Wellness Classes

Take advantage of our PUBLIC ( no pass required!) Wellness Classes

DAY TWO – Saturday February 15th

8:30-10:00am

Higher Tastes: Ayurvedic Cooking Class, Kirtan and Philosophy
Kumi Yogini and Lokah Bhakti

Find your seat as a Bhaka so that you can soar in your body.

Please join Lokah and Kumi for a special gathering of yogis and learn the sacred process of offering food in the traditional Vedic way. All preparations will be egetarian, vegan and raw. While food is cooking we will engage in the ecstatic kirtan and learn chants that will purify the body, mind and soul

 

1:00pm-3:00pm

Symbolism of Hindu and Buddhist Deities and their Relevance today
Manoj Chalam and Jyothi Chalam

Using statues to illustrate, Manoj will relate the symbolism of Hindu and Buddhist deities to archetypes within us. Through their myths, we’ll uncover hidden symbolisms and learn the four ways to work with them as part of a nondualistic spiritual and yogic practice. Discover how knowing and working with your archetypes can profoundly shift you, especially during moments of life transitions, and how these ancient teachings have practical relevance to your life, bringing peace of mind and uncovering our underlying common spirit.

We will explore the spiritual meaning and significance of chanting through both Vedic chants and Kirtans.

 

1:00pm-2:30pm

Embodied Sanskrit- The Divine Language of Yoga
Ina Sahaja

Tune up your teaching and inspire your practice in this introduction to the Embodied Sanskrit method of chanting-in-the-flow. In this workshop you’ll learn essential Sanskrit that every modern Yoga practitioner needs to know, starting with āsana names and moving beyond, into the deeper meanings behind the poses that Sanskrit immersion reveals.

 

7:15pm-9:00pm

Ecstatic Dance with Rhythm Sanctuary
Ahva Lenay with Dj SunDragon

This class with infuse our love of the dance with Dj SunDragon leading the way. Our environment is co~created by members of our community coming together prior to the dance to create “sacred space” as they are inspired. We consider “creating the space” to be as meaningful and as much an act of devotional practice as the dance itself. It is not uncommon to witness participants meditating, making prayers, intentions, or reading cards at the altars. No special dance background is necessary, there are trained dancers as well as those who have never danced before. You may see participants in complete stillness, practicing yoga, drumming or rattling, leaping and playing, moving on the floor in contact improvisation, or sounding and clapping in spontaneous response to one another or the music.

The dance ritual itself is held in non-verbal reverence. We offer this to invite the deeper parts of our being to rise to consciousness, as well as practicing a new way of expressing that is different from our ordinary day to day communications. Here we may meet each other eye to eye, hand to hand, heart to heart or simply notice one another in passing. There are no expectations and we encourage authenticity, trust, exploration, and the freedom to emotionally express oneself.

Participating children welcome. Dress to move. Dance and be danced!

DAY THREE- Sunday, February 16th

9:00am-10:30am

Hindustani Sitar Concert
Arjun Verma

Join us for this rare concert treat. Arjun Verma is an internationally known sitarist trained by the legendary Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. This will be the first time he is performing in the Denver area and Denver Chant Fest is honored to host this beautifully accomplished musician. If you have never seen or heard a classically trained sitar musician, this will inspired you and your practice. Arjun Verma is an internationally performed sitarist trained by the legendary Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. He began learning North Indian Classical Music with his father, sitarist Roop Verma, a disciple of Maestros Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar. As a teenager, Arjun was fortunate to study with Maestro Ali Akbar Khan.

Arjun has experimented with using the sitar in other musical genres, including performances with Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Fareed Haque, and Krishna Das. Arjun has performed in the United States, Europe, and India, including noteworthy performances at Prague Castle, and at the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland