For our fifth anniversary, we are providing our festival goers with even more opportunities to connect, meditate and practice yoga together as a community. AURA’s Yoga & Meditation Director, Joaquin De Teresa of BoomYoga, will be spearheading a diverse offering of classes and workshops including: AYFit, AcroYoga, BoomYoga’s Shake your Assana, Four Elements Flow Yoga, Siesta Savasana, Soul Flow Yoga, Chakra Meditation, Ecstatic Dance, Yogi Shaman Breath Empowerment, Qigong Moving Medicine, Mantra Workshop, Entheogen’s as Spiritual Tools, Hooping, Poi, Ying Yang and Cycles of Change and Sound Healing All Star Jam. Grab your mat and join us for one or all of these beautiful gatherings.
Joaquin De Teresa: BoomYoga’s Shake Your Assana, AYFit and AcroYoga
A gentle spirit with a fiery soul. An intuitive healer, Joaquin is a Yoga teacher certified by Acroyoga and Yoga Alliance. His studies include Thai Massage, Yoga, Acroyoga, Shamanism and energy work. Founder of BoomYoga; promoting spaces for transformation and creating community through daily divine play.
Rahel Ben-Cnaan: Four Elements Flow Yoga, AcroYoga and Siesta Savasana
Rahel is an artist, yogini and bridger of worlds. Her teachings are inspired in the healing power of water, channelled intuition and the creative life force Shakti. Rahel is deeply committed to raising our vibration and creating positive planetary transformation. Her Four Elements Flow Yoga class will leave your body balanced and your thoughts well rooted in the heart.
Leigh Anne Neal: Yoga and Meditation
Om Shanti! Warm-hearted and full of spirit, Leigh Ann enjoys opening minds and bringing students toward oneness within themselves. Studying yoga and meditation for 8 years has developed her passion. Leigh Ann is the director of teacher training at Nirvana Yoga studios.
Darius Debhur aka DJ Menscha: Ecstatic Dance, Yoga, Yoga DJ
Ecstatic Dance is a freeform conscious dance where movement expands, spirit activates, boundaries melt, boredom ceases, creativity breaks out, hope happens, beauty flows, communities collaborate, ritual is reinvented and harmony resonates. The beat deepens as an electronic tapestry of world rhythms weaves us together as individuals within a greater family. Darius is a featured artist on The Zen Cruise 2014 and will be returning from Belize and Cozumel just in time for AURA.
Miguel Antonio Fleischauer: YogiShaman, Trance Breath Empowerment
Miguel has exhibited a passion for knowledge and wisdom in all things ancient and mystical to be applied for the growth of consciousness, individually and communally, and actively engaging in evolutionary manifestation. Since the age of 15 he has been personally initiated into several lineages of powerful and beautiful shamanic techniques of ritual, healing and ceremony, advanced Yogic practices including Raja, Kriya and Tantra, Taoist Alchemical processes as well as traditional Usui Reiki and Pranic/Qi/Chi manipulation. A Certified & Insured Yoga instructor, Certified Usui Reiki Master, Ordained Interfaith Minister, Workshop Leader, Drum circle facilitator and lifelong singer and multi-instrumentalist, for the last 9 yrs Miguel has lead and supported Medicine & Sound Healing Ceremonies as “Music Doctor”, taught Yoga (including Asana, Philosophy and Kirtan), Qi Gong and workshops ranging from Trance Breath Empowerment to Bhakti Bliss Kirtan Chanting to Crystal Healing.
Jelaluddin Nick Thompkins: Qi Gong, Sound Healing
Jelaluddin Nick Thompkins is focused in an area of truth. He has been learning and teaching Qi Gong for over six years, along with many other forms of movement. While deepening his practice he has developed an intimate relationship with the healing power of music and sound, specializing in djembe, guitar, and Native American flute.
Mathias Elliot: Flow Arts, Hooping
Matthias Elliott began hooping in 2008 with his girlfriend who introduced him to the practice. Little did he know it would become an integral part of his personal process. Now, having been nominated for four Hoopies in two years, his unique blend of philosophy, passion, logic and aesthetics proves relevant. Matthias is interested in blending practices to break out of our preconceptions about what hoop dance is and isn’t. He is dedicated to helping his students break through their barriers and discover their personal style and expressive needs rather than learning to mimic others.
Alan Luadi: Flow Arts, Poi, Double Staff
Born in Caracas, Venezuela and drawn to arts like writing, dancing (movement) and music, Alan was introduced to movement arts in a different way; juggling, poi, hoop, staff, fire spinning and flow arts as a whole. There he discovered how meditative and healing it can be immersing mind, body and soul into one pure act of joy.
Mary Kathryn Jackson: Reiki practitioner
She is a long time yogini and a full time lover of life! She has been trained in the Usui method of Reiki and believes wholeheartedly in the power of human connection and intention. From a young age she has felt an innate sense of healing and a deeper connection to human beings and the universe. Through her studies in Reiki and Yoga, she has found a channel to share this light. Reiki has empowered and encouraged her to embrace the connection by providing a channel to share it with others. “We no longer need to be drifting, but rather we must remain connected in order to cultivate joy, love, and forgiveness.” She believes that this is when the real healing begins!
Barbara Alfonzo: Feed Your Aura, Talking Toxins, YogAura
Creator of HealthySexyGreen.com, Certified Holistic health Coach, Budokon and Karma Yoga Teacher, Barbara is vibrant, enthusiastic, fun, and full of brightness. She is passionate about living healthy and sustainable, she combines her love and resources for healthy eating, eco-friendly living, Yoga, Budokon, and Dance, to educate and inspire others to live healthy, happy, and eco-friendly lives.
Rajashree Kanetkar: Upa Yoga, Isha Kriya Guided Meditation
A native of Maharashtra,India and a longtime resident of Memphis, TN, Rajashree is a certified Isha Hatha Yoga teacher, offering classical yoga in the ancient Indian tradition of southern mysticism. Isha Yoga is system of yoga developed by realized yogi and mystic, Sadhguru Vasudev.
Entheogens as Medicines, Spiritual Tools and Enhancement of the Human Experience (60 min)
The purpose of this workshop is to give people a grounded education of psychedelics: going through the three families of psychedelics; how they work in your brain; their history; research and studies going on now and in the past. Along with the educational aspect, we will open a discussion on the methods and processes used to integrate and anchor these life lessons and personal transformation experiences, not only using them to have an amazing night, but an amazing life. With this workshop we hope to plant seeds and share ideas about how they are being use constructively to heal, grow, and explore, as well as using the power of intention setting to allow for depth and development.
BoomYoga: Shake your Assana with Joaquin (60 min)
Join Joaquin and Boom Yoga friends in this mixed level yoga flow to kick off the high vibrational yoga program at AURA.
Feed Your Aura (30 min)
Join Healthy Sexy Green Health Coach and Yoga Teacher Barbara Alfonzo for an eye opening holistic nutrition lecture about the foods that give us energy, make our aura glow, keep us fit, and make us smart!
Four Elements Flow yoga with Rahel (60 min)
This gentle but invigorating class is designed to awaken and balance the four elements in our bodies: Earth, Fire, Air and Water. Ground your roots, light your fire, breathe deeply and flow like water. All levels welcome.
AYFit with Joaquin and Rahel (45 min)
Inspired by AcroYoga, AYFit is a full body workout that cultivates strength, agility, trust, communication, teamwork- and it´s fun! This class builds smart, strong bodies through partner acrobatic training techniques.
Acroyoga ´Love is in the Air´ a workshop with Joaquin and Rahel (90 min)
AcroYoga is a community-based practice that encourages personal transformation. We ignite our collective potential as we support each other to reach new heights. AcroYoga invites you to experience the full spectrum of your being through opportunities to give and receive, support and be supported, and experience strength and sensibility. The best part of AcroYoga is that it is fun to do and fun to watch. It brings people together the old fashioned way through human connection, touch and play.
Soul Flow with Leigh Anne (75 min)
Soul Flow is an all levels flow practice with a focus on bringing joy and light into the soul body. We’ll be doing some classical yoga flow combined with free flowing intuitive movement to uncover our soul and heart’s potential. Class will include a centering meditation, deep stretching, flow, dance and a closing meditation followed by savasana (relaxation pose).
Chakra Meditation with Leigh Anne (45 min)
The chakras are like energetic organs in the body, and life experience can leave these organs imbalanced. This meditation practice will focus on aligning your energy so that you can feel balanced and well for your weekend. This class will include some movement to get the kinks out and then a 30 minute seated practice.
Yogi Shaman Breath Empowerment with Miguel (75 min)
An authentic, unique and powerful shamanic initiation into the Self! Truly a transformational experience, in this workshop Miguel teaches several yogic and shamanic breath techniques and pranayams that will be utilized to quickly and drastically alter consciousness to experience ever expanding awareness and deep states of emotional and spiritual movement, cleansing, release and stillness.
Kirtan with Miguel (45 min)
kirtan is an ancient form of spiritual practice that fills the heart with love and the mind with bliss. Kirtan can be simple, profound and fun. With call and response chanting everyone actively participates to create a focused yet expanded state of awareness and expression.
Talking Toxins (30 min)
Health Coach and Toxins expert Barbara talks about a class of toxins found in food, skin care, and home care products that can make you gain weight, disrupt your hormones, make your skin break out, make you moody and steal your energy.
YogAura (60 min)
This yoga class is uniquely created for Aura Fest Goers. Barbie will lead you thorough a creative yoga flow class influenced by her practices and teachings of Karma Yoga, Budokon, Animal Flow, Blue Dragon QiGong, and Free-Flow Dance.
In this playshop, Mary Kathryn will share Reiki individually during private
mini-sessions with those who are interested. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered through the use of “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that we all have life force energy; when this energy is low or blocked we are not capable of healing. Reiki works as a channel for the divine Universal energy through the body, ultimately clearing stagnant energy, which allows the energy channels within the body to flow naturally in order to heal.
QiGong Fusion Flow with Miguel (45 min)
Qigong is the practice of distinctive movements and breaths for the cultivation and mastery of qi, or life-force energy. Qigong is similar to Tai Chi and yoga.
Ecstatic Dance with DJ Menscha (60 min)
The sacred space created at Ecstatic Dance brings all who enter along on a journey of movement, where the veils of illusion have a chance to fall away and the opportunity to understand wholeness, aliveness and connection come into focus. Body, mind and spirit unite as we come back to our true selves and join together with others to play and pray through the simple act of dancing.
Qi Gong: Moving Medicine With Instructor Jelaluddin Nick Thompkins
In this class we will align ourselves with nature, the elements, and our internal energies. Using breath, sound, movements and meditation we aim to gracefully energize our bodies, hearts and souls, achieving greater balance and equanimity.
Upa Yoga with Rajashree Kanetkar (60 mins)
Within the human system, the energy flows along 72,000 pathways called nadis. At the joints, the nadis form energy nodes, making the joints storehouses of energy. Upa Yoga activates this energy and also lubricates the joints, creating an instant sense of alertness and liveliness. Kids are welcome!– ages 7 and above. No prior knowledge of yoga is required.
Isha Kriya with Rajashree Kanetkar (45 mins)
This guided meditation session offers a simple, but powerful kriya (inner energy process) to become meditative effortlessly. Participants can easily learn this 18-minute Isha Kriya process in one session and practice on their own. Benefits of regular practice include improving health, energy and vitality; enhancing mental focus, memory and clarity; reducing stress and establishing a deep sense of peace and inner balance. Ages 14 and up.
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