Last week I got to attend one of Jivamukti’s Master Classes at the Prince George Ballroom. Three hours with David Life is like solid gold. (Talk about an intense guy! He looked straight into my eyes, and I thought the back of my head might catch on fire.)
We had a(nother) special guest in class: Russell Simmons. He stuck around for a Q&A after class, and even gave us all copies of his latest book, Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All. It’s a great overview about the state of consciousness not the financial strategy that will bring you infinite rewards.
Who wants a free copy? I read mine in two days, it’s ready for a new home! Just post a comment by tomorrow, 1/11/11, telling me the best thing you’ve ever given away. I’ll randomly choose a winner and pay for the postage. Be sure to include your email (I won’t spam you) so I can get your mailing address.
Staying in the city for New Year’s? Jivamukti is offering two special events with senior teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life. Sharon and David have been teaching packed classes in NYC since the seventies. They now teach internationally year-round and run teacher trainings in New York and Germany.
New Year’s Eve at Jivamukti is my fail-safe party: three hours of silent meditation, preceded by yoga and a vegetarian dinner if you’re so inclined. The spacious center is filled with calm, peaceful people. You’ll start the new year with a good clean buzz.
5 to 7 pm Master Class with Sharon and David *
7 to 8 pm Vegan Dinner in the Jivamuktea Cafι *
8 to 9 pm Kirtan with Sanga!
9 to midnight Mauna (FREE, open to the public)
12 to 12:30am Chanting & New Years Message from Sharon and David *Price: $85 for class and dinner
This year, the festivities continue with a week of master classes. You can drop in for a single session, or book the whole week. It’s a great chance to study with a couple of New York City’s original teachers.
Spend a week studying with living masters Sharon Gannon and David Life. Energize your practice and become transformed. Each three-hour workshop will include meditation, asana, and spiritual teachings followed by a 45-minute question and answer session. Our goal is to make the event one that celebrates community and connection.
They’re also hosting a kirtan on Wednesday the 5th with Krishna Das. If you’ve never done kirtan (call-and-response chanting), he’s the one to start with. Such a beautiful voice, you’ll understand why he has groupies.
I love good documentaries, and WAKE UP (which just came out on DVD) looks super interesting:
Jonas Elrod was leading an ordinary life until he woke up one day to a totally new reality. He suddenly could see and hear angels, demons, auras and ghosts.
The documentary WAKE UP follows this fascinating story of an average guy who inexplicably developed the ability to access other dimensions. Physicians gave him a clean bill of health and were unable to provide an explanation.
With his loving but skeptical girlfriend by his side, Jonas crisscrosses the country as he searches for answers and delves deeper into this thrilling world of the phenomenal and spiritual. Along the way, he encounters an amazing group of religious teachers, scientists, mystics and spiritual healers who help him piece together this intricate puzzle.
Jivamukti is hosting a screening next week. (The only one in New York so far besides the premiere with Sting.) Jonas the subject and the director will be there to do a Q&A after the film. Friday, October 8th, 8pm, $8