Dance Church

Sunday 12:00 -1:30pm

Dance Church is a free form movement experience that is inspired by the 5Rhythms practice of Gabrielle Roth. It is a space for soulful exploration of the space, ourselves, and each other. All ages and abilities are welcome. The DJ is the minister, the music is the sermon, and the participants are the congregation!

Dance Church will kick off on January 5, 2014 from Noon, and every Sunday thereafter at the same time. A love offering will be accepted to help cover space rental.

Visit us on the Web at www.DanceChurchIthaca.com!
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Blossoming Therapy Private Session

Blossoming therapy aims  to promote well-being of the body and mind, integrating different techniques to support emotional balance. The techniques increase the flow of energy centers in the body. Combining medicinal flowers, meditation, reiki, breathing exercises and sound healing the private sessions bring mind  awareness  and release  it from fear, stress and depression.  During treatment, clients perceive increased self-esteem, achievement of life purpose  and  better  relationships.  Personalized therapeutic products can help  with different problems such as chronic pain, insomnia and others.

To book a session, call  (347) 884 – 6009,  or send an email to flordomato.infinity@gmail.com

One hour session :  $80
Promotional package for  one session per week:  $250

Opening the Heart Workshop

Welcome to Opening the Heart Workshop. Our heart is the bridge that connects and elevates the lower chakras (associated with animal instincts) with the higher chakras (associated with spiritual growth). The real transformation begins in the heart chakra, where one gets the wisdom about the  Self. If consciousness is  present, creativity and self-fulfillment are manifested. If our hearts are closed, we feel that  we need to please others in order to receive love,  our love is conditional and  we become guided by fears. When our hearts are  open relationships  become harmonious, we feel gratitude, compassion, and are able to have nurturing relationships, feel more balanced physically and emotionally.

The workshop provides movements, breathing exercises, meditations and dynamic group  therapy that allow to open  the heart. You will receive techniques that release tensions, stress and anxiety. You will learn how to develop self-acceptance, self-love and grow towards your path to self-realization.

Come in white and comfortable clothes. Namastê.

Program includes:
Osho Kundalini – meditation
Tantra – breathing exercises
Sufi heart – dance meditation
Dynamic group therapy
Tibetan Sound Healing

July 8th
1 to 5 pm
$35

COMMUNITY KIRTAN W/Damodar Das

Wednesdays 7-9pm

Kirtan is a sanskrit word that means “to communicate, to celebrate, to praise.” It is an ancient yoga practice of call-and-response chanting, repeating the many names and attributes of the Divine. It is a joyful and uplifting practice. This class will feature chanting from other spiritual traditionals and cultures as well. This event is a community co-creation. Those who wish to are invited to bring instruments, songs and chants to share. All ages are welcome. We will sing and chant with the intention of creating peace within us and all over the earth. The Masters say that it’s the easiest Yoga practice during this Kali Yuga. ‘Dennis Winge’s Kirtan is filled with devotion, and enthusiasm. It is infused with a spiritual energy that makes it both captivating and uplifting. – -David Newman

Damodar Das (spiritual name for Dennis Winge), was a full-time New York City jazz and studio guitarist for over 10 years before he fell in love with kirtan in early 2010, after which he rapidly learned much about the sacred practice.  He took week-long intensive kirtan course with the world renowned chant-master David Newman at Omega Institute in Spring 2010. There he learned many traditional chants, studied Sanskrit vocabulary and pronunciation, heard stories about the Deities, and memorized several ancient Vedic prayers as well as the 40 -verse Hanuman Chalisa.  In Fall 2010 he was initiated into Kriya Yoga by Shibendu Lahiri, great grandson of Lahiri Mahashay.  In 2011, Damodar Das completed a 30-hour training course with American Sanskrit Institute teacher Jo Brill, in which he learned to read ‘Devanagari’ (Sanskrit script) as well as understand and appreciate the nuances of Sanskrit poetry.

Leading his chants on both harmonium and guitar, he played at such well-known spiritual centers as Kripalu, Omega, and Ananda Ashram. While living in Westchester County, NY he was featured in Natural Awakenings magazine (click here to view). Upon moving to the Finger Lakes region in early 2012 he has led kirtan at Visshudha in Binghamton, Grounded by Yoga in Bloomfield, Aakayani in Ithaca, and the Goldenrod Center for Philosophic Studies in Hector, and now regularly leads a monthly kirtan at Yoga and More in Corning and a monthly chanting of the Hanumaan Chaaleesaa in Foundation of Light in Ithaca.

His ensemble includes a rotating cast of other professional musicians on traditional and non-traditional instruments as harmonium, tabla, doumbek, djembe, flute, violin, bass, and keyboards.  Damodar Das also founded the band “Mantra Magic” and co-lead and co-organized the wildly successful ‘Rock and Roll Kirtan’ in Garrison NY in April 2011 as well as the fabulous New Years Eve Kirtan Extravaganza 2010 in Ridgefield, CT.  As a sideman Winge has played with such kirtan greats as Sri Kirtan, Satya Franche & Ma Kirtan, Sahaja Kathi Norklun, Sita ‘s Light, Lee Harrington, BlisSing, Shivananda and Shubalananda.

Winge has taken traditional Eastern kirtan to a new level that continually appeals to many Westerners by utilizing his extensive jazz and rock background. His deep respect for and extensive knowledge of Sanskrit chant is engagingly complemented by his jazz- and rock-influenced style of kirtan. As a freelance guitarist for over 10 years, Dennis is well-versed in many styles of music and incorporates a variety of musical forms and traditions in his kirtan. Some of his chants are based on the chord progression to jazz standards and classic rock hits, even including ones from Patti Smith and Jimi Hendrix! The combination of musical familiarity and deep devotion to the Divine Names that are sung is not only widely appealing but also an uplifting experience for all who attend Winge’s kirtans. Winge strikes a perfect balance between traditional and non-traditional, as well as between inward, meditation-fostering chants and those that are simply a rollicking good time to sing!