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Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda: Altar of Love Weekend Asheville
July 6 @ 7:00 pm - July 8 @ 8:00 pm
Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda: Altar of Love Weekend Asheville
Friday, July 6 – Sunday, July 7
Cost: $85 package for all events, each individual event* $20 advance, $25 at door. *All events can be attended separately. Children welcome at all events and 18 and under always free!!
Advance Tickets available on BrightStar.
Join Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda for a very special Altar of Love Weekend. The weekend creates a spectacular heart blossoming moment in time and space for participants to dive into the magic and beauty of life. Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda offer a transformational journey full of music, yoga and a cacao ceremony that heals hearts, creates intimate friends and leaves you floating in love.
7pm-10pm: Chants and Heart Songs Concert
Doors at 7pm concert at 7:30pm
1pm-3pm: Singing and Mantra Workshop
8pm-10pm: Kirtronica~Sacred Ecstatic Dance/Laser Light Mantra Dance
8am-10am: Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Workshop w/live music
6pm-8pm: Cacao Ceremony
Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda are Oregon based musical artists in the genre of mantra music. They offer kirtan, healing mantra music and Kirtronica (kirtan and electronica fusion). They tour nationally and internationally holding their own events and retreats. They have also been pioneers in bringing music and conscious businesses together, especially on their USA west coast tours.
In addition to holding ‘prayer-formances’, Ananda also teaches Kundalini Yoga and together they hold cacao ceremonies and chanting/singing workshops. All their offerings have music and mantra weaved into them and the results are very heart opening, healing and transformational. The culmination of all their offerings has been named the ‘Altar of Love’, which mostly they hold in weekend offerings but also in a retreat format.
“For me, the entire Altar of Love weekend was brimming with heart-felt devotion and a deep opening to the divine. Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda gave wisdom that comes from both study and life experience. The kirtan, yoga, dance and prayer were truly a group communion at the altar of love!” Ana Holub (Forgiveness Counselor, author and creatress of Clear Path to Peace)
Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda offer a combination of kirtan (call and response singing), bhajan (devotional hymns) and original singer/song writer compositions in the languages of English, Sanskrit and Gurbani. Alternating guitar, harmonium, keyboard, bansuri flutes and vocal weaving, they create a profound healing and balanced sound current (Naad) brimming with bhakti (devotion). Their music channels a powerful blend of modern and ancient soundscapes that touches the heart and invokes a meditative and connected state.
“Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda’s tremendous and rare gift of devotion, song, and talent comes through their music so effortlessly. It affects my soul in such a deep way. When I listen to their music, my heart opens instantly, and I know that their voice, music, and presence will bring thousands into a space of deep happiness and healing.” Simrit Kaur (Kundalini Mantra Singer)
In this workshop participants will explore the practice of singing mantra and bhakti yoga-the path of love and devotion. Singing together, participants will connect with sacred songs and mantras in Sanskrit (the ancient prayer language of India), Punjabi (Kundalini mantras), and English. Participants will learn translations, meanings about various deities, and also be lead in guided visualizations for deepening their bhakti practice. Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda also share their own insights into the healing effects of these sacred chants.
‘Kirtronica’ is a term for a new genre of music that is currently being established in the yoga world which is electronic dance music combined with live Sanskrit/Indian chanting and singing over it. Jaya Lakshmi was one of the pioneers of ‘Kirtronica’ with her previous band “Lost at Last”, founded in Maui, Hawaii in 1997. Over the last few years Jaya Lakshmi has composed original electronic music using Ableton Live. Similar to the the Lost at Last sound, her new music is a mixture of house and tribal trance beats, with (recordings of) acoustic instruments like tabla, guitar, flute, and sarod. In the current duo format, Jaya Lakshmi sings live while Ananda runs Ableton Live. They lead the audience through an ecstatic dance journey that awakens their shakti, inspiring devotional trance states and deepening their connection with the divine.
“Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda’s Kirtronica is a divine compliment to Dancing Freedom and all embodied transformation processes. Succulent, sublime, angelic and transporting. This is music to support the heart, soul and body in truly being and becoming our best, most blessed selves. And, it’s SO fun!” Samantha Sweetwater (Founder of Dancing Freedom).
This workshop will be a unique blend of Kundalini yoga and meditations led by Ananda with live music by Jaya Lakshmi. It is designed to open the heart and tap into one’s infinite creative potential. Through this workshop participants will gain tools to live an inspired and fulfilled life that overflows with bliss and abundance.
Kundalini Yoga uses movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal your mind and body, allowing the spirit to flow freely. This powerful and effective form of Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., Master of Kundalini Yoga, is a way to recharge and heal your body quickly. By stimulating the various systems of the body, it centers the mind, balances one’s energy fields and opens the spirit. It is especially effective for stress, addiction, depression and insomnia, as well as weight control.
Since ancient times cacao has been used ceremonially to connect with that infinite presence of love. Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda’s cacao ceremonies are a coming together to open the heart, express creatively and rejoice with the spirit of the cacao. Accompanied by their weaving heart songs, it will be a time to express gratitude for the cacao spirit and allow for that spirit to blossom infinite possibilities within you.
The cacao that will be used is a very special type that a cacao shaman selected personally for it’s energetic qualities. It comes from Guatemala, the heartland of the Mayan people who have used it for millennia. The ceremony will be a wonderful time to learn about cacao’s origins, history, heath benefits and energetic/spiritual qualities. Let’s celebrate a new way of coming together and rejoicing in the love of the infinite spirit. Melt into a unique ceremony that will expand your heart to new levels.