444 Global Meditation & Sound Healing
Experience 11-minute meditations and sound healings with some of the most renowned teachers in the world. All in real time.
Saturday, April 4th
via Zoom & Facebook Live
A Benefit for Global Giving's COVID-19 Global Relief Fund
Saul David Raye
Together we Rock. Together we Rise. Together our collective intention will create a positive vibration around the globe.
What we experience on April 4 will mark a new beginning. We are currently being asked to change and embrace a new challenge – to get creative and shift – a new paradigm is emerging. During this Global Meditation and Sound Healing SoulJour Experience guided by internationally renowned yoga teachers and musicians in 11 worldwide locations, a true soul friendship with our brothers and sisters around the world will take root. Through these collective virtual meditations and sweet, soulful sounds, we’ll tap into our inner wisdom and send our most positive light to all. We'll cultivate our innermost faith remembering that at soul level, we are one. We'll surrender to Source with a gigantic exhale knowing we are loved and supported. Like the Phoenix bird depicted in our graphics, we're in this together and will emerge as a collective more vibrant and rockin' than ever!
This virtual live stream features eleven 11-minute guided meditations and/or sound baths led by renowned yoga teachers and musicians residing in the United States, Italy, Asia, Morocco, UK, Mexico, Spain, Argentina, India, Brazil, Hong Kong, and Australia. We are all on this soul journey together and no matter where we are in the world at this moment, a massive shift is occurring. We must collect, contain and strengthen our own vital energy in order to flow through this challenge with grace and heartfelt purpose.
This event is free and will be offered on Zoom with a simultaneous Live Facebook video. You MUST register ahead of time in order to be included on the Zoom group platform. Otherwise, you're welcome to join via Facebook on our @SoulJour page.
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Why April 4?
The Numerological Significance of 444 (4.4.2020 = 444 = 12 = 2+1 = 3)
444 is a sacred number. It represents change, truth, justice, and personal character. 444 often appears when a big change is coming. 4 is the number that teaches us all about the bounty of the physical world – earth, air, fire, and water & the 4 directions – north, south, east and west. On the 4th day of creation, Source made the sun, moon, and stars as a symbol of truth. 1+2 = 3 and 3 is the number of creativity. We are being called to use our creative forces to shift our current reality. 12 in numerology is the number that teaches us to “Let Go and Let God” – now more than ever! The impact and significance of April 4, 2020 is the perfect opportunity to gather our collective energy and do something positive during this time of massive change.
Why All the Elevens?
The number 1 represents optimism, motivation, inspiration. 1 is the number of a trailblazer, a leader. It's a reminder that something new is around the corner – a fresh start. When you see 1s in multiples it means it's time to take the first step, to take action, to SoulJour on...
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We will do our best to stay on schedule but times may vary by a few minutes.
8:00am-8:15am: Ashley Melin Welcome
8:15AM - 8:30AM: Janet Lau
8:30AM - 8:45AM: Deobrat Mishra
8:45AM - 9:00AM: Line Halvorsen
9:00AM - 9:15AM: Francesca Cassia & Roberto Milletti
9:15AM - 9:30AM: Zephyr Wildman
9:30AM - 9:45AM: Tara Lee & Maximo Fava
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM: Aline Fernandes
10:00 AM -10:15 AM: Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman
10:15 AM -10:30 AM: Eduardo Ballesteros Sound Healing
10:30 AM -10:45AM: Emmanuelle Sanjeevani Brown
10:45 AM -11:00 AM: Saul David Raye & Jim Beckwith
11-11:11AM: Ashley Melin Closing
Ashley Melin, founder of SoulJour
Ashley has been a freelance graphic designer for nearly 20 years. Her current clients include Nike, Columbia, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Starbucks, and HEMA Amsterdam. Taking her first yoga class in 1992, she has been a daily practitioner of yoga/meditation ever since, having studied with the best teachers all over the world. She began taking groups to India in 2007, with the goal being to get people out of their comfort zone and to practice living life off the mat that only India will do. As an avid mountain biker, skier, 10 time marathon runner, and big mountain climber (climbing over 25 peaks above 14,000 feet ), she has an intimate understanding of pushing limits – physical, emotional, mental – in order to create change. This concept became the most real when 5 years ago, Ashley experienced a radical shift and divorced the man she'd been with half her life. It was during this most challenging time of her life that the idea for SoulJour was born and she was able to turn her biggest challenge into her greatest gift.
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About Our Presenters
Taking his first yoga class in 1980, Rodney Yee is now one of the most recognized yoga teachers in the world and is considered a pioneer of yoga in the United States. Rodney practices and teaches yoga to bring philosophy into action and to unveil the natural beauty of our spirits. He loves the ability of yoga to cleanse the mind and body which allows for presence of being. With his wife Colleen Saidman, Yee developed the Gaia Yoga Studio, designed to make a yoga home practice accessible to a wide audience. Relying strongly on his own practice and intuition to influence his teaching, Rodney Yee has been curious about the mind and body for as long as he can remember. He was a gymnast, a ballet dancer with the Oakland Ballet Company and the Matsuyama Ballet Company of Tokyo, and a philosophy and physical therapy major at the University of California Davis and Berkeley. Having created and appearing in over 30 video titles and numerous audio recordings produced by Gaia, Rodney Yee has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN and PBS, and his instructional programs are often among the top 10 fitness programs in the US. Yee leads workshops and teacher trainings around the world and serves as a co-chair of the Urban Zen Health and Wellness Initiative, a foundation dedicated to bringing yoga, massage and holistic therapies to hospitals around the nation.
Colleen Saidman Yee
Colleen Saidman Yee’s introduction to yoga was at the urging of a roommate who convinced her to attend a class at a loft space in New York City. It was not long after that first class that her worn out running shoes, her basketball, and her boxing gloves became relics of the past. In 1994, after enduring back surgery, Colleen’s commitment to her yoga practice deepened. A graduate of Jivamukti’s teacher training program in 1998, she has been teaching ever since. Saidman Yee has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Times, USA today, New York Magazine, Oprah, Marie Claire, Allure, and has been on the cover of Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga, and Natural Health. She is featured in the PBS special called, “The Practical Power of Yoga.” She has also been a guest on, “Good Morning America.” In 2015, she wrote her first book, Yoga for Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom. A consummate student, Colleen’s thirst for yoga knowledge is insatiable. Saidman Yee has taught many teacher trainings of both 500- and 200-hour programs. She holds a certification in Shiatsu and lived in Calcutta, India, working with Mother Theresa at the Home for the Destitute and Dying. She owes tremendous gratitude for her studies of bhakti and vinyasa to David Life and Sharon Gannon. She studies with Richard Rosen and Richard Freeman as frequently as possible. She also offers thanks to the many other teachers with whom she has studied as well as to her husband, Rodney Yee, who remains her principal teacher. Together with Rodney, she created and now co-directs the Urban Zen Integrative Therapist Program, a worldwide initiative of Donna Karan. Saidman Yee lives in Sag Harbor, New York, where she is the director of the famous yoga Shanti yoga studio. She and Rodney are raising their wonderful children and are teaching yoga teacher trainings and retreats worldwide.
Saul David Raye
Saul has been practicing and teaching for over 25 years, primarily influenced by his studies of Ha-tha Yoga, Bhakti, Tantra, Thai Massage, Pranic Healing and Shamanism. Saul’s heart-centered approach to yoga and healing have influenced many students and teachers around the world. He is able to bring alive the ancient wisdom teachings for modern seekers and create a safe space for students to connect deeply with their own authentic power, spirit and truth. For over 20 years he has taught at conferences, festivals & retreats both in the USA & abroad and has presented alongside many luminaries in the spiritual world. His music project 10,000 Suns! Music for Healing, Peace & Awakening’ reached #3 on the iTunes world music charts. He has taught and performed at festivals and healing centers around the world and continues to share his work through online programs, teacher trainings, workshops, sacred journeys + retreats & sacred music.
Jim Beckwith is an accomplished musician, songwriter and teacher. His love of music and yoga inspired him to focus on bringing live music to yoga classes. Jim's music is soulful and evocative of healing and inner awakening. He mixes mantra chants and English lyrics with a melodic and accessible tapestry of sound, exotic instrumentation and undulating rhythms. A compelling lyricist with a voice that soars from high to low with the greatest of ease, Jim is a devoted yogi and musician who focuses on Bhakti - the great yoga of the heart.
Jim has played with many of the world's top teachers: Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Desiree Rumbaugh, Amy Ippoliti, Sianna Sherman, Janet Stone, Kia Miller, Silvia Mordini and Tommy Rosen, among others.
Jim recently move to Bologna, Italy where he is weathering out the virus in one of hardest hit countries in the world.
Tara is internationally recognised as one of Britain's foremost yoga teachers. She specializes in Vinyasa flow yoga, pregnancy yoga and postnatal yoga. She's also a popular teacher of teachers, running intensive courses for established instructors several times a year. Tara regularly appears on television, in magazines and online and has been named one of the UK's top five teachers by the London Evening Standard. Her following extends beyond her physical practice in London thanks to her popular Bump Mat and her acclaimed line of yoga DVDs, which grew from her 2008 bestselling DVD, Pregnancy Health Yoga. Tara's range of yoga DVDs is regularly featured in the Amazon top 20 bestselling fitness DVDs and she has sold over 150,000 discs worldwide.
Pandit Deobrat Mishra
Deobrat Mishra is one of the most energetic and innovative Sitar artists in India. Refinement, melodic and rhythmic complexity are some of the features of his lively style of playing. Born in 1976, he represents the 11th generation of the Benares Gharana tradition. When he was a child, he studied Tabla with his mother, Pramila Mishra, granddaughter of the well-known Tabla player Pandit Baiju Mishra. He started to study vocal music with his father at the age of five and began his Sitar training a year later. That same year, after only six months of practice, he performed on stage for the first time. Five years later, he played for All India Radio. In 1994, he began touring internationally and the Best Young Sitar Player of India Award. Currently he conducts workshops, solo performances for radio and television, international annual tours, as well as world music concerts with Indian, American and European artists. He is the co-founder of Academy of Indian Classical Music alongside his father, Pandit Shivnath Mishra.
Roberto Milletti & Francesca Cassia
Roberto Milletti world’s renowned leader and co-founder of Odaka Yoga®, as well as being one of the 14th Yoga Alliance International Australia: Master Yoga Platinum, the highest recognition in the industry by a Yoga Organisation. He has been featured in “Om Yoga Magazine UK” as one of the three world leaders in new, contemporary forms of yoga. Roberto teaches at studios and yoga festivals worldwide. Roberto has created an innovative form of yoga that incorporates martial arts, Zen and traditional yoga postures. He is a Master of how to embrace flow and move Ki (the inner power) to open students up to endless possibilities, living by the mantra “We are not here to do yoga, we are here to become yoga”.
Francesca Cassia is an acclaimed International Yoga teacher and co-founder of Odaka Yoga®, as well as a Yoga Alliance International Australia Master Yoga Platinum, the highest recognition in the industry by a Yoga Organization. With yoga it has been love at first posture, and since then her life has been dedicated to the empowering and transformative process of placing the body and mind in a dynamic interplay to reach the perfect alignment. Students call her the “Queen of Psoas.” She has been teaching yoga and running teacher trainings for over 20 years in Europe, USA (United Nations New York City), Australia, Japan. Most, recently she became chief editor of Yoga Alliance International online Journal.
Born on the southern coast of Brazil, Aline lived in NYC for over 15 years. It was there in the bustle of city life that she found her daily devotion to study and practice with Eddie Stern (Ashtanga Yoga New York). Over the years Aline’s deep reverence for yoga took her to India where she became an Ashtanga Yoga Instructor (Level 2 by KPJAYI) under the teachings of Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois. Through her commitment to the practice Aline eventually became an assistant teacher to Eddie Stern at AYNY (Ashtanga Yoga New York), taught at Tumblr and Nike NYC, and has led workshops and retreats in Brazil, Hawaii, Uruguay and Spain. Whether at home or on the road, Aline’s yoga practice is accompanied by her love of meditation. While in NYC she studied Transcendental Meditation at the David Lynch Foundation and Vedic Meditation with Thom Knoles. With a deep belief in vibrant health and overall wellness as a way of life, Aline’s yoga retreats and events have a sustainable approach, often supporting environmental organizations and social projects.Today Aline finds herself based back home in Brazil and is enjoying teaching yoga to her newest and most favorite student ~ her 13 month old son Noah.
Zephyr Wildman has been a Senior Yoga Teacher in London since 2002 and has been on the Yoga Campus Yoga Teacher Training Diploma course since 2005. Zephyr currently teaches at The Life Centre, yoga centres around London, privately, online platforms and at London-base Treatment Centres for addiction, depression and other dependency problems. She is a Yoga Ambassador for Our Mala and Lululemon and teaches for The Gates Foundation in London. Her teachings focus on combining the elements of creative movement, flow and dynamic sequencing, focusing on alignment and kinesiology. She has a great interest in integrating psychology, yogic philosophy, and the attraction of self study within her practice, teaching and lifestyle. She integrates the transformative teachings of Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Mary Taylor & Richard Freeman’s Ashtanga methods and Para Yoga – Rod Stryker in her teaching. She is registered with Yoga Alliance US & UK as a 500 hour Yoga Teacher.
As a third generation yogini Emmanuelle was introduced to the spiritual path in her lounge room where white clad masters would teach early morning yoga & meditation classes. At the tender age of 5 she took to art healing when embarking in her first Reiki program with MASTER Beth Grey. Now after 20 years of working within health and wellness Emmanuelle blends her vast knowledge of training for human excellence in settings of private classes to presenting in major conferences & retreats internationally. Her favourite pastime is exploring theology and philosophy, which inevitably pulls her back on yearly pilgrimages to her heartland of India; contemplating under the guidance of Guru Yogrishi Vishvaketu & Swami Atmananda. Today Emmanuelle is known for her life-affirming and exuberant teaching style. She creatively inspires her students so they may learn to facilitate their own growth within the realms of spirituality and the healing of mind, body and spirit.
Eduardo received his crystal bowl training directly from Paul Utz, the founder of Crystal Tones. Adding the singing bowls to his spiritual practice has been life changing. With every crystal bowl session, he feels he's as blessed as much as those who come for healing. Eduardo’s crystal singing bowls are made of 99.9% pure quartz crystal. They are infused with only the finest gemstones and precious metals. In the hands of a master, these bowls sing like angels. Their pure, vibrant tones, along with Eduardo’s intuitive playing, create a euphoric world. It’s like stepping into a sound chamber of healing vibrations that revitalize the mind, body, and spirit, and leaves you feeling amazing. Eduardo has a daily practice of praying, meditating, greeting the sun every morning outdoors because those first rays of light are potent.
Line lives on Gran Canaria, Spain, but is originally from Norway. Yoga changed her path. As a former long distance runner with a body full of aches and pain, yoga was a challenge in so many ways. The practice transformed her body and mind completely and all she wanted to do was learn so that she could teach others to experience transformation. Since 2009 she’s been teaching yoga in Argentina, Norway & Spain. Her yoga path started with Ashtanga, followed by Anusara, creating a contrast which led to a passion for alignment and flow focusing on cultivating wellbeing & vitality in every class. As a mom of 3 little angels, everyday she tries to balance life the best way possible using all the wonderful tools that yoga has put in her path.
Maximo is a sound meditation teacher and musician from Argentina whose purpose is to share his music as a transformational experience using the handpan as a powerful sound vessel. He has spent time studying handpan, yoga, and facilitating ceremonies in Australia, India, Mexico, Argentina, Canada, in the US and Europe. Maximo believes there is much of one’s self to be discovered within the sounds of singing steel.