Sita Devi is a yogini, kirtan artist and ecstatic dance facilitator in service to the divine. Sita feels the divine channel so deeply and intensely through Bhakti Yoga, she has chosen to make it her life’s purpose.
She holds a BFA in dance from the University of California Santa Barbara, and performed professionally with Method Dance and Ledges and Bones Dance Project in Los Angeles.
Sita registered with the Yoga Alliance for 500 hours and has been teaching yoga for 10 years. When she completed her 500 training Sita began teaching at Bhakti Yoga Shala, in Santa Monica, California where she developed her skills as a teacher and kirtan leader under the guidance of her beloved teacher and friend Govind Das. Her gypsy nature took her on tour teaching at yoga festivals and conferences all over the globe. Sita currently teaches weekly vinyasa and yin yoga classes and hosts a weekly community kirtan at Yoga Tree in Berkeley California.
Sita is the co-founder and co-producer of the Ecstatic Dance Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii.
As a Kirtan Walli, Sita sings and plays harmonium, guitar, kartals and mrdanga and has performed live with Jai Uttal, Donna DeLory, Arjun Baba, Jaya Lakshimi and Ananda, Dave Stringer, Govindas and Radha, Prema Hara, Joey Lugassey, C.C. White, Saul David Raye, Steve Ross and Craig Kohland of Shamans Dream.
Sita has performed and taught at – San Francisco Yoga Journal Conference, Esalen Yoga Festival, Nantucket Yoga Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, Wanderlust, Symbiosis, Gaia, Pranafest, Bhaktifest, Shaktifest, Lucidity, Beloved, Earthdance, Yoga Rocks the Park, Color Festival, Sonic Bloom, V Elements, Enchanted Forest, Hawaii Spirit Festival and Mystic Island Festival.
Sita currently collaborates quite often with Janet Stone accompanying her in Teacher Trainings, Retreats and weekly classes. In this collaboration, she offers live chanting in classes and some workshops and kirtans with the groups. She has also accompanied yoga classes for Shiva Rea, Baron Bapiste, Saul David Raye, Sianna Sherman, Ashley Turner, Eion Finn, Annie Carpenter, Micheline Berry, Elena Brower, William Duprey, Govindas and Julie Mitchell.
She intends to share this heart opening practice with everyone, making it easily accessible. It is her dream and goal to make Bhakti, devotional service, something that anyone can do, without limitation, expectation, discrimination or judgement. Sita’s devotional service is intended to include all beings in experiencing divine love and light.
Tyler is lover of many Energy Arts. His embodied spirit began from the games of an early Athlete, and after depleting the body from chasing after too much competition, he entered into the depths of Healing through Table Massage, Vibrational Healing, Reiki, Breema, Psychic School, and Matrix Energetics before becoming one of the first Certified AcroYoga Instructors in 2006. After overcoming a childhood fear of dance, Tyler went on to cofound Ecstatic Dance Oakland in 2008, helping to ignite Ecstatic Dances around the world from the inspiration that began on the Big Island of Hawaii. Ecstatic Dance also launched his DJ career, this time fulfilling a childhood passion, making mix tapes with a storyline. He now uses his Spirit Name from the OSHO Community, as DJ Avani, meaning River. Tyler is also currently working on his Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medical QiGong, and is an advanced student of QiDao, a Tibetan Shamanic QiGong taught by lineage holder Lama Tantrapa. He is also a new Father, and the Adventure continues to Evolve…
Anjuli Mahendra is a creative, heart-felt movement arts teacher, board certified massage therapist (LMT, 1000+), and founder of Embodied Resonance. Her initiation into somatics started in 1999 with a dedicated yoga practice and since then has trained in Contact Improvisation, Butoh, and Acro-yoga. Her passion to explore movement and bodywork cross-culturally took her to the far reaches of India, Thailand, Hawaii, and Bali giving her a well-rounded, non-dogmatic approach to her teaching.
Anjuli loves teaching Contact Yoga, weaving together juicy practices from partner stretching, contact improvisation, and Thai massage. Her teaching is a bridge between yoga, dance, and massage worlds, encouraging trust, intimacy, and connection amongst her students. She humbly bows to the feet of her teachers and students as well as the immense wisdom of Nature that continually supports us all.
You can find Anjuli teaching Contact Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Thai Massage, and Dance workshops and retreats in the US and abroad.
Alok is the founder of Rock Water Healing Arts which focuses on wellness in all aspects of life. Since 2004, Alok has traveled extensively studying a variety of yoga styles including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, Shadow, Acroyoga, and Hatha. He then started his bodywork journey studying Thai Massage in Thailand. Alok has since done trainings in Acupressure, Shiatsu and Chi Nei Tsang techniques. With his dedication to the yogic arts and a degree in exercise physiology, Alok has a keen knowledge of the muscular and energetic systems of the body.
Alok is currently leading workshops and retreats in Contact Yoga which combines contact improvisation, partner yoga, and Thai Massage. This practice develops trust, communication, and awareness through touch and is essential to healing the self and relationship to others.
Kumu Ehulani has studied hula, and chanting, under 14 different kumu hula (hula teachers) in the Hawaiian Islands. “Every kumu hula is different,” she says, “and shares a wonderful knowledge of the Hawaiian hula, and chant. I’m very proud of every one of my kumu hula, and it is a blessing that I was able to learn hula and chant from them.” Having learned various lineages and styles of hula and chants, Ehulani has developed her own style by incorporating elements of all. Studying with the Kanaka’ole ‘ohana was a very big plus, getting deeper into my Hawai’ian culture.
Ashley Klein (Ed.S) is a dancer, retreat facilitator, and music business manager based in Sedona, Arizona. She supports the world music performance and healing practice of Poranguí, with the mission of helping to awaken individuals through the healing power of music and dance. Additionally, Ashley co-creates retreats based in Sedona and Eden Hot Springs creating containers for individuals to dive deep and blossom into awakening consciousness. She has a background as a school psychologist working with children and young adults with special needs, and is a dancer, yogi, and healing artist at heart. Her movement background ranges from pointe shoes to pom pons, with a current focus on African diaspora dances. Among others, she is a student of Rosangela Silvestre, Kimberly Miguel Mullen, and Samantha Sweetwater, and is a Certified Facilitator of Dancing Freedom. She has been facilitating Dancing Freedom since 2009 including at retreats and festivals such as Lightening in a Bottle and Symbiosis.