Sundays, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Restorative Yoga
1/15, 1/22, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26, 4/16, 4/23
(2836 Lavista Rd, Decatur, GA 30033)
INDIGO WELLNESS & YOGA
Wednesdays, 8:15 - 9:15am, All Levels
(2033 Hosea Williams Dr, Atlanta, GA 30317)
Wednesdays, 12 - 1pm, 3-in-1 Yoga/ All Levels with meditation
(431 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030)
SOLSTICE URBAN RETREAT
(CHILD CARE AVAILABLE!!)
Fridays, 9:30 - 10:45 am, 3-in-1 Yoga/ All Levels with meditation
Fridays, 11 am - 12 pm, Prenatal Yoga
(NEW LOCATION: 195 Arizona Ave NE #500, Atlanta, GA 30307)
PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK WEB SCHEDULES AS SOMETIMES CLASSES SHIFT.
MANTRA MA! "Shining Lokah" Is Available For Download!!
what I'm up to
March 4, 1-3pm
YOGA 101: Meditation + Mantra
@Solstice Urban Retreat (1164 N. Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia)
Hall & Oats, Dorothy & Toto, Rice & Beans, Mantra & Meditation! The individual parts of these amazing duos are great, but TOGETHER is when the special kind of magic happens.
Always been curious about mantras and chanting? Always felt a little weird about using your voice? Always found meditation to be too difficult? In this 2 hour workshop, Shonali discusses the two separate components of meditation and mantra, along with how to skillfully combine the two. Incorporating mantra focuses the meditation practice and tunes the practitioner into the powerful underlying energies held by the sound. Accessible techniques combining mantra and meditation bring forth profound benefits of peace, expansion, and root deeply into our foundation. Expect exploration of select sanskrit mantras and their meanings, along with guidance of how to chant in English and make your own mantras.
Guided by Shonali's clear beautiful voice, you'll have the opportunity to practice the techniques tapping into the power that comes from meditating and chanting in a group. You'll leave with practical new tools to inspire a continued home practice.
***This and all YOGA 101 workshops are held at our Virginia Highland Urban Retreat:
Solstice Urban Retreat
1164 N. Highland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
what I'm up to
It's the 8th annual ChantLanta! 3 days of music, sacred sounds, movement, community, and seva! A charity benefit in support of Global Growers Network and the refugee community in Clarkston, GA. As always, free and open to all ages, with donations gratefully accepted for our charity partner.
The Church at Ponce and Highland
1085 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Join us for an evening of "Soul-Stirring" music, movement and chant! Move your body, raise your voice, bid on our silent auction, create colorful signs with a message of hope. Together we'll expand our compassion and uplift others that need our support!
The evening begins with guided gentle movement, led by Shonali Banerjee, to the soothing centering sounds of Jonathan Adams Tibetan bowls.
Then Stephanie Kohler will lead a community kirtan jam, with assistance from Ian Boccio, Gershone Hendleberg, and Flavia Krishna. No yoga or musical experience required—come connect and explore. If you have a harmonium or hand percussion instruments, feel free to bring them for the jam.
We'll close with a big music circle, where you can play, dance, chant, and keep the soul-stirring momentum going!
While the creative vibrations are flowing, there will be a space to make signs for IRC beneficiaries, reminding them to stay hopeful.
This is an all levels, all ages event at Vista Yoga.
All donations and silent auction bids will benefit the International Rescue Committee.
*If you'd like to donate to our silent auction, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Suggested Donation: $20
Doors open at 6:30pm
Evening opens at 7pm with Introductions and words from the local IRC
Movement and kirtan will follow
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. The IRC in Atlanta focuses on providing a safe place to live, a furnished apartment, access to quality health care services, English and job skills classes, and employment services, all as a way to ensure refugees feel welcome and secure.
Jan 2015: A recent write up about my All Level's class on MLK day at Sacred Thread Yoga. http://www.bestselfatlanta.com/blog/day-23-of-fitness-sacred-thread-yoga/
Sacred Thread's Teacher Spotlight
What is your favorite yoga pose and why? Has it always been that? I love handstands. Handstands saved my life. About 5 years ago, my 2nd child was born and I had post-partum depression. Practicing handstands helped propel me out of that deep funk. It has certainly not always been like that. Handstands used to terrify me. It took me at least 5 years of practicing yoga before I had the strength and courage to even try hopping up at the wall. I still experience fear of falling when working handstands in the middle of the room. I prefer to work at the wall where I feel safer and can still gain many of the benefits.
What got you hooked on Yoga? I got hooked on yoga lying in savasana. I recall so clearly being told by my teachers to accept myself as I was in that moment and I remember feeling enormous waves of relief that I could soften within myself. Listening to my teachers chant also hooked me in. The chanting brought me to a place where I could connect to something greater than myself.
Favorite Atlanta restaurant? The latest hot spot in Decatur is the Kimball House, and I LOVE it! I've been going there since it opened because it reminds me of the restaurants I used to frequent when I lived in Paris, France. Great cocktails, fabulous ambiance, and delicious food all close to home.
Favorite Atlanta outdoor activity? I love hiking Sweet Water Creek with my family. We pack a picnic lunch and wear our water shoes. Taking my kids rock hopping into the middle of the creek is my favorite part. Since the water levels are always changing, it always feels like an adventure. Plus we see snakes, herons, adorable dogs and great people.
What does a typical Friday night look like for you? I LOVE friday nights. I get my 2 kids from school & we hook up with friends for a happy hour drink. We go somewhere the kids can run around and be crazy so the "grown ups" can unwind from the week. Then, we let the kids stay up & watch a movie while we hang on the front porch. Somewhere between dinner & the movie there's usually a silly dance party.
Free 'shout out' to anyone or anything you love... GO! Hmmm.... I LOVE walking labyrinths. Not mazes, but labyrinths. Labyrinths have one path to follow that weaves and turns, and that path ultimately leads you directly to the center. You can't get lost! Labyrinths are a powerful place to meditate and clear your head. Check out the Dancing Bear Labyrinth in Grant Park. It's a treasure right here in Atlanta.