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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

marching to the same drummer

i've compiled a long list of musical moments in march from the various yoga studio websites. half of them fall around the same weekend as the march 4th la marathon, which i'll be running this year. if running 26.2 miles were as easy as walking a mile, there'd be a number of events on the 3rd and 4th that i'd be able to attend. alas, try as i might, i'm not superwoman. oh well, at least there's still the other half to choose from later in the month...

Get the "Led" Out with Brock Cahill
Yoga Loft Manhattan Beach
Friday, March 2nd 7:00-9:00pm
Cost: $30

Inverted postures improve circulation, nourish the endocrine glands, and promote the balance of all metabolic functions in the body. When the arms, shoulders, and core are strengthened enough to support the weight of our bodies on our hands or heads, we can change our perspective, feeling lighter, more buoyant, and wonderfully self-sufficient. Upside-down postures offer tremendous physical and emotional benefit and foster self-confidence, bringing us back to the trust, fearlessness, playfulness, and determination we all had when we were little. This Friday, let Brock teach you how to fly~ with a little inspiration from Robert Plant & the gang.
**Recommended for students with an intermediate or advanced practice.

Chanting with Steve Ross
Maha Yoga, Brentwood
Friday, March 2nd 8:00pm
Cost: Donation (for our musicians)

Please join us at Maha Yoga for a blissful evening filled with beautiful chanting.
Sing along with Steve Ross as he leads us through sanskrit chants or simply sit back and soak up the joy.
Guaranteed to open your heart.

Evening Kirtan Concert with Wah! and Shantala
Bala Yoga, West Hollywood
Friday, March 2nd 8:00pm
Cost: $17 in advance/ $20 at the door

Join us for a magical evening of music and spirit!

The Mystical Cup of Life: Experiencing the Ultra-Hypnotic Trance - A Gong Meditation Workshop with Harijiwan
Golden Bridge Yoga, Hollywood
Friday, March 2nd 7:00- 10:00pm
Cost: $35/adv or $40/day of for individual sessions; $60 for both if registered by March 1st (see March 3rd event)

The Mystical Cup of Life is a rarely taught, exceedingly powerful, perceptual shifting meditation. The mudra invokes the self, transmutes the energy, and activates the subtle power of the brain. Then entering a profound hypnotic trance, you will hold the Magical Trees of Life and Death in the planetary lotus of your hand. Rooted within this etheric realm you will reach back through the layers of memory to remove negativity and weakness from this life and previous lives. The suffering caused by impure delusions is cleansed, and the inner radiance of awareness is unobstructed. A new vitality and strength is created, a pristine clarity of mind emerges, and an unassailable state of permanent happiness becomes a reality.
Join Harijiwan for this extraordinary, magical, meditative experience.
Please bring a comfortable mat and pillow for the long relaxation period.

Learn How to Play the Gong - A lecture and demonstration with Harijiwan
Golden Bridge Yoga, Hollywood
Saturday, March 3rd 1:30-4:30pm
Cost: $35/adv or $40/day of for individual sessions; $60 for both if registered by March 1st (see March 2nd event)

The gong is the Master sound. The sound of the gong created the mind. This ancient art can be learned with the right technique, devotion, and applied intelligence. Then the skilled player can open subtle, sophisticated, and wondrous realms, remove darkness, transform negativity, and invoke great healing and luminous wisdom. Banging the gong is easy, but creating celestial sounds which bring transcendence elude those not attuned to the gong’s multi faceted dimensions.
In this course Harijiwan will teach you how to create a Mandala of Sound with the gong and how to use this Mandala to direct energies for healing.
Join us for an enlightening afternoon of lecture and demonstration as Harijiwan reveals the techniques and mantras he uses to create the immense energy and awareness within the resound of the gong that have made his Gong Meditation courses so profoundly transformative.

Yoga Groove Collective w/ Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, Suzanne Sterling & David Romanelli
Yoga Works Pacific Palisades
Saturday, March 3rd 5:30-7:30pm
Cost: By Donation: All Proceeds go to Heal the Bay

Please join us in celebrating the grand opening of our newest YogaWorks studio!

Kirtan in the Canyon
Yoga Desa, Topanga
Saturday, March 3rd 7:30pm

First Saturday of each month at 7:30 p.m. with Andrew & Michele & Friends. Call and response chanting with live devotional music. A truly wonderful experience.

Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe
Golden Bridge Yoga, Hollywood
Saturday, March 3rd 8:00pm
Cost: $15/adv or $20/day of

Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe fuse the spiritual and sacred with a pop sensibility, sensuality and rock groove like no other. Committed to expressing the joy in the Oneness that we all share, their live performances are a heart-opening and inspirational journey as they celebrate unity, culture and diversity through their music’s messages of peace, hope and love. Their live shows are an engaging and dynamic blend of East meets West that mixes kirtan (devotional call-and-response), mantra and uplifting music

Kirtan Chanting with Govindas & Radha
Santa Monica Power Yoga West
Saturday, March 3rd 8:00-10:00pm
Cost: Donation

The first Saturday of every month, from 8-10pm, Govindas & Radha will hold a candlelit evening of Kirtan Chanting, as always on donation basis.
Come sing from the deepest corner of your heart!
Bring meditation cushions or blanket (no yoga mat). Wear comfy clothes.

Nigerian Talking Drum Ensemble
Golden Bridge Yoga, Hollywood
Sunday, March 4th 1:30-4:30pm
Cost: $35/adv or $40/day of

The Nigerian Talking Drum Ensemble must be experienced to know their power and heart!
They have a mission and teaching Yoruba music, dance and songs is their passion. Join us for an afternoon of healing through learning new songs and dances and above all play a drum.
The impact of the groups’ artistic excellence on children has been recognized by the California Arts Council, LA Dept. of Cultural Affairs, L.A. County School of the Arts, UCLA and many others. Research has demonstrated a connection between music and improved memory function, increased self-esteem, better concentration. For more information: www.nitade.com.
This workshop is in conjunction with the "Healing: A Cultural Exploration" exhibition at the Craft and Folk Art Museum which runs through April 15, 2007. For more information go to www.cafam.org or call (323)937-4230.

Yoga Unplugged with Kelly McAndrews with Paul Lemire
Yoga Loft Manhattan Beach
Sunday, March 4th 4:00-5:00pm
Cost: $15

Flow Yoga with Live Music

Full Moon Flow with Mark Blanchard and Donna De Lory
Mark Blanchard's Progressive Power Yoga, Brentwood
Sunday, March 4th 6:00pm
Cost: $25 in advance / $30 at the door

Please join us for our monthly full moon Power Yoga class with Mark Blanchard and special guest Donna De Lory for a melodic savasana. Go with the universal flow and ground yourself with the gravitational pull. This is an experience not to be missed, so reserve your spot early!
Donna De Lory is a singer and songwriter whose voice and lyrics transcend time and genre. She was a featured vocalist on Madonna's worldwide Confessions tour and her voice can be heard on albums by Carly Simon, Kim Carnes, Santana, Belinda Carlisle, Bette Midler, and Dave Stringer.
DeLory was surprised to find fans of her new sound in unusual places, such as yoga centers. "It felt really free," she said. "When you play in a space like that, the people are so into the music. They want to be taken away. They're closing their eyes. They’re letting go and really listening."

Healing Through Dance with Vic Hennegan
Yoga Works Larchmont Center for Yoga, Los Angeles
Friday, March 9th 8:00-10:30pm
Cost: $20 by 3/2; $25 after 3/2

The evening will be a freeform dance and healing workshop. Through dance, we connect to our spiritself and to the earth. Through song, we connect to each other, becoming instruments in tune and in harmony, reaching a new and higher level of consciousness. My intention and purpose is to create and bring forth music – for dance, for harmony, and for spiritual connection.

Kirtan (call and response chanting) with Travis Eliot
Santa Monica Yoga
Saturday, March 10th 8:00-9:30pm
Cost: Donation

Kirtan comes from the yoga path of Bhakti (love and devotion). It is the chanting of traditional Sanskrit mantras synergized with dynamic melodies. It is the calling, the yearning, the crying to connect with the Divine. The beauty is that chanting shows us we are already in this state of "oneness", it's just about dissolving the maya (illusion) of separateness. Chanting ignites every lifetron of our being absorbing us into a state of bliss. Add the power of chanting within a group setting and the ecstasy becomes absolutely boundless! Kirtan is for anyone and everyone regardless of background. It is the universal language of the heart. Om shanti...

Zen Dancing Ritual World Concerts with Micheline Berry, Craig Kohland & Shaman's Dream
Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Venice
Saturday, March 10th 8:30-10:00pm
Cost: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

Where ecstatic dance and live world music meet, Zen Dancing induces peak states of ecstatic embodiment and deep union with the pranic "flow" between dancer and drum, breath and beat. The language of dance is universal and since 1996 Micheline Berry, Craig Kohland and their world ensemble Shaman's Dream have been resurrecting and defining the ritual world dance in Los Angeles, CA. Their live concerts are akin to a world ethnotronica odyssey that will sweep you up in a wave of trance dance marked by the evocative indigenous sounds and deep visionary grooves that have become the signature of their music.
No experience necessary...simply come prepared to move and let the music take you where it will.

Kirtan with Dave Stringer
Sacred Energy Arts, Santa Monica
Friday, March 16th, 8:00pm
Cost: $30

An evening of music and community! We are pleased to welcome Dave to share his many talents in such an intimate setting. Come enjoy a heartfelt evening. Limited seating, so reserve your space early!

Temple Bhajan Band
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Marina del Rey
Sunday, March 18th 6:30pm
Cost: Suggested Donation $10

Come join with us for a night of celebration, chanting, and incredible bhajans played by LA's very own Temple Bhajan Band. The Concert will be part of our weekly Sunday night Satsang, followed by Indian food and treats.
The Temple Bhajan Band is a group of devotional chanters that tours Southern California's Yoga Studios, Yoga Retreats, and various social events. They have been together for 5 years. The heart of the band is Sura whose voice is legendary among practitioners of Yoga and Interfaith followers. While Sura sings to the accompaniment of the harmonium he leads the rest of the members on instruments such as the esaraja, tamboura, kartals, flute, violin, and mrdunga drum in a dynamic symphony that is timeless. The Temple Bhajan Band plays ancient Vedic bhajans, which include mantras and chants from spiritual India. Many of the chants are done in a responsive fashion where the audience can participate and experience the purifying pleasure of the chanting.

Spring Awakening with Annmarie Solo
Yoga Works Main Street, Santa Monica
Friday, March 23rd 7:30-9:30pm
Cost: $20 by 3/16; $25 after 3/16

Spring is a time of planting seeds and rebirth. Join us in this Nada Yoga Spring Ritual Vinyasa Flow Class. We will flow to Live Music and Embody our intention for spring. Music is a catalyst for deepening your practice and cultivating rhythm within.
We will take you on a sound landscape journey through this intentional workshop creating an atmosphere for the seeds to take root and encourage growth with attention and great care. This workshop will be a strong flow combined with pranayama and chanting.
This workshop is appropriate for students of all levels; however, some familiarity with general poses is suggested.

Soul Flow: Creative Dance
The Awareness Center, Pasadena
Friday, March 23rd 7:30-9:30 pm
Cost: $15...or 2 for $25

Join Haridass Kaur/Basia for a wholesome and soulful evening! This eclectic event includes creative dancing with a healing journey through the chakras, flowing music, group interaction and playfulness, and a meditative closing circle.

An Evening of Kirtan with the Temple Bhajan Band
Yoga at the Village, Glendale
Saturday, March 24th 8:00pm (Doors Open 7:30pm)
Cost: $20 pre-sale; $25 at the door

Soulful. Mellow. Timeless.
Sing with Sura and the band to the accompaniment of the harmonium, the esaraja, tamboura, kartals, flute, violin, and mrdunga drum in a dynamic symphony that is soulful, mellow and timeless.

Kirtan with Wah!
City Yoga, West Hollywood
Saturday, March 24th 8:00-11:00pm
Cost: $20

The intention of Kirtan is consciousness transformation- directing the singers to vanish into the song as rain drops merge into the ocean. The singing of mantras quiet the mind and the music frees the heart. Wah!’s concerts are high energy and full of sacred connection. Wah! combines reggae, Hindu chanting and pop to create a unique mix of spiritual world music. Described by NY Spirit Magazine, “WAH! injects something a little trippier to create a mellow groove that’s luscious and highly addictive.“
Bring your jubilant Self. Kids are free!
Wah! has ten solo albums to date including Lokaha, Jai Jai Jai, Opium, Hidden In the Name, and Savasana. Wah! tours extensively, performing at yoga centers, festivals, conferences and pop venues. In 2006, Sounds True released a 10-year commemorative album on Wah! called The Best of Wah! Critical acclaim comes as a delicious surprise after many years of touring and recording.

Kirtan with Dave Stringer
Mission Street Yoga, South Pasadena
Friday, March 30th 8:00pm
Cost: $20

Come join your friends and fellow yogis for an uplifting musical experience of kirtan with world renowned musician, Dave Stringer. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Journey Into the Heart: Mantra, Sound Current and Sacred Gong Workshop with Sada Sat Kaur
The Awareness Center, Pasadena
Saturday, March 31st 1:00-3:30pm
Cost: $40 if registered by March 28th, $45 thereafter

Open to all levels: beginner to advanced.
Discover the totality of your unlimited, fearless self and completely relax into deep meditation as you release the blocks that limit you.
The gong is the sound of Creativity itself. It clears and opens the nerves (nadis) and makes you aware of the life force within you and to the effects of sound vibrations all around us. The powerful sound of the gong brings you to a place of ease and peace within your own heart and mind.
You Will Experience:
- A short Kundalini Yoga set to prepare the nervous and glandular systems so that we may fully experience the deep healing effect of the gong
- The effects of ancient meditations on the sound current, Naad, using mantra to unlock the unlimited self within you
- Deep relaxation and healing through the sacred sounds of the gong and harmonium
- Joyful chanting to raise the Kundalini, open the heart and know your unending connection to God
Sada Sat Kaur studied Naad Yoga (the Yoga of Sound) directly with Yogi Bhajan beginning in 1970 and has been teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation for 35 years. She has traveled in the U.S., Canada, India and Europe to bring the power and transformational energy of chanting to thousands of people throughout the world.

Concert and Kirtan with Sada Sat Kaur
The Awareness Center, Pasadena
Saturday, March 31st 8:00-10:00pm

Cost: $20 if registered by March 28th, $25 thereafter.

Come and join the Awareness Center family for this special event: call-and-response chanting with world-renowned recording artist Sada Sat Kaur as she plays songs from her albums Angel's Waltz, and Shashara.

Calling The Spirits - An Evening of Mystic Kirtan Music with Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band
Exhale Center for Sacred Movement, Venice
Saturday, March 31st 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Cost: $12; $15 at the door

WAKE UP YOUR SPIRIT THROUGH MUSIC AND SINGING! Crumble the walls around your heart in an evening of evocative kirtan music with Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band. These adventurous yogi-musicians put a funky, mystic New Orleans twist on the traditional yoga music of India. Coaxing the spirits, they guide call-and-response chants and play songs that soothe your soul in one moment and drive you into a state of wild celebration in the next. Sean also shares inspiring stories and insights about the healing power of mantra and music.
Sean and The Wild Lotus Band travel nationwide seeking to inspire freedom through the blissful power of music and chant. The Wild Lotus Band includes Sean on vocals and harmonium, Matt Johnson on tenor saxophone and guitar, percussionist/vocalist Gwendolyn Colman on frame drum and cajon, and Alvin Young on fretless bass. See more info and hear sound clips from their kirtans at www.seanjohnsonkirtan.com. CDs also available.

Kirtan (call and response chanting) with Daniel Stewart
Santa Monica Yoga
Saturday March 31 8:00-9:30PM
Cost: Donation

Come join us for an evening of music, meditation & chanting. No singing experience needed, only a willingness to open your heart (and your mouth) to the blissful flow.
These Kirtans have been a blast and we look forward to building community with regular events.
Kirtan (from the Sanskrit word for singing) follows a simple form. A lead group calls out the melodies. The crowd responds. Sanskrit is the mother tongue of many modern languages but the true meaning of its sounds is in the emotional effect they create. As our breath becomes synchronous, a feeling of unity and timelessness arises. When we sing without restraint our heartfelt expression brings peace and joy and meditation follows effortlessly.