The Unified Field: Yoga, Music & Neuroscience

Bloomfield Avenue, Dublin, Ireland
St Kevin's Community Centre
May 26 18:30 - May 28 13:30

The Unified Field: Yoga, Music & Neuroscience – with Dearbhla Kelly & Dave Stringer
Explore the non-dual philosophy at the heart of yoga, through the lens of neuroscience. Experience how it is expressed through the practices of asana, pranayama, chanting and meditation. Extend your understanding of the benefits of yoga practice: equanimity, self-mastery, freedom and ecstatic embodiment.

From the perspective of Eastern philosophy, the bliss we are seeking is already inside of us. From the perspective of modern brain science, this is also a true statement. To the scientist, bliss is a chemical state that the body itself produces, and it is a state that we are apparently hard-wired to seek. The practices of yoga are one of the world’s oldest means of finding it. Asana, Chanting and Pranayama affect the areas of the brain that create our sense
of where our body ends and the world begins. They also slow and steady breathing, producing hormone and neurological changes in the body that feel simultaneously calming and thrilling. Ecstasy is both the process and the product.

Topics covered:
• Why neuroscience matters for yogis
• Basic anatomy of key structures of the brain and nervous systems
• The science of emotional and spiritual experiences
• How asana, music and meditation influence and alter our perceptions, mind
and spirit
• Essential mantras and their meanings
• History, mythology and philosophy of Kirtan
• Survey of yoga philosophy: Patanjali, Shankaracharaya, Vijñana Bhairava
• Mystics in the yoga tradition: Kabir, Mirabai, Tukaram
• Yoga techniques for empowerment, resilience and flourishing

• Build confidence incorporating yoga philosophy into your classes
• Learn how to use music and mantras in asana classes
• Deepen your comprehension of the practices of yoga as tools for optimizing
physical and emotional health and reducing suffering
• Cultivate discernment
• Find your authentic voice as a yoga teacher

Who is it for:
New and developing teachers and anyone with an interest in deepening their yoga / meditation practice.

Fri 26 May 18:30 – 21:30
Sat 27 May 09:30 – 12:30
14:00 – 17:00
20:00 – 22:30 * kirtan evening program *open to public
Sun 28 May 10:00 – 12:00 *yoga class with live music *open to public
12:00 – 13:30

€295 register by May 1 / €375 register by May 26

Course Facilitators:
Dave Stringer and Dearbhla Kelly M.A.

Dave Stringer is a Grammy-nominated producer, singer, and composer. He has been profiled as one of the most innovative artists of the new Kirtan movement in publications all over the world. His sound marries the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sensibility of American gospel. An articulate and engaging public speaker, Stringer probes the dilemmas of science and spirit with a wry
and unorthodox sense of humor.

Dearbhla Kelly is a Los Angeles-based writer and yoga teacher. Born and raised in Ireland, she began her academic training in Amsterdam and received degrees in philosophy in Dublin and Chicago. She is particularly skillful at marrying the more esoteric teachings of yoga with modern scientific insights and the practicalities of everyday life. Dearbhla teaches yoga,
philosophy and neuroscience workshops and trainings worldwide.

Participant Feedback:
• “I can’t say thank you enough for the course. It opened up my eyes
to many things and was without a doubt, my favourite course to
have completed so far in my yoga teacher journey.” – Rebecca
Barrett, Sydney AU
• “I just wanted to show my gratitude for the amazing course you
held, it was a ‘long’ sought combination of spirituality and science I
haven’t found before.” – Johanne Larsen, Sydney AU
• “The classes… opened my eyes to whole new level of yoga learning
and philosophy.” – Erica McLoughlin, Sydney, AU
• “Thank you so much for your beautiful teachings. I’m so grateful to
learn this knowledge.” – Cat Quilla, Sydney, AU
• “Dearbhla’s articles are some of the best articles I have read so far
because of the high science level combined with a high level of
spirituality. She gets a lot of the scientific knowledge in there
gracefully intertwined with great writing skills and yoga spirituality. I
just want to say thank you for inspiring me! – Johanne Larsen,
Sydney AU

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Photos by Robert Sturman.