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New Community Kirtan Program!

Amherst Yoga Center in Massachusetts begins offering weekly community kirtan Friday nights at their yoga studio starting September 25th.  The project is sponsored by Call and Response Foundation!

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Benefits of Chanting

Benefits of Chanting

BENEFITS OF CHANTING: YOGA OF SOUND LEADS TO POSITIVE EFFECTS CHANTING, JANE YOGA, RESEARCH, YOGA BENEFITS   /   The yoga of sound involves chanting; chanting is a centuries-old technique that connects humans with themselves, the universe, and Spirit.  Chanting raises vibrations of the individual practicing and a result, people who chant feel alive, peaceful, and centered.  We all know that in order to attain good physical health and happiness, the body requires adequate exercise, proper diet, and rest.  More importantly and more overlooked is the health of our inner self which also requires nourishment and attention.  When we neglect our spiritual, inner self, we become imbalanced and negative in attitude and emotions. Expert Yoga teacher Adrian Cox explains,  “When you chant OM with the right understanding, it becomes a powerful yoga practice in it’s own right…Chanting OM creates detachment and empowers all mental and spiritual processes. It can take you all the way to deep states of yoga, if you have good concentration.”  Cox reminds us that “It [can take] a long time before [any mantra] takes effect. Depending on the number of syllables in the mantra, it can take 16,000 or more repetitions before it ‘unlocks.’  That’s if you’re concentrating… Having your brain wander off on to unrelated things while chanting might make it take longer.” CHANTING IS FUN, EASY, AND ALWAYS AVAILABLE TO YOU! Chanting is a useful anecdote in our fast-paced lifestyles, stressful lives, and during our modern times.  Chanting is a good habit and beneficial to bring into your life, no matter how busy you are each day: You can chant alone, silently, quietly... read more

Hanumen Summer 2015 Schedule

Full Summer Schedule: Hanumen Summer 2015 Schedule in partnership with the Call and Response Foundation Hanumen Kripalu w/Shiva Rea Retreat 7/7-9, 2015 Join renowned yoga teacher Shiva Rea for her annual teacher training at Kripalu in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. The Hanumen will provide daily live music to accompany to Shiva’s relaxation, trance dance and yoga classes. On Wed night July 8th The Hanumen will also provide a beautiful kirtan for all the guests at Kripalu Center. Come join us for what is sure to be a healing and inspiring week. Hanumen New York 7/9/2015 Yoga Mandali Saratoga Springs NY Evening Kirtan   Hanumen Adirondacks Retreat 7/10-12, 2015 The Great Camp Sagamore Raquette Lake, New York 13436 Join the Hanumen July 10-12 ,2015 at The Great Camp Sagamore on beautiful Raquette Lake in New York state’s Adirondacks! The 3 day retreat features inspiring music, kayaking, yoga and pristine wilderness to explore! Enjoy a digital fast, feast on thoughtfully prepared vegetarian food and chant from your heart at this historic retreat center! The Hanumen will offer workshops on storytelling, mantras, percussion and the history behind the ancient practice of kirtan. The multi talented group includes Gaura Vani, John de Kadt, Purusartha Dasa, Benjy Wertheimer and Vish Seth. Yoga and meditation with John Smirtic is also included. The Hanumen’s trademark uplifting humor, inspiring stories and enthusiasm for conscious living will make this weekend the highlight of your summer! Your 3 day stay includes 6 meals, lodging at the renowned Sagamore Lodge, all workshops, use of kayaks and lakefront and evening kirtans. Hanumen Adirondacks is open for participants over... read more
Yoga American Style

Yoga American Style

  The Call and Response Foundation sponsored the production of Yoga American Style, by Prem Prakash. From Amazon: “This book is not about another type of yoga, which seems to be multiplying across the country. It’s not about yoga for the aerobic masses that just want to improve their bodies. It is, instead, the timeless essence of what yoga actually is. Written for Americans, it explains the practical philosophy and psychology of the deep spiritual path of true, ancient yoga.” Learn more on... read more
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