OPEN THE HIPS AND LEARN TO FLY * PIP USHER

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Pip Usher is back, and we are stoked to have her teaching a hip opener / arm balance workshop at Union Square Yoga

DATE: Saturday July 1st
TIME: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
PRICE: $35
REGISTER: maysan.marouf@gmail.com

DESCRIPTION:
Open the hips and a world of freedom unfolds – including the ability to take flight! In this two-hour workshop, we will start with passive poses to gently open our hips before progressing into a juicy, flowing sequence that will build heat in the body and enable further release. Our practice will culminate in arm balances that will use our open hips to lift us off the mat into some exciting shapes.

BIO:
Since her first trip to India at 21, Pip has found joy in yoga around the world. She brings playful discipline to the mat, creating intelligent sequencing that builds heat and encourages her students to defy their own expectations. Whether it’s studying Iyengar in India, practising in Jivamukti’s studios in London and New York, or completing her 300 hour Vinyasa Flow training in Bali, she draws upon a number of methods to create her own challenging style. She currently lives and teaches in Bangkok.

KIRTAN * BB GOVINDA SWAMI & BAND

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DATE: JUNE 3rd
TIME: 5:00 pm > 8:00 pm
PRICE: Suggested Donation $ 10
REGISTER: email maysan.marouf@gmail.com

DESCRIPTION

Union Square Yoga and Bhakti Yoga Beirut host three hours of soul-stirring kirtan lead by world-renowned kirtan leader BB Govinda Swami and his band – Akinchana Krishna, Ananda Murti, and Yogindra.

WHAT IS KIRTAN

Kirtan is an experience like no other. It combines sacred mantra, or spiritual words with vibrant, joyous music that lifts the soul and energizes the body. Its beauty lies in its simplicity. One leader sings the mantra, accompanied by a few instruments. After each line, the group – however large or small, respond with the same line. This call and response continues as the kirtan slowly unfolds.

Though the kirtan tradition originated in ancient India, it is no less relevant to our modern times. With the increasing demands of the average working life, kirtan is perhaps even more beneficial than ever.

In kirtan, there are no rules – you can sit or stand, or better yet, dance! You can clap or play instruments, and sing to your heart’s content. The only thing necessary is an open heart, open mind, and open ears.

BIOGRAPHY

Bhakti Bhringa Govinda Swami is a monk in the Vaishnava tradition for the past 45 years, a tireless traveler and a gifted musician. Since childhood, he has been immersed in the world of music. As his father was a music producer, many well-known musicians frequented his home, including Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Cash.

He always tries to combine modern sounds with the music of the soul. As he explains, the soul is the source of all music; kirtan (or devotional chanting) is a wonderful combination of music and words that reflect not only our emotions, but also the rhythms of the universe.

BB Govinda Swami and his band can be seen in crowded concert halls all over the world, including famous open-air events such as Woodstock in Poland, and at symphony concerts with philharmonic orchestras in Russia, South Africa, Ukraine. Currently, he maintains a busy schedule traveling to India and around the world conducting concerts, lectures, charity events, and helping people to discover the beauty of the heart.

Bhakti Yoga Beirut is hosting him and his band in Lebanon for the second time.

SHAKUHACHI (JAPANESE FLUTE) MEDITATION * KAMAL HELOU

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DATE: Thursday May 25
TIME: 8:30 pm > 9:30 pm
FREE / DONATION
REGISTER: sms on the day of +961 3 974 810

“Whispers from the Heart of the Hollow Monk of Nothingness”
The Shakuhachi is a Japanese bamboo flute that is used as a spiritual tool.
For this meditation, Kyle will be playing music from his upcoming CD entitled: “Whispers from the Heart of the Hollow Monk of Nothingness”.
This meditation music is the distant voice of unknown itinerant komuso – hollow monks of nothingness.
They were samurai who gave up their swords, taking up the Shakuhachi to spread peace through its sounds.
Here’s the sound of their whispering hearts.


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BIO KAMAL
Kyle Kamal Helou is a graduate of Villanova University, Pennsylvania, class of 1993, with a B.A. in Philosophy. He focused his studies on the Far Eastern philosophy of Zen, the essence of harmony. In 2000, he moved to Tokyo, Japan, where he apprenticed for 10 years and received his masters in both Shotokan Karate-Do and Shakuhachi, two very different Japanese traditional arts. Although differing in content, both arts emphasize the same methodology in learning the essential values for building a harmonious human character. He returned to Beirut in 2009, where he currently teaches both arts as a method for attaining inner peace. Area of Shakuhachi expertise: Kinko-ryu style and Watazumido Honkyoku style.

In 2013 Kamal founded Shinkukan (NGO) for the promotion of harmony, inner peace, and core moral values through Japanese traditional arts. Since then, Shinkukan has hosted annual events inviting instructors from Japan to teach their specialized arts in Lebanon.

For more info please visit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPxE6L4wgbs&spfreload=10
https://www.facebook.com/shakuhachilebanonkamalhelou/
https://www.facebook.com/kyle.helou

OM SHANTI YOGA WORKSHOP * LOUISE CARPENTER * UK

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DATE: Sunday May 7, 2017
TIME:: 5:00-8:00pm
PRICE 45USD
REGISTER maysan.marouf@gmail.com

Inviting in awareness, spaciousness and receptivity through practices encouraging communion with our bodies as part of the Earth.

Louise works intuitively with participants, assessing individual needs and suggesting modifications to practices as appropriate.
The session includes:
• Focusing on bringing ourselves in to the here and now and the intention of the workshop through guided meditation and visualisation
• Working with subtle energy through sound vibration and mantra chanting
• Bringing spaciousness and coherence to our whole being through physical movement; and,
• Deep relaxation to promote integration of the benefits of the session

This workshop guides you to a calm, centered, lightness of being embodying harmony and stability for your own and the greater good.

It is accessible for people with all levels of yoga experience and none!

*Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

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BIO
Louise is an experienced and intuitive yoga teacher and therapist, energy and healing practitioner and sound worker. She has trained with traditional yoga teachers in India and the UK.
She is a Reiki healing master; and, practitioner of sacred sound and sacred geometry healing through Crescendo Reiki of Sacred Sound and Mexican Toltec initiations.
She is also delighted to be able to offer Access Consciousness Bars and Energetic Body Processes in 1-2-1 sessions. She is currently thoroughly enjoying the process of learning the art of Sound Weaving vibrational fields of new possibility for herself, others, the planet and the cosmos.
If you have specific issues of physical or mental health you would like to address; recognize mental/emotional behavioral patterns you would like to shift; are experiencing any type of blockage or difficulty in your own transformational journey; or, are simply curious, Louise is able to tailor make a private session to address your needs.

She is visiting Beirut from May 7 till May 11.

Private Sessions: 90 USD full price for 90 minutes
If you would like to book a private session, please contact us on 03-502123 to set up and confirm the timing.

ACROYOGA WORKSHOP * LARA FEGHALI & RAJA SABRA (US)

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DATE: Saturday April 29
TIME: 10:00 am > 12:00 pm
PRICE: $ 40
REGISTER: maysan.marouf@gmail.com

Acroyoga is a vibrant partner practice that unifies the healing art of yoga and the dynamic power of acrobatics. This workshop is an introduction to Acroyoga— perfect for the total beginner or for the seasoned acroyogi looking to refine their practice. Taught by Lara Feghali and Raja Sabra, the workshop will focus on a series of static poses and basic acrobatic transitions. The final portion of the workshop will end with guided Thai massage.
Although Acroyoga might look tricky, you will surprise yourself with this playful practice. You don’t need experience or a partner—just be ready to experience the pleasure of challenging yourself while laughing uncontrollably.

BIO LARA FEGHALI

Lara Feghali is a Lebanese-American yoga teacher currently teaching in Los Angeles, California. After receiving her yoga teacher training in India, she has dedicated her time sharing the magic of yoga with others. When she discovered Acroyoga 3 years ago, she was hooked. Her classes incorporate the importance of trust, connection and childlike playfulness. Beyond the impressive postures, Lara trains her students to push past the mind and body’s limitations.

BIO RAJA SABRA
Raja Sabra received his Acroyoga teacher training in San Diego. Simply put, if Acroyoga were a woman, Raja would marry her. He has fallen in love with the practice and feels more passionate about it than anything he’s ever encountered. Acroyoga has helped him immensely with his OCD, anxiety, and depression. He wants to use it as a tool to spread happiness and joy among people no matter the age or size. Raja sees Acro as more related to the mind than to the body and physical strength. His classes incorporate humor into the practice as he finds comfort in laughter and believes it’s a way to get people closer, comfortable, and most importantly happy. He also loves puns, and when you hear them, YOGAna love them.

KIRTAN / MEDITATION * BHAKTI YOGA BEIRUT

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DATE: Thursday April 20 / 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm

REGISTER sms +961 3 974 810 /

Free / Donation

DESCRIPTION:
Kirtan is a form of devotional chanting whose roots go back over 500 years to India. It is a form of bhakti yoga (yoga of devotion) where the audience is encouraged to participate through its call and response style – the leader chants and everyone in the crowd repeats. In its heartfelt expression, kirtan is music for the soul and can induce profound states of meditation, bliss and ecstasy.

 

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BHAKTI YOGA BEIRUT BIO
Philip and Tulsi formed Bhakti Yoga Beirut in 2010 with the hope and goal of sharing the ancient tradition of bhakti yoga with the Lebanese community. Born in Lebanon, Philip’s journey into the devotional world of bhakti yoga began in Montreal, 2007, when he was introduced to the deep philosophy of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. It was here that he met Canadian born Tulsi. As they learned more, bhakti became less of a practice and more of a way of life, and in 2012 they both received formal initiation from Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Inspired by their spiritual teachers, they along with the other members of their internationally flavoured group, have a strong desire to share the joyful gift of kirtan with others.

NEW KUNDALINI CLASS * CAROLE AMMOUN

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NEW CLASS / KUNDALINI YOGA * Carole Ammoun / Tuesdays: 8:00 pm > 9:30 pm
Register by sms on the day of: +961 3 083 492

 

CLASS DESCRIPTION

“Kundalini Yoga is uncoiling yourself to find your potential and your vitality and to reach for your virtues. There is nothing from outside, All is in you. You are the storehouse of your totality.”
Yogi Bhajan
“Kundalini” is an ancient Sanskrit word that literally means “coiled snake”, it is described as a sleeping, dormant potential force in the human organism.
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is the practice of awakening our higher self and turning potential energy into kinetic energy.
It helps balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system and purify the blood to bring balance to the body, mind, and soul.
It combines meditation, mantra, physical exercises and breathing techniques that guide the energies of the body and the mind into a specific result or change of consciousness.

CAROLE BIO

Carole Ammoun is a Kundalini Yoga instructor. Her yoga journey started in 2009 when she first encountered Hatha yoga, and has continued ever since as she practiced extensively and attended a variety of workshops. All along she developed a keen interest in pranayama and meditation. She chanced upon Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and completed her teacher training with Gurmukh in Rishikesh in 2013. She has been transmitting the teachings since then.
Carole is also an actress, writer, and trainer. She performs on stage and for the screen, has published several short stories, and conducts acting workshops designed to develop interpersonal skills. The body-mind connection is the common thread to all her activities.