ACUPE's MONTHLY RODA (CIRCLE)
With MestrE CHORAO, CHAUNCIE PARCHMENT + GRUPO DE CAPOEIRA ANGOLA
Saturday March 7th @ 6-9pm
$20 for all guests
Capoeira, a movement tradition rooted in the Angolan region of southern Africa, was originally a rite for connecting practitioners to their ancestors and the afterlife. The practice developed into its modern in 16th century Brazil, where enslaved Angolans incorporated elements of martial arts, dance, and music to both preserve collective cultural roots and equip practitioners with the physical skills necessary for self-preservation. Attendees of this evening workshop will be treated to a Capoeira Angola performance and invited to participate in “angola” (ritual circle). Expect an immersion into percussion, call and response with voice and movement, and plenty of festivity.
Spring Equinox Equalization: A Celebration of the Celestial Coordinates
With Abhaijot Kaur, Matt Canale & Michael Jay
Friday March 20th, 7:00-10:00pm
$60 early bird
$70 day of
Recognizing Spring Equinox as a hopeful time of year is noted across many spiritual traditions it marks a time of celebration and potency. It is a point of orbital balance marking the emergence of days that outlive nights as the axis of the planet bows once again toward the RA, the Sun. All of nature comes to life with the celestial coordinates and nature begins to lighten up. Mirroring the wisdom of the planet on this auspicious time join resident Kundalini teacher Abhaijot Kaur and guests Michael Jay and Matt Canale for a Spring Equinox celebration in conscious ceremony utilizing the celestial coordinates through Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, deep meditation, prayer, celestial sound bath with Michael Jay, Music and Cacao celebration with Matt Canale. When we honor the rhythms of Spring Equinox in community, this consciousness provides us with the space to set the intentions and path of your awakening. Come as you are; receive what you need.
Abhaijot Kaur is a resident Kundalini Yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) teacher at Lighthouse Yoga School, who travel the world teaching Kundalini Yoga in trainings, retreats, and community spaces to enrich people’s lives.
Matt Canale has been a student of Maestro Manuel Rufino since 2008. He is a founding member of Dream Seed, a shamanic sound healing ensemble, and Golden Drum, a cultural community center in Brooklyn, NY. During that time he has studied healing traditions from the Americas and music as well as sacred songs from around the world. Matthew has focused his musical studies on singing and playing harmonium, ukulele, didgeridoo, and tabla among other instruments. His mission is to use music and art as a tool to aid in the evolution of consciousness.
Michael Jay is one of the first US students of Grand Gong Master Don Conreaux. He is a primary member of Don’s Mysterious Tremendom performance group and continues to study and assist him with Gong workshops regularly while Don is in the US. He is a NYC based senior student and facilitator of Sage Academy of Sound Energy retreats and trainings, and has assisted at the Open Center Sound and Music Institute program in 2015. Michael is the catalyst for the multifaceted sound based collective SVAHA (Sound Vision Alchemy for Harmonic Attunement) and is the Director of Therapeutic Sound at You Can Thrive — a vibrant community for women in and out of treatment for breast cancer.
Weekly Meditation WorkshopS
with Jared MccANN + REBECCA CAUSEY
Wednesdays (bi-weekly): April 1 + 15 @ 2:30-4:00pm
$10 for members (Premium Autorenew or Yearly)
With McKENZIE DREHER
Sunday March 22nd, 2:00-4:30pm
$40 early bird
$50 day of
This workshop is a systematic approach to accessing all parts of the spine. Using tools from the Ghosh 84 series, JM Vinyasa, and more, McKenzie teaches how to use the body as a cohesive unit in order to deepen backbends. Open to all levels come with an open mind and willingness to try!
MASTER CLASSes at BIKRAM YOGA RYE BROOK
With Jared Mccann
Saturday April 18 at Bikram Yoga Rye Brook (Westchester, NY)
11:00am-12:30pm Intro to Hot JM Vinyasa
1:00pm-3:00pm Original Hot Yoga Master Class
$30 early bird (register before 4/12)
$40 day of
*rates are per class
Intro to Hot JM Vinyasa
JM Vinyasa blends many styles of yoga such as Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar, Forrest, and Dharma yoga. The practice aims to bridge gaps in yoga traditions, allowing practitioners to learn from all styles and not just one. Every class includes pranayama, standing postures, hip openers, backbends, forward bends, twists, and inversions. The pacing and postures may feel challenging, but all levels of practitioners are welcome and encouraged. Jared will take the time to clearly introduce and teach Sun Salutations and students are not at all required to have mastered any challenging poses for this class; this is the class where you will learn how to approach them, and build strength and stamina along the way. Jared invites you to try this class with an open mind and playful attitude that will support your progress and growth without feeling the pressure for perfection.
Original Hot Yoga Master Class
Jared’s first style of asana practice was the original 26+2 series. Along with his background in mediation, this sequence helped build the foundation for the yoga he practices and teaches today. This two hour class will move through the 26/2 series with a few interludes along the way to provide students with the understanding and tools for how to progress in Standing Head to Knee, Standing Bow, Triangle, Cobra, Bow and Camel. All levels are welcome and encouraged to participate in this class.
Sensuality & Grace: Embracing Femininity through Kundalini Yoga & Sacred Body Movement
WITH Abhaijot Kaur & Samantha Diaz
Sunday April 19, 2:00-4:30pm
$44 early bird
$55 day of
Sensuality is the ability to fully experience one’s senses. Smelling, tasting, seeing, hearing, touching, and feeling combine to awaken the body into its expression. Grace is the refinement of elegance in movement. Join Abhaijot Kaur Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan teacher and Samantha Diaz director of Dance Soul Company on a afternoon of exploration of femininity through the sacredness of guided and spirit body movement, Kundalini Yoga, coupled with body meditations to embrace the the sensual, graceful, creative sacred feminine within your spirit. Come as you are receive what you need.
Abhaijot Kaur is a resident Kundalini Yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) teacher at Lighthouse Yoga School, who travels the world teaching Kundalini Yoga in trainings, retreats, jails, public schools, corporate offices, and community spaces to enrich people’s lives.