Ashtanga and Sanskrit:  Practice and Philosophy with Zoë Slatoff
Apr
28
to Apr 30

Ashtanga and Sanskrit: Practice and Philosophy with Zoë Slatoff

Friday, 4/28, 5pm-7:30pm:  Asana Names and Ashtanga Mantras in Sanskrit!
Saturday, 4/29, 9am-11:30am:  Extended Led Primary Series
Saturday, 4/29, 2pm-5pm:  Practice and Philosophy
Sunday, 4/30, 9am-12pm:  Mysore
Sunday, 4/30, 2pm-5pm:  Yoga Sutra Chanting and Philosophy


Registration open until April 28. 
Cost:  $180 (full workshop) / $50 (single session) / $30 (led primary/mysore)

Zoë Slatoff discovered yoga at the age of 15 and has been devoted to a daily practice ever since. Since 2000, she has traveled to Mysore almost every year to study at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute with Śrī K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath and Saraswathi. She is honored to have received Guruji's blessing to teach in 2002. In 2009 she received Authorization level 2. Zoë has a Master's Degree in Asian Languages and Culture from Columbia University. Her master's thesis was a translation and exploration of a Sanskrit text on Yoga and Ayurveda. Zoë’s recent book Yogāvatāraṇam: The Translation of Yoga is a Sanskrit textbook for yoga students that integrates traditional and academic methods of learning, teaching grammar and reading through classical yoga texts. She teaches daily Mysore classes as well as Sanskrit and yoga philosophy at her yoga shala in New York - Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side.


ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Friday, 4/28, 5pm-7:30pm:  Asana Names and Ashtanga Mantras in Sanskrit!
In a time when everything is continually new and we rely more and more upon machines and less upon our own minds, there is all the more value in studying a “dead language.” Learning Sanskrit allows you to feel like a child again and to cultivate a pure form of concentration. It is a meditation in itself and opens the door to a whole new philosophy and way of understanding. In this talk, I will discuss my experience with the Ashtanga practice and what drew me to study Sanskrit during my first trip to Mysore. We will talk about the beauty and power of Sanskrit study in relation to yoga practice and philosophy.

We will be chanting and I will give a brief introduction to the Sanskrit alphabet. We will explore the opening and closing mantras of ashtanga yoga, learning the proper pronunciation and discussing their meaning and importance in relation to the ashtanga practice. We will then go through the āsana (posture) names in primary series and break down and discuss their meaning and the stories they invoke. We will also discuss the vinyāsa counting system and how it runs through the practice. An understanding of the ashtanga mantras and āsana names will add a new depth of meaning to your practice.

Saturday, 4/29, 9am-11:30am:  Led Ashtanga Primary Series
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This Vinyasa method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of asanas. The Ashtanga Primary Series will be led with extra time for modifications and adjustments.

Saturday, 4/29, 2pm-5pm:  Practice and Philosophy
In this workshop I will give an overview of yoga philosophy from Vedic times to the present. I will highlight specific verses from yogic texts, such as the Upaniṣads, Bhagavad Gītā, Yoga Sūtra, and Haṭha Pradīpikā. We will discuss how the yoga philosophy is embedded within our daily yoga practice and how we can strengthen those connections.

Sunday, 4/30, 9am-12pm:  Mysore
Mysore-style is the traditional method of learning Ashtanga Yoga, as taught in Mysore, South India. Students receive individual instruction within a group setting, learning the practice slowly and progressively, with verbal and hands-on guidance. By practicing at your own pace and focusing on your breath and internal energy, you can go deeper into your practice on all levels. This method is for all ages and abilities. The practice is meant to be a moving meditation, which allows us to become more aware of our physical and mental patterns, with the same ultimate aim of quieting the mind in order to attain knowledge of our true self.

Sunday, 4/30, 2pm-5pm:  Yoga Sutra Chanting and Philosophy
In this workshop we will explore the Yoga Sūtra, highlighting key verses from all four chapters. Through chanting and discussion, we will investigate the meaning of yoga, as laid out in this text, and how it translates into our modern lives. The first chapter, the Samādhi Pāda, the Chapter on Meditative Absorption, provides a foundation for our yoga practice, giving a fundamental understanding of why we practice. The second chapter, the Sādhana Pāda, the Chapter on Practice, provides guidance for how we should practice, both on and off the mat. The third chapter, the Vibhūti Pāda, the Chapter on Superpowers, explores the powerful concentration that can be cultivated through practice and the various mystical capabilities it can produce as well as the dangers of being seduced by them. The fourth chapter, the Kaivalya Pāda, the Chapter on Oneness, focuses on the ultimate realization of our true nature. This workshop will provide insight into how the sūtras can help us to cultivate clarity, compassion, strength and joy in our practice and in our lives.

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Practicing Nonviolence Workshop w/Danika Swanson
Apr
15
1:00pm 1:00pm

Practicing Nonviolence Workshop w/Danika Swanson

Ahimsa, the first of the yamas, is often translated as “non harming” or “non violence.”  The practice of Ahimsa includes not just the cessation of physical violence, but nonviolence in thought and words as well.  It is rooted in understanding, in connection, in living honestly, and in acting empathically with all beings. This workshop will explore Nonviolent Communication (also known as NVC or Compassionate Communication) as developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg, as a tool to help integrate the practice of nonviolence into our daily lives. It will include a brief introduction to NVC, an overview of the model and key components, and an opportunity to practice some simple, but effective exercises for transforming old patterns of defensiveness, blame, and guilt into compassion and empathy, towards ourselves and others.

Cost:  $20
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Danika Swanson has been studying and working in the field of Peace and Conflict for nearly 15 years.  She is committed to the creative and nonviolent resolution of conflicts on all levels and her primary areas of interest and expertise are in dialogue facilitation, mediation, Nonviolent Communication, cross-cultural and inter-religious dialogue.  She discovered Nonviolent Communication in 2009, and found it to be the bridge between the theory and practice of conflict resolution.  Since then, she has participated in numerous workshops and trainings including: International Nonviolent Communication Conventions in Rishikesh and Pondicherry, India; NVC and Mediation; and NVC and gender consciousness.  Danika also served as an active member of NVCI Delhi Practice Group while living in India from 2010 - 2011, organizing and facilitating weekly meetings focused on integrating NVC into our personal and professional lives, and honing the skills of observation, communication, and empathy.

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Indian Cooking with Geeta
Apr
8
1:00pm 1:00pm

Indian Cooking with Geeta

Learn how to prepare traditional Indian cuisine. Details/menu TBA.

Cost:  $25
Must register in advance (space limited)
All participants will be asked to bring ingredients
Click here to purchase workshops online

reviews from our previous cooking class:

"Judy and I thoroughly enjoyed the cooking class this afternoon! Thank you again for creating such a welcoming experience and for providing Eudora with new, exciting and healthy opportunities. It was "so much fun". We shared the leftovers with our mother, who enjoyed it, although she was a bit skeptical at first. I'm sure we'll be adding these Indian dishes to our cooking repertoire. Thanks so much for the opportunity and for your kindness in sharing your time and expertise." --- Pam

"Loved the class. Mark and I finished off the food!" ---Deb

 

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Intro to Ayurveda w/Linton Beckum
Apr
1
1:00pm 1:00pm

Intro to Ayurveda w/Linton Beckum

Ayurveda is described as the knowledge of life. It is a holistic, consciousness based, prevention oriented system of healthcare. A timeless science developed by ancient seers know as Rishis. Ayurveda is focused on living in balance and harmony with the laws and rhythms of the universe. All of life is a sacred journey, a dance to the rhythm of nature. Ayurveda teaches principles of harmony so we are able to gracefully interact with the cycles of life and energetic forces of the cosmos. As individuals we are the microcosm of the macrocosm.  Join us to learn these simple yet priceless rhythms so you may understand this dance.

We will explore basic Ayurveda Principles such as:

  • 5 Great Elements (Panchamahabhutas)
  • 3 Biological Forces or Doshas
  • 3 Modes of Existence: Sattva, Rajas, Tamas
  • Prana, Tejas, and Ojas

Cost:  $25
Click here to register online

Linton Beckum is an Ayurvedic Health Counselor with certification from the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. With a passion for ancient holistic wisdom Linton enjoys finding ways in which he can translate this ancient wisdom into keys for modern harmonious living. His background of over 9 years in the natural health products industry and a BA in Anthropology, paved the way for gaining deeper insight into the world of healing and health. Linton currently resides in Kansas City, MO with his fiance and two daughters.

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Workshop & Concert with Lakha Khan
Mar
17
9:00am 9:00am

Workshop & Concert with Lakha Khan

March 17th, Friday workshop: 9am - 11am (held at 2400 Ohio in Lawrence)
March 17th, Friday concert: 6-7:30PM (held at the EYC)

Cost:  $30 (workshop) / $20 (concert)
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LAKHA KHAN (Rajasthan, India) - a living legend and the undisputed master of the sindhi sarangi, the 27 stringed bowed instrument from India - A national treasure, Lakha Khan is a Sangeet Natak Akademi award winner for his contribution to Rajasthani folk music, and perhaps the greatest exponent of the sindhi sarangi. His first public performances were in the late 60's and 70's under the guidance of the late Komal Kothari, a highly regarded Indian historian and ethnomusicologist. Today, Lakha Khan is one of the last remaining Manganiyars to have mastered this complex instrument and to carry forward the centuries-old musical tradition of Rajasthani folk and Sufi music. His songbook encompasses Sufi kalaams, Hindu bhajans, folk tales, songs of valour and love, and sings in over six languages and dialects including Marwari, Sindhi, and Seriaki.

Recent highlights from a long and illustrious career:

- Performed at the Edinburgh Folk Music Festival (2011), The Amarrass Desert Music Festival (2011, 2014), Sensational India Festival at the Peabody Essex Museum (2013), Old and New Dreams Festival, Chicago (2014), Jodhpur RIFF (2016)

- Two coast-to-coast US tours in 2013 and 2014 including performances at Indiana University, Bloomington, American University, Washington D.C., University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and more.

- Europe Spring 2016 tour in Denmark, Sweden and Belgium

- His albums 'At Home: Lakha Khan' (Amarrass Records, 2012) and 'Lakha Khan: Live in Nashville' (Amarrass Records, 2014) have received rave reviews by fROOTS ("Top 5 Rajasthani albums ever"), Songlines (4 Stars for both albums), The Chicago Tribune, Nashville Scene and more..

 

Press:

"A real treasure" (Simon Broughton, Editor Rough Guide to World Music, Songlines). 

"In the master's hand, the Sufi-influenced melody he coaxes from it (the sarangi) is transformative" - NPR Weekend Edition

 

Videos:

At Home with Lakha Khan

Lakha Khan - Live in Nashville (album promo)
(Ranjheya) Na Maar Naina De Teer - Lakha Khan

Lakha Khan at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival

Guru Bina Kaun Sanghi Man Mera - Lakha Khan

Lakha Khan - Raga Sindhu Bhairavi and Raga Bhim Palasi

(with Madou Sidiki Diabatè, kora maestro) - The story of Malkauns (Raag Malkaush) - Lakha Madou Project

(with Hamid Drake, jazz percussionist) - Lakha Khan + Hamid Drake - 'Ghoomar' at Hothouse Festival

Website: http://www.amarrass.com/lakha-khan/artists/lakha-khan

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Sanskrit Poetry Workshop with Hamsa Stainton
Mar
11
1:00pm 1:00pm

Sanskrit Poetry Workshop with Hamsa Stainton

Sanskrit poetry has been produced in India for thousands of years and continues to inspire new audiences around the world. This workshop will explore the power and appeal of this literature. Using beautiful examples from classical and devotional texts, the workshop will introduce the basics of Sanskrit meters and poetic theory and guide participants to their own appreciation of such poetry.

Click here to register online
Cost:  $20

Hamsa Stainton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas. He specializes in South Asian religions and frequently teaches courses on Hinduism, the Indian epics, the history of yoga, and religious literature and performance traditions in India. His research and current book manuscript focus on a popular genre of Sanskrit devotional poetry called the stotra(“hymn of praise”). He has been studying South Asian religions for over fifteen years and has spent significant time living,  traveling, and studying in India.

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Indian Cooking with Geeta
Mar
4
1:00pm 1:00pm

Indian Cooking with Geeta

Learn how to prepare traditional Indian cuisine. This class will prepare the following dishes:

Chana daal with lauki or opo squash - a very flavorful traditional and delicious recipe from central India she learned from her mother.  

Lemon rice with curry leaves and whole spices - all time favorite.  Flavored rice comes in hundreds of varieties and each one is very popular and loved by all.  

Roti (indian fresh flat bread) - nothing is better! We will use have Indian Aata flour.

Cost:  $25
Must register in advance (space limited)
All participants will be asked to bring ingredients
Click here to purchase workshops online

reviews from our previous cooking class:

"Judy and I thoroughly enjoyed the cooking class this afternoon! Thank you again for creating such a welcoming experience and for providing Eudora with new, exciting and healthy opportunities. It was "so much fun". We shared the leftovers with our mother, who enjoyed it, although she was a bit skeptical at first. I'm sure we'll be adding these Indian dishes to our cooking repertoire. Thanks so much for the opportunity and for your kindness in sharing your time and expertise." --- Pam

"Loved the class. Mark and I finished off the food!" ---Deb

 

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Make Your Own Japanese Sweets Workshop w/Ayako Mizumura
Feb
25
1:00pm 1:00pm

Make Your Own Japanese Sweets Workshop w/Ayako Mizumura

Join us to make and sample Nerikiri (vegan and gluten-free), a traditional Japanese sweet served with matcha (powdered green tea) at the Japanese tea ceremony. Class participants will learn how to make this delicate and delicious nerikiri with azuki red bean paste filling and enjoy a bowl of matcha tea made by Ayako. Ingredients used for this class are all natural. No artificial colors or flavors are used. You will take home what you have made (3 - 4 kinds) in class. Join us for a rich and delicious cultural experience. Kids 12 and up are welcome! 

Ayako is owner and proprietor of Bimi Bakery, specializing Japanese sweets since 2013. She practices the Japanese tea ceremony in Lawrence with Dale Slusser, an urasenke tea ceremony master. Emphasizing beauty in simplicity, tea ceremony influences Ayako’s artistic crafting of Bimi’s treats. Traditional ingredients such as azuki red beans and matcha are at the heart of many Bimi bakery products. Click here to view her website!

**THIS WORKSHOP WILL TAKE PLACE AT SWEET ACRES INN (around the corner from the Eudora Yoga Center) Click here to view the Inn's website

103 E 7th St, Eudora, KS

Cost:  $25
Click here to register and pay online (limited space available so please RSVP early)

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Self Defense Workshop w/Aaron Crim
Feb
18
1:00pm 1:00pm

Self Defense Workshop w/Aaron Crim

This workshop will focus on basic techniques for real-world self defense. No experience needed!

Aaron Crim has been practicing various Chinese Martial Arts for the past 16 years, learning from the best practitioners Kansas City has to offer. For the past 8 years he's focused on learning authentic Chen Style Tai Chi from Chen Huixian of Kansas City. Chen Style Tai Chi is recognized as the original and founding style of all other tai chi forms. It is known for slow, graceful, beautiful movements, as well as fast, aggressive and powerful attacks. It's techniques and principles are found to be very effective in self defense applications.

Cost:  $25
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Acro Yoga Workshop w/Arnold Dinh
Feb
4
1:00pm 1:00pm

Acro Yoga Workshop w/Arnold Dinh

AcroYoga elevates the connection between you and others through movement, connection, and play. Acro in Greek means high, or elevated. Yoga in Sanskrit commonly translates to notions of union, or joining. The experience of taking flight with AcroYoga instantly dissolves fears and invites practitioners to tap into new and infinite possibilities of communication, trust, and union. By combining acrobatics, yoga, and healing arts, the practice of AcroYoga has built a community of active teachers and practitioners all over the world. *

Arnold Dinh learned Acrobatic Yoga (acro yoga) in China. He has travelled abroad to teach in Philippines, Spain, and Vietnam. Arnold taught an acro class at the University of Kansas and continues to learn and play with anyone who is willing!

Cost:  $25
* bring a partner (suggested) or come alone!
Click here to register online

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Intro to Sufism with Farhad Forrest Pierce
Jan
28
1:00pm 1:00pm

Intro to Sufism with Farhad Forrest Pierce

Our afternoon will be a joyful, movement-filled introduction to this distinctly Western branch of Sufism through the poetry of such familiar figures as Rumi, Hafiz, and Attar, the teachings of Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel Lewis, through walking and dancing meditation, and through the quintessential practice of zikr, the remembrance of God.

The Sufis, according to tradition, are the lovers of God. They seek to embody the underlying reality of the Divine while still living in the everyday world. Often considered the mystical inner core of Islam, Sufism (or tassawuf) first came to the west in 1910 through the teaching of the Indian master musician Sufi Inayat Khan, who descibed it as "the religion of love." His own expression of Sufism was a Universal one, embracing the teaching of prophets and messengers from all the world's great religious traditions, and it bloomed in Europe and America as a family of Sufi orders (tariqa) known for devotion to love, harmony, and beauty through music, dance, and traditional practices of zikr (remembrance), wazifa (mantra) and prayer.

Farhad Forrest Pierce, a composer and professor of music, is a longtime student of the Ruhaniat lineage of Chishti Sufism, and leads dance and zikr circles in Lawrence.

Suggested Donation: $20 at the door (cash or check only please)

 

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Ashtanga (8 Limbs of Yoga) Workshop with Geeta
Jan
14
1:00pm 1:00pm

Ashtanga (8 Limbs of Yoga) Workshop with Geeta

Although Asana (body yoga) is an important and challenging aspect of yoga it is only one of 8 limbs of yoga.  Of the total 196 yoga sutras, divided into four sections, only 3 sutras are directed towards asana.  Come learn about the other 7 components of yoga, what perspectives, significance and practices they each offer.  Bring your questions and come for an enlightening yet enjoyable discussion where we will understand and learn some yoga sutras, practice some of the instructions from the sutras, and experience non-asana aspects of yoga.  We will also discuss ways to include them in our lifestyle and daily practice.

Cost:  $20
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New Year's Asana Class with Mary
Jan
1
4:00pm 4:00pm

New Year's Asana Class with Mary

Welcome 2017 with a special class designed to release 2016 into the past, and welcome the New Year with an open heart, mind, and body. The yoga tradition offers a refreshing alternative to the New Year's resolution:  the practice of "sankalpa," or resolve. A sankalpa practice starts from the premise that you already are who you need to be to fulfill your life's purpose. All you need to do is focus your mind, connect to your intention, and channel the energy within. Join Mary to set your 2017 sankalpa and enjoy a moving meditation.

Cost:  $10
 

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Midnight New Year Zikr
Dec
31
to Jan 1

Midnight New Year Zikr

"If I could taste one sip of an answer,
I could break out of this prison for drunks.
I didn’t come here of my own accord, and I can’t leave that way.
Whoever brought me here, will have to take me home." (Rumi)

This New Year's Eve, let's walk joyfully through the doorway together. Sufi practices of zikr (remembrance), wazifa (mantra), and sama (listening). Music and movement in the style of the Ruhaniat lineage, led by Farhad Forrest Pierce.

"Please bring a love offering ($5-20 suggested, no one turned away) to bless the beautiful Eudora Yoga Center, our gracious hosts. A food offering of dark chocolate is also welcome. The EYC is located in quiet downtown Eudora, Kansas, six miles east of Lawrence." ~ Farhad Pierce

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Yoga Nidra & Ghee Making Workshop w/Geeta Tiwari
Dec
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

Yoga Nidra & Ghee Making Workshop w/Geeta Tiwari

Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep. It is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. Participants will be guided through specific thought patterns, emotions, sensations, and images while comfortably lying down in Shavasana. In Yoga Nidra you leave the waking state, go past the dream state and go to deep sleep yet remain awake. Here you are in an awakened state of consciousness. Yoga Nidra allows you to relax your mind (which is becoming increasingly challenging in this digital, overstimulated culture) and enter deep and undisturbed sleep. This is helpful for all and particularly those facing difficulty sleeping. Participants are requested finish all daily tasks before attending the workshop. A good option is to come in pajamas.

Geeta will also demonstrate how to make ghee (clarified butter) and yogurt, and everyone will have an opportunity to purchase jars of fresh-made ghee following.

Cost: $15

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Holiday Sale
Dec
10
12:00pm12:00pm

Holiday Sale

From 1pm-3pm, the EYC Indian Bazaar will reopen, offering beautiful treasures from India including at DISCOUNTED prices. We will also have jars of fresh-made ghee available for purchase!

  • clothing (kurtas and other Indian apparel for men and women in multiple sizes)
  • books 
  • handmade toys
  • argarbatti or insense
  • mala or rosary
  • earrings & pendants 
  • leather sandals
  • bags/purses/wallets
  • wooden spoons/spatulas
  • scarves/shawls
  • wall hangings
  • rugs
  • bed sheets
  • EYC gift certificates
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Thanksgiving Asana Class
Nov
24
9:00am 9:00am

Thanksgiving Asana Class

Join Mary at the EYC for a pre-Thanksgiving Dinner Vinyasa Flow class. This class will be a nice flow to prepare for the 'big meal' and is a great way to offer thanks for our health, friendships, and good fortunes. 

Cost:  $10
*packages / passes can't be used for this class

For anyone who is interested, the EYC is hosting a potluck Thanksgiving dinner. Please RSVP if you wish to join us.

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"Life in Exile" with Monk Lhunpo Champa
Nov
12
1:00pm 1:00pm

"Life in Exile" with Monk Lhunpo Champa

We are honored to host Monk Lhunpo Champa at EYC. He will lead a short meditation, teach 'peace' symbol in pen calligraphy, and talk about his life in exile. 

cost: $20

Venerable Champa Lhunpo was born in Tibet. In 1959, when he was four years old, communist Chinese invaded Tibet and he was forced to flee with his family to India. He joined the Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala, India (The Dalai Lama‘s personal monastery) at age fifteen, and earned Master of Sutra and Tantra in 1986. For many years, he traveled as part of The Dalai Lama‘s personal entourage, assisting him with rituals and performing sacred dance, music and art. He has taught Tibetan language at various schools and centers in the U.S., including University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA and Namgyal Institute of Buddhist Studies in association with Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Most recently, he taught Tibetan language and Tibetan sacred art at Rime Buddhist Center in Kansas City through Ottawa University at Overland Park, Kansas.

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Dandiya Dancing Event with meal
Nov
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

Dandiya Dancing Event with meal

Dandiya is a folk dance that is a special feature of the Navratri festival.  Dandiya is a dance form usually performed in a group by both men and women. The special features of the Dandiya dance is the colorful attire worn by the dancers and the colorful sticks carried by them. The wooden sticks are used as a prop and are beautifully decorated. It is for this reason that the dance is also called the "Stick Dance."

A basic introduction to the dance style will be provided at the beginning of the evening, followed by dancing, eating, and fun!

A casual Indian meal will be provided.

Cost:  $20
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Diwali Celebration (field trip)
Nov
6
4:45pm 4:45pm

Diwali Celebration (field trip)

Field trip to celebrate the Diwali - Festival of Lights at the Hindu Temple in KC.

Come celebrate the festival of Diwali with us at the Hindu temple in KC on Sunday, November 6th.  We will take a guided tour of the temple and learn about various deities that will be decorated for the occasion. You will guided about the various Indian foods that will be for sale at the food stalls (cash only please).  The trip will end with a magnificent outdoor fire work display, as we celebrated the return of Ram, Sita, and Laxman after 14 years of exile, that also represents the victory of right over wrong. Traditionally people in India will light diyas (lamps all over their homes and streets, perform poojas, enjoy prasad (offerings), a meal and light fireworks. Participants are welcome to bring small offerings (fruits/ flowers are usually good - just a tiny amount).

You are requested to sign up so that the trip details can be shared in advance and to avoid missing the group in the large crowd for this popular festival.

Meet at Geeta's house in Lawrence (2400 Ohio) at 4:45pm. Or you can meet us at the temple: 6330 Lackman Rd, Shawnee Mission, KS 66217

Suggested donation $5 - $10 for guided tour with Geeta Tiwari. 

Click here to register online

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Classical Indian Concert w/Purnaprajna Bangere & Shivanand Murthy
Nov
4
7:30pm 7:30pm

Classical Indian Concert w/Purnaprajna Bangere & Shivanand Murthy

We are so honored to host these incredible musicians! 

Purnaprajna Bangere comes from an important school of violin players in India. He had rigorous training under the well known south Indian violinist and a teacher of great repute HKN Murthy. HKN Murthy is the student of the legendary Indian musician M. S. Gopalakrishnan. Purnaprajna is a representative of his school, and plays the style of music known as the Parur style, characterized by high teachnical virtuosity and musicianship. In the last years, he has invited to give solo recitals in the prestigious music festivals such as the Learnquest music festival in Boston, the Cleveland Music festival and the Toronto Music festival.

www.purnaviolin.com

Shivanand Murthy is a very talented Mridangam player,  who started learning Mridangam at the age of 7 from his uncle Vidawan Soorly Ganesh Murthy, an accomplished Mridangist in Doordarshan and All India Radio. 

He has accompanied several artists in concerts in India and US. Shiva is software engineer by profession.  Shiva constantly takes advanced lessons from Soorly Balakrishna, a senior disciple of  Sir. Srimushnam V. Raja Rao. His playing is characterized by pleasing sound and musicality. 

Suggested donation: $10 - $30 (please pay at the door - cash or check preferred)

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Bhajan & Kirtan with Jyoti Khare Yadvar, vocalist
Oct
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

Bhajan & Kirtan with Jyoti Khare Yadvar, vocalist

Join Mrs. Jyoti Khare Yadvar for an interactive workshop about the Bhajan & Kirtan Traditions of India. No previous music training necessary.

A bhajan literally means "sharing". It also refers to any song with spiritual ideas, in a regional Indian language. A Bhajan has no prescribed form, or set rules, is in free form, normally lyrical and based on melodic ragas. It belongs to a genre of music and arts that developed with the Bhakti movement. It is found in the various traditions of Hinduism. 
Ideas from scriptures, legendary epics, the teachings of saints and loving devotion to a deity are the typical subjects of bhajans. It is usually a group event, with one or more lead singers, accompanied with music, and sometimes dancing. A bhajan may be sung in a temple, in a home, under a tree in open, near a river bank or a place of historic significance.

Kirtan is a very simple & powerful way to meditate.  It’s effortless & joyful; the music does the work for you as you flow with the melody & rhythm. The performers & the concert-goers create the experience together. Singing is the heart of kirtan, and no one cares what you sound like.  At a kirtan concert all voices merge together to become One Voice.

Mrs. Joyti Khare Yadvar is from Mumbai, and is a leading Indian vocalist, with diplomas in Hindustani Classical vocal music from Mumbai University. Along with the classical performances, she has also given more than 300 performances around India in "sugam Sangeet" which includes semi classical thumaris, gazals, bhajans, and natya sangeet.

Suggested donation: $10 - $30 (please pay at the door - cash or check preferred)
 

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Gourmet Indian Dinner w/Optional Wine Pairing
Oct
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Gourmet Indian Dinner w/Optional Wine Pairing

Enjoy a four-course gourmet Indian meal at the EYC, prepared by Geetanjali Tiwari with optional Italian wine pairings, curated by Michael Kirkendoll (@uncorkedpianist).

Cost:  suggested donation $50
Optional Wine Pairings:  suggested donation $50 additional

STILL ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS!
click here to RSVP and purchase your dinner

 

TENTATIVE MENU

Course 1
Papad, two small onion pakoras and tamarind chutney
optional wine pairing:  Prosecco

Course 2 (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options) 
Non-veg:  Chicken tikka masala OR South Indian coconut fish with freshly squeezed lemon, fresh green cilantro chutney and fresh roti with organic home made ghee (made in front of the guests).

Veg:  Lobhiya (long green beans) with roasted sesame, paneer tikka with fresh green cilantro chutney and fresh roti with organic home made ghee (made in front of the guests).

Optional Wine Pairing:  Rosso di Montalcino

Course 3
Mung and masoor daal tadka with ghee
Alu matar paneer sabji - Green peas, potatoes and fresh indian cheese dish in a home made onion, ginger, garlic tomato sauce.
Basmati rice: Plain rice OR rice pulao (cardamon, mustard, flavored rice).
Raita - yogurt with fresh tomatoes/ cucumbers and indian spices.

Optional Wine Pairing:  Brunello di Montalcino

Course 4
Mithai:  Home-made Indian chai spice ice-cream OR Mango with cardamom ice-cream

Optional Wine Pairing:  Vin Santo

 

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Simple Ways to Be More Eco-Friendly with Randi Hacker
Oct
8
1:00pm 1:00pm

Simple Ways to Be More Eco-Friendly with Randi Hacker

Join Randi Hacker for a discussion about simple ways to reduce your environmental footprint and make a positive difference for the world around you. Anyone interested is welcome to join us for an optional discovery walk through the Sunflower Nature Park in DeSoto, 10 minutes from the EYC.

Recycling is good but it isn't the be-all end-all of eco-actions. This discussion, led by Randi Hacker, creator of P3, the award-winning environmental magazine for kids, author of "How to Live Cheap, Green and Happy," and, most recently, creative force behind Prairie Song, a new prairie ecozine for kids being published by Audubon of Kansas, will focus on ways to deepen your eco-commitment and will offer new perspectives on thinking about pretty much everything you do. A free copy of her book will be given to every participant as well as Geeta's homemade organic chai. 

Cost:  $20
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Henna - Saari - Meditative Doodling Workshop
Oct
1
1:00pm 1:00pm

Henna - Saari - Meditative Doodling Workshop

In this fun, hands on workshop we will learn how to wear the traditional dress of India for women, get henna tattoos, and learn meditative doodling.  

Saari is an unstitched beautiful fabric traditionally worn by Indian women. Come learn how to wear a saari with Geetanjali Tiwari. Saaris will be provided, but if you have one you wish to bring feel free to do so. It will be good to bring a short fitting blouse / a low neck crop top / sports bra /camisole / leggings.

Meditative doodling is a simple accessible art form that allows you to focus and re-energize your mind in a fun and relaxing way. This will be taught by Anoosha Redd, a budding artist who is currently illustrating a book for the Sanskrit alphabet.  She has experience in water colors, pastels, pen and ink, calligraphy, and colored pencils. Anoosha will also create henna tattoos for each participant.  Participants will learn about the plant and traditions of henna in India.  

All materials will be provided for use during the workshop.

$20

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Indian Deities Workshop with Geeta
Sep
24
1:00pm 1:00pm

Indian Deities Workshop with Geeta

Yoga is all about Oneness and the practice of union with the true self, so is yoga related to the Hindu pantheon of deities in India?  What is the need and significance of so many gods and goddesses?  Are all these gods and goddesses real? Why do the deities have multiple arms or heads, some look calm others fierce? Why does Ganesh have an elephant head and how does he ride a mouse? Why are so many deities animal like in the stories and why are gory wars the focus of the Hindi epics?

Come join Geetanjali Tiwari for an enjoyable discussion that will answer questions such as those above....

Cost:  $20
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Asana Fundamentals with Mary
Sep
17
1:00pm 1:00pm

Asana Fundamentals with Mary

This workshop is intended for those just starting their yoga journey to deepen understanding of the basic asanas for any yoga practice. Experienced yogis are welcome, but the class WILL be focused on basics including:

  • proper alignment
  • breath control in each posture
  • flowing in and out of each posture
  • techniques to both deepen and become more comfortable in each posture

Adjustments will be provided throughout the class. 

Cost:  $20
NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED!
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