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events & workshops

June 15 - 17, 2019

Kirtan and Bhakti: Yoga of the Heart

With Prajna Vieira and David Estes

www.sivanandabahamas.org

Experience the beauty of traditional kirtan and the bliss of Bhakti Yoga. Using your voice as the main instrument of this devotional spiritual practice, you can awaken your own inner fire and love toward the Divine. Join us in singing, dancing, and celebrating stories of the deities. You will also deepen your connection with the deep and profound traditions of Bhakti Yoga, as described in the Bhagavad Gita. Led by a dynamic pair of musicians and kirtanists, you will be guided to open your heart and voice in the experiences of inner and outer music.

Offered as 2 satsangs and 2 workshops (subject to change)


Sat. June 22, 2019
12pm

Medicine Buddha Festival & Cultural Fair

Odissi Dance Performance with Shakti Bhakti Ensemble

www.landofmedicinebuddha.org

Free day of music, dance and festivities! Prajna will be performing Odissi classical Indian dance with Shakti Bhakti Ensemble


Mondays | June 24 - August 12, 2019
7:30 - 8:45pm

Kirtan Intensive: Harmonium & Vocal

Breathe Together Yoga - Los Gatos, CA

www.breathetogetheryoga.com

Among the many practices of Bhakti Yoga, Kirtan is one of the most accessible and beloved. The experience of sitting in community, singing to the Divine in call, and response, can be profoundly moving. The practice of kirtan arose many centuries ago during a spiritual renaissance in India, when common people began embracing a more personal and intimate relationship with the Divine. Throughout the years it has flourished and grown into a worldwide phenomenon. In this intensive we will focus on harmonium and vocal, developing foundational skills for both leading and supporting community kirtan.

The harmonium is a unique instrument that was originally brought to India by European missionaries. Indian musicians reconfigured the design of the instrument so that it could be played seated on the floor, and over time it became an extremely popular accompaniment to many different styles of Indian music. Western kirtan artists often play it in a western musical style—in this intensive we will learn from both Indian and Western musical systems. The vocal portion of this intensive will also draw from both Indian and Western techniques. You will learn how to open up and free your voice, how to cultivate subtlety, range, and expression. And you will learn about the dynamics of kirtan, how to lead, and how to support.

No experience or talent is required for this course! Many of us have been told somewhere along the line that we weren’t good singers. The truth is that singing is part technique, and part self-expression. Part of it is learned, and part comes from inside you. Anyone can learn to sing, in time, with the right tools and steady practice. You won’t ever be put “on the spot” in this course, but you will have lots of opportunities to step into the unknown.

“Sing from the depths of your heart. Let your heart melt in prayer. Leave aside all shyness and open your heart to God.” – Amma.

NOTE:
If you don’t already have a harmonium, you can purchase or rent one from David Estes. There is generally a waiting list to purchase, so be sure to let him know asap if you plan to buy one.


June 28 - 30, 2019

Moksha Festival

Frazier Park, CA

Prajna Vieira & Arvind Chittumalla: Yoga Mosaic Project, making yoga inclusive and accessible to all

www.mokshafestival.com


July 27 - 28, 2019

Prasada Festival

Occidental, CA

Prajna Vieira & the Mukti Kirtan Ensemble

www.prasada-festival.com

Sometimes you have to create the thing you’re seeking! After years of playing at various kirtan, yoga and conscious music festivals, we were longing for a festival dedicated solely to traditional bhakti arts, sadhana and culture. And here were are planning Prasada Festival for the second year! I’m so honored to be part of this profoundly beautiful and unique event. More than a festival, it is a 2 day immersion in the depths of devotion, sacred ceremony, and loving community. I’ll be offering kirtan with the Mukti Kirtan Ensemble, and performing with a number of other artists. The lineup is an absolute dream. Come! You can also make a donation or sponsor a scholarship ticket for someone else. www.prasada-festival.com


August 5 - 11, 2019

Kirtan Camp

Fairfax, CA

Jai Uttal, Daniel Paul, Nubia Teixeira & Prajna Vieira

www.jaiuttal.com

This training is for those who aspire to lead kirtan, those who wish to enhance their yoga teaching with chanting, and those who simply wish to immerse themselves in the vast ocean of Bhakti.


August 10 - 11, 2019

Beloved Festival

Tidewater, OR

Workshops with Prajna Vieira

www.belovedfestival.com

Info coming soon...


August 31, 2019

Prajna Vieira & the Mukti Kirtan Ensemble

Berkeley, CA

Yoga Kula


September 7, 2019

Prajna Vieira & the Mukti Kirtan Ensemble

San Rafael, CA

Open Secret


September 27 - 29, 2019

Harmonize: Discover Kirtan and the Yoga of Devotion

Eselen Institute

A Retreat with Gopi Kallayil, the Kirtaniyas, Prajna Vieira & David Estes

www.esalen.org


October 3 - 9, 2019

October 3 - 9, 2019

East Coast Tour

Details TBA


October 12, 2019

Prajna Vieira & the Mukti Kirtan Ensemble

Milpitas, CA

Moksha Festival

www.mokshafestival.com


November 1 - 15, 2019

India Pilgrimage with Prajna Vieira & Jaire Vieira

Orissa and Tamil Nadu

www.bharatpilgrimage.com

We are delighted to offer this experience of sacred pilgrimage to a small group of students and friends. It is our desire to share some of our most beloved holy sites, ancient temples, and traditional ceremonies that have touched our hearts profoundly in our previous journeys. Our intention is to support you spiritually with daily meditation, yoga and chanting practice, temple blessings and sacred ceremonies, and with time and space to connect to the profound energy of these places. Together with our expert local guides, we will look after every detail so you can relax and focus on taking in the experience fully. Along the way we will also have many wonderful adventures, eat delicious traditional foods, enjoy shopping, and see some of the unique arts, history, and culture that make “Incredible India” so very incredible.

Registration will open soon, stay posted!


weekly teaching schedule

Monday

6 - 7am Hot Tapas
Breathe Together Yoga

2:30 - 7:30pm Private Yoga, Harmonium or Voice Lessons (In-Person or via Skype)
On Balance Massage & Bodywork

Tuesday

9 - 10:15am Hot Power Yoga
Balance Yoga Center

Wednesday

6 - 7am Hot Tapas
Breathe Together Yoga

12 - 1pm Hot Power Yoga
Balance Yoga Center

Thursday

6 - 7am Hot Tapas
Breathe Together Yoga

9 - 10:15am Hot Power Yoga
Balance Yoga Center

12 - 1pm Bhakti Vinyasa
Breathe Together Yoga

Sunday

10 - 11:15am Bhakti Vinyasa
Breathe Together Yoga


Studio Information

Breathe Together Yoga
14107-H Winchester Blvd.
Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 370-YOGA
http://breathetogetheryoga.com/

Balance Yoga Center
5988 Silver Creek Valley Rd #75
San Jose, Ca 95136
https://www.balanceyogacenteronline.com/

OnBalance Massage & Bodywork
632 El Camino Real
San Carlos, 94070
(650) 832-8221
http://www.onbalancebodywork.com/

Videos

Decolonizing Bhakti Yoga (lecture w/4 videos)

Decolonizing Bhakti Yoga: A Path Toward Healing

Dance video

Mangalacharan—Shakti Bhakti

Mukti Kirtan Ensemble

Mukti Kirtan Ensemble singing Mahishasuramardini Stotram (Andi Shankaracharya), with original Odissi choreography and performance by Revital Carroll

Mahishaisuramardini Strotham

Bio

Prajna Vieira is the lead singer of the Mukti Kirtan Ensemble, and is also known for her work with world music pioneer Jai Uttal and other artists. She was introduced to kirtan and bhakti yoga as a child when her father returned from a spiritual journey to India and began taking her to a local satsang where the melodies and rhythms of kirtan and bhajan, and the timeless wisdom of Sanatana Dharma, stole her heart and set her on the spiritual path. She met her Sadguru Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi) in 1998, began teaching yoga in 2000, and began singing kirtan publicly (outside of the temple) in 2008 when Mukti first came together. She has dedicated her life to studying, practicing and sharing traditional yoga practices and bhakti arts. Prajna lives in the SF Bay Area, where she teaches yoga asana, yogic philosophy, and kirtan vocal and harmonium. She also studies and performs Odissi Classical Indian Dance, and Harikatha (a traditional, devotional art of storytelling). She is committed to compassionate activism and social justice, and is accountable to the source traditions of yoga through the ongoing work of decolonizing her own practices and presentations.

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