Events

 

Vital Life Center Kirtan

 

Join Jayaprabha and a variety of special guests from around the world. 

 Jayaprabha & The Joy of Sound: 
 •Saturday, April 22, 7:30 pm
 Friday, May 19, 7:30 pm
 •Saturday, June 17, 8:00 pm

Kirtan is a fun, interactive, and devotional musical event. We repeat simple melodies in a lively call and response style supporting a divine connection with our heart and spirit. It is an easy way for even a new practitioner to experience a very deep and blissful meditative state. The positive vibration in the music along with the group energy is catchy and will uplift even the quiet spectator.

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~MAY~

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Yoga Basics 6 Week Series

Saturday, 5/6 ~ 9:00-10:15 am


Yoga Basics is an introduction to the building blocks of yoga, emphasizing basic postures, breathing techniques and relaxation skills. This class promotes balance, flexibility, strength and stress release. It is great for those new to yoga or students who would like a refresher on the basics.  

Instructor: Holly Prosperi

Cost: $79 +tax

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Satsang Meditation Literature Study

6 week series begins Monday, 5/8 ~ 6:15-8:00 pm


Satsang - In the company of Truth

In this meditation study course a book is chosen for each series. Participants are invited to engage in a reading assignment each week. The class will begin with an experiential practice including chanting, breath exercises and a silent sit. Then we will discuss the reading and share ideas, questions, inspirations, quotes from the book, etc. to deepen our practice.

You are welcome to sign up for the whole series or drop-in week to week.



For this upcoming series we will be exploring:

Resurrecting Jesus - Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic 
by: Adyashanti

  • May 8th: Prologue, Chapter 1 My Connection to Jesus
  • May 15th: Chapters 
  • 2 The Jesus of the Gospels
  • 3 The Deep Truth of Myth
  • 4 A Map of Awakening 
  • May 22nd:Chapters
  • 5 Birth & Baptism
  • 6 Trials & Tribulations
  • 7 The Healing Ministry
  • May 29th : Memorial Day Holiday (No Class)
  • June 5th: Chapters 
  • 8 My Name is Legion
  • 9 Teaching in Parables
  • 10 Miracles & Trasfiguration
  • Jun 12th: Enlightnement Intensive Retreat (No Class) 
  • Jun 19th:Chapters 
  • 11 The Last Supper & The Garden
  • 12 The Trial of Jesus
  • 13 The Crucifixtion
  • Jun 26th:Chapters
  • 14 The Resurrection
  • 15 Archetypes of the Jesus Story
  • 16 Living the Christ
Satsang Meditation Literature Study

Cost: $60 series/ $15 drop in/$10 drop in pkg - Sliding scale available. No one turned away

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Kate Callahan ~ Songs of Love, Courage & Transformation

Friday, 5/12 ~ 7:30 PM

Kate Callahan is an American singer-songwriter and Connecticut's State Troubadour. She sings original songs of courage and transformation plus music by Leonard Bohen and Bob Dylan.

Kate says she's "always had a light in her when it comes to songwriting and singing." Moved to serve something greater in her work as a folk artist, she is grateful to be Connecticut's 16th State Troubadour. Connecticut is one of the only states in the nation that honors a singer-songwriter with a formal position. Kate will serve as an ambassador of music and song and promote cultural literacy among Connecticut citizens until March 2018.

Kate writes mainly from inspiration, giving her songs spiritual, social and emotional weight. The Boston Globe says, "Kate Callahan has garnered an appreciative audience with her easygoing vibe and inspirational, at times mystical lyrics."

"When something feels soulful to me, I sing it or say it or write it down," she says. WNPR host Colin McEnroe praised a performance of Kate's saying, "Kate Callahan is the only performer I've ever seen who occasionally seems to be channeling something vaster and far more ancient than herself, something more easily understood by Emerson than by any modern person."

"I've come to understand," Kate says, "that my voice can help me and  others experience the mystery of life." She adds, "I believe all voices hold that power. My voice is far from perfect, but I've persevered to use it and I think audiences can sense that."

For more about Kate Callahan visit www.kate-callahan.com

Kate Callahan ~ Songs of Love, Courage & Transformation

Cost: $15 in advance/$20 at the door/$10 students and seniors

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Benefit Kirtan with Swamini Lalitananda and Jayaprabha & the Joy of Sound

Friday, 5/19 ~ 7:30pm

Join Swamini Lalitananda and Jayaprabha & The Joy of Sound in a Divine Musical Kirtan Celebration!!
Exciting News: Durga & Jonathan of Kirtan Jam will be joining The Joy of Sound! 

Swamini Lalitananda has joined Sri Omananda Swamiji in a noble undertaking. Together, they are raising money for the Atma Vidya Ashram to house, feed, and educate over 252 children in five different locations around India. 

Besides these children, 30 destitute women are supported through this mission along with 110 poor, sick and dying elderly people.  Much help is needed for the sick and dying elderly people. They need medicine, a special diet and a van for transportation to the hospital.

Benefit Kirtan Raffle:
We will be raffling off a Gift Basket and a 50/50 Raffle to support the Atma Vidya Ashram as fully as possible. Tickets will be available at the VLC front desk prior to and at the event.

Raffle Tickets:
10 for $10.00
20 for $20.00 (plus 5 bonus tickets)
*Minimum entry for each raffle item is $10.00

Donations to the Atma Vidya Ashram are always welcome and are tax deductible.
Send your donation to:

Patricia (Divya Jyoti) DiFazio
166 Rolling Green
Middletown, CT 06457

Anyone who preregisters for this event will receive a copy of
Living Yoga by: Patricia (Divya Jyoti) DiFazio

Benefit Kirtan for the Atma Vidya Ashram w/Jayaprabha & the Joy

Cost: $20-$40 suggested donation


More Info

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Chair Yoga 6 Week Series ~ Approachable for All Bodies

Tuesday, 5/23 ~ 4:45-5:45 pm

You’d love to take a yoga class, but getting up and down on a mat is a challenge, you have limited balance or mobility, your knees are tender, or you are recovering from an injury, come on over and pull up a chair!

Chair Yoga is an accessible form of yoga for any age group. In this class, we will use the chair as a prop to help modify the poses while maintaining all the benefits of yoga including: stress relief, increased energy, strength, muscle tone, balance, deepened breath capacity and overall health.

This class can also provide training for office workers to utilize at their desk, and is a great way to share a yoga class with a parent or grandparent. No previous yoga experience needed. Reserve your spot today!

Drop-ins welcome if not full!

Cost: $79 + tax

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Gentle Yoga 6 Week Series

Thursday, 5/25 ~ 7:30-8:45 pm

This Gentle class is designed for students interested in a slower, but equally effective practice. You will experience gently held postures and breathing techniques that calm the mind, relax the body, and improve joint health and flexibility. This is the class for times of high stress or low energy. It is great for beginners, seniors, experienced students, or anyone seeking a gentle and meditative practice.

Instructor: Jayaprabha Mare

Cost: $79 + tax

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~JUNE~

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Opening Enlightenment Intensive ~ June 2017

Thurs. June 8 - Mon. June 12

READY TO TRANSFORM!!! Then don’t miss this retreat dedicated to self discovery. Together, utilizing a simple yet profound technique, we will clear our minds and remove long held obstacles and barriers to peace and self realization.

By letting go of the external search for happiness for this long weekend we allow the technique to open and prepare us for the possibility of experiencing our true nature directly. By experiencing the authentic self we reconnect to the eternal happiness, contentment, and peace within.

Cost includes gourmet vegetarian meals, snacks, lodging, workshop, and integration.
Space is limited so  register today!

Cost: $597

Partial scholarships available.

To apply for scholarship funds we require that the participant send us a formal request by email or US mail with the following information. Please let us know what is drawing you to the Opening Enlightenment Intensive and how you think the retreat might serve you. Also, please include the details of your current situation that is causing you to request the scholarship along with the dollar amount you are able to contribute to the intensive.

Enlightenment Intensive - June 2017

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Yoga Basics 6 Week Series

Tuesday, 6/13 ~ 7:30-8:45 pm

Yoga Basics is an introduction to the building blocks of yoga, emphasizing basic postures, breathing techniques and relaxation skills. This class promotes balance, flexibility, strength and stress release. It is great for those who are new to yoga or students who would like a refresher on the basics.

Instructor: Jessica Leclerc

Cost: $79 + tax

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Jayaprabha & The Joy of Sound Kirtan

Saturday, 6/17 ~ 8:00-10:00 PM

Kirtan is a fun, interactive, and devotional musical event. We repeat simple melodies in a lively call and response style supporting a divine connection with our heart and spirit. It is an easy way for even a new practitioner to experience a very deep and blissful meditative state. The positive vibration in the music along with the group energy is catchy and will uplift even the quiet spectator.

Join:
Jayaprabha, bhakti yogini and teacher, celebrates and honors the simple joy and contentment that emanates through being as you are. Love and laughter are palpable within the sacred sounds of each mantra. Jayaprabha's soulful, angelic voice and simple wisdom creatively allows the heart to unfold.
And,
The Joy of Sound, a diverse group of talented vocalists and musicians:

  • Kalidasa Joseph Getter - bamboo flute, clarinet, saxophone, percussion and more.
  • Kalia Kellogg - vocals
  • Jacqueline Glen - hand symbols, vocals
  • Gregory Bertsch - percussion
  • Josh Sheldon - percussion

Together they create uplifting vocal harmonies and energetic instrumental accompaniment.

June Jayaprahba & The Joy of Sound Kirtan

Cost: $15 in advance/$20 at the door/Kids Free!

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Power Vinyasa 6 Week Series

Thursday, 6/22 ~ 6:00-7:15 pm

A power practice intermingled with a therapeutic approach is utilized to mobilize stagnant energy within the body, open up energy channels and restore balance to the nervous system. This is done through consciously moving in and out of poses designed to strengthen the body and mind; coupled with the use of props for supported poses. The aim of the class is to both stimulate and balance the Yin and Yang energies of our nervous system.

Instructor: Kari Balicki

Cost: $79 + tax

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