Unified Field Retreat

THE UNIFIED FIELD: Yoga, Music and Neuroscience

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 Tantra
  • 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


Friday, 26 May
18:30 – 21:30hrs (3 hours)

Saturday, 27 May
09:30 – 12:30 (3 hours)
14:00 – 17:00 (3 hours)
20:00 – 22:30 Kirtan evening program * (2.5 hours)

Sunday, 28 May
10:00 – 12:00 yoga class with live music * (2 hours)
12:00 – 13:30 (1.5 hours)

*Kirtan and Yoga class with live music are included as part of the workshop, but also open to the public as separately ticketed events.


St Kevin’s Community Centre
45 Bloomfield Ave, Wood Quay, Dublin


€295 when paid by May 1, 2017 / €375 when paid by May 26, 2017

Payment via Brown Paper Tickets

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Course Facilitators:

Dearbhla Kelly M.A. 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.

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.


Link to Sage Magazine article “Sex, Drugs and Kirtan” by Dave Stringer and Dearbhla Kelly exploring the neurochemistry of chanting:

Sex Drugs and Kirtan.pdf

Link to LA Yoga article “Karma is Chemistry” by Dearbhla Kelly:


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Photos by Robert Sturman