Satsang is a conscious music collective. Creating a unique blend of soul, folk-rock and hip-hop, Satsang delivers lyrics that come from and are rooted in change, growth, awareness, and imperfection. The live show is a gathering of people to assimilate and share their truths. The rhythms put forth by the band keep everyone on their feet, and the lyrics leave them craving active and positive change. Satsang has toured the country and shared the stage with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Steel Pulse, Nahko, Trevor Hall, Chris Berry, Mike Love, Jon Wayne and the Pain, Tubby Love, and many more.
Lead singer and songwriter Drew McManus creates music fueled by the ever present task of personal growth and the beautiful life that he found in the Beartooth Mountains. “I grew up in an environment where aggression, violence, abuse, and addiction were always present. It made me angry, sad, and ashamed. I hated my story and I was a slave to addiction. I tried for so long to hide from the reality of my story and the reality of how beautiful life could be.” It wasn’t until an intense spiritual experience lead Drew to break his cycle of addiction. “I began to realize that had everything not happened to me exactly like it did, I would not be exactly who/where/ what I am right now.” In an effort to share his revelation with others who may be in the same predicament, Drew began to write every day. “I was flooded with the urge to write down the lessons that kept revealing themselves in this surrender. And the connections I began making with other people by making this music vulnerable and open, began to change everything.” These songs are a statement of lessons learned and a further understanding of self. “The whole story is what makes it beautiful, not just the good bits.”
GOVIND DAS & RADHA
Govind Das and Radha are the directors/owners of Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica, CA. They are a husband and wife team and are practitioners/teachers/musicians in the path of BHAKTI YOGA. Their inspiring yoga classes encourage yoga in the spirit of celebrating life and developing a personal and intimate connection with Source. They dedicate their kirtan music is using voice, melody, and rhythm as prayerful heart medicine. COME ON A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF YOGA! They lead evenings of kirtan, bhakti yoga workshops, and transformational retreats throughout the world. Their latest celebrated kirtan album, "LUNAR MANTRAS" has spent weeks at #2 on the iTunes World Music chart. More at www.bhaktiyogashala.com.
Where does my yoga journey begin? The best answer would maybe be… in some other life. I was lucky enough to be born and raised in a family that lives and breathes true yoga. I grew up learning and practicing mantra meditation and yoga as a lifestyle. Having grown up living around yoga my whole life, I decided to pursue an AA degree in International Business. As the busyness of “life” began to come to the forefront, my yogic upbringing became less of an importance and focus.
After graduating with honors, I soon found myself unexpectedly pregnant… Deciding to take a hiatus from the things that had primarily taken up my time and energy – college, full time work, travel and surfing – I was able to reflect on and return to my yoga roots. This is when I realized how important yoga is to me and my spiritual progression. Humbling myself I decided to embark on a 200 hour teacher training program with Tamal Yoga School to help build upon my life experiences and knowledge of yoga.
After becoming a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor, I realized this was the perfect tool to share the amazing life changing powers of yoga that have molded me into the – daughter, sister, mother, lover and friend – I am today.
MEDITATION & YOGA NIDRA TEACHER
Tracee has been studying yoga and energy medicine since 1995. She began sharing her understanding of yoga when she met her teacher Yogarupa Rod Stryker and was initiated by him in to the lineage fo Sri Vidya in 2001. She continues to study with Yogarupa in his ParaYoga style and often assits him at The Four Desires workshops and trainings. All of Tracee’s classes are focused on self empowerment and self-mastery. Through practices unique to the tradition you will awaken to your souls unique purpose. And in this clarity of purpose you accelerate and shift your trajectory towards fulfilling your dharma.
Her practices allow you to tap into a place of power and connection to your indomitable will as you begin to transform conscious as well as unconscious patterning and loosen your internal resistances toward achieving your goals. Her goal in teaching her teacher trainings, extended workshops and retreats is to guide you towards connecting to your reservoir of Shakti that allows you to manifest your intentions and honor your unique gifts that you have to offer the world. From that place you see yourself fully and allow yourself to be seen in your full power and radiance. www.traceeyoga.com
Where does my yoga journey begin? The best answer would maybe be… in some other life. I was lucky enough to be born and raised in a family that lives and breathes true yoga. I grew up learning and practicing mantra meditation and yoga as a lifestyle. Having grown up living around yoga my whole life, I decided to pursue an AA degree in International Business. As the busyness of “life” began to come to the forefront, my yogic upbringing became less of an importance and focus. After graduating with honors, I soon found myself unexpectedly pregnant… Deciding to take a hiatus from the things that had primarily taken up my time and energy – college, full time work, travel and surfing – I was able to reflect on and return to my yoga roots. This is when I realized how important yoga is to me and my spiritual progression. Humbling myself I decided to embark on a 200-hour teacher training program with Tamal Yoga School to help build upon my life experiences and knowledge of yoga. After becoming a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor, I realized this was the perfect tool to share the amazing life changing powers of yoga that have molded me into the – daughter, sister, mother, lover, and friend – I am today, with everyone.
YOGA & YOGA NIDRA TEACHER
Mary is an internationally beloved yoga teacher who creates sacred space for her students. Her teachings light us up and help us manifest our deepest desires. Through a deep connection with each of her students, Mary expresses and teaches in a way that has been described as “pouring the goddess” straight from her mouth. By being both rooted and wild, gentle and fierce, joyful and deep, Mary’s teaching helps students intersect light and shadow, the god and goddess. She guides students to find comfort in the moments of discomfort and build confidence while challenging the edges of their limitations.
Her wish is for each student to express who they truly are; to radically embody that truth; and allow it to bring greater peace to themselves and the world. Mary is a senior student of Rod Stryker’s and is Level II ParaYoga® Certified, a Certified Four Desires Trainer and a member of the Para Yoga certification board. She is also a 500 hour E-RYT Yoga Alliance teacher, a Relax and Renew trainer under the mentorship of Judith Lasiter, a certified Yoga Nidra Facilitator and a Reike Master. Mary teaches throughout the US and abroad, dedicating her life to spreading her love for yoga and all the ancient wisdom in a new and radiant light. www.MaryBruce.com
Natasha is a passionate, life-loving yogi with a sense of adventure on and off the mat. She sees yoga as a journey of exploration, of transformation and celebration. She brings her lifelong passion for learning into her work as a yoga teacher. Her classes are inspiring, compassionate, and incorporate multiple aspects of the yogic path. Her students receive the benefits of her ever-expanding understanding of yoga as more than just yoga poses.
There is an element of play that is intrinsic to the practice of yoga that Natasha loves to explore and share in her classes. With curiosity, compassion and creativity, she offers her students a space for deep exploration of body, mind and soul. Through breath awareness and mindful movement, Natasha helps students touch upon that deep place of peace and balance within themselves.
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” ~ the Bhagavad Gita “I am grateful to be on that journey and honored and humbled to share the gifts of the yoga practice so we can all feel good in our bodies, feel a sense of freedom in our hearts and enjoy the journey to the fullest."
KATE DUYN CARIATI
Kate has taught in some of the most prominent yoga studios in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She fell deeply in love with the practice at Laughing Lotus New York, where she completed her first teacher training. In 2007, Kate assisted in the opening of the Laughing Lotus San Francisco. There, she served as a mentor and continues to be involved in the Teacher Training program and Teacher’s Summit. She has also studied with Maty Ezraty, Annie Carpenter and Jill Miller.
Kate is a teacher of teachers, a source of inspiration to those who want to share their passion for yoga. Her classes are known for their creative but intelligent sequencing, free flow acro-athleticism and soulfulness. She has a knack for guiding students to new depths while maintaining a sense of humor. Kate seamlessly weaves yoga philosophy, pranayama, meditation and movement into a rich and heartfelt experience.
Kate currently teaches at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, Goda Yoga in Culver City, the Marina Del Rey Equinox, Google, and live streaming classes online with Yoga Vibes. She also leads specialized workshops and hosts international retreats.
YOGA NIDRA TEACHER & SPEAKER
For over twenty-five years, John Vosler’s passion has been teaching us how our thoughts, emotions and physical being are connected. Through meditation, movement and holistic bodywork, John’s Los Angeles-based wellness practice has empowered countless clients to improve their lives. Executives, athletes, celebrities, busy moms and burnt-out professionals are attracted to his intuitive awareness and vast knowledge of the science of meditation. His infectious humor and compassionate heart make working with him a joy-filled experience.
John holds a degree in Human Development and multiple certifications in various healing modalities, As a Senior Teacher at the Amrit Yoga Institute leading Yoga Nidra Certification programs and an Integrative Restoration InstituteCertified iRest Teacher, he teaches internationally, leading trainings and retreats on the profound healing benefits of the ancient meditation practice of Yoga Nidra.
Meghan is the founder of Amba for Women, an embodied feminine yoga and movement school in Topanga Canyon. Meghan started her yoga journey in her teens as a way to heal her relationship with her body and connect to her essence. Many years along the road of teaching and practicing yoga, Meghan began to dive into the feminine stream of earth-based embodied awakening. As she dove deeper into the practice, and it transformed every aspect of her entire life, Meghan began to notice that the yoga world at large was greatly lacking in the feminine aspects of the practice. This awareness and passion birthed Amba. Amba is for women who desire to live in their place of power, where their light essence weaves through their physical body. From this place of power, we have access to creational energy, and can manifest much more easily. In Amba, we see our bodies as sacred: They are vessels of creation. We see our bodies as wild: They are the wisdom of nature in motion. Our bodies are loved: They are cherished in each breath we are given. ambamovement.com
Yoga gives me the opportunity to discover personal healing, balance and strength not only on my mat but in my daily life and relationships. Every practice is a new journey and adventure towards freedom!
I have a tremendous respect for the practice and love for my students. To witness the beauty in the hearts and the breath in the souls of each individual is a tremendous honor and joy.
My inspirations as a yoga teacher include: The Ahimsa Foundation. helping victims of violent crimes heal themselves through the art of yoga. I also find great fulfillment teaching the facilitators at The Valley Cares Family Justice Center yoga techniques to better serve the survivors as well as themselves!
SRI HARI MOSS
Sri Hari's yoga journey began in 1989 with Swamini Turiyasangitananda; founder of The Vedantic Center and Sai Anantamashram. Her guidance in sacred music, vedantic studies, meditation and Bhakti Yoga greatly influenced his life. He is blessed to have made numerous journeys to India and sat in the presence of great yoga masters.
Sri Hari began teaching in 2004. With a focus on harmony between mind, body and spirit, he offers students an inspired understanding of yoga through a variety of techniques and styles. He eads students of all levels on a personal, and often playful, journey to a place of newfound awareness of energy and opening in the body.
Sri Hari shares inspirational music, dynamic stories from Hindu culture, anecdotes, and other texts, to foster clear understanding. He frequent reminders his students to smile, laugh and find the "Rasa" (Sanskrit: Lit. "juice" or "essence") in their practice. “Yoga practice is transformative, what we learn in practice becomes part of our lives. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish, if you are willing to feel sensation, face challenge, live in the moment and breath life into everything you do.” Sri Hari is co-founder and co-director of Yoga Upstairs in Agoura Hill. He also established Yoga Out Doors Activities (YODA) where he leads yoga classes on the beach and full moon yoga in Malibu, CA.
MEDITATION & KIRTAN FACILITATOR
Lulu has been in the meditation field for over thirteen years. Her journey to Self-Realization began in her home-country, Italy, when she received initiation in Dzogchen, or the Great Perfection teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. She soon realized that meditation was more than a powerful way to destress, it taught her the art of living. After moving to Los Angeles, Lulu immersed herself in Vedic and Vipassana meditation. She learned to purify her mind, but it was only after attending her first Kirtan that her heart finally melted. Her love for chanting and leading Kirtan led her to find God in Bhakti Yoga.
Lulu is based in Santa Monica, but travels the world leading meditation and yoga retreats in private estates. Her current public classes are held at Ceremony Meditation in Venice Beach. She is a passionate storyteller and published author, contributing editor to The Daily Mail, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan and Vogue magazines. Her background includes certifications in Hatha Yoga, Thai Bodywork and Mindful-Self-Compassion, along with several Breathwork trainings under the direct tutelage of Wim Hof.
Lulu's ultimate life purpose is to share unique tools for finding happiness and freedom. Over the past ten years, she has created and taught a unique Yoga, Breathwork and Meditation program devoted to visually impaired students of the Braille Institute of Los Angeles. After years of study and practice she has developed a meditation technique called, Bhakti Meditation: Path Of The Heart. Inspired by Bhakti Yoga, Vipassana and non-dual Tantra lineages, this practice is based on the premise that the mind cannot be purified without the melting of the heart.
GABRIEL LOGAN BRAUN
At 16 years old I was disillusioned with the world and life as I knew it, I dropped out of school and a year later walked into my first yoga class. During savasana, Govindas and Radha’s music took me on a transcendent journey of sound vibration. I realized that we are human instruments. Like any instrument, we need regular tuning for our parts to function as a resonant whole.
A few years later, I dove into the world of Kirtan and devotional music, studying bhakti yoga and classical Indian music with Sheela Bringi, Govindas Rosen and Saul David Raye, the yoga of guitar with Josh Brill, and shakuhachi and bansuri flute with Eric Vaughn. Soon after, Elijah Ray Lenhart took me on as a student of music and sound healing.
I no longer believe I have to leave where I am to “find myself.” I continue to create movement and change in my life and more stability to stand my ground. I offer sound healing and sacred world music events as well as life coaching and sound therapy at rehab centers in the greater Los Angeles area and beyond.