Excitement is building for Veda MeLA, the first annual urban Yoga, Ayurveda and Vedic Arts festival taking place at The REEF (formerly The LA Mart) in Downtown Los Angeles November 7 and 8. The Festival will offer a unique atmosphere with a highly curated offering of classes and vendors for a sophisticated, one of a kind gathering for devotees of yoga, art, wisdom and wellness.
Veda MeLA is proud to announce a world class lineup of Workshops and Immersions, from master teachers including Mas Vidal, Daniel Stewart, Mark Whitwell, Christopher Chapple, Lissa Coffey, Philip Goldberg, Maria Garre, Ricky Tran and other thought leaders in the Vedic sciences of India to lead transformational talks on how this ancient wisdom can be applied to modern living. Continue reading →
Debuting at The LA Mart during the Los Angeles Gift + Home Market, Conscious Biz LA will bring together over 100 LA-based eco-friendly, vegan, solar-powered, recycled, up-cycled, carbon neutral and other conscious businesses to uplift the thousands of buyers that pour into downtown LA to stock the nations retail shelves with gifts, housewares and more each January. Conscious Biz LA provides the only responsible-product marketplace, providing buyers and purveyors with unmatched networking, purchasing and sales opportunities.
At Conscious Biz LA participants become an integral part of this one-of-a-kind exchange. Manufacturers are given a stage to truly stand out as up-and-coming, progressive, and uniquely “green,” providing wares in home decor, accents, beauty and spa, gourmet, toys, jewelry, fashion accessories, and more. Buyers connect with revolutionary Gift + Home products, bolstering their own inventories with cutting-edge sustainable merchandise.
Conscious Biz LA serves the ever-growing green consumer population in a beautiful, convenient, highly-accessible setting, and helps to reinforce the upward trajectory of eco-friendly production and consumption, stemming from its hub in Southern California. Due to 2016 being the debut for Conscious Biz LA, booth spaces start at an extremely sustainable price of only $500, to encourage startups, independent artisans and non-profits to exhibit their wares. Continue reading →
Excitement is building for Veda MeLA, the celebration of all things Vedic and Vedically inspired, taking place at The REEF (formerly The LA Mart) in Downtown Los Angeles November 7 and 8. Veda MeLA is proud to announce several special events taking place within the conference, including keynote addresses from Mother Maya Tiwari and author Mallika Chopra and and the Opening Night Mela headlined by the yoga scene’s top electronic artist DJ Drez.
The opening keynote on Saturday November 7 at 12:15pm will be given by Mother Maya Tiwari an Ayurveda expert and a world spiritual teacher who has been praised by the Parliament of World Religions for her work in fostering wellness and interfaith understanding. Maya teaches that each of us has the power to shift global consciousness into the mind of peace.
In addition to her keynote address, Tiwari will lead a World Peace Mandala on Sunday November 7 at 5:30pm. She has been leading World Peace Mandalas since the Parliament of the World Religions in Melbourne, Australia in 2009. She has led the creation of more than 100 peace mandalas around the world with more than 150,000 people who have taken the Vow of Ahimsa: Inner Harmony & World Peace. While placing the seeds upon the mandala ground, participants invoke the Vow of Ahimsa (peace, non-violence). Following the creation of the free-forming mandala, The Vow seeds, enriched with the vibration of each person’s powerful intent, are collected and taken to be sown on fertile ground with gratitude to Mother Earth. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Mother Om Mission (MOM). For the past 18 years, MOM has been transforming disease and despair into wellness and joy through Ayurveda classes and services in the inner cities of New York.
Author Mallika Chopra will deliver her keynote at 12:15pm on Sunday November 8. As a mom, wife, and social media entrepreneur, Mallika Chopra frequently wondered how she could possibly do one more thing. Like so many, she was taking lousy care of herself and having a difficult time finding richer meaning and purpose in each day, even though that was her business’s mission. “Living with Intent” is a practical yet deeply personal keynote to share the wisdom and actionable steps gained from thought leaders and years of exploration.
DJ Drez and friends will perform at the Opening Mela dance party Saturday November 7 at 7:30pm. Drez blends yesterday’s roots with the innovative urban beats of today. His accomplishments during his evolution from hip-hop DJ to world music tastemaker have made him one of the top DJs and producers in LA’s underground music scene. He is the musical director of the Wanderlust Spectacular, performs regularly with MC Yogi and Kirtaniyas and has appeared at Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis, AfroFunke and dozens of other high-profile events. Drez is also a certified yoga instructor and spends time helping fellow musicians with their yoga practice at home and when away on tour. His unique talents are increasingly in demand taking him to conscious music festivals from the U.S. to Europe to Asia. His trailblazing, genre-bending body of work has been documented in magazines ranging from The Source to Yoga Journal. DJ Drez is bringing along several live musicians and performers to curate a journey fusing the traditional and modern, including Sheela Bringi (flute, harp), singer Marti Nikko, and MC Zaire Black among other surprise guests. Continue reading →
Los Angeles has long been open to the Vedic culture of ancient India, at least since the packed 1899 lectures by Swami Vivekananda on “The Science of Yoga.” In 1923, one of his devotees, Swami Paramananda, founded Ananda Ashrama, a still-functioning sanctuary in La Crescenta. The 1925 arrival of Paramahansa Yogananda, who opened the Self Realization Fellowship in Mt. Washington further cemented LA’s Vedic connections, creating space for the Vedanta Society’s rise in Hollywood in the 1940s. Hatha yoga became popular in the film colony in the 50s and the Sivananda Center for Yoga opened for Sunset Boulevard’s hippies in the 60s. The Krishnas opened their center on the Westside in ’77 and the floodgates of Veda were wide open.
Los Angeles is currently regarded as one of the world centers of yoga and the Vedic arts but has sadly lacked a unifying event, until now with the debut of Veda MeLA in downtown Los Angeles November 7 and 8 at The REEF (formerly The LA Mart), 1933 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Continue reading →
Bhakti Fest, the preeminent sacred music and yoga festival dedicated to bringing spiritual and earthly empowerment to attendees and global recipients of the nonprofit festival’s charitable endeavors, will be returning to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center September 9-14.
Known internationally for hosting a massive lineup of Kirtan musicians, master yoga instructors, and spiritual teachers, Bhakti Fest draws thousands of sacred conscious explorers from the U.S. and around the world. Kirtan and reggae influenced singer/songwriter Trevor Hall, known for his hits “Brand New Day,” “The Lime Tree,” “Unity,” and others will headline the event. Other returning headliners include Grammy nominee Krishna Das who will perform one of his last shows before taking a sabbatical; Jai Uttal, with a high energy reggae and ska-influenced Kirtan set; revolutionary hip-hop artist MC YOGI; and long-time Madonna collaborator Donna De Lory. Continue reading →
Like so many women in Los Angeles, Melissa Schulman needed a break from her hectic, successful career and, due to chronic pain from which she found great relief in yoga, decided to deepen her practice, spending a year becoming a yoga instructor, going on retreats, and more. While on what she now refers to as her “Yoga Bubble Year,” Melissa conceptualized Yoga-urt.
Opening on July 25, Yoga-urt’s delicious handcrafted, fresh from scratch fare is made with organic, natural, non-dairy ingredients, and contains no artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives. All of the Yoga-urt soft serve is unbelievably rich and creamy and contains four strains of live probiotics added for digestive and immune health. And for those who like their Yoga-urt in a cone – they are handcrafted from scratch, with vegan and gluten-free options. Continue reading →
Stewart Copeland, Linda Ronstadt, Yuja Wang, Bobby and Taylor McFerrin, Nancy Cartwright, David Sedaris, Megan Hilty and John Pizzarelli are among the performing artists taking the stage for the upcoming Valley Performing Arts Center’s (VPAC) 2015-2016 season. The season gets started September 19 and 20, 2015 with two performances by Diavolo/Architecture in Motion and ends on a high note with McCoy Rigby’s production of Dreamgirls, the first Broadway musical to run at VPAC.
Tickets for initial series offerings are on sale now; additional series go on sale Monday, June 22. Single ticket sales begin Monday, July 6. For ticket and subscription information, visit valleyperformingartscenter.org or call (818) 677-3000. Continue reading →
Bhakti Fest, creator of national yoga and kirtan events in the enduring yoga festival scene is pleased to announce Bhakti Fest Midwest 2015 on June 26 through 28 at the Willow Island Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. In its fifth year, the Bhakti Fest Midwest is the premiere event of its kind in the region, bringing yoga, kirtan music, wisdom workshops, and a healing sanctuary to America’s heartland.
Kirtan superstar and Grammy Award nominee Krishna Das is amongst the internationally beloved musicians performing the continuous, uplifting kirtan (chanting) sets. Also on the concert stage are Radhanath Swami, Sean Johnston & The Wild Lotus Band, Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda, David Newman, Zach Ketterhagen, Crown of Eternity, Old-Time Blue Grass Kirtan, and others. The centuries-old practice of devotional chanting is considered to connect humans with themselves, the universe, and spirit. Continue reading →
Made in France and born again in California, musician, screenwriter and activist Becca Moore left the city of lights for the city of angels to find her voice and deliver progressive messages through songs and stories. After over two years of pure creation, Becca is reviving the conscious flame of the 70s, guided by the belief that, to reference the great Gil Scott-Heron, “the revolution should now be televised on all possible screens.”
In a young city such as Los Angeles, The Mint is the cultural institution of choice for Becca to present her work, as its stage has already been graced by the likes of her idol Stevie Wonder, and Macy Gray, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Ray Charles since the legendary Westside venue opened its doors in 1937. Becca’s set will be Friday June 12 at 7:30pm, ending at 8:30pm, cover is $12. Continue reading →
MANTRA-Sounds Into Silence, a feature-length documentary exploring the social phenomenon of chanting ancient mantras – known as Kirtan – is launching a crowdfunding campaign today here. Kirtan, a practice of devotional or Bhakti yoga, which highlights participatory call and response singing, is growing in popularity as westerners discover its uplifting, meditative effects. Practiced by enthusiasts of all religions or no religion at all, Kirtan blurs the lines between musician and audience as participants play a vital role in the music through their singing to produce a powerful, often transformative experience.
MANTRA-Sounds Into Silence documents stories of people around the world who are finding healing and a sense of inner peace by singing mantras, interwoven with inspired performances and interviews with international Kirtan stars, including Grammy-nominees Krishna Das and Jai Uttal, plus Snatam Kaur, Deva Premal & Miten, MC Yogi,Lama Gyurme with Jean Phillipe Rykiel, C.C. White, Mirabai Ceiba, Dave Stringer, Donna De Lory and more. Continue reading →