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The western world’s most accomplished overtone music ensemble, David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir, returns to Australia after 23 years, exclusively for Parramasala, the Australian Festival of South Asian Arts.
A practitioner of meditation, Buddhism and sacred sound, David Hykes founded the Harmonic Choir in New York in 1975. The choir has since released twelve albums, including the be... Read Full Storyst-selling overtone album of all time, Hearing Solar Winds.
Parramatta’s historic St John’s Cathedral will resonate to the transcendent music of these exceptional artists on 3 and 4 November 2011.
Drawing on Tibetan, Middle Eastern, Mongolian and Gregorian music, David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir will also feature in a not-to-be-missed festival finale concert on Sunday 6 November at Riverside Theatre, joining Sufi musicians and singers, Dr Madan Gopal Singh and Chaar Yaar and Qawwali and Sufi artist, Dhruv Sangari.
Artistic Director of Parramasala, Philip Rolfe said, “We’re delighted that David Hykes, who is an extraordinarily skilled and world-renowned artist, composer and teacher, has chosen Parramasala as the exclusive platform for his return to Australia. His music has a very broad appeal, and can offer us insights into many of the rich cultural and spiritual traditions spreading from Asia across the world.”
“My music began with the traditional techniques from the East, which have expanded to suit my choir’s own contemporary needs,” Hykes said.
“It is rooted in contemplative awareness practices, primordial sacred sound, and healing harmonisation, helping us to find keys to compassionate accompaniment in all spheres of the music of life”.
As one of the first westerners to study and collaborate with musicians from Tibet, Tuva and Mongolia, Hykes introduced international audiences to the incredible throat singing of these regions and he is now regarded as amongst the greatest exponents of Harmonic Chant. Hykes has performed with influential spiritual leaders and artists, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, incarnate Tibetans, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche and writer, Sheila Dhar.
His best-selling album The Harmonic Choir was chosen by Terrence Malick for the soundtrack of his recent Palme d’Or winning film, The Tree of Life, and he has also contributed to the soundtracks for Peter Weir’s Dead Poets Society and Hollywood films, Ghost and Blade.
Parramasala, the annual Australian Festival of South Asian Arts, will transform the city of Parramatta from 30 October to 6 November 2011.
Hykes’ profound harmonic chant is just one highlight in the impressive artistic program, including striking contemporary dance, one-off international concerts, dynamic South Asian films, immersive theatre, free outdoor performances and visual art exhibitions.
Parramasala is presented by Parramasala Limited and is supported by Destination NSW through Events NSW and Parramatta City Council. The festival is a key arts event on the NSW Events Calendar.
For the full Parramasala program visit http://parramasala.com
This October brings a new retreat adventure to Chapel Hill, NC.
When: 3:00pm Friday, October 21st to 6:00pm Saturday, October 22nd, 2011.
Where: The Siena Hotel
1505 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
This unique, all inclusive, over-night retreat was developed by Serene Serendipity's founder, Sharon MacGregor. She believes that in a time of economic unce... Read Full Storyrtainty and global turmoil, it is important for people to invest in their mental, spiritual and physical health and well being. She is not alone in this observation, Suzanne Buckley, Director of Mercy Center in California, agrees, "Reactions of fear, anxiety and panic are so painful that they can be impossible to overcome while knee deep in circumstances". MacGregor believes that once women reconnect with who they are and what they are all about, they are better able to make decisions that will have long term positive results.
The Getting Into Your Own Groove - Women's Retreat will provide a vacation adventure, similar to that of Elizabeth Gilbert's journey, documented in her best seller, Eat Pray Love, at an affordable cost in both time and money. Four Star, local boutique hotel, The Siena, with it Tuscan inspired decor, will provide the destination atmosphere of the retreat. The Love aspect of the program, is covered by a two-part, inner-exploration and skills development workshop, with certified professional co-active life coach, Olga Santo Tomas Monroe. The Pray will happen with yoga and meditation, taught by Cindy Glass, certified Bikram Yoga Teacher and owner of Bikram Yoga Raleigh. Cindy studied with Indian guru, Bikram Choudhury. The EAT aspect is introduced through the exploration and connection with the community, with a walking food tour, through Carborro/Chapel Hill, with Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours, co-owner, Lesley Stracks-Mullem.
Sharon MacGregor, intends to provide women with a safe place to share and grow. This retreat promises that attendees will leave having discovered and reconnected with their passion; with useful tool to enable them to incorporate life-renewal strategies into their daily lives; and renewed confidence to live an authentic life filled with hope.
Saturday, January 21, 2012, for the 6th consecutive year, the Meyer Amphitheatre in downtown West Palm Beach is being transformed into Florida's largest, all day, outdoor free Yoga experience. All are welcome at no charge and open to all skill levels!!! Over 1,500 expected to attend.
Living Fit Today, along with other certified Yoga teachers, will teach free Yoga classes as part of 6th... Read Full Story Annual West Palm Beach Yoga Day. Look for a variety of classes across 2 stages, along the intercoastal, all day long!
“Yoga Day is the perfect opportunity for all levels, especially beginners.” says Jerry Jefferson, Living Fit Today and West Palm Beach Yoga Day co-founder. “People find yoga for many different reasons, the need to relax and de-stress, the desire to build strength for sports or just working hard and getting sweaty? Find your niche at the West Palm Beach Yoga Day.”
The benefits of yoga are numerous. A few of the physical benefits of yoga are: it improves flexibility and muscle joint mobility; strengthens, tones, and builds muscles; corrects posture; and eases back pain. While a few of the mental benefits are: it increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns in the body; and it refreshes the body by relieving muscle strain.
The popular marketplace returns with vendors, yoga studios and other fitness professionals to provide attendees the opportunity to purchase Yoga products, clothing, jewelry and talk with the experts to learn more about Yoga and the best style for you.
This event brings the community together for a positive connection. This event is perfect for all body shapes and sizes. Whether a novice or experienced yogi, the entire community is invited to join us for a day of yoga, fun, health, and wellness.
What a better way to start the new year, enjoy the beautiful outdoors, and practice a lot of yoga. Yoga offers something for everyone! So mark your calendars, make your travel plans and join us! Land on both feet as we leap into something new for 2012.
For more information about this event visit http://YogaDay.LivingFitToday.com.
September is National Yoga Month. In recognition of this special month, certified yoga instructor Nicole Sherman is launching HonuYoga.com. This new website features an all-natural line of original T- shirts for the stylish yogi who also cares about environmental issues and animal well-being.
Nicole received her teaching certification in 2010 on the Big Island of Hawaii where she pract... Read Full Storyiced yoga on the lava rocks of Kona and swam with the dolphins and majestic sea turtles (honu).
Sherman says, "That experience was my inspiration for creating beautiful, comfortable, custom yoga T-shirts that honor and benefit the endangered sea turtles in Hawaii. Sea turtle numbers have been reduced because of poaching, fishing gear injuries, pollution and ingestion or entanglement in marine debris. These threats are becoming too much for the marine population to handle - and protection of these beautiful creatures is of paramount importance."
Nicole began selling T-shirts out of the trunk of her car and literally off her own back, as yoga enthusiasts resonated with her messages. Now Honu Yoga T-shirts can be found in yoga studios throughout southern California – and if her myriad of supporters have their way – ultimately around the world.
"I caught the 'yoga bug' after being diagnosed with scoliosis at an early age and wanted to utilize the best tools to create harmony and balance for my body," explains Sherman. Her quest to understand anatomy and alignment principles, and her affinity for holistic modalities, led her to deep physical, emotional and spiritual gratification from practicing yoga. Personally inspired by its transformative benefits, she now teaches yoga to others in private and studio groups.
The artistic flair behind Nicole's T-shirt designs comes from her diverse background in art and theater. She has a degree in Fine Arts and Theater Set Design from Florida Atlantic University and is the creator of Nicole Erin Designs, a customized mural and design company.
In keeping with her philosophy of life, a portion of the proceeds from each T-shirt sale goes to www.savetheseaturtle.org, a foundation committed to saving sea turtles from extinction. Buy a shirt, save a turtle.
To learn more about Honu Yoga T-shirts, visit www.honuyoga.com.
More than 500 yoga practitioners are expected at the South Florida Yoga Aid Challenge set for Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 at the top level of the newly constructed parking complex at 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. The fundraising event will consist of a 2 hour yoga practice of 108 Sun Salutations to benefit the 305 Spiritual Gangsters, a Miami-based non-profit providing free yoga classes to at-ris... Read Full Storyk youth in inner city schools, shelters, jails, and community centers.
305 Spiritual Gangsters' 2012 goal is to raise at least $50,000 in order to create a more sustainable program in at least 20 South Florida locations (each with four 6-week programs per year). "Our mission is to diversify the face of yoga and make it more accessible to youth coming from disadvantaged socioeconomic groups," says Terri Cooper, who founded 305 Spiritual Gangsters in May 2008 after reading the headlines on the front page of the Miami Herald, which stated that $332 million was cut from Florida's Public Schools, while the state was building three new prisons, costing taxpayers $305 million.
"The organization has also developed the Urban Guru Scholarship Program, which awards selected applicants a full scholarship to a 200 hr. yoga certification course and immediate job placement upon completion. Not only are we teaching self-respect, self-control, and self-awareness through yoga; we're developing yoga educators that are already a part of the inner city communities we are reaching," says Marisol Tamez, the organization's director.
The top fundraisers at the South Florida Yoga Aid Challenge will receive a Grand Prize package valued at $5,000, including complimentary accommodations for 7 nights at an Elite Island Resort in the Caribbean. Other great prizes include: yoga classes at Green Monkey, yoga wear from Lululemon and I Love Yoga, beauty services from Salon Sepia, hotel accommodations at The Standard in Miami Beach, and more! In addition to plenty of positive vibes, the event will also feature free snacks from Whole Foods, and plenty of local vendors.
Last year, the South Florida Yoga Aid Challenge attracted over 400 participants and raised over $30,000 for last year's charities: The Africa Yoga Project and Off the Mat, Into the World.
The event will celebrate the end of September as National Yoga Month, which also saw other local yoga events such as Green Monkey's Mat Crawl Challenge and the Global Yoga Flash Mob.
Those interested in participating in the South Florida Yoga Aid Challenge can register as an individual or as a team and may create their own online fundraising page online at www.YogaAid.com. Drop-in rate is $25 or raise $108 and get free admission.
Registration begins at 9:00am on the 7th level of the 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage. The yoga practice begins at 10:00am and lasts about 2 hours.
For more information, visit www.305SpirituaIGangsters.com.
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