Join us for this film's screening followed by a Q + A with photographer Michael O'Neill and more guests soon to be announced!
ON YOGA THE ARCHITECTURE OF PEACE tells the story of Yoga as it’s never been told before. Based on the recently published book of the same name by Taschen, it traces the journey of photographer and yogi Michael O’Neill, who spent a decade traversing America and India capturing the most influential masters of our time. Through simple philosophical questioning, exquisite camera work, and experiential sound, the film presents a unique overview of the art of Yoga in modern times.
MICHAEL O’NEILL – www.michaeloneill.com
Starting out as a hands-on apprentice, in the 1960’s, while photography was still a craft based art, Michael now has a career spanning nearly six decades. He was a contributing photographer at publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Time Warner, Fortune and Life Magazine. He has received numerous accolades and worldwide recognition for his work. He is currently working on a 50 year retrospective and another book project. His book “On Yoga The Architecture of Peace”, which took him ten years of work is the basis and entry point to the film of the same name.
DIRECTOR - HEITOR DHALIA - www.paranoidbr.com
A film director whose career began in 1988, Heitor Dhalia has been recognized many times for his success in the film industry. Not just in directing but as well as his screenplays and the films he has produced. Currently, Heitor has 13 Award Wins and 14 nominations amongst 16 different Award festivals around the world. Some of which have been in the United States, such as his ‘BEST FOREIGN FILM’ award from the Beverly Hills Festival for O Cheiro do Ralo, ‘BEST DIRECTOR’ for Conceição at the Miami Brazilian Film Festival, ‘BEST DIRECTOR’ for Nina at the New York LaCinemaFe, and a nomination at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah for ‘WORLD CINEMA’.
25th RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL - LONDON - UK Premiere - Nominated for Best Documentary Feature - September 20th
19th RIO DE JANEIRO INTERNATONAL FILM FESTIVAL - BRAZIL - October 10th
41 MOSTRA INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA DE SAO PAULO - BRAZIL - October 20th
CAMERIMAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - POLAND - Competing for Best Cinematography - November 16th
PREMIERE in NYC - USA - November 13th
FILM is in Theaters all over Brazil
Unity in Rhythm
Rhythmic arts like dance and music are part of the ancient tribal heritage shared by all peoples. We can weave them into the yoga practice in traditional and modern ways to encourage joy and health, while opening our minds and bodies to the interconnected reality of the Earth Tribe. Yogis practice getting in sync with the rhythms of nature, the rhythms or the cosmos and the rhythms of their tribe. Synchronous Rhythm is the way in which vibrational bodies link up with one another and how different parts of a single person harmonize. This two hour class will explore various yogic techniques that employ rhythm to enter altered states of consciousness, specifically states of greater unity with oneself and with others. These practices can help us remember the the joy of moving as one.
An exquisite evening of chanting and mantra with musically-talented and divinely-inspired Jivamukti Yoga teachers!
Jivamukti Yoga has always attracted those who love to sing the names of god and hear yogic teachings that vibrate so beautifully in Sanskrit. At this event, a community of yogis from NYC and around the world will come together to share songs that uplift the spirit.
Featuring Lisa Apatini, Matthew Lombardo, Christian Montegut, Pashupa Goodwin & Siewli Stark.
Exploring the individual and group experience that gives rise to true community. We will explore āsana, chanting mediation and discussion so be ready to sweat, sing and share!!!
The vision quest has been used for millennia by the tribes to find meaning, direction and focus. The techniques are ancient. They begin with a test of the physical body and conclude with a test of the mind. They involve music and movement, aloneness and togetherness, breath and spirit. Our remembrance and our embodiment will determine our future together and the strength of our common vision will carry us into the future.
Join with David Life and the Jivamukti Tribe to re-live and re-vision your future with the ancient techniques of yoga and the company of others searching for wholeness and a vision filled with possibility.
We move from life to life. We have been all these things: mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, dogs, snakes, mountains, and trees. We have lived in huts and mansions, in winding streams and ocean bottoms, in the sky and on mountaintops. It has been a long journey, and now we find ourselves in this room together remembering the journey, reliving the journey, celebrating the journey.
Join with David Life and the Jivamukti Tribe to re-live and re-enliven your journey with the ancient techniques of yoga and the company of others searching for wholeness and family.
The Tribal Dance
Dancing and singing in a group plays a big part in many tribal cultures. People joining to move and make music holds a lot of energy that is usually focused through a clear intention, like healing, transformation or just to express boundless joy. Yoga Asana can be considered as a dance, combined with uplifting music and an intention. In a group setting the energy of the individual joins forces with the whole group to unfold its true potential. Spiced up with some chanting and fear freeing backbends this class will allow you to experience the magic of a tribe of like-minded beings, sharing the love for yoga.
Academy Award Winning Film composer and musician John McDowell is one of the leading pioneers of the world music scene who travels deeply into the realms of spirit and cultures and creates works of classic beauty.
McDowell achieved worldwide recognition with his soundtrack to the Academy Award winning documentary Born Into Brothels. Winner of Best Musical Score at the Bend Film Festival, the score blends Western and Indian music in a mesmerizing mix. Subsequent film scores by McDowell include Who Does She Think She Is?, Stolen, Orgasmic Birth, Sold, produced by Emma Thompson, Ganga (Holy Unholy River), and SALAM.
Known for much more than just his film scores, McDowell is also a highly gifted pianist, percussionist, producer, commissioned composer and conductor. His work over the past 25 years draws on classical, jazz, pop, and world music. McDowell served as founder, artistic director and leader of several musical projects including The Born Into Brothels Ensemble and the world music band Mamma Tongue. He has toured and recorded with Rusted Root and Krishna Das and has produced several albums including his solo CD Speaking the Mamma Tongue. He has also performed with Sting, Carlos Santana, Michael Wimberly. McDowell’s formal education and subsequent informal global training has made him a largely self-taught ethnomusicologist of widely-ranging scale.
After receiving music composition degrees from DePaul and Northwestern Universities, McDowell lived in Europe and Africa. His research took him to Senegal, Gambia, India, and to work with Native American drummers and singers from the Tuscarora and Oglala tribes. In Europe, his dance scores have been featured at the Brussels Dance Festival, the Holland Festival, and the Berlin-Amsterdam Festival. His compositions range from solo flute music to dance scores, a requiem, and works for a world music ensemble and orchestra. He has performed at major venues and festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Woodstock-99, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, and the United Nations and throughout Europe. He is also a biodynamic farmer and has recently performed and toured in the U.S. and Canada as half of the piano/violin duo project Music for Farms with Canadian violinist, composer, and fellow farmer Emmanuel Vukovich.
John McDowell comes from a multi generational family of musicians. His father Austin McDowell was a clarinetist and head of the University of Illinois woodwind faculty and later head of the U of I Music School. Austin McDowell worked intimately with Igor Stravinsky, Paul Hindemith, and George Enescu on performing their compositions.
“John’s doing some quite brave things. It’s hard to mix cultural strains together and have continuity. He does that wonderfully.” - David Bowie
Conscious Nãdam: John McDowell, Steve Gorn on Flute, Noah Hoffeld on Cello, Megan Weeder-Gould on Violin, Bill Buchen on Tabla and Camila Celin on the Sarod.
“For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.”
While this definition of a tribe comes to us from the business entrepreneur Seth Godin, it is one that is evocative of the asana practice. For thousands of years, yogis and yoginis have come together for the purpose of finding an antidote to suffering and they have communicated in ways that transcend language as we normally know it.
A tribe is a group of beings that are bound or bonded together. The asana practice brings that bond to life by helping us connect to one another and to our ancestors whomever they’ve been and however long they have lived.
During these two hours together, we will explore the forms of some of our close animal-relatives as well as embody the shape of our elders so that we can receive their wisdom as medicine.