Wellness

Denver Chant Fest 2013 Wellness Presenters



 

BRYN CHRISMAN

Bryn has been practicing yoga for over a decade and teaching since 2003.  In 2010 she co-founded and opened Yogamaya Yoga Studio in New York City, merging her love of Asana & Bhakti practices.  Yogamaya has quickly been established as the hottest newcomer to the Yoga scene in New York City, as well as THE go-to place of Bhakti for Yogis.  

Bryn’s teaching is deeply devotional, transportive and transformational.  Fun, but far from frivolous, she is known for her entertaining personality and dropping unexpected and salient truths along the path of a creative and challenging asana class, always set to an inspired soundtrack.  Her life basically surrounds her love of her two baby’s, her dog Bill, and Yogamaya.  She was very honored to be a speaker in this amazing film and looks forward to introducing it to the Denver area. Follow Yogamaya & Bryn at www.yogamayanewyork.com.

MANOJ AND JYOTHI CHALAM

Manoj has given keynote lectures at Yoga festivals and teaches at Yoga Journal conferences, studios, ashrams and universities. He has also compiled a book on Hindu and Buddhist Symbology.

Manoj uses humor, stories, and anecdotes in his talks on Mythology, Vedanta and Tantra. He grew up in India, attended the Indian Institute of Technology and also received a doctorate in Chemical Physics from Cornell University. He was at first consumed with the pursuit of fame and money until at one point he realized that although his life was moving forward, he was not going anywhere. Manoj soon came to realize that his calling in life was to embrace his roots: the rich Indian spirituality and philosophy and the Spiritual art which he now imports from India.

Jyothi has been practicing the puja ritual since she was seven years old. Having grown up in a traditional and spiritual family in India, she has a deep and personal connection with her Indian heritage. Because of this, Jyothi has maintained a high level of devotion throughout her life.

To further develop her spirituality, Jyothi began studying Vedanta, the crux of Indian philosophy, in 2007. After embarking on this spiritual journey, she has committed herself to studying Vedanta for four hours a day and has successfully aligned her mental and emotional spirit with Vedantic teachings.

Jyothi has also been learning the art of spiritual singing since the age of four. She specializes in South Indian Classical Music, or Carnatic music. She has learned from many top musicians in India, and has given many concerts in both India and the U.S, including many performances on All India Radio. One type of song that Jyothi specializes in is the bhajan, or the kirtan. These songs are more closer to folk songs and provide a deep connection to higher spiritual grounds.

JAI UTTAL
Kids Kirtan

The world of wide eyed, childlike wonder that is so essential to the path of Bhakti is not always that easily attainable to us highly educated, ‘spiritual’ adults. But as you mommies and daddies know, we can let our kids help us! Come to Kaia Yoga for an afternoon of “Kiddie Kirtan, heartful and simple Indian chanting for the little ones of all ages. Of course the drums, shakers and front row seats are reserved for the kids, but parents and older brothers and sisters are welcome – as long as they behave! See you there!! 

This event is a party to celebrate Jai’s latest album, Kirtan Kids: The Elephant, the Monkey, and the Little Butter Thief, a wondrous collection of stories, chants and songs sung by, and for, our divine younger generation.

To find out more about Kirtan Kids, please visit http://jaiuttal.com/kirtankids

CHER ASLOR

Cher (Certified Forrest Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga and PMA Certified Pilates Instructor) began her movement studies as a young child with ballet and jazz. After attending C.U. Boulder for a B.A. in Dance and Spanish, Cher moved to Los Angels for 10 years to dance professionally. Cher returned to Colorado in 2004 to be closer to family and the mountains. In 2006 Cher was certified in Power Yoga and owns and operates pH7 Pilates and directs the teacher training program there. She is proud to be a meSheeky Ambassador and an alumni Lululemon Ambassador. Cher stays committed to her continuing education and studies with Cara Reeser, Cheryl Deer, Les Leventhal and Tias Little. She assists Ana Forrest and continues to study with Ana. She is continually inspired by snowboarding, surfing, travel, her students, and her cat!

KAMALA EASTON, Ph.D.

Kamala Easton, Ph.D. creator of Embodying the Goddess, Embodying Spirit: Journey towards Enlightenment and Divine Intervention for Weight Management Workshops is a spiritual teacher and a modern day mystic. A life-changing awakening in 1998 transformed Kamala from her academic world, including a Ph.D. in education from UCLA and a B.A. in psychology from UC Berkeley into the realization of her oneness with the Divine.Kamala has traveled extensively in relation to her teaching and healing abilities throughout India, Canada, Germany, and the United States. She lived and taught off and on in India over a 9 year period. Dr. Easton practiced energy healing for many years, appearing on PBS, Discovery Channel and KCET Los Angeles, and was a member of UCLA Medical Center’s Complementary Medicine Pediatric Pain Program. Kamala is also an acclaimed motivational speaker in both education and spirituality and is a certified yoga teacher.

Through her unique down to earth wisdom and humor Kamala imparts the highest knowledge of what is keeping us both collectively and individually from stepping through the veil. Since her transformation, she has been assisting others in their own ascension through sharing her deep love of the Divine, love of self and through letting go of dogma as to how and what enlightenment is. She currently lives in Santa Fe, NM giving Teaching and Intuitive Readings online and in person. Her first book – “Autobiography of a Yogini: A Black Woman’s Love Affair with her Guru” has just been released.

www.embodyingthegoddess.com

AHVA LENAY
with Rhythm Sanctuary

Ahva Lenay is a midwife in the Denver community who fosters connection and inspires others to name and share their soul purpose with the world. She is a ceremonialist and co-creator of Rhythm Sanctuary a weekly gathering of conscious music and ecstatic dance in Denver, Co that draws more than 100 people every week. She is well respected and intensely loved for her devotion to the arts, honoring the Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants.

Rhythm Sanctuary is an inter-generational weekly free form ecstatic dance ritual that has been gathering for over 7 years in Denver Co. We provide an open space for self exploration, personal and collective healing and celebration. We honor what has been used as community medicine by indigenous cultures around the world since ancient times. Our dance inspires caring for self and others, playfulness and creativity.

www.rhythmsanctuary.com

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