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Yoga Workshop | Myth, Movement, and Mantra: An Exploration of the East Indian Celebration of the Divine Feminine

Instructor Michelle Synnestvedt

$45 per person. Reservations strongly recommended by calling 267.502.2990. No refunds after Wednesday, September 28. Tickets also available at the door beginning at 8:45 am on Saturday, October 1.

Doors open at 8:45 am. Workshop begins promptly at 9:00 am.

October 1, 2016 marks the first day of Navaratri, The Nine Nights of the Goddess, the largest International East Indian Celebration of the Divine Feminine in the world. Millions of people from all over the world join together to listen to great myths of the powerful and beautiful forms of the divine feminine in the form of Durga—an exquisitely beautiful goddess who rides a lion and holds the power that restores order, love, compassion and light to a world shrouded in darkness.

Join Michelle Synnestvedt for an exploration of this celebration that will include story-telling, gentle yoga movements appropriate for everyone, traditional East Indian Kirtan (interactive call and response chanting/singing) and meditation. Wear comfortable clothes easy to move in and a yoga mat if you have one. There will be chairs for everyone.

About the Instructor: Michelle Synnestvedt, E-RYT 500, has had a love for East Indian culture, philosophy and spiritual practices since her father returned from a sabbatical in India when she was 10. She started studying Zen in high school and yoga asana in her 20s. Her formal yoga teacher training began in the 1990s in an alignment based Hatha yoga system, and opened her first yoga studio soon after. She went on to train hundreds of teachers in the Philadelphia area over the last two decades.

She loves the ongoing joy of nurturing long-time students in weekly classes and also enjoys teaching the deeper studies of Philosophy, Intro to Sanskrit, Anatomy, Therapeutic Alignment, Sacred Myth, and Devotional Chanting (Kirtan) and Meditation to students and teachers.

Meditation was the first serious daily practice she found that began her own healing and remission from a debilitating disease over 30 years ago. It has since become the life boat in her daily life and perhaps the most foundational and precious part of empowered health she shares with clients and students as part of the process back to well-being.

Her practices deepened profoundly when she met her main guru (teacher) in the Tantric non- dual lineage. Much of Michelle’s training from her guru and other teachers in India is in Sacred Speech, the art of the oral tradition, in which she shares stories, traditional myths and wisdom.

She has also had the honor of studying with perhaps some of the greatest teachers on mindfulness and meditation today, Pema Chödrön and Sally Kempton.

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Earlier Event: June 21
Landmarks in Lights
Later Event: October 23
Medieval Festival