AHIMSA is a a two-day festival celebrating yoga and music. AHIMSA will promote traditional and emerging yoga styles, provide beautiful music in a green setting while providing you with access to emerging conscious companies and innovations in yoga. October 3 and 4 2015
2015 Yoga Teachers
Raghunath is… Ex-punk, ex-monk, husband, father of five, inversion ambassador, bent on Bhakti, detox junkie, evolution assistant, coalesced by kirtan, cacao consumer, puranic story teller, reciter of Gita, potential excavator, beyond birth and death. He is prana hunter, animal friendly, transcendence in training, born to give - to live today; full contact fighter, devours durians, loves to chant, likes a challenge, servant of the servants, harmonium hugger, conscious of Krishna.
Raghunath born Ray Cappo was a Lower East Side hardcore-punk singer songwriter icon, touring the globe in his teens. In a decadent music scene infested with hard drugs, negativity and intoxication he was an anomaly and a light propounding clean living, positive attitude and vegetarian lifestyle, inspiring tens of thousands of fans internationally. Since his youth he was fascinated with Eastern thought and took his inspiration from Emerson, Ghandi, Thoreau, The Buddhist Sutras, The Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. He started practicing yoga in NYC in 1987 with the esteemed Sri Dharma Mittra as well as Shivananada Yoga. The pettiness of the business of music and the untimely death of his father led him to India in 1988 where he dove deeper into the lifestyle and spirituality of India. He became a celibate monk at a Krishna Bhakti Ashram for 6 years where he intensely studied, meditated and lived the ancient yogic texts. In 1991 in the sacred village of Vrindavan he was awarded the name Raghunath and two years later in that same holy town awarded diksha or the sacred thread, for his study. Now, 23 years later, he's an accomplished yogi in many styles, and married with five children. He leads retreats, workshops and yoga teacher trainings around the world. He is an expert at taking the esoteric yoga philosophy and making it understandable and practical for the contemporary world.
Peter Sterios has been part of the American yoga community for over three decades and is an internationally recognized teacher based in San Luis Obispo, California. His popular video Gravity & Grace, was honored by Yoga Journal in their top 15 yoga DVDs of all time (2008). He is the creator of Manduka, a leading eco-yoga products company based in LA (1997). Peter is a writer, with articles appearing in Yoga Journal, Elephant Journal, Fit Yoga, and LA Yoga; an award winning green architect, specializing in retreat centers and yoga studios nationally and internationally; and co-founder of karmaNICA, a charitable organization for impoverished kids in western Nicaragua (www.karmanica.org). For the last three years, he was in a select group invited to teach yoga at the White House for Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity initiative. Peter’s teaching offers a unique insight to the evolving art of yoga, and his light-handed approach makes this accessible to any with a desire to learn.
Other Teachers Include:
And more to come!
Award-winning international artists Heather & Benjy Wertheimer as Shantala open hearts around the world with their passionate music. Shantala creates a sublime soundscape of musical harmony between East and West with soul-stirring vocals, sacred lyrics, and exotic instrumentation. Call and response chanting with Shantala is fun, uplifting, and inspiring.
Benjy Wertheimer is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist (playing tabla, congas, percussion, esraj, guitar, and keyboards) and vocalist specializing in Indian classical music. He has played with a diverse range of musicians, including Carlos Santana, Paul Winter, and Narada Michael Walden. Heather Wertheimer is a nationally award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist.
As Shantala, Benjy and Heather tour throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition to sharing the stage and recording studio with sacred music luminaries such as Krishna Das, Deva Premal, and Jai Uttal, they have released a number of critically acclaimed CDs, including their newest, live kirtan release LIVE in love. Other recordings include the popular chanting CD The Love Window and world dance CD Circle of Fire, which reached #1 on the international New Age radio charts in November 2002. Heather’s CD Church of Sky was named one of the ten best CDs of 2004 by New Age Retailer Magazine.
Brenda McMorrow is a Canadian Devotional Kirtan artist, and has had a rich and diverse musicalcareer (from folk to jazz to bluegrass) and now, with a deep devotion to the unveiling and celebration of our true beings through the power of sound, she is invited to travel worldwide to share her unique blend of original folk-inspired melodies, world beats and sacred Indian devotional chants.
It was when Brenda participated in her first Sanskrit chant while attending a Yoga workshop in 2004, that she had a profound knowing her musical journey was leading her to places more expansive and heart-opening than she had ever imagined. Brenda remembers: “It was a very simple chant (Om Namah Shivaya), and at the time I had no idea what it signified: all I knew was that every cell in my body started vibrating, and I felt absolute joy”. While in India soon thereafter, Brenda began combining her own songwriting with ancient Sanskrit chants – and she has been flowing with this divine wave of Bhakti energy ever since.
Brenda is a featured artist on the White Swan Records roster, a Colorado label well known for it’s high-profile yoga-inspired artists like Deva Premal. She has accompanied Grammy award winning cellist David Darling and esteemed Kirtan musicians Jai Uttal, Wah!, David Newman, Girish and Dave Stringer, and has been invited to Bhakti Yoga festivals and events across North America, Europe and Asia as part of her most recent tour schedule. When not on the Bhaktiroad, Brenda calls beautiful Guelph, Ontario home.
Other artists include:
Kirtan Soul Revival
Teachers and Music announcements soon.
Important: Lodging in Windham, NY WILL FILL UP QUICKLY during the fall season, please make sure you have your reservations as early as possible if you are planning on staying in town!