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/

Wanderlust or Bust!

The moment has arrived! It’s time to start planning and start booking your summer getaway at the best summer yoga festival in the world. ­ If you’re good at planning ahead (I’m kind of terrible at this…), you can grab your tickets to Wanderlust 2012 at a special advance price!

The eclectic and star-studded 2012 lineups looks like the best thus far, including the nation’s most renowned yogis such as Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, John Friend, Rodney Yee and Baron Baptiste to name a few. And with musical performances by Ziggy Marley, Beats Antique, Ani DiFranco and MC Yogi, you’ll be sure to rock out.

Don’t get stuck in savasana, choose your Wanderlust adventure from the three locations below:

  • Wanderlust Vermont, Stratton Mountain: June 21-24
  • Wanderlust Colorado, Copper Mountain: July 5-8
  • Wanderlust California, North Lake Tahoe: July 26-29

SAGE (4-day) tickets are available now for $435 (regularly $475).

SEEKER (3-day) tickets are available now for just $365 (regularly $395).

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to create memories of a lifetime! Learn more at http://www.wanderlustfestival.com.

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.”

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/

John Friend will Definitely be at Wanderlust Festival

Bet there’s a few of you who can’t wait to get the Wanderlust 2011 party started.  I know one person who will be there:  Anusara Yoga founder John Friend.  I really quite enjoyed this fairly long but entertaining clip from John Friend at last year’s Wanderlust Speakeasy about the purpose, power, and diversity of the yoga community.

In the midst of exploring the world of Anusara, I discovered this gem of a yoga reading list on the Anusara website. Lots of good yoga books to contemplate (and buy…Yikes!). And since I’m a bit of an Anusara novice, I also enjoyed listening to this interview of John Friend by Drishti Point, discussing the expansion of hatha yoga around the world, John’s approach to developing teachers, and the underlying principles of Anusara.

In case you missed it or just want to relive the verbal punch/counterpunch between The New York Times and John Friend (aka “The Yoga Mogul”), here are the juicy links:  New York TimesThe Yoga Mogul; John Friend – Response.

To read the press release for John’s 2011 World Tour, Dancing with the Divine, click through the break.

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