Yoga for Peace in Action –Global Mala and Yoga MelaCelebrating the Peace in the Community through Yoga Activities
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Nashua Community College, NH
Observed in conjunction with the United Nation's International Day of Peace, Global Mala events join yoga practitioners all over the world to build the experience of peace within and experience the unity of the global community through yoga.
YogaCaps, a 501 (c)3 non-profit, is coordinating the New Hampshire bead of this mala: an all-day yoga event on September 18 presented by an inspired team of locally and nationally known teachers. The event is a “friend-raiser” and invites beginners who would like to sample different varieties of yoga and meditation practices before they dedicate themselves to a particular style, and also the seasoned yoga practitioners to experience some esoteric practices.
The event will be held at Nashua community College at 505 Amherst Street and has a capacity of 500 participants. Organized in conjunction with more than 35 yoga studios and wellness organizations, participants will be able to select their own experience of the day from a range of classes and workshops.
The inauguration ceremony will honor Mass Yoga Network (MYN) co-founders, Yogiraj John Featherstone and Betsy Simmons, for their lifetime dedication to yoga. MYN’s karma grant helped YogaCaps start their first “Thriving with Yoga” program in 2007. “Thriving with Yoga” offers free yoga classes for cancer survivors at two major hospitals in New Hampshire. Inauguration will also feature two Bharatanatyam performances by Anajana and a bhajan, "Shoonya Dhyan Yog Se", by students of Mohanji Shamlal.
This will be followed by Subtle Yoga for Rejuvenation (SYR), a yogic warm-up, which will set the stage for the whole day’s yoga activities. This will be a special treat for everybody before we transition into mat-based yoga classes, kirtan and meditation. It is very easy to do and extremely powerful on the subtle levels! Beginners will find SYR simple and rejuvenating as it is practiced standing or while seated on a chair. More experienced yoga practitioners use this powerful combination of Mudras, Bandhas, Pranayama, Pratayahar and Dharana practices to deepen their training.
Then the group will open up at various levels for more than 20 sessions including kirtan, kundalini yoga, kids’ yoga, pranayam, yoga nidra, gentle yoga and 4 varieties of meditation techniques. That’s where participants will have options to choose and they are able to register on first-come-first-serve basis.
The afternoon will transition into the joyful expression of peace with laughter yoga and bhangra dancing.
Participants must register online at www.YogaCaps.org and pick their preferred workshops. The event is donation-based.
"Entry to the event is donation-based since we want to serve everyone with a day filled with peace and joy" said Jay Gupta, co-founder of YogaCaps. Funds raised will be used for two nonprofit causes.
Gupta added, "we are very excited about the fact that we have a growing yoga community in New England who understands the concept of seva and karma yoga. We have yoga teachers here who have dedicated their lives to practice and teach yoga. This is their livelihood and they continue to go out in the community to serve." Please check out their bios at http://www.yogacaps.net/gm2010_bios.html.