THE EPIC PRACTICE: Yoga, Song & Story with Raghu

FRIDAY, December  2, 7-9PM
Raghunath is Ex-punk, ex-monk, husband, father of five, inversion ambassador, bent on Bhakti, detox junkie, evolution assistant, coalesced by kirtan, cacao consumer, puranic story teller, reciter of Gita, potential excavator, beyond birth and death. He is prana hunter, animal friendly, transcendence in training, born to give – to live today; full contact fighter, devours durians, loves to chant, likes a challenge, servant of the servants, harmonium hugger, conscious of Krishna.

Raghunath born Ray Cappo was a Lower East Side hardcore-punk singer songwriter icon, touring the globe in his teens. In a decadent music scene infested with hard drugs, negativity and intoxication he was an anomaly and a light propounding clean living, positive attitude and vegetarian lifestyle, inspiring tens of thousands of fans internationally. Since his youth he was fascinated with Eastern thought and took his inspiration from Emerson, Ghandi, Thoreau, The Buddhist Sutras, The Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. He started practicing yoga in NYC in 1987 with the esteemed Sri Dharma Mittra as well as Shivananada Yoga. The pettiness of the business of music and the untimely death of his father led him to India in 1988 where he dove deeper into the lifestyle and spirituality of India. He became a celibate monk at a Krishna Bhakti Ashram for 6 years where he intensely studied, meditated and lived the ancient yogic texts. In 1991 in the sacred village of Vrindavan he was awarded the name Raghunath and two years later in that same holy town awarded diksha or the sacred thread, for his study. Now, 23 years later, he’s an accomplished yogi in many styles, and married with five children. He leads retreats, workshops and yoga teacher trainings around the world. He is an expert at taking the esoteric yoga philosophy and making it understandable and practical for the contemporary world.

Recent press includes Details, Rolling Stone, the New York Times & New York Magazine, Yoga Journal Italy & Germany, Modern Day Dads as well as Time Out New York.

For more info please visit his official website @
http://www.raghunath.org/

or his youtube channel @
https://www.youtube.com/user/raghunathyoga

Self Investment: $25

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THAI YOGA MASSAGE

FRIDAY, December  9, 8:30-10:30PM

2,500 years ago a dynamic bodywork therapy based upon yoga and Ayurveda practices, appeared in the temples of Thailand. This therapeutic art was directly rooted in the Indian healing traditions of Ayurvedic medicine. The father founder of Thai Yoga Massage, Jivaka Kumarbhaccha was a renowned doctor and yogi, he treated the Buddha, among others. After the Buddha’s death, the earliest Buddhist monks travelled to Southeast Asia and were accompanied by Ayurvedic doctors. These doctors practiced a healing art, that would later evolve into traditional Thai Massage.

In this unique healing system of Thai Yoga Massage, also called Nuad Boran, the practitioner guides the client through a series of yoga postures, while palming and thumbing along the body’s energy (‘Sen’) lines and pressure points. Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically.

Thai Yoga Massage is performed on a mat on the floor; both client and practitioner are dressed in comfortable clothing allowing ease of movement and flexibility.

WORKSHOP DETAILS:
PREPARE TO GIVE AND RECEIVE A 1 HOUR THAI YOGA MASSAGE.
COME SOLO OR WITH A PARTNER.

AUTOPAY MEMBERS: FREE
DROP IN: $35

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HEART OPENING DONATION BASED YOGA CLASS

Saturday, December  23, 10:30-11:45AM

Led By: Kartini

Join us for a heart opening class that will benefit Share Necessities.

Share Necessities is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of those we serve through genuine support, love, and positivity. We are a diverse team of caring people determined to share our knowledge and experience to initiate positive changes in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Our mission is to teach and inspire underprivileged and at-risk youth through workshops in health, wellness, and social responsibility.

Founder’s Story

Arjuna Paris O’Neal grew up on 7 Mile on Detroit’s Eastside, surrounded by drugs, poverty, and violence. The son of a drug dealer, Arjuna was exposed to gang culture as a child, bearing witness to the daily beatings, murders, and brutal life that came with it. At the time, it seemed to Arjuna to be the only option available to him—the only way to support his struggling mother, the only way to survive. He was only 15 when he started selling drugs himself and was running his own operation by age 17. But everything changed one fateful day, when a bullet nearly took his life—and, in one instant, Arjuna felt confronted by every choice he’d ever made. He realized that he had only two choices left if he survived: to allow the cycle of violence and hopelessness that led to this moment to continue, or to change everything. The bullet had severed his femoral artery and left him paralyzed for over a year, but that gave him time—time to think critically about his life choices and find new paths forward. Arjuna realized he needed to reinvent his life. During his long recovery, Arjuna discovered a personal relationship with God, the power of yoga in rebuilding his strength and body, and the power of meditation in regaining control of his mind. He went back to school and earned multiple degrees—Associate of Arts in Business, a Bachelor of Science in Business, and a Master of Business Administration. He even expanded on his passion for yoga and became a certified yoga instructor. And as he pulled further from the life he’d known, he saw more clearly others falling into the same spiral of self-destruction around him. He realized a newfound calling in helping others before it was too late, knowing few would be given the second chance that he had been blessed with. It was this inner calling that inspired Arjuna to create Share Necessities, an organization dedicated to improving communities by empowering the young people within them. As a father and an example to his own children, Arjuna is determined to help every young person he encounters to create their own healthy life, bright future, and the peace of mind that everyone deserves.

What We Do
Share Necessities is about building resiliency in the community. Our I Make It Count program and workshops install inner-city youth with the tools and experiences to live a well-balanced life and become a positive force within their communities. With our support, homeless, low-income, and at-risk youth are given an opportunity to find new life paths and realize their full potential.

 

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BETWEEN WAVES OF LIGHT AND SOUND:

A TRATAKA (FIRE GAZING) AND NADA (SOUND) YOGA WORKSHOP 

Friday, December  30, 8:30PM-10:30PM

Led By: Ebon Oroz

Synopsis: The idea is that the world we live within, unbeknownst to many, is more mirage than anything and the lives we live within this mirage are the great songs of this timeless dream. How can we see this mirage for what it is and truly hear the song that celebrates it?

These questions and the inner longings to reach into the heart of our lives and world are the origins of Trataka (Fire Gazing) and Nada Yoga (Unity through Sound). By utilizing these techniques and philosophies we offer ourselves the opportunity to open an arcane door to catch a fleeting glimpse of the wonders behind it.

The wonder of light is its consciousness. It is the expression of intelligence and illumination. It is the observing force of the universe. Where as the identity of sound is creative. The vibration it builds life’s landscapes. We exist between the creative force of the vibration and the perceiving force of awareness.

The transcendental significance of combining Trataka with chanting (Nada Yoga) is that both of these forces (light and sound) are drawn into a single practice, molded into a single key that opens a single door, leading to a unifying realization that as I am created I create, and as I perceive I am perceived.

Topics discussed: Drishti (The Gaze), Gunas (states of energy/effort), The four Nadas (Types of Sound), Om (as a map of consciousness and creation)

Disclaimer: This is an extensive meditation with long bouts of seated postures.

 

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RESOLVE TO EVOLVE: SETTING YOUR ANNUAL YOGIC INTENTION

Saturday, December  31, 10PM-12AM

Led By: Kumi, Kartini, Ebon & Taylor

If you’re over the whole champagne-toast-at-midnight thing, then maybe you want to mix it up with a more yogic New Year’s Eve. Best part? You will start 2017 sans hangover. Join us for an alternative NYE event! But don’t get all flakey and indecisive because this event just might fill up:

Breath IN 2017… Breathe OUT 2016… Start the New Year with clear conscience and new outlook on life. Why you ask? Our team of great teachers will create such an enchanting evening with an all levels flow class, meditation, words of wisdom, treats, and surprises. This event may sell out, so get your tickets today! This class will take place on New Years Eve Saturday, December 31st from 10pm until midnight.

The Sanskrit word, sankalpa means “will, purpose, or determination.” It’s what brings life to our practice or our practice to life. Take time to contemplate on how you want to bring in the New Year. We offer a few suggestions on were to start:

LOOK INWARD

For several days, set aside time to write in a journal and meditate. Mull over your typical resolutions. How do they make you feel? Anxious?  Unsettled? Incomplete? Now contemplate how you would like to feel during the coming year. Is there any way you can reframe your results-oriented resolutions into something that will make this year’s journey more joyful and worthwhile?

REPHRASE IT

Create a short sentence or phrase for your sankalpa. Be careful not to set limitations based on fear. For example, instead of “May life bring me only happiness and joy this year” consider “May I be happy and open to what life brings me.”

BE FIRM BUT FAIR

Change doesn’t happen overnight. When you stray from the essence of your sankalpa, don’t berate yourself. Instead, gently remind yourself of your intention. It’s a good idea to incorporate your sankalpa into your daily routine , but be firm in your resolve. Use it as a mantra during Pranayama or meditation practice; post it on your computer, phone, or mirror; or simply say it to yourself quietly before going to sleep.

 

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Tuka Veda YogaEVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT KIRTAN
Kirtan, a sacred singing meditation, continues to take place every Wednesday evening from 8:30 to 10pm. Additionally, on the 3RD WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH a special spiritual gathering known as satsang will take place. We are honored to announce our Special Guest Speaker “Tuka”, a bhakti yogi, who will be lecturing on the ancient teachings of India (Vedas). TUKA is extremely knowledgeable in world religions and is a very dynamic speaker sure to captivate your attention and highlight powerful ways to think about your life and Divinity.  Come check out this new addition to Veda’s schedule.

Our first satsang will be July 16th. All kirtans and satsangs are donation based.

REGISTER TODAY!