Join us for this special New Year’s Eve event with Cynthia Powers-Broccoli, yoga instructor, and the incredible Kirtan band, The Now, with Mark Nanni and David DeSiro. This promises to be a powerful afternoon of giving thanks and praise through sacred chanting and yoga! Welcome 2012 in with grace and gratitude at this amazing live music workshop! It’s not to be missed! Includes light refreshments.
A 1993 graduate of Boston College, Cynthia worked for many years in New York City, Los Angeles, and London as an executive recruiter for the Financial Services Industry. Seeking balance amid a stressful career, Cynthia became a student of Yoga seventeen years ago– and her passion ignited. Yoga transformed her life. She became a 200-Hour Certified Yoga Instructor in 2005 in order to help others reconnect to their inner Guru through the healing benefits of yoga. Cynthia believes that the spiritual and sacred aspects of yoga should be honored in every yoga class. Her classes are infused with the energy and vibration of her many Gurus – Yogi Bhajan, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, David Life, and Sharron Gannon – to name a few. She teaches Yoga for Fertility, Couples Yoga, and Vinyasa Flow at CNY Healing Arts Center. She loves incorporating a mix of ancient Sanskrit chants and spiritually uplifting songs with modern, soulful music for a dynamic and fun flow class.
Kirtan is a musical call and response where the “band” calls and the “audience” responds. In reality, however, we are all the “band” and the “audience” is the Divine. We chant to the different forms of the Divine, mostly in Sanskrit. Don’t worry if you’ve never been to a Kirtan or don’t know Sanskrit: you can learn the music and the words on the spot, and although everyone is encouraged to sing, you can also feel free to dance, clap, or even just quietly meditate upon the music and the occurrence of the vibration of the mantras. Kirtan is a form of Bhakti (devotional) Yoga.
Here are a few words on chanting from a Thanksgiving message from Sai Maa Laxmi Devi: “Chanting is like vitamins or a tonic—it nurtures and nourishes our inner being, our subtle being. As when we eat food to nourish our whole body, when we chant we please the Atma. We get intoxicated by chanting our Beloved’s name. Chanting rejuvenates the whole being. Chanting brings the mind to the heart and the heart to the mind. Chanting with devotion is pure bhakti: when we get lost in the chant, our devotion has increased to a point where we become the name we are chanting.”