Workshops & Monthly Events
Sterling, VA @ the Yurt
Chanting Workshop: Finding Your Voice
Sunday December 6th @ the Yurt
Through Sanskrit I have helped many find their voice. I found mine. My singing and devotion blossomed over night after learning more about Sanskrit through a similar class by Pierre Couvillion and has continued to develop in ways I had never imagined.
After a year of working with a kid with severe Autism who would chant and chant and chant with me… but in a girl voice, mimicking my voice, not using his … I heard this booming voice come from the 17 year old after teaching him the beginning of the Sanskrit alphabet the first time.
These are just two stories. I have more. There is something amazing about this language and its vibrations. Learn how to tap into those vibrations yourself. No experience needed in Sanskrit or chanting for attending this workshop. Just bring an open heart and mind.
9am – 12pm Finding your Voice:
– Find your voice. Chant from somewhere deeper within.
– Begin to learn about the power of mantra and vibration
– Learn to chant the Sanskrit Alphabet using the 5 different mouth positions. (or practice it again, I have taken this workshop about 10 times!)
– Discuss how to bring mantra to your practice and your life.
12pm – 2pm Vegan Gluten Free Lunch Provided
2 – 5pm Using Your Voice:
Learn to come more fully into the confidence of your voice for chanting on your own, mantras for your class, or leading kirtan.
– Introduction to the instruments. What to look for if buying. The rolls they play… intro on how to play Harmonium, Mridanga and Kartals
– How to lead mantra or kirtan? I started with no instruments, We will begin there, giving you confidence to lead a small group of friends or maybe even more!
– Questions about leading kirtan, working with other musicians, dynamics.
– And of course we will experience some Kirtan too!
$40 Half Day
$50 Half Day w/ Lunch
$75 Full Day
BE yoga Karma Campaign 2015
Seva= Selfless Service. Giving with no expectation of return. It will be a huge focus at the Yurt in 2015. It is a huge part of all the yoga and spiritual traditions I have studied and a very important aspect of my daily practice. Yes, we do already give so much to the girls in India but I want to give YOU and opportunity to be involved even more. I want to give you even more of an opportunity to serve. Yes! There are always ways to participate, give, or volunteer, just ask to use your time and talents! That invitation has always been open. Now, we will 1) be doing some small projects locally, and 2) I also challenge YOU to take on the Karma Campaign Challenge.
Many of you have been around long enough to remember as I opened the Yurt community nearly 3 years ago, I donated ALL of that money the first year to the Global Seva Challenge and pledged to raise $20,000 for girls rescued from sex trafficking. I had never even earned $20,000 in a year at my jobs before so this was a really big deal to me. We did it. I went to India, and well, I think you know much of the story from there. This challenge of raising money took me out of myself and my element in so many ways. It was very life changing. I became so heart filled and heart broken, so amazed and empowered. I want to give YOU the opportunity to do the same. I want to challenge you to raise $1,000 this year. This money would go to the same great projects regarding the girls rescued from sex trafficking in Kolkata. We have funded after school care programs in red light districts, funded education, provided yoga programs and so much more…
Raising $1,000 throughout the year is less than $100 a month! You can tithe it yourself, ask others, hold fundraisers, get creative! I will be here to support your efforts and give you all sorts of ideas! If you think this sounds too easy? Pledge $2,000 or $5,000! My Goal is that this Karma Campaign will get 10 people to make it to the $1,000 mark or more! Let me know if YOU will pledge to this campaign. SIGN UPS HAVE BEGUN. Are you one of the 10? Make it official and send me an email to sign up! info@BEyogaYurt.com
Community Vegetarian Potluck and Kirtan
Join us for our monthly Vegetarian Potluck and Kirtan. We gather together to share in food, song and fun as a community based on peace. Bring a dish to share if you can (many are often vegan) and then we head to the yurt to sing ancient Sanskrit mantras that fill you with vibrations that will lift your spirit, open your heart and help you rid yourself of stress and frustrations! Gita/ Krista Zember and her friends and family will lead each month.
Families are most welcome. No experience necessesary. Come Sing, Listen, Dance or just soak it all in. Chant sheets will be provided. Come for some or all of the event!
Friday Night Chants
7:30pm @ the Yurt
We want to chant more and more! This evening will be a mix of guest artists and Gita’s Dream leading an evening of chanting the names of the Divine! All welcome! By Donation
11/19 Manu OM from Barcelona, Spain (ON THURSDAY!)
Taking Your Chanting Deeper
7:00pm @ the Yurt
An opportunity to dive into chants with more understanding in your head and heart. We will often explore and experience just one mantra each evening, learning meaning, origin, and ways to use it. We will also work on chanting the Sanskrit alphabet.
October 13 & Shivalingam Abishek for New Moon!
Sacred Mantras Kirtan
7pm Yoga in Daily Life 2402 Mt. Vernon, Alexandria
Gita’s Dream ॐ Kirtan brings these sacred sanskrit mantras to you to help you connect, heal and love from a deeper place. ALL welcome. Families welcome. Mantra sheets provided.
By donation. Donations benefit the girls Gita Works with that are rescued from sex trafficking in Kolkata, India.
Kirtan for Everyone @ lil omm yoga
7:00 pm 4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington DC, 20016
Join Gita Zember & Gita’s Dream to explore an aspect of yoga many of us haven’t tried yet. Kirtan! Singing in a call and response format we will open our hearts, lift our spirits, and have fun! It is a great way to get into yoga without having to turn yourself into a pretzel. If you have ever sung “OM” before you are already on the path to kirtan. No knowledge of kirtan needed and no singing talent required.
ALL ages welcome.
This is a donation based event, $15 recommended for adults but no one turned away! All proceeds will be split between Women’s Interlink Foundation – Supporting Children who are survivors of sex trafficking in India and yoga teacher training for the women of Farashe Yoga Studio in Ramallah.