeri.

We use cacao which is organic, free trade cacao from Tanzania, acquired through our friends at www.fireflychocolate.com. It’s farmed and processed for ceremonial purposes by a culture that believes in it’s spiritual properties. It is chocolate in its purest form from which we make a delicious drink. We all drink together to open the kirtan. The effect is palpable as it facilitates our hearts opening into group mantra practice.





Suggested Donation $20






A Rare Evening of Spiritual Song from India
with Parvathy Baul

Wednesday, September 12th from 6:30-8:00PM

This evening fundraiser for Parvathy's educational center in Bengal is generously hosted by the Bhakti Yoga Shala. All proceeds will benefit the Society for Arts and Culture of South Asia and support the building of Parvathy's educational center in India. $20-$25 Suggested Donation

Parvathy Baul is a singer and spiritual teacher in the Baul tradition from Bengal, India. The Baul path combines traditional yoga, song and music, reverence for the feminine, and a fierce opposition to the caste system. Parvathy is renowned for both her extraordinary performances and her profound understanding of the spiritual path. She is the lineage holder of the revered singer-guru Sri Sanatan Das Thakur Baul. She is committed to providing new opportunities to women in India and around the world to engage in spiritual and creative practice.

This is Parvathy’s first visit to Los Angeles area.
For more information about Parvathy, please visit: parvathybaul.com/




Suggested Donation $25

Tulsi Bagnoli




VEDIC ASTROLOGY + PRAKASH MEDITATION
Friday, October 12th from 7:00-9:00PM

Join Tulsi Bagnoli M.A. for an evening of Vedic Astrology and Meditation to learn what the alignment of the stars at the time of your birth reveals about your true Self.

Jyotish, or Vedic Astrology, is "the study of Light." A blueprint or snapshot of the planets at your time of birth that can act as a treasure map, ultimately guiding you back to the Self. Jyotish has been used for centuries as a Vedic science that not only can aid in revealing one's true nature and tendencies, but act as tool to help us navigate with and around our karma (action) and at the most ideal time: either in adverting the danger that has yet to come or in making hay while the sun is shines.

In this workshop an introduction to the basic fundamentals of this vast and profound sacred science will be made. We will begin to unveil the basic nature and characteristics of the planets, signs, and houses as they play out in our daily lives. Tulsi will also guide you in a deep and enlivening light (Prakash) meditation that will cultivate the all knowing qualities inherent within you and aid in awakening an intellect that reflects truth. Anyone whose signs up for the workshop will receive 25% off of a personal Vedic Astrology Session with Tulsi.

Tulsi is a second generation meditation teacher who has been practicing yoga and meditation since the age of four and teaching professionally for the past 13 years. After a lifetime of being immersed in VedicAstrology, Tulsi's great passion and curiosity for this sacred science has led her to dive deeper with numerous mentors, classes and training's, including study with her Father, who has been an international Jyotishi for the past 33 years. E-RYT-500. www.tulsibagnoli.com


$27-39 Suggested Donation

WEEKLY EVENTS










Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa with Govind Das
Every Wednesday at 6:30pm

The Hanuman Chalisa is a beloved chant of Neem Karoli Baba devotees and Hanuman lovers everywhere. The Chalisa is a 40 verse devotional hymn written by Tulsi Das over 500 years ago to awaken within the great qualities of Hanuman love service devotion strength courage faith.

To chant the Chalisa is to tune into the channel of Hanuman's Loving Grace. After the chanting of the Chalisa several times we will eat kichari together. Come have dinner with us, offering prasad: Kichari is a delicious yogic, healing, nourishing food made with yellow split Mung Dahl, basmati rice, turmeric, cumin and coriander.




Suggested donation $20


Monday Nite Kirtan with Govind Das, Clay Campbell
and Arjuna O'Neal

Every Monday at 6:30pm

Come join in the exploration and passionate art of chanting the divine names from the Bhakti Tradition. We will learn and explore a deeper understanding of the kirtan mantras, gods and goddesses, gurus, and how we can integrate the bhakti practices into living at our highest potientiality. Come sing, dance, and enjoy laughter and community. For the newbies to kirtan/chanting, just bring yourself. no special clothes or yoga mat needed. If you have a meditation cushion or blanket, it may be nice to sit on. EVERY MONDAY NITE!!







DATE & TIME

Event
Mondays at 6:30pm

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