Blue Moon: Music, Mantra, Meditation & Gong
Michelle Qureshi (L) and Hari Datti Kaur (R)
Invoke Yoga Studio will host Blue Moon: Live Music, Mantra, Meditation & Gong, a musical event celebrating the last full “Blue Moon” until 2018, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on July 31. Experience the joy of the Naad (sound current) on this rare occasion when two full moons occur in the same month with Kundalini yoga teacher Hari Datti Kaur and devotional musician Michelle Qureshi in an interactive, transformative and musical workshop, accompanied by harmonium and guitar.
Gentle-to-moderate yoga will be interspersed with chant-based meditations and a long symphonic gong relaxation. Participants will also learn a special prosperity meditation that may only be done during a full moon. Yogi Tea and community time will take place after the event.
Mantra provides an avenue for releasing tension in a highly enjoyable way. By repeating sacred syllables with intention and rhythm, the mind is brought to a standstill and the spirit may emerge.
In a 2011 Spirit Voyage article, Donna Quesada, an instructor of Eastern philosophy at Santa Monica College, explained mantra’s benefits: “Through repetition of the mantra, patterns of sound are inscribed onto the brain. The unconscious becomes the conscious, the automatic becomes the deliberate and the mindless becomes the heartfelt. The repetition frees us from our need to rush to the end.”