EVENTS – LONDON | Mystic Poetry and Bhakti Song
and Total Yoga Nidra Evening
with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Sivani Mata Francis
and Russell Stone
Saturday 9th December | 6:30pm – 9pm
at The Life Centre Islington, 1 Britannia Row, N1 8QH
A nourishing soup for a Saturday night - being a tasty evening of the poetry and songs of Lalla (and friends), spiced with kirtan (devotional bhakti song) and yoga nidra (yogic sleep).
I call for a loving gathering in our hearts,
Where all the mystic poets can dance together.
Where Blake and Rumi both shall laugh, while naked Lalla sings;
Where Yeats makes love with Mirabai, while John sees Julian smile.
Where heartsong warms us all so deep that bounds of sadness break.
Oh what a joyous day it is
When Emily at last shall kiss her darling rascal, sweet Hafiz!
Join us for this deliciously nourishing evening of mystic poetry and devotional song from the Bhakti Yoga, Shakta Tantra and Sufi traditions. Feast on the inspirational songs of Lalla, the Kashmiri mystic yogini, and be nurtured by the sweet sounds of kirtan and mantra in praise of the deep feminine, the supreme power of life herself, Devi Ma, Parashakti.
Sivani Mata’s soulful singing sets mantra and the words of Lalla to sweet melodies and nurturing rhythms. Uma Dinsmore-Tuli shines a contemporary light on the beauty of Lalla’s songs and poems, with simplicity and passion. Russell Stone weaves improvised and spontaneous sounds from the soul with the words of the mystics in nourishing and healing song. Together, these three lovers of the sounds of the awakened heart space will be sharing selections from the mystic poets, and Bhakti song for your delight, enjoyment and inspiration.
The whole evening is held within a nourishing and restful space of informal and nurturing Total Yoga Nidra, delivered in response to the spirits and needs of those attending. When you arrive you’ll be invited to lay down and rest in welcome comfort and warmth for twenty minutes before the beginning of the songs, poems, mantra and kirtan. At the end of the evening there will be a short Total Yoga Nidra ‘coda’, a time to integrate and settle with all that has been shared. There will also be tasty treats to enjoy at the end of the evening. Come prepared to be enchanted and nourished in heart, body and soul by these voices from the heart.
Find out more about those sharing on this evening:
Uma Dinsmore-Tuli: www.umadinsmoretuli.com
Sivani Mata Francis: www.naturalmysticbhajans.co.uk
Russell Stone: www.russelloliverstone.co.uk
Investment: £15 advance, £20 on the day – Advance booking recommended, to book go to: www.thelifecentre.com/workshops-and-courses/tlc-workshops/mystic-poetry-bhakti-song-amp-total-yoga-nidra-evening-2017-dec-09
Drawing of Matangi (tantric goddess of wild creativity) by Sivani Mata Francis
The Life Centre Islington,
1 Britannia Row, London, N1 8QH
Britannia Row is situated just off Essex Road in the heart of Islington. The nearest transport links are Essex Road (Overground) which is 5 minutes’ walk, Angel (Northern Line) which is 10 minutes’ walk, and Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line and Overground) which is 10-15 minutes’ walk. King’s Cross is only 10 minutes by bus on routes 73 and 476. Old Street is 15 minutes by bus on route 271.
The Life Centre Islington is a few yards down Britannia Row from its junction with Essex Road. Essex Road is on many major bus routes, including routes 38, 56, 73, 271, 341 and 476.
There is some parking available on Britannia Row and surrounding streets. Some is pay&display and some residents only, all are free after 6pm on weekdays, after 1:30pm on Saturday and all of Sunday.
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