The Unified Field: Yoga, Music & Neuroscience with Dearbhla Kelly M.A.& Dave Stringer
Explore the non-dual philosophy at the heart of yoga, through the lens of neuroscience. Experience how it is expressed through the practices of asana, pranayama, chanting and meditation. Extend your understanding of the benefits of yoga practice: equanimity, self mastery, freedom and ecstatic embodiment.
From the perspective of Eastern philosophy, the bliss we are seeking is already inside of us. From the perspective of modern brain science, this is also a true statement. To the scientist, bliss is a chemical state that the body itself produces, and it is a state that we are apparently hard-wired to seek. The practices of yoga are one of the worlds oldest means of finding it.
Asana, Chanting and Pranayama affect the areas of the brain that create our sense of where our body ends and the world begins. They also slow and steady breathing, producing hormone and neurological changes in the body that feel simultaneously calming and thrilling. Ecstasy is both the process and the product.
Why neuroscience matters for yogis
Basic anatomy of key structures of the brain and nervous systems
The science of emotional and spiritual experiences
How asana, music and meditation influence and alter our perceptions, mind and spirit
Essential mantras and their meanings
History, mythology and philosophy of kirtan
Survey of yoga philosophy: Patanjali, Shankaracharaya, Vijñana Bhairava Tantra
Mystics in the yoga tradition: Kabir, Mirabai, Tukaram
Yoga techniques for empowerment, resilience and flourishing
Build confidence incorporating yoga philosophy into your classes
Learn how to use music and mantras in asana classes
Deepen your comprehension of the practices of yoga as tools for optimizing physical and emotional health and reducing suffering
Find your authentic voice as a yoga teacher
Who is it for?
New and developing yoga teachers + those with an interest in deepening their understanding of yoga who have completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training.
Friday 26 May / 18:30 21:30
Saturday 27 May 09:30 12:30 / 14:00 17:00 / 20:00 22:30 * kirtan *open to public
Sun 28 May 10:00 12:00 *yoga class with live music *open to public / 12:00 13:30
Dave Stringer and Dearbhla Kelly
Born and raised in Ireland, Dearbhla Kelly is a Los Angeles-based writer and yoga teacher. She began her academic training in Amsterdam and received degrees in philosophy in Dublin and Chicago. She is particularly skillful at marrying the more esoteric teachings of yoga with modern scientific insights and the practicalities of everyday life. Dearbhla teaches yoga, philosophy and neuroscience workshops and trainings worldwide.
Dave Stringer is a Grammy-nominated producer, singer, and composer. He has been profiled as one of the most innovative artists of the new Kirtan movement in publications all over the world. His sound marries the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sensibility of American gospel. An articulate and engaging public speaker, Stringer probes the dilemmas of science and spirit with a wry and unorthodox sense of humor.
Link to Sage Magazine article "Sex, Drugs and Kirtan" by Dave Stringer and Dearbhla Kelly exploring the neurochemistry of chanting:
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