The AWOL Yogini by Kelly Morris ~ Wanderlust SPEAKEASY 2011

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Kelly Morris is the founder and director of The Conquering Lion Yoga Teacher Training Program/NYC. A close student of Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally, Kelly’s Conquering Lion Yoga reunites two sacred lineages that were once One: the precious Tibetan Buddhist insights of karma and emptiness with the Indian vinyasa tradition. By practicing both the out vinyasa of breath and the inner vinyasa of intention and aim, an unsurpassed opening in the heart of the aspirant occurs. It is this opening that permits the practice to reach it’s final aim: complete and utter self-transformation, from flesh and blood to being of light, in this lifetime. Kelly teaches that with correct understanding and application of these precious and ancient insights, your life will be transformed from suffering to unlimited joy.

To learn more about Kelly Morris and the Conquering Lion Yoga Teacher Training Program, please visit http://kellymorrisyoga.com/

Meet the Fockers of Wanderlust…SPEAKEASY 2011

Always let yourself wander…
…because life’s most beautiful moments come in the spaces…

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Come meet the Fockers of Wanderlust! One of the central purposes of Wanderlust is to create community around shared values. Meet the founders of Wanderlust, Jeff Krasno, Schuyler Grant and Sean Hoess, to discuss how to grow this community and define its values. Hear about the inspiration behind Wanderlust from Yoga to Yoda and share your ideas on how to evolve the event.

Wanderlust was created by three friends with a long and deep relationship: the 20+ year husband and wife duo of Jeff Krasno and Schuyler Grant, and their mutual friend (and Jeff’s business partner of a decade), Sean Hoess. We all met back in college during the dark ages of the late 80s. Long before Wanderlust existed, we loved to throw a good party and that hasn’t changed much.

But Wanderlust is more than a party. While it’s a great time, from the beginning we wanted to infuse it with meaning. We saw an opportunity to create an event that is fun but also based on a series of underlying ideals. We hoped to create a unique event where attendees were actually participants, an event where people left feeling better than when they came, an event that could be – at the very least – a good time and – at the most — personally transformative.

Finding a clear and concise purpose is a process both for a business and an individual. It’s very hard to distill & it can change. For Wanderlust, our core purpose is to create community around shared values. It has been incredibly gratifying to see such a large community growing around the pillars of mindful living – yoga, the arts, personal spirituality, environmentalism, organics and conscious consumerism – and to know that Wanderlust is becoming a central gathering point for this community.

The cauldron of talent at Wanderlust never ceases to amaze us and while we continue to seek out diverse and gifted artists, teachers, speakers and leaders — it often feels like the festival is being equally shaped by the talent of its participants. The scholars, buskers, acroyogis, hoopers, and artists that have organically integrated into the event have created the kind of exchange of ideas and energy that could never be replicated by any traditional festival or concert experience.

Wanderlust continues to evolve to include a broader range of experiences, including hiking, biking, running and other outdoor activities, a more diverse array of lectures, expanded food and wine events, movement and burlesque workshops, and even a community garden project. Wherever possible, these new activities will involve interaction and interactivity, so our attendees can learn and create as part of the event.

Wanderlust 2012 will be bigger and better than ever. There’s a lot to do, and many more locations at which to do it. We hope you can come take advantage of all of it, but don’t plan too hard. Always let yourself wander, because life’s most beautiful moments come in the spaces.

Please visit www.wanderlustfestival.com to learn more about the lineup for 2012!

Krishna Das ~ Chants of a Lifetime: Searching for a Heart of Gold (Wanderlust SPEAKEASY 2011)

As a long-time fan of Krishna Das, I really enjoyed hearing some of his story…

Join Krishna Das (acknowledged as the Chant Master of American Yoga by the New York Times) as he shares how he entered into the practice of chanting and what it means to him today, as well as his relationship with Maharaj-ji.

Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.” With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das — known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD — has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling chant artist of all time, with over 300,000 records sold.

KD spent the late ’60’s traveling across the country as a student of Ram Dass, and in August 1970, he finally made the journey to India, which led him to Ram Dass’ own beloved guru, Neem Karoli Baba, known to most as Maharaj-ji.

Given the name Krishna Das, KD began to chant as part of following the path of Bhakti yoga — the yoga of devotion.

After two and a half years with Maharaj-ji, returned to USA – alas, six months after his return, word came that Maharaj-ji had died.

He took solace in music, finding peace and strength in both his Bhakti yoga practice as well as in such heroes as Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, and Bruce Springsteen (whom he laughingly calls “the Bodhisattva of New Jersey”). KD also co-founded Triloka Records, a California-based label specializing in world music, releasing such  artists as Jai Uttal, sarod virtuoso Ali Akbar Khan, and legendary jazz musician/composer Jackie McLean.

In 1994, KD started leading chant at Jivamukti Yoga Center, NYC, with an ever-growing audience of yoga students which has led to chant with people all around the world.

Since 1996 KD has recorded 14 albums including his latest ones ‘Heart as Wide as the World” and ‘Chants of a Lifetime’ (book + CD).

“The chanting just hits you and you want to be a part of it,” KD promises. “That’s the point of this whole thing. That’s what cuts through all the ‘stuff’. You get lit up. You don’t have to know what it means.”

Shiva Rea on Yoga Energy Activism – Wanderlust SPEAKEASY 2011

Shiva Rea addresses the Speakeasy attendees in Squaw Valley (2011) regarding Yoga Energy Activism: how we can regenerate our energy linking our heart, body, home and ecology.

Shiva Rea, M.A. is a yogini firekeeper, sacred activist, global adventurer and leading innovator in the evolution of prana flow yoga, transformational vinyasa flow integrating the tantric bhakti roots of yoga, Krishnamacharya’s teachings and a universal, quantum approach to the body. Shiva is known for bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners in creative, dynamic and life-transforming ways and for offering the synthesis form of prana flow out in the world. Shiva is the creator of Prana Flow Yoga, Yogadventure Retreats, Yoga Trance Dance for Life, Moving Activism for 1,008,000 Trees, the worldwide Global Mala Project, Yogini Conferences and E2: The Evolutionary Edge Tour. She writes for Yoga Journal, Yoga Plus Joyful Living, is the author of award-winning CD’s and DVD’s, and contributor to many publications and features.

For more information on Shiva Rea and her teaching schedule, please visit: http://shivarea.com/

For more information on the Global Mala Project, please visit: http://yogamonth.org/globalmala/

 

Rod Stryker on the Yoga of Fulfillment – Wanderlust SPEAKEASY 2011

The ancient tradition of tantra yoga is the ultimate science of fulfillment. Illuminating both the path of self-knowledge and the path of becoming the person you were meant to be, the teachings provide a roadmap to uncover your soul’s call to greatness and to unlock your capacity to achieve it. In this lecture Rod discusses his new book, The Four Desires and outlines the keys to fulfilling your worldly and spiritual potential, achieving your ultimate destiny, the science of transforming thought into form, and the keys to finding and fulfilling your dharma.

Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga and widely considered one of the country’s leading yoga and meditation teachers. He has taught yoga for nearly 30 years and leads retreats, workshops, and trainings worldwide.

For more info please visit: www.rodstryker.com.

Seane Corn on Embodying Spiritual Activism – Wanderlust SPEAKEASY 2011

Seane Corn shares a candid heart-to-heart with the SPEAKEASY audience assembled in Stratton, VT in June of 2011, where she spoke of her life as a yogi, from just discovering yoga, to where her heart has led her to today… as a seeker, student, teacher and ultimately, a servant. Hear first-hand about her work on and off the mat, her projects, the integration of the yoga practice- into the mystery of life, and how listening to intuition and choosing to give her life over to Spirit has rewarded her with the richest and most joyful gifts ever imagined.

Seane Corn is an internationally renowned Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher and spiritual activist. Featured in commercials, magazines and named the “National Yoga Ambassador” for YouthAIDS in 2005, Seane now utilizes her national platform to bring awareness to the HIV/AIDS crisis. Since 2007, she has been training leaders of activism through her co-founded organization Off the Mat Into the World®. Seane has spent time in India, Cambodia and Africa working with prostitutes and street children, teaching yoga, providing support for child labor and educating people about HIV/AIDS prevention. Seane is also co-founder of the Seva Challenge Humanitarian Tours, encouraging yoga teachers to get involved in fund and awareness raising efforts across the globe. Her award winning DVD’s are available through Gaiam and Yoga Journal, and most recently “Detox Flow Yoga” from Sounds True.

Learn more about Seane at http://www.seanecorn.com/.

You can explore her work with Off The Mat Into The World at http://www.offthematintotheworld.org/.

Lori Deschene on Authentic Connections In a Connected World – Wanderlust SPEAKEASY 2011

Tiny Buddha” founder, Lori Deschene, explores how social media can either help or hinder us in forming meaningful, authentic connections.

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha, a community blog that publishes tips and stories about letting go of pain and embracing happiness. In addition to sharing her own struggles and insights and encouraging others to do the same, she also offers daily wisdom quotes through @tinybuddha on Twitter and the Tiny Buddha Facebook page. In an increasingly disconnected, information-overloaded world, Tiny Buddha has emerged as a place for authentic connection—where everyone has the same authority to share what they’ve learned and how they apply it. With nearly 1 million views per month, Tiny Buddha is quickly growing into one of the most popular inspirational sites on the web.

You can discover more at http://tinybuddha.com/ and follow her at @tinybuddha.

Wanderlust SPEAKEASY 2011 – Elena Brower on Bringing Light

How can we can bring light – to ourselves and others – through our practice, our work, our interactions? By articulating and loving the darkest aspects of ourselves. Elena shares her experience of her own discoveries of light, via the dark knots of fear that dim our light and rob us of precious energy. Elena shares her studies and ways in which we can all articulate and literally love what we’d rather hide, thereby bringing light to every realm of your life.

Founder and co-owner of Virayoga, and Jonah’s mama, Elena’s been teaching for 14+ years. She is respected and beloved globally for her powerful teaching, compelling students to integrate yoga practice into the realities of daily life. Elena is also the quintessential multi-hypehnate: teacher, designer, coach, journalist, producer, writer and entrepreneur. From the Museum of Modern Art to the Great Lawn at Central Park, from the playa at Burning Man to the lawn at the Eiffel Tower, Elena is honoured to offer larger-scale experiences of yoga, but her true service is in shifting awareness within the smallest interactions; one family, one household at a time. She’s been featured in the New York Times, Yoga Journal, the Element Yoga for Beginners DVD series, FitYoga, ABC News, NBC News, and is one of the original teachers on Yogaglo.

Along with her own Art of Attention writing, Elena contributes to the Huffington Post and Kris Carr’s CrazySexyLife. She’s also the voice of Deepak Chopra’s breakthrough video game project, LEELA, which blends meditation practice with game play. As the Executive Producer of On Meditation, she is curating a docuseries of short films about the relevance of meditation and its benefits, to be released in 2012. Elena’s recently developed an essential oil blend called GIVE that proudly benefits her favorite global cause, Women for Women International; locally, she supports Akasha Project and Bent on Learning.

To learn more about Elena, please visit http://www.artofattention.com/

To check out her teaching schedule, please visit http://virayoga.com/

Wanderlust Speakeasy 2011 – John Friend on the Beauty of Shiva-Shakti Tantra

John Friend shares the essential principles of Shiva-Shakti Tantra, which serves as the philosophical basis of Anusara yoga. John’s inspirational talk presents ways to synthesize the polar, complementary energies of the Universe in our daily lives to lead us into the Freedom of our hearts.

John shared this talk with the attendees of Wanderlust Festival in Stratton, VT in June of 2011.

John Friend is the founder of Anusara® yoga and is currently one of the most influential yoga teachers in the world. He was introduced to yoga in 1967, and first began regular studies and practice at age 13. A yoga teacher for 30 years, John has taught more than 700 workshops in over 20 countries within the US, Canada, Central America, UK, Europe, South America, East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In 1997, he founded Anusara yoga, a school of hatha yoga that blends a life-affirming Shiva-Shakti Tantric philosophy with Universal Principles of Alignment™.

You can learn more about John, his schedule, and Anusara Yoga at www.anusara.com.

Wanderlust SPEAKEASY 2011 – Maty Ezraty on ‘The Business of Yoga’

Maty Ezraty joined up with Wanderlust Festival in Lake Tahoe, CA to discuss the business side of yoga — in this lecture she shares tips on opening a studio, keeping it vibrant, how to keep your teachers and students engaged, and more.

Maty Ezraty was the original founder of Yoga Works in Santa Monica California and directed the Teacher Training Program there for over 16 years. She has studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois five times in India , and during five of his American tours, as well as once in France. She is known for her joyful, engaging and determined approach to teaching correct form. Teaching since 1985, Maty has been a student of many senior Iyengar teachers which reflects in her practice and how she teaches.

Learn more about her work and her upcoming schedule at http://www.chuckandmaty.com.

Wanderlust Speakeasy 2011 ~ Majora Carter ‘Department of Home(town) Security’

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Majora Carter is an environmental justice advocate and producer & host of the Peabody Award-winning radio show, The Promised Land. She here shares her thoughts on Home(town) Security, and how we can make changes to our economy and our own well-bring by focusing on what needs to be done in our own neighborhoods. She attended Wanderlust Festival in Stratton, VT in June of 2011.

You can learn more about Majora and her work at http://www.majoracartergroup.com/

Wanderlust Speakeasy Video Series 2011 – Kris Carr ‘Crazy Sexy Life’

Wanderlust Festival seemed to be everywhere this year!  Whether you attended a Wanderlust event or dreamed up plans for taking a trip next year, I’m happy to share with you the debut video from Wanderlust’s Speakeasy lecture series.  In this week’s video, Kris Carr, a New York Times best-selling author, motivational speaker, and wellness coach, shares the secret to “vibrant health, spiritual wealth and happiness.”  Watch and enjoy!

Check out Kris’s book, Crazy Sexy Diet:  Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It!