"Shining Lokah" Is Available For Download!!
Shonali Banerjee + Jocelyn Rose (of Dhvani) share their voices & hearts, chanting sacred mantras in Sanskrit & English. In special seasonal workshops, engulf yourself in Mantra Ma's blissfully healing live vocal harmonies while releasing deeply into supported restorative & gentle yoga postures. (no previous experience with yoga required.) Or come experience an evening of pure chanting, allowing Mantra Ma's divine voices to wash through you as you listen, entering a deeply meditative healing space. Join your own voice in sacred song to explore the powerful transformational potential chanting offers. Always rooted in truth, love, abundance, and gratitude, Mantra Ma is pure sweetness!!
You'll always find Shonali and Jocelyn chanting at the beginning and end of their regularly scheduled yoga classes around Atlanta.
check out this write up from the Bhakti Beat after our performance at Chantlanta 2013.
Chanting Events Coming Up
DECEMBER 21 AT 7:15PM @ SOLSTICE YOGA + BARRE
A Special Winter Solstice Practice
Restorative/ Gentle Yoga led by Shonali Banerjee with Live Chanting of Planetary Alignment by Blue Spirit Wheel
***Proceeds Benefit Centering Youth***
The Planetary Alignment is a series of mantras designed to balance the subtle energies and celestial forces! The planets in Vedic Astrology, which include the Sun and the Moon, plus the two nodes of the ecliptic, have been affecting our lives constantly since we were born, directing the flow of our karma and creating both good and bad circumstances in our lives. The astrologers of ancient India discovered particular mantra vibrations that could amplify the effect of these planetary energies. They also understood the relationship between particular planets and certain deities, known as planetary rulers, who can mitigate the negative effects. By combining the nine planetary mantras with the mantras of the ruling deities into a single vibrational tapestry, a complete balancing of a person’s energy system can be achieved, resulting in a more smooth flow of energy throughout all aspects of life. When combined with asana practice, this becomes a powerful method for manifesting those energies in the physical world!
Kirtan musicians Ian Boccio and Stephanie Kohler from Blue Spirit Wheel will be teaming up with yoga instructor Shonali Banerjee to present the Planetary Alignment in the form of an all-levels yoga class. Shonali has created a gentle-restorative practice that allows class participants to connect to the energy vibrations of the planet and deity mantras directly through their bodies. Blue Spirit Wheel has presented the Alignment in this format during multiple tours around the U.S., and they have found that students in these classes can have deep, blissful experiences and feel a strong sense of harmony with the cosmos. We invite you to join us in this consciousness expanding practice!
*spaces are limited, pre-registration is required
Full Practice + Listening
$30 before 12/15- Early Bird
$35 after 12/15
Listening Room Only
Blue Spirit Wheel
Based out of Atlanta, GA, Blue Spirit Wheel was manifested in 2012 by Ian Boccio and Stephanie Kohler, for the purpose of exploring new ideas in chant music and facilitating deep experiences of Divine Consciousness with spiritual communities around the US. Based on the fundamental rhythms and vibrations contained within the Sanskrit language, the band incorporates a wide variety of instruments and musical paradigms to create soundscapes that draw the listener info a deep state of meditative expansion. The audience is invited to participate by chanting simple mantras along with the music, or interact with the sounds through dance and movement. In addition to their many years of musical and artistic experience, the chant leaders in Blue Spirit Wheel draw on their backgrounds in yoga practice for guidance: Ian is a dedicated mantra yogi who regularly leads weekend workshops throughout the US, while Stephanie teaches internationally.
Since its inception, Blue Spirit Wheel has been in a constant state of expression and creation. The band has already released four albums, Ādi (2012), Darkness To Light (2013), Kailāsa (2014), and Planetary Alignment (2016). Several successful tours across a majority of the U.S. have brought a national awareness of Blue Spirit Wheel’s unique sound vibrations, and the band is committed to continuing with an extensive tour schedule into the future. Blue Spirit Wheel has also begun moving into the circuit of high vibration festivals, with appearances at Bhakti Fest Midwest, the Color Festivals in Atlanta and Charlotte, Floyd Yoga Jam, Rock the Bhakti, Kinnection Campout, and Lovelight. Ian and Stephanie are both founders and organizers of the ChantLanta Sacred Music Festival, now in its 6th year, and Blue Spirit Wheel has regularly performed in support of ChantLanta’s charity mission.
November 11 at 7pm @ VISTA YOGA
~ Mandala of the Sacred Feminine ~
Flower Yantra Creation facilitated by international yoga teacher Rachel Zinman + Mantra Offerings by Shonali Banerjee, Johanna Beekman, Rachel Zinman & friends!
We are raising the energy vibration of the Sacred Feminine. Working with fresh flower petals, as a community, infused by live chanting, guided by visiting international yoga teacher Rachel Zinman, we will create a flower yantra to anchor us all to our Hearts. A Yantra or mandala is a potent tool for transformation, meditation and liberation. By creating this yantra together, we celebrate our individual & community potential to face fierce truths, to transform ourselves with grace & humility, and for love & understanding to reign supreme. Our work together will help us to recognize each other as powerful and unique so we may transcend cultural, racial and religious boundaries.
The creation of the yantra will be framed by the chanting of mantras guided by Atlanta’s own, Shonali Banerjee. Shonali will be joined by a very special visiting guest, Johanna Beekman and Rachel contributes her vast experience with mantra to the mix, completing this feminine triumvirate. Gershone & Krishna, Stephanie from Blue Spirit Wheel and Sydney from One Voice will also be lending their super charged musical support to round out and expand the potent vibrations. With Vista Yoga celebrating 8 years, you can expect a very special evening in a beautiful community. Please, be present!
$30 in advance, $35 at the door (discount applies at checkout)
Rachel Zinman has been practicing since 1983, teaching since 1992 and teaching teachers since 2000. She’s studied with some of the most influential teachers in the west including Alan Finger and Mark Whitwell as well as immersing herself in the study of Advaita Vedanta in the lineage of Shankacharya in India. She also hosts her own teacher training courses, workshops and retreats in इष्टम् ISHTAM with her partner, John Weddepohl in Australia, Europe and South Africa. A professional dancer from a young age, a singer/songwriter, award winning musician, published poet and best selling author. She is currently completing her first book on Yoga for Diabetes, sharing her own journey of being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as an adult and how yoga and ayurveda can help anyone living with diabetes to thrive. She writes for many online and in print magazines including Australian Yoga Journal and Australian Yoga Life. www.rachelzinmanyoga.com.
Johanna Beekman is a multi-genre recording artist, sacred songstress, yoga teacher, and kirtan artist. She is loved for her rich, soulful voice, radiant spirit, and evocative, inspiring songs. Johanna’s devotional music springs from her roots in gospel, blue-eyed soul, and world music. Her introduction to the sacred art of chanting began at a young age with Krishna Das and Ram Dass. This has born fruit in recent years as she has dedicated her life to the path of yoga and chant. She created Lullaby Yoga, a unique fusion of dreamy chants and restorative and yin yoga. She also offers world-inspired gospel-infused kirtan for festivals, yoga studios, and churches across the country. http://www.johannasings.com/
Shonali Banerjee Since 1995 Shonali has found solace, strength & expansion through yoga. Shonali was 500 hour certified in 2002 in NYC with Alan Finger's ISHTA yoga program. After moving to Paris, France in 2004, Shonali did further study in India & Europe focusing on therapeutics & women's issues with TKV Desikachar and taught yoga full time. Shonali relocated to Atlanta in 2010 and completed another 500 hour training with the Pranakriya Yoga school and is now a certified Yoga Therapist. You'll find Shonali singing during her classes to access the power of sacred song & chant. Shonali has also been honored to teach prisoners prenatal yoga through Centering Youth, a local non-profit bringing yoga to under-served populations throughout Atlanta. www.shonaliyoga.com
Shonali Banerjee (of Mantra Ma!)
Shonali has been singing and dancing since she first wiggled her way out of the womb. From the moment she could reach the keys, she studied classical piano. She enjoyed the spotlight so much that she made her way to Syracuse University, where she received her B.F.A. in Drama. Upon moving to NYC in 1998, Shonali discovered the healing powers of yoga and chanting. Chanting greatly supported Shonali while she was shifting away from the world of acting. Thanks to many years with a wondrous group of soul-seekers who were actively involved in exploring chants from a multitude of traditions, Shonali's immersion into the world of chanting became life-altering. You can find Shonali chanting mystical harmonies with Jocelyn Rose in a partnership they now call Mantra MA! Shonali is grateful to Jocelyn and the amazing teachers and healers she's connected with who have shared so much. To the vibrant growing Atlanta chanting community, and all lovers of chanting, namaste!!