Anand was born to a fisherman family in Kovalam and chose yoga as his life path, studying both Yoga and Naturopathy. He is now a certified yoga teacher having completed his ATTC, and wishes to share the practice of yoga with the villagers of Kovalam and convert his family rooftop to his yoga Shala. Anand gets his strength and motivation from the feeling of connectivity and unity with his students. His sessions are traditional Sivananda classes, slow paced, meditative and encouraging proper breathing, flexibility, strength and vitality in the body while calming the mind. This class includes breathing exercises, warm-ups including Sun Salutations, 12 basic postures and deep relaxation. The focus is on mastering the basic postures from which variations are then added to further deepen the practice.
Date: Friday, August 25th / Time: 4:00pm / Venue: Beach Shala
Samanta has been practicing mind-body health for over 20 years, and her work centers on Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Ayurvedic and Thai Yoga Therapies, Diet /Nutrition and Vedic Chanting. In July 2008, she partnered with Shaleen Parekh to open Indiaâ€™s first boutique yoga studio, Yoga Sutra. Over the last ten years she has explored and mastered several healing therapies for the mind and body, uniting awareness with movement, breath, heart, and humour. She teaches workshops and retreats around the world. This workshop centers on deep seated tension often carried in our neck, shoulders, lower back and feet, working on the principles of acupressure and yogic stretches and opening up the meridians in the body and allowing prana to flow.
Date: Friday, August 25th / Time: 4:00pm / Venue: Quiet Gardens
Nora Lim is a certified Jivamukti yoga teacher, infusing music and sound into her practice and teachings while threading meaningful and thought provoking themes into her classes. She shares her practice to serve and inspire others to cultivate strength, mindfulness and conscious awareness towards liberation while connecting with their highest Divine Self. Yin Yoga and anatomy has also infused her classes with appropriate individual alignment. This session of Aerial yoga works with props that support the hips for forward bends and back bends. By facilitating bending and stretching of the whole body, muscles and joints are strengthened and rehabilitated, and the spine decompressed as the body hangs freely while the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems are improved through increased blood circulation. This promotes emotional, psychological and spiritual health.
Date: Friday, August 25th / Time: 4:30pm / Venue: Aerial Space
Padma Shankar is a renowned Carnatic violinist and one of the few privileged musicians who has learnt the compositions of Dr. Balamuralikrishna directly from him. She has accompanied artistes like Dr M. Balamuralikrishna, Ravikiran, T. M. Krishna, Aruna Sairam, Bombay Jayashri, to name a few, and performed at leading Sabhas and various music festivals in India. She has also performed in the USA, Canada, France, Singapore, Malaysia and the Middle East.
Date: Friday, August 25th / Time: 5:30pm / Venue: Beach Shala
Divya is a yoga teacher and alternative healer trained in the classical traditions of Hatha Yoga and in the alternative healing modalities of Tarot and Oracle Cards, Crystal & Sound Healing and the Chakra system. She offers a seamless blend of all the above in her yoga and meditation sessions, facilitating relaxation, peace and inner harmony. She has a regular yoga column in the â€˜The Hinduâ€™ newspaper, and her passions in the realm of Hatha Yoga are therapeutic weight loss, posture correction and boosting the body-mind connection. Join Divya as she guides you through an hour of release and restoration of your vital energy (Prana) with chanting of beej mantras and a guided chakra clearing meditation. You will leave energized, refreshed and feeling alive. (Suitable for 18 and above. No prior yoga knowledge required)
Date: Friday, August 25th / Time: 5:30pm / Venue: Quiet Gardens
Rohini is an internationally certified (ERYT200) yoga teacher who has practiced and taught yoga for over 9 years in Australia, America, Malaysia and India. She currently owns and teaches at Chennai Yoga Studio and runs retreats in exotic locations â€“ giving people a taste for yoga, culture and philosophy. Her teaching style is a fusion of breath, movement and music â€“ built to help practitioners discover the essence of meditation in movement. This class is a dynamic practice that synchronizes movement and breath in a continuous flow of poses. The intense internal heat developed during the practice, creates a cleansing and purifying sweat. It increases strength, stamina, flexibility, and mental focus. It is a fast-paced class with poses that also encourage alignment, balance, and cardiovascular endurance.
Date: Friday, August 25th / Time: 5:30pm / Venue: Aerial Space
The Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is based in Bylakuppe, Mysore District of Karnataka State. The original Tashi Lhunpo Monastery was founded by His Holiness the 1st Dalai Lama in Shigatse, Tibet. After the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959, many Tibetans came into exile in India. The Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in India was re-established in the year 1972 and today has more than 400 monks studying Buddhist Philosophy. Leading the chants will be Thujay Jorden, originally from Ladakh and presently doing work in the Tantric section of the monastery; Nawang Tandup from the Lahual Spiti area of Himachal Pradesh who has studied Buddhist philosophy, later joined the Tantric section of the monastery and is presently in charge of the main palace of the monastery; and Stanzin Wongdus from Ladakh, who also had studied Buddhist philosophical studies and presently is in charge of the main temple.
Date: Friday, August 25th / Time: 6:30pm / Venue: Indie Stage