We will have several teachers from Europe and the United States giving classes on self-realization and spiritual wisdom:
Prem (Premananda das) is a world-renowned kirtan leader and songwriter from the UK. Originally his interest in kirtan was inspired by George Harrison and at the age of 19, he moved to New Zealand and took up the practice of Bhakti Yoga. He also teaches meditation and has taught in Israel, Russia, Poland and now lives in Wales, UK. He is accompanied by his wife Rishi, who sings and plays the keyboard. His teachings and kirtans are uplifting and bring out the spiritual love that is within all of us. You can find his videos on his YouTube channel - ‘Prem-Yoga Music from the Heart’ (also on Sound cloud).
Gangaram das currently lives in Arizona and has been giving lectures and kirtans since 1970. He has been teaching in India, Thailand, The Philippines, Africa and the United States. His practical understanding of self-realization and our real identity will help us explore the purpose of life.
Rama dasi was born in the Philippines but has lived most of her life in African countries, South America, and the US. She has given classes on the Science of Identity from a young age, and continues to organize regular kirtans in her home in Arizona.
Mantra Meditation is the repetition of transcendental sound which focuses the mind and becomes a source of inner balance and well being. This meditation can be practiced in several different ways:
Kirtan, the singing or chanting of sacred mantras, or Transcendental Sound, is an easy yet sublime method of yoga meditation that has been practiced since time immemorial. It is the recommended process for self-realization in the modern age and has the gradual effect of cleansing your heart and mind, helping you to awaken and cultivate your inherent wisdom and spiritual love.
Japa is the soft recitation of mantra using a string of beads called a japa mala. This is a simple guided demonstration that can be adopted as part of a daily meditation practice. This meditation technique uses 3 of the 5 senses to help bring the mind into focus upon the transcendental sound; the tongue in vibrating the mantra, the ear in hearing the sacred sound, and the sense of touch while touching each bead in the string of beads while chanting. One can sit, stand, lie down or even walk while performing this meditation.
Gauranga meditation is a deep breathing technique while repeating a mantra sound with every inhalation and exhalation. It is very important to listen closely to the sound and meditate on this sound. This meditation increases clarity and patience, gives freedom from anxiety and fear, improves health and sleep, provides stress relief and deeper inner happiness. It is an excellent way to begin and end the day with this breathing technique.
There will be a Kirtan concert on Saturday evening:
Join us at Synergia Ranch for Premananda das and his wife Hrishi, followed by Jai Aum.
Jai Aum Kirtan Band from Sedona, AZ
A world music kirtan experience, combining the talents of various musicians from many areas. Jai Aum sings mantras using their own unique blend of musical styles, taking you on a transcendental journey through the cosmic manifestation and beyond. Their sound takes influence from classical Indian roots, while mixing in melodies from the west. Using harmonic overtones, combined with mantras, they work together to create an ambient space for deep meditation and reflection. The members of Jai Aum are experienced yoga teachers, musicians, and sound healers, utilizing their individual strengths collectively to weave together their own unique flavor of kirtan.
Ganga Jala band and Spirit Soul and Friends will be performing in Albuquerque at Warehouse 508 from 6-11pm. For more information go to http://jivaanandayoga.org/abq/
Seva leads a gentle kundalini-style yoga class which invites participants of all levels to join. Throughout the class there will be breathing, stretching, and various movements to help improve strength, circulation, and flexibility. Mantra meditation is practiced as a part to help focus energy and bring about greater mental clarity. The class is concluded with a soothing relaxation and gentle gong bath, where practitioners are allowed to integrate all that they have experienced. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate as much as they like.
Ayurveda is considered to be the oldest healing science. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurvedic knowledge came from India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.” It originates from the ancient Vedic culture. Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance in one’s life, right thinking, diet, exercise, lifestyle and the use of herbs. During this retreat we will teach you some simple techniques to promote well being.
Emily is a dedicated clinical practitioner of Ayurveda. With a background in clinical nursing and Ayurvedic studies, she bridges Eastern and Western medicine in her daily practice. She will be teaching us about Dinācārya: changing lives through daily ritual. Dinācārya (daily routine) is one of the single most powerful Ayurvedic tools for improving overall health and wellbeing. Come discover how to start your day feeling nourished, grounded & vital with a proper dinācārya practice.
Amy is currently a student at Live to Serve Academy and plans to become a Health Coach. She integrates her knowledge of Ayurveda, Kinesiology, Psychology, and Bhakti Yoga when working with clients. Her goal is to help people prevent disease and live a happy more fulfilled life.
Ancient Aarati Ceremony
Aarati is part of devotional service and an offering of respect. It is done to show humbleness and gratefulness to the deities while singing mantra's. Arati symbolizes the five elements of the universe namely ether, wind, fire, water and earth.
Sacred Art Projects
Aneka, a young artist from Oahu, will teach us how to make sacred japa malas. Her workshop is designed for all ages and skill levels. Her art is infused with love for yoga and meditation. She is excited to attend the Santa Fe Kirtan Festival again — this time teaching a class!
There are many things that contribute to good health but diet is probably the most important.
All the yoga paths promote a vegetarian diet. We will serve vegetarian food prepared by the talented chef of Synergia Ranch, Margaret Augustine. She uses local and in season organic produce to make delicious meals and snacks. Vegetarianism complements meditation. It is the most compassionate diet because it involves eating food containing the least amount of destruction of life. For those who wish to make rapid progress in meditation, a vegetarian diet is important.