Occupy Your Consciousness [with Poise, Peace, and Flow]

We proudly present our next volume of Occupy Your Consciousness

Empower Yourself. Occupy What Matters Most.

We gather together to build a community of like minded people that are awakening to the truths that there is a lot more to life than we’ve been programmed to believe. We don’t believe in fixing a broken system. We believe in creating a new one.

Join us for another day of connecting, creating, experiencing, and learning. Bring a dish to share for the potluck!


1952 South Industrial Highway Ann Arbor 48104

December 6th, 2014
Doors open 3pm
Workshops start at 3:30, Music and Dancing at 9pm
Tickets:
Workshops and Music: $20 in advance, $28 at the door
Music Only: $5 in advance, $8 at the door

Buy Presale Tickets:
Workshops and Music: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=DAYPNJXSYVD5U
Music Only
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3:00 Doors open
3:30 New World Manifestation Meditation and Group Introductions
5:00 Gong and Reiki
6-7:00 Potluck and Group Discussion about what it means to Occupy Your Consciousness
7-8:00 Flow Arts and Consciousness
8-9:00 Space Yoga

Music and Dancing:
9:00 Liquid Sound Theory
10:00 Tetra
11:00 Sun Eagle
12:00 Yogi Majik

Workshop Descriptions:

-New World Manifestation-
A guided meditation where we travel together across the universe to a parallel universe to create and explore. Together we create the Earth that we want to live in and send this intention out into the universe. This is a very powerful meditation that often results in synchronicities and occasionally even telepathic connections. After the meditation we will have time for introductions and sharing.

~Gong and Reiki~
Bring a mat to lay on and blanket and experience being bathed in the healing sound waves of the gong. This sacred sound often brings an instant meditative state which can induce feelings of relaxation, tranquility, vitality, and expanded consciousness. The waves of the gong can help clear mental, spiritual and physical blockages and allow for healing on all levels. Reiki is a Japanese technique to promote healing using universal life force energy. Participants will receive individual Reiki treatments as well as group healing.

~Flow Arts and Consciousness~
Poi spinner Tina Wald will demonstrate the basics of poi, a dance from New Zealand, and explain how this dance helps with left brain/right brain separation, coordination and balance. You will be guided through simple experiments that will teach you more about your own body. The movements involved in flow art are a gentle way to keep the body moving and supple while exercising your brain. Everyone will have an opportunity to experiment with a set of poi.

~Space Yoga~
Led by Andria Cezarek of Shanti Time Yoga. Enjoy 5th dimensional zero gravity yoga while Liquid Sound Theory spins a soundscape of psybient bliss. This free flowing hatha session is suitable for space yogis of all levels. Please bring a yoga mat.

Musical Performances

~Liquid Sound Theory~ (Intergalactic Art Movement)
Psybient and Psytrance
https://soundcloud.com/liquidsoundtheory
https://www.facebook.com/liquidsoundtheory
https://www.facebook.com/ShantiTime

~Tetra~
“Improvtronica” or electronic+instrumental dance music: danceable beats ranging in style with live guitar and synth loops created in an improvisational setting make Tetra a unique and musical experience.

www.soundcloud.com/tetra_music
www.tetramusicproject.wix.com/tetrashouse
www.facebook.com/tetramusicproject
www.tetrashouse.bandcamp.com

~Sun Eagle~ (Space Tribe Records)
Earthly sounds swirling from beams of sun
cosmic feathers of the flying true eagle
Ah Ku Ma Tai
http://suneagle.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/suneaglefrequency

~Yogi Majik~
Yogi is a multi-instrumentalist, producer using the medium of music to aid in the raising the vibration of Earth
https://www.facebook.com/yogimagik
http://www.soundcloud.com/yogimagik

Yin and Gong!

yin gong

Every First Sunday of the month starting 12/7/14

at Studio Got Mixes?

Inside the Russell Industrial Center

Building 1, Floor 5

1600 Clay St, Detroit MI 48211

Shanti Time Yoga and HUG Detroit welcome you to join us for a special Yin Yoga and Gong session! Our intention is to uplift and spread the good vibes around the Motor City by facilitating healing with the power of yoga and vibrations of gong.

The session will be held at Studio Got Mixes? Bldg 1, Floor 5 at the Russell Industrial Center. This is the first building on the right when you drive into the secured lock from the Clay st entrance. Take the freight elevator or climb the steps (great exercise!). 

Yin Yoga is a meditative slow yoga where one holds simple poses for longer periods of time with the aid of props and blankets for comfort. While in poses on the floor, participants will focus on clearing and aligning chakras while Linda G of HUG Detoit strategically plays the gong to assist relaxation and clear blocked energy.

No yoga experience is required to participate. Participants also have the option of just relaxing on the floor instead. Please bring a yoga mat, and a bolster, yoga blanket and/or cushion if you have them.

Entry is $15, but the experience is priceless.

Secure a spot today by prepaying at:
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After the Yin and Gong there will be another HUG event “Full Heart Dance Detroit” in the same space! (separate entry is required) More info

 

Occupy Your Consciousness

Presented by Shanti Time Yoga & Reiki
In association with the Intergalactic Art Movement
Russell Industrial Center
1600 Clay St, Detroit
Building 1, Floor 5
Instead of occupying what you don’t want, we invite you to occupy what you want. Join us for a gathering of “Love, Light, and Harmony” and enjoy an equinox celebration of healing workshops, shamanic wisdom and a night of spiritual music and dancing!The event is divided into 3 portals which can be purchased separately or all together in a combo!>>Day of Event:

All Portals: $30
Any single portal: $20
Any single workshop: $15
Presentation about Sacred Plant Medicines: By donation
After 9:00pm: $10

~Portal One~
12:00 Doors Open
12:30-1:00 Opening Meditation and Intention Setting with Nick Meador
1:15-1:45 Merkaba Light Body Activation with Nick Bryce
2:00-3:30 Chakra Cleansing Gong Immersion with Yin Yoga with Linda G and Andria C

3:30-4 Potluck!

~Portal Two~
4:00-4:45 Group Healing Circle with Rosalind Easter
5:00-6:00 Shamanic Journey Workshop with Sarah Hall
6:15-7:30 Presentation about Sacred Plant Medicines with David Griffin

7:30-8:00 Potluck!

~Portal Three~
8:00 Space Yoga with Liquid Sound Theory
9:00 Electro Fairy Musical Performance by Sireani
9:30 Neo-Shamanistic Stomp and Dance Party featuring music by Amoeba, Dave Wheeler, and Tetra
(times subject to change)

It will be a long day so if you are planning to come for a couple sessions consider bringing a dish or two to share for a community potluck. Smoothies and drinks will be available for purchase.

~~Workshop Descriptions~~

~Opening Meditation and Intention Setting~
Nick Meador will facilitate an opening meditation to set an intention for this day of growth and transformation. Using a type of awareness training called Process Work, Nick will lead participants in connecting their day-to-day interpersonal lives with their deeper dreaming purpose, their bodies, and the Earth spot we call Detroit.

~Merkabah Light Body Activation~
Merkabah Light Body Activation is done by creating visualizations and instructing multi phase breathing over a period of 30 minutes. The activation grounds a higher state of consciousness into our physical bodies. A merging of our lower and higher minds occurs in the form of a spinning star tetrahedron. This form is not typically seen but often can be felt vibrating through the body after the workshop.

~Chakra Cleansing Gong Immersion with Yin Yoga~
Yin Yoga is a meditative slow yoga where one holds simple poses for longer periods of time with the aid of props and blankets for comfort. While in asanas participants will focus on clearing and aligning chakras while Linda G strategically plays the gong to assist relaxation and clear blocked energy. Class is led by Andria Cezarek of Shanti Time Yoga. No yoga experience is required to participate. Participants also have the option of just relaxing on the floor instead. Please bring a yoga mat, and a bolster, yoga blanket and/or cushion if you have them.

~Group Healing Circle~
Rosalind Easter is a light coach, spiritual healer and teacher, who will take the group on a spiritual journey through time and space, by invoking the healing energy of God, the Holy Spirit, each person’s God Sanctioned guides, and the Company of Heaven. During this healing process, each individual will experience deep cleansing, to remove old stagnant energy, and receive higher frequencies of light, multidimensionally, that will realign, balance and heal the mind, body and spirit.

~Shamanic Journey~
Learn to explore the vastness of your spirit through the ancient art of Shamanic Journey with Sarah Hall. Shamanic Journey is a deeply meditative practice akin to astral travel or lucid dreaming in which we learn to explore the spirit plane through mental projection. Meet and connect with spirit guides. Receive energy healing. Gain a deeper understanding and knowledge of your divine purpose and spiritual path. Learn to strengthen and refine your spiritual connection in this beautiful ancient ritual of consciousness expansion.

~Presentation about Amazonian Sacred Plant Medicine~
The healing potential and sacramental use of the Amazonian Sacred Plant Medicine, Ayahuasca, has increasingly come into Western awareness over the past 10 to 15 years. Learn more about this powerful and profound work and how to have a ceremonial experience. This talk by David Griffin is open to the public without any cover charge, donations appreciated.

~Space Yoga~
Led by Andria Cezarek of Shanti Time Yoga. Enjoy 5th dimensional zero gravity yoga while Liquid Sound Theory spins a soundscape of psybient bliss. This free flowing hatha session is suitable for space yogis of all levels. Please bring a yoga mat.

Liquid Sound Theory, Detroit, MI (Intergalactic Art Movement)
https://soundcloud.com/liquidsoundtheory
https://www.facebook.com/liquidsoundtheory
https://www.facebook.com/ShantiTime

~Musical Performance by Sirenai~
Sirenai is an electro musician and vocalist who explores the mythical and metaphysical through sound. Sonic experience is a universal portal of consciousness expansion and Sirenai is an intentional offering for listeners to explore that

~Neo-Shamanistic Stomp~
We invite you to bring your hand drums and noise makers as we let loose on the dance floor and stomp and transmute our worries away! We encourage guests to find a true connection to the group dynamics and healing through music and dance without the use of intoxicants. Art supplies will be available for those who feel like channeling their creativity through art!

Amoeba and Dave Wheeler will be spinning sets of special high tempo electronic music. This spiritual electronic music uses a special 16 beat bassline that is similar to tribal and shamanic beats. The rumbling 16- beat baseline when played at an approximate speed of 145 beats per minute creates an oscillating wave of base and energy identical to the frequency of the Alpha Wave in our brains. By focusing on the music, alpha waves are created in the listener’s brain resulting in increased energy, significant mental stimulation and all around feelings of well-being.

~Dave Wheeler~
Dave Wheeler, Detroit, MI (North End Studios)

~Amoeba~
Although often referred to as “psytrance”, many have come to say Amoeba’s style isn’t like anything that they’ve ever heard… The word “amoeba” is derived from the Greek, amoibē, meaning change. Changing and evolving every day into a better version of himself and his productions, that’s what Amoeba’s all about.

Amoeba, Detroit, MI (Intergalactic Art Movement)
www.soundcloud.com/DjAmoeba
www.facebook.com/DjAmoeba

~Tetra~
“Improvtronica” or electronic+instrumental dance music: danceable beats ranging in style with live guitar and synth loops created in an improvisational setting make Tetra a unique and musical experience.

www.soundcloud.com/tetra_music
www.tetramusicproject.wix.com/tetrashouse
www.facebook.com/tetramusicproject
www.tetrashouse.bandcamp.com

PUBLICACIONES

Do Yogis Ever Drink Alcohol?

drunk yogaThis is one of those questions that isn’t an easy yes or no answer.

For starters, What is a Yogi?

The term yogi translates to one who practices yoga.  Most agree that this goes beyond attending Hatha yoga classes and practicing asana (postures).  Being a Yogi or Yogini (female), also means understanding and living by the code of conduct of yogic philosophy and striving towards enlightenment or liberation.

The Yamas and Niyamas are two limbs of yoga which set down a moral code. We can explore this question in terms of some of the Yamas and Niyamas.

The first Yama is Ahimsa or non-harming; avoiding things that bring harm to yourself or others.  Yogis need to honestly ask themselves if drinking is harming themselves or others.  Is a hangover not a clear sign of harm to the body?  Have harmful actions taken place while intoxicated?  But what about drinking in moderation? Is one or two drinks harmful?  That’s a question each yogi has to answer for themselves using the second Yama Satya or truthfulness…

The fourth Yama is Brahmacharya, sense control.  This Yama is used in the sense of abstinence, particularly in relation to sexual activity.  It doesn’t always imply celibacy, instead responsible behavior and only using sexual energy to connect deeper to spiritual self and truth.  It probably not necessary to explain how alcohol might make keeping Brahmacharya slightly more difficult for most people.

The first Niyama is Sauca or purity.  Keeping ourselves clean on the inside and the outside.  We practice asanas and pranayama to clean toxins in our body and lungs.  Does it make a whole lot of sense to spend so much time and effort on practices to detox the body then consume toxins on purpose?

Santosa is the second Niyama and it means contentment; having peace within despite life’s difficulties and accepting everything exactly how it is.  If one is truly content, is there need to consume an intoxicant that alters perception of reality?  Drinking to forget life’s problems or de-stress could be seen as a sign of discontent or wanting things to be other than they are.

Yamas and Niyamas set aside, it just made sense to me to quit drinking when I committed myself to the path of yoga.  Dedicating so much time to working on balance, it seemed counterproductive to partake in a consuming a substance that knocked me off my balance.  I don’t want to miss a morning of practice because I am sick, or a night of meditation because I am buzzed.

I officially quit drinking after doing my second Vipassana meditation retreat.  In the discourse Goenka spoke about how the causes of suffering are either craving or aversion; either wanting something that wasn’t there or wishing reality to be other than what it is.  Drinking helped spark craving in me as well a crutch to avert from deeper set insecurities. It was a big transition when I quit drinking because I was so accustomed to having a couple drinks to help me loosen up in new social environments.  Without alcohol in these settings I’ve learned to stare down and observe my insecurities.  Observing them truthfully help me grow more comfortable in myself and I’ve learned how to have a great time without drinking.  More and more frequently, I’ve begun to have little flashes of contentment that are sometimes so strong they give me a natural high.

But that’s just my story.  I know other respectable yoga teachers who drink in moderation and their practices don’t seem affected by it.  I think at the end of the day we all find balance in our lives in different ways.  And besides, nobody’s perfect. I know I still have ways to go before enlightenment and successfully living all the Yamas and Niyamas.  Being a yogi is about walking the path, accepting where we are on it, and doing the best we can with what we have to work with.  Until we reach enlightenment none of us are walking the path perfectly.  The way I see it, the important thing is that we are aiming in the right direction and keep moving.

 

 

Special Focus Class: Yoga Core Friday October 18th 8pm

boatThe core is not only the body’s literal center of strength and balance but it also linked to emotional and spiritual elements of life.  Its the base of our solar plexus chakra, which is our power center and our emotional center.  When its engaged it protects our lower spine and stops our hips from moving forward and over extending as we go into backbends.

On the outside a firm core shifts our body into better posture making us appear slimmer, stronger, and more self confident.  On the inside, a firm core aids digestion, gives us more personal power and creates real self confidence.

In yoga, a strong firm core is not just about contracting the abs and doing thousands of crunches.  The bandhas,  energy locks are engaged in the body that support the core and help direct prana (life-force) throughout the body.

This focus class will explain how to use the bandhas and core to strengthen yourself and yoga practice.

This class is 1 1/2 hours from 8:00-9:30 on October 18th.  Punch cards will be accepted, monthly passes, or for the drop-in fee of $14.

Feeling Good in Flying Backbends!

Just when I think acroyoga can’t get any better, Veronica teaches us flying backbends.  This is by far the best way to do a backbend!  Not only does it look cool but it feels amazing.  These pictures were taken at our Open House on Sunday.

If you’ve never heard of acroyoga, its a blend of yoga with acrobatics and healing arts!

We will be running acroyoga classes every other week starting October 2nd on Wednesday evenings at 8:30.  Pay for the acro and get a free Hatha yoga class beforehand! Drop-ins Welcome :)

Raffle fundraiser for yoga props and more training

During our Open House we will be raffling off some great prizes such as yoga and reiki packages and hand made jewelry and crafts.  Proceeds from the raffle will be split between buying more props for the yoga studio including much needed yoga blankets and the other half will be put towards the fund for Andrea to return to India for more training in yoga therapy.  Both causes will help Andrea help people to heal themselves and be well.

$2 donation will get you one raffle ticket, $5 for 3 raffle tickets, and $10 for 10 raffle tickets.

 

Prizes include:

One month of Unlimited Yoga

2 Private yoga lessons

One hour Reiki Session

One hour Reiki and Aromatouch (therapeutic grade essential oil application) Session

Handmade crystal necklace

Yoga inspiration household items

Handmade soaps with essential oils

$150 Beauty Makeover by Christine.  Go to www.christinefitzpatrick.com to see all the available services for your make-over!

 

You do not have to attend the open house to participate in the raffle.  You can donate via the button below (please send an email with name, phone number, and address plus the amount donated to shantitimeyoga@ gmail.com after donating so we can add you to the drawing and know how to contact you when you win).  People who win yoga packages who live too far to claim them will be sent a surprise gift basket instead.




Yoga silhouette on the beach

We are now offering Yoga Boot Camp!

Yoga Boot Camp!

Stretch, Strengthen, and Burn loads of Calories

Yoga Boot Camp is a combination of yoga, aerobics, and strength training.  It includes more cardio than our regular yoga classes for fat burning results!  Get fit, more flexible, and have fun.  Add more dynamics, strength training and motion to your classical poses.   Time to jump start your metabolism and increase your cardiovascular endurance.

Classes will begin Monday September 23th at 7 am and will run Monday and Thursdays at 7am.  Classes are by reservation only.  Please email or text/call 810-333-2247 before 10pm on the previous day to reserve a spot.  If you text or email, please make sure you receive a confirmation back that your text or email was received.

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