Friday Evening Event
Being Yoga Conference Retreat—Yoga Stories: The Path of Yoga
7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Friday, August 17, 2012
All are welcome
In this intimate conference opening, Being Yoga teachers Sharon Gannon, Beryl Bender Birch, Carrie Owerko, Rev. Jaganath Carrera, Darren Rhodes, and Elena Brower share stories about the inspiration they have gained from their own yoga practices. Through each yoga story, we connect to the larger yoga community’s shared knowledge and history, and our own unfolding journey on the yogic path.
Yoga Stories is designed to connect us to a more genuine experience of yoga and help us discern aspects of the practice that can truly feed and sustain us. Yoga is often fused with mainstream images and ideas about what it means to be healthy, fit, beautiful, and spiritual. As a result, its roots in authentic teaching, ongoing study, and personal experience can become obscured, or even lost. Sharing and listening to personal yoga stories gives us the opportunity to connect with the path of yoga in an intimate way, and celebrate our practice together in community.
Masood Ali Khan will open the evening in song.
Sharon Gannon cofounded Jivamukti Yoga® with David Life and has been teaching yoga around the world for more than 20 years. Coauthor of Jivamukti Yoga and The Art of Yoga, as well as videos and music, along with David Life, she has been featured on the Today Show and in Time magazine, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and many other publications. jivamuktiyoga.com
Beryl Bender Birch, an avid student of yoga and the study of consciousness since 1971, is the best-selling author of Power Yoga, Beyond Power Yoga, and Boomer Yoga. She has been training yoga teachers as "spiritual revolutionaries" for nearly 30 years, and is the director-founder of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and founder of the Give Back Yoga Foundation. power-yoga.com
Carrie Owerko is a core faculty member of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York and holds an Intermediate Senior One teaching credential. An assessor for the Iyengar National Association, she travels regularly to India to study with the Iyengar family. carrieowerko.com
Rev. Jaganath Carrera is founder and spiritual head of the Yoga Life Society and author of Inside the Yoga Sutras and Awaken: Inside Yoga Meditation. As a direct disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda Maharaj, he established the Integral Yoga Ministry, codeveloped the Integral Yoga Meditation and Raja Yoga Teacher Training Certification programs, and has taught all facets of yoga for more than 30 years.
Darren Rhodes, author of Yoga Resource, is the director and owner of YogaOasis in Tucson, Arizona, and is cofounder of the School of Yoga. Named by Yoga Journal as one of the "21 Talented Young Teachers Shaping the Future of Yoga," Rhodes is dedicated to authenticity and innovation in his teaching. He offers yoga intensives and teacher trainings nationally. yogaoasis.com
Elena Brower, founder and co-owner of Virayoga, has been featured in the New York Times, Yoga Journal, Natural Living, and in the Element Yoga for Beginners DVD series. She also has taught large-scale public yoga classes in New York at locations such as the Great Lawn in Central Park, the Museum of Modern Art, and Times Square. artofattention.com
Masood Ali Khan, PhD, an instructor at the Academy of Human Universal Energy and Spirituality, has been a student and practitioner of yoga for two decades. A musician of eclectic tastes, playing the didgeridoo, guitar, and hand drums, he discovered a relatively new percussive instrument called the hang, which he used primarily on his album Hang With Angels. masoodalikhan.com