Virtual Sunday Service: T is for Trust
October 24 - November 21
Sundays on Zoom
9am-10:15am Pacific Time
Sliding Scale $15-40 each / $55 for all 5
Be uncomfortable with the unknown and learn to TRUST.
Trust asks us to strengthen our faith, surrender and integrity muscles. In a time when nothing seems to make sense, it is one of our most powerful allies.
Do we consider ourselves 100% trustworthy? How do we Trust others? What is it to fully Trust that we are being supported by a higher power? In this 5-week Sunday Series we've gathered some of our favorite yoga teachers, musicians and thought leaders to address the concept of TRUST. We'll unpack and unpack and unpack it some more until we're left with a new found appreciation and ability to Trust.
Each Sunday Service Session features a unique combination of presenters from around the world. We begin with a potent message followed by movement and breath work, a short guided meditation and a writing activity. We'll end with some live music to start our Sunday right and catapult us into the week on a high note.
Only on Zoom. You'll be able to listen to the recordings for a month afterwards.
Proceeds will be split between Talaya Thomas' Kids College Fund & Syesha's "Bring Ra Home" Fundraiser
Masood Ali Khan
JBrave & Lotus Grace
Arouna & Zaza Diarra
In Loving Memory of Talaya Thomas
On June 28, 2021 the world lost Talaya Thomas – an incredible light worker, mom, friend, yoga teacher, fast-as-shit badass runner, adventurer, creator of The Moovment and SoulJour – who worked selflessly for SoulJour starting with our first Global Meditation on Zoom (before Zoom was a thing) on 4.4.2020 until her passing. Talaya was a brilliant connector who shared a big vision in creating a wellness empire transforming as many lives as possible – including all colors and demographics – into a primarily White yoga space. All of the presenters in these Sunday Service Sessions had a direct experience with Talaya in one way or another. She is still in our thoughts, hearts and souls and not a day goes by that we don't hear her saying "You GO GIRL! You do YOU!" We love you the most T and hope that through this Series will be able to better understand the concept of Trust and how it relates to losing a dear sister in her prime and how to navigate being a co-creator of life with T behind the scenes.
Cahuita, Costa Rica. February & May 2021
The Significance of the FeatherThe most powerful feather meanings include: trust, freedom, wisdom, power, strength, and honor. The feather is a communication from our guardian angels, and represent a bridge between the physical and spiritual realm. Birds fly closest to the heavens and feathers are considered direct communication with the divine – a gift from God.
Seeing a feather is a signal from your angel that he/she is listening to your prayers and can help you guide the directions you wanted. Trust that you are not alone in this big world. Someone above is watching and ready to help you.
Here are some other meanings of feathers. Keep your eyes open as you never know when a feather will cross your path!Crow = balance, skill, and cunning
Falcon = speed, movement, and soul healing
Dove = kindness, love, and gentleness
Bluebird = happiness
Hawk = guardianship and far-sightedness
Owl = wisdom
Raven = creation and knowledge
Turkey = pride, fertility, and abundance
Woodpecker = self-discovery
Wren = protection
Swallow = love and peace
Kingfisher = luck
Proceeds Given to the Following Causes:
Talaya's Two Kids Maya & Enzo!Maya is 21 and currently at A-student in college in Montreal. Enzo is 10 living with his dad now in Los Angeles. The majority of proceeds will go towards their continuing education! Feel free to sprinkle in an added donation HERE.
"Bring Ra Home" Movement:
On March 11th, 2021 @Syesha 's son Amen’Ra was forcefully taken from her and her husband by CPS, who claim they refused a B12 shot that was a matter of life and death, which is an absolute lie. They never refused a B12 shot, and at no point was he on the verge of death. Ra was then placed with a foster family without interviewing qualified relatives or friends of our family for placement while they investigate. He was later moved to another caretaker.
On August 11, while they were on our way to the Sheriff’s office to do a wellness check, they were surrounded by flashing lights and armed officers, who unjustly took their newborn Ast from them on the side of the road, exposing her to all kinds of dangers.
Several months later, they were returned - traumatized and in poor health. Their babies were stolen from them. Call it Medical Kidnapping, Legalized Kidnapping, but it was done and this major injustice is not just against their family, but families all over. Some are suffering in silence. We hope to bring light to this horrible injustice happening under the radar. To donate and learn more click here.
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24
Music by Kiyoshi
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31
Music by Sandra Small
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7
JBrave & Lotus Grace
Music by Arouna & Zaza Diarra
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Music by Masood Ali Khan
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21
Ashley Melin, Founder of SoulJour
Ashley Melin has been a freelance graphic designer for 20 years with current clients ranging from Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Starbucks, California School System, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, HEMA Amsterdam. Taking her first yoga class in 1992, she has been a daily practitioner of yoga/meditation ever since, studying extensively with many of the world's best teachers. Since 2007, she has led hundreds of fearless yogis through the magical chaos of India with the goal being to get people out of their comfort zone and living their yoga. 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 she divorced the man she'd been with half her life. It was during this challenging time that the idea for SoulJour was born and she was able to turn her biggest challenge into her greatest gift.
Keith Mitchell was an All Pro Linebacker. His NFL career ended when he suffered a spinal contusion in his 7th season making a routine tackle. Through the experience of this paralyzing injury, Keith learned to be a contributor to his own healing and regained all functionality through conscious breathing, meditation, and yoga. Keith’s compelling story of healing trauma through holistic practices have been featured on Dr. Oz, USA Today, People, Sports Illustrated, Fox News, The Huffington Post, Mantra Magazine, Yoga Journal, MindBodyGreen, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony, Essence, NFL Films, LA Yoga.
For nearly three decades, Sianna Sherman has been an international yoga teacher, training tens of thousands of students and yoga teachers from around the globe. As the founder of Rasa Yoga, Mythic Yoga Flow®, and RITUAL, Sianna regularly shares her expertise at conferences and festivals throughout the world. Sianna touches the human heart through story and the empowerments of yoga in daily life. Her own training includes decades of study with master yoga teachers and scholars in India, Thailand, Europe and the United States. In addition, she has extensive training in bodywork, functional anatomy, herbalism, feminine studies, leadership skills and climate reality. Presently, she is in a two-year mentorship for shadow work and emotional intelligence. She is dedicated to social justice education and to unpacking her own white privilege. Sianna is committed to being Love In Action here on earth to serve.
Masood Ali Khan
Masood Ali Khan has a unique musical performance and voice that inspires a meditative experience with his mesmerizing combination of the 'Hang’ (drum), hand pans and sacred mantras. Masood was born in London into Indian/Muslim heritage and is a musician of eclectic qualities. He has been practicing yoga for over 25 years. Masood studied and practiced Acupuncture and homeopathy and received his PhD at the Open International University of Complementary Medicine in Colombo, Sri Lanka where he was also was head of the faculty for Universal Energy from his Universal Energy teacher 'Master Luong Minh Dang. He is also a Certified Teacher for the Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method® Incorporating vocal exercises and postures to strength to the sounding vessel
( the whole body). Masood’s soul spirit songs are infused with the power of the heart and mind to help humanity.
Tracee Stanley is the founder of Empowered Life Circle, a sacred community and portal of practices, rituals, and Tantric teachings inspired by more than 20 years of study in various yoga and Tantric traditions, including Sri Vidya Tantra and the teachings of the Himalayan masters.
As a post-lineage teacher, Tracee is devoted to sharing the wisdom of yoga nidra, meditation, self-inquiry, nature as a teacher, ritual, and ancestor reverence. She is the creatrix of the Empowered Life Self-Inquiry Oracle Deck and host of the Radiant Rest Podcast, which celebrates the practices, teachers, and traditions that prioritize the rituals of rest, sacred dreaming, and self-care.
Tracee’s best-selling book Radiant Rest - Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation and Awakened Clarity, published by Shambhala Publishing, is now available everywhere books are sold. She is currently resting and musing the creation of a second book and oracle deck.
Peter Sterios is an internationally recognized teacher, author, and entrepreneur based in San Luis Obispo, California. His first yoga video Gravity & Grace made Yoga Journal’s “top 15 yoga DVDs of all time” (2008). He is the founder of Manduka™ (1997), LEVITYoGA™ (2012), and was invited to teach yoga at the White House for Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity initiatives from 2011 to 2013. In 2018, the US Marine Corps invited Peter to the Pentagon to share his ideas on the therapeutic effects of yoga. His first book Gravity & Grace, published by Sounds True and Macmillian Publishers launched in October 2019.
J Brave & Lotus Grace
J Brave is here to inspire others to remember their divine nature. This former counselor for Homeless and At-Risk youth uses his music as a vehicle for service. He is the founder of the internationally renowned Hip Hop collective the Luminaries, visionary of Benevolence Festival, and has toured the world spreading messages of peace, love, and unity throughout his travels. His debut solo album "Amethyst" has peeked the ears of global listeners, and the single "Sacred" has gone viral approaching a million video views on Facebook. He strives to use his songs as a means to express his personal transformation while sharing his stories of resiliency through adversity. He is an avid speaker, and leads workshops & coaching sessions under the theme "Discover Your Sacred Offering" and is in production with his new album “Gifts” set to drop in 2020. J Brave is passionate about uplifting the masses, speaking against injustices, and rekindling our connection to Mother Earth so we may live in a more loving world.
Burned by the flames of pain. Carried by the winds of change. Nourished by the waves of faith. Transformed by the earth’s embrace. Here emerged...Lotus Grace. Lotus' intention is to be a reminder that true healing comes from allowing ourselves to feel.. deeply, authentically, gently, and courageously. Through music, she has come to learn how to accept her emotions as teachers, as well as beautiful visitors waking her up to remembering who she truly is. Her message for humanity is that no matter our differences, when we allow ourselves to drop the walls of separation - we will begin to see that we are One. She channels her deeply emotional, heart-felt songs as messages from the Divine showing us the power of vulnerability, grace, and love
R.R. Shakti, Ph.D. A doctorate in Mythology and Depth Psychology, combined with formal education in Traditional Eastern Arts, (including nearly two decades of work in Yoga, Meditation, Massage Therapy, Ayurveda, and Five Elements) has provided her with stories, symbols, insights, and practices that give life more meaning. She masterfully shows the common threads of image and archetype that weave us all together as ONE.
Shakti is a Mythologist—a dynamic story teller and teacher's teacher. She holds a PhD in Mythology and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Shakti infuses esoteric teachings with real-life meaning to create ritual that is both mystical and practical.
Shakti is a Yoga Professor—with the foundations of her teachings in Yoga, Shambhala and Psychology stemming from her undergraduate education at Naropa University. Her teachings call for radical authenticity and practical human engagement for an embodied experience of awakening to one's inner power. In her dynamic workshops, Shakti combines ecological awareness, social service, and mind/body integration to offer an inspired message of peace and personal empowerment.
Shakti is a Wellness Facilitator—a certified Yoga Therapist, licensed Massage Therapist, and Ayurvedic Consultant, she has studied holistic approaches to wellness for nearly 20 years.
Arouna & Zaza Diarra
Arouna Diarra, originally from Burkina Faso, West Africa, is an accomplished n’goni and balafon player. Performing a tradition of folk songs reflecting topics from war to building love for one another, Arouna sings with spirit, nostalgia, and great joy in his native language, Bambara. Arouna brings a dynamic repertoire to the table, full of timing changes and improvisational prowess. He plays the kamale n’goni, a 14-string harp-like instrument (which he makes himself), with a melodic and percussive sensibility.
Arouna was born into a family composed of musicians, poets, and storytellers. A twelfth-generation musician, he was destined to bring traditional West African music into the modern day, further developing it while remaining true to its roots. Whether performing on stage at Red Rocks or intimate community settings, Arouna brings joy, harmony, and a connection to traditional folk music.
Zaza Diarra (voice, marakas, and dundun) was born in Burkina Faso and has a great passion for music. She is deeply involved in the local music scene and manages Arouna Diarra LLC alongside her husband. She also founded, and is the director of, Immanuel Care for Children, a childcare center located in Phoenix.
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.
Mary Clare "MC" Sweet
Mary Clare "MC" Sweet is a globally recognized yoga teacher and entrepreneur. A practitioner for over 25 years, MC refused to be put into a box. She teaches from the lineage of ashtanga, Bhakti, and rock and roll. Her classes are creative yet grounded in a depth of honor for the practice of yoga. She envisions a world where children are taught tapping in kindergarten and adults are given recess daily. In 2010, Mary Clare opened Lotus House of Yoga, studios located in Nebraska and online. She wrote the curriculum for her virtual training schools in 200/300hr Yoga School, Prenatal and Matresence Yoga School, and High Vibrational Coaching.
Sandra Small is a singer-songwriter & NYC native. Ever since her debut EP release “World Gone Crazy”, in 2006 & her 1st full album release in 2009 “Illusions”, Sandra Small has been writing about the troubles of the world and how to push through to realize one's dreams. In 2013 Sandra recorded her last record with The Smallworld Band. Shortly after that, the lead guitarist in her band passed away, along with 3 other people close to her. It was hard to finish anything at that time.
Moving forward, It seems that now Sandra has lots to share from that time period. Sandra’s music continues to keeps her on the path of discovery. With each new cycle of life, Sandra opens new doors, discovering the new territories that lie in the depths of her own mind and creativity. Sandra is currently on a solo mission, producing her own recordings and performing live shows with rhythms, and a blanket of sound enhanced with rhythmic melodies, lines, riffs with her loop pedal and heartfelt vocals.
Kiyoshi is a visionary-inspirational vocalist, musician, and songwriter, with a deep passion for empowering humanity. He is a purpose driven wordsman whose fusion of upbeat hip-hop, soulful sounds, rhythms and rhymes are rooted in social, spiritual, and political awareness to provoke the world to listen and feel what is true. Blending styles from his Pacific Island and African American lineage, he built his reputation as one of Metro Detroit’s most creative and talented artists. Kiyoshi currently resides in Southern California, where he performs, rap coaches, curates events, and teaches workshops. He’s performed and collaborated with Beats Antique Orchestra, The Polish Ambassador, Luminaries Crew, Zap Mamma, Aloe Blacc, Xavier Rudd, Mayer Hawthorne, Slum Village and more.
Youmie Jean Francois is a Haitian-born, New York City raised entrepreneur tackling the wellness industry for travelers. She is an avid traveler who speaks 4 languages and has a passion to help people heal from their traumas and remind them of the power they have. She is also a consultant for wellness entrepreneurs. Youmie’s love for traveling began when she was a professional back-up dancer for musicians. During her international tours, she quickly realized she often suffered from lower back pain while taking long flights. She also noticed the level of anxiety that increased among many travelers while waiting for their flight to board, so she decided to do something about it.
While waiting for her plane to board in Morocco, Youmie had the idea for “Flex-N-Fly.” Flex-N-Fly is a wellness company that provides stretching/relaxation classes to travelers before they board their international and domestic flights. Flex-N-Fly also offers inflight wellness programs. The company’s first products are “The Flex|Mats.”
The Flex|Mats are yoga, Pilates, and prayer travel mats created for people on the go. They are perfect for travelers to use at the airport for a quick stretch and meditation routine before their flight but they can be used anywhere. The Flex|Mats are microfiber suede, eco-friendly, free of PVC, and machine washable. They are lightweight enough to fold and throw it in the bag. Flex-N-Fly's goal is to expand the face of wellness and to help ease those who suffer from anxiety before, during, and after their flight.
Beyond being the Founder and Executive Director of Im’Unique, Tyrone Beverly is a gifted and inspiring yoga instructor, bringing excitement and a higher purpose to every class.
Tyrone is one of the leading advocates for diverse inclusivity in yoga and has been teaching yoga for over 10 years. His extreme passion for equality, human rights, unity, and physical and social health has kickstarted a wellness movement that unites communities and fosters healthy lifestyles across the nation. Both internationally and nationally known, Tyrone has touched global communities by successfully taking his health initiative to locations such as the Ragamuffin Summer Camp in Settlement, Jamaica and Wudang, China.
Beverly’s life work epitomizes his vision of a future with more problem solvers and solution based thinkers, that are equipped to deal with the historical and systematic challenges we face as a society. He reminds us that we all have the power to improve our lives and contribute to positive change.
The founder and creator of Katonah Yoga seamlessly relates her approach to yoga through comparing it to the likes of a musician. She says, “I like to play with the idea that yoga is music, and there are lots of different types of music – but all music is playing with the same notes, the same chords; so how are you going to time it, how are you going to put it all together.”
She says “what’s really powerful is to develop the mind, body, and breath to work together. I think everyone should be self-responsible, to have integrity and to integrate all three”, which is why she has spent much of the past decade developing her Meditation Maps.
Born in Egypt in 1954, Nevine moved to New York at the age of three. In her early 20’s, while studying history and comparative religion at Vassar College, she discovered meditation. She understood that there is a function, a formality and a fit to the universe and that yoga is a tool, a technique – a practice with repetition which gives us the opportunity to participate in life with intelligence and joy.
Nevine started a daily practice in NYC with renowned yoga instructor Allan Bateman, in the 1970s and became fully immersed in what would become her life’s work. She began teaching Yoga in 1980, and founded the Katonah Yoga Center in Katonah, New York in 1986.Nevine continues to teach through her studio’s online offerings based out of Bedford Hills, NY.