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Sound Bath/Gentle Yoga Benefit for the Kua’ana Project with Bryan Jordan & Robin Shepard
October 28, 2022, @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm HST
We have developed a tiered payment system for this event. For those of you who can afford to pay on the higher end of the scale, your payment helps to support those who cannot. This is one way to leverage our privilege and stand for equity for everyone. If you cannot pay the higher end suggested, consider what is authentically sustainable for you, and pay that. We are excited to see you all at the event! Thank you for supporting the Kua’ana Project!
$65 | Supporter Rate (support others as well as yourself)
$45 | Sustainer Rate (pays for you)
$25 | Community Rate (discounted)
Value of this workshop: $45
If none of the above pricing options are within your means, please contact us at email@example.com for more options.
Friday, October 28, 2022
7:30-9:00 pm HST
100% of proceeds will be donated to HHHRC’s Kua’ana Project, in support of Hawaii’s Transgender community
Welcome to our monthly Benefit Sound Bath Series! My mission behind creating this series is to bring more peace to the community and to the world. It is designed to fill you with serenity, and healing that you can spread throughout your community, while at the same time helping nonprofit organizations throughout the nation and the world.
This month I am excited to support an incredible organization providing help, support, and care for Hawaii’s Transgender community: HHHRC’s Kua’ana Project. Kua’ana is the Hawaiian term for older sibling. In the ‘ohana (family) structure, kua’ana take responsibility of caring for the kaina (younger sibling) and guide them as they pursue their goals. Through the Kua’ana Project, peers of the transgender community kōkua (assist) other transpersons using their own personal experiences. Whether it be to search for jobs, legally change their names, or access stable housing, the Kua’ana Project staff are able to support and encourage kaina with compassion and understanding.
About this event
This Yoga Nidra/Sound Healing event is designed to help bring a little peace, and comfort into your life.
Robin will guide the first half of the session with a gentle yoga routine set to the crystal singing bowls to encourage relaxation and prepare you for a deeper meditation. Robin’s sense of curiosity has led her to create a unique style of yoga that is dynamic and personal, allowing each student to explore sensation, and find space and range on their own terms. She invites your own curiosity as you sink into progressive relaxation and meditation through the use of natural breath mechanics, techniques to ease tension in the body and quiet the mind, and through unexpected approaches to traditional poses to allow you to tune in to your individual experience.
During the second half of the class Bryan will immerse you in a musical sound journey with the crystal singing bowls. Bryan’s unique approach to sound healing incorporates his training in classical music to create a beautiful, flowing soundscape. Every session becomes a brand new composition, designed to help you reach deeper, and deeper states of relaxation, and meditation. This music will guide you into a state where deep healing, and rest occurs. You will leave the class feeling rejuvenated, restored, and peaceful.
A few of the services the Kua’ana Project provides:
-Name change applications
-Gender affirming treatment referrals
-Family transgender education
-One-on-one peer counseling
-Transition guidance and esteem building
Bryan believes that when we all live from our authentic selves, we have the power to change our community and the world. After studying classical music at the University of Montana, he moved to O’ahu to pursue massage therapy, sound and other healing arts. Bryan has a passion for the transformative power of sound, music, nature and art, and has been using crystal singing bowls to create healing music for over 15 years. His goal is to help as many people as possible create a life of well-being, purpose and joy, by offering live sound healing events, and creating meditative music for YouTube and Insight Timer. You can reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org & https://www.youtube.com/bryanjordanmusic
Robin Shepard E-RYT200/ RTY500, RCYT, YACEP
Originally a native of the Pacific Northwest, Robin spent the last 13 years traveling, raising her family, and acquiring knowledge and skills living in such places as Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Ho Chi Minh City. Though she will never stop wandering, she now considers Honolulu home. She feels lucky to have been a part of the vibrant yoga culture of Vietnam where she completed her foundational yoga teacher trainings with Suzanne Vian of Yoga Vietnam and her 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training in the FluidUs Method with Carlos Tao. Additionally, Robin is a registered Children’s Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, and has training in Pre-Natal and Post-Natal yoga.
Accordingly, Robin enjoys teaching both the young and the young-at-heart. As a life-long learner, she is fascinated by recent scientific discoveries around fascia and functional movement and their implications for the practice of yoga. This curiosity has fueled exploration and experimentation to create a style of movement that is playful and dynamic, with practical benefit for everyone from absolute beginners to more advanced practitioners. She is always looking for ways to deliver a more personal experience, with respectful irreverence and fun. She links functional movement skills, breath mechanics, and novel approaches to traditional poses to increase somatic awareness, mobility, and build an organic mind/body connection.
As a long time practitioner, Robin has personally experienced the difference that a regular yoga practice can make in a person’s life. She sees yoga as a doorway, progressing from movement into meditation, awareness, understanding, and finally acceptance of ourselves and others. She considers yoga a powerful and essential practice to help navigate our modern world.
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