"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
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
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.
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!!