Adding a twist to the typical party scene – smoky venues of drugs and alcohol, music and flashing lights, the Art of Living Foundation (AOLF), a global educational non-profit, announced today that it is bringing Yoga Rave to the U.S. for the first time to allow youth and adults to celebrate in a healthy manner. The seven-city national tour led by the high energy music of So What Project! from Argentina will run 3/29-4/7 and will span New York, Philly, Chicago, Columbus, Atlanta, Houston and Seattle.
As teenagers and adults look for ways to enjoy life and have fun, Yoga Rave offers an alternative – an alcohol, drug and smoke free entertainment where hundreds of party goers and yogis can experience a unique blend of chants, beats, yoga, meditation and dancing. This four-hour event will take the attendees on a journey of relaxation from movement and meditation to an all-out celebration. The hi-decibel performance will be led by Nicolás Pucci and Rodrigo Bustos featuring their popular music from the So What Project!
“Teenagers and young adults today are stressed out and looking for ways to let go. Often, they use drugs and alcohol to release the stress but eventually these substances leave them more disconnected and depleted of energy,” says Elan Gepner, US Yoga Rave Director.
Pucci and Bustos have been performing Yoga Rave parties in cities worldwide including São Paulo, London and Berlin since 2001. The duo presents an integral way of conceiving and creating music based on vibrations and thousand-year-old Sanskrit mantras combined with electronic beats in addition to a variety of other musical styles. They have a unique style in engaging with their audience and attracting crowds in thousands. The event will offer soul stirring music, sights and sounds to delight and will use nourishing food to bring a true intoxication to uplift the body, mind and soul.
The proceeds from the Yoga Rave concerts will go towards bringing Youth Empowerment Seminars (YES!) to the local youth across these seven cities.
Yoga Rave is working in partnership with the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) and its dynamic volunteer base. They are focused on improving the mental and emotional health of the students by teaching practical yoga and meditation techniques so that the youth can deal with stress in their daily life in a positive, healthy manner. In the 2010-2011 school year, YES! For Schools reached over 12,000 students in 36 schools nationwide.
The seven city Yoga Rave entertainment events are at:
3/29, Club Pacha, New York, NY, 7-11 p.m.
3/30, 2424 Studios, Philadelphia, PA, 8-12 p.m.
3/31, Plumbers Hall, Chicago, IL, 7.30-11.30 p.m.
4/1, Tom W. Davis Gym, RPAC, Columbus, OH, 8-12.00 p.m.
4/5, The Fox Theatre Egyptian Ballroom, Atlanta, GA, 8-12 p.m.
4/6, Stereo Live, Houston, TX, 8-12 p.m.
4/7, Seattle, WA Bellevue Arts Museum, 8-12pm
For more information visit http://yogarave.org/us/
To view the artists’ past performances visit:
About the Art of Living Foundation
The Art of Living Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational and humanitarian organization founded by spiritual leader and humanitarian Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Sri Sri’s initiatives have benefited more than 30 million people worldwide. The Foundation is one of the UN’s largest volunteer-based NGOs, and works in special consultative status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council, participating in a variety of committees and activities relating to health, education, sustainable development, conflict resolution, and disaster relief. For more information, visit http://www.artofliving.org/us-en.
About the International Association for Human Values The International Association for Human Values (IAHV) is a 501(c)3 educational and humanitarian NGO that is committed to developing and promoting programs of personal development that encourage the practice of human values in everyday life. These values include a sense of belonging to a common humanity, respect for all people, cultures and traditions, respect for the natural environment, an attitude of non-violence and an ethic of social service. IAHV upholds the conviction that the integration of human values into all aspects of life will ultimately lead to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.