The Art Of Living officially announced that they are bringing yoga to dance music events here in the US via their Yoga Rave production. While many of the major yoga festivals are focusing on day events and are just looking to gather yogis together, Art of Living wants to offer those individuals who crave to dance all night long using drugs and alcohol an alternative with their first (in the US) Yoga Rave.
The yoga community has so much to be proud of here in the US as people all over are now embracing this practice on so many levels. Because of this we are now seeing so many other products and services infusing yoga into its formula. With yoga festivals like Wanderlust, BhaktiFest, Tadasana Festival, and many others popping up all over the place, it is pretty easy to see that this is just the beginning.
Raves and nightclubs have been synonymous with all out debauchery including drugs, alcohol, smoking, and any other toxic ingredient you can think of. Teenagers and young adults are drawn to these events to get out their frustrations and inability to deal with life challenges. While raves do offer a therapeutic environment for these individuals to dance away their negative energy, the downside is that it also adds other negative energies: mainly drugs and alcohol.
“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.
“As an ex-rave promoter and magazine publisher, I know all too well what goes on at raves and I would like to applaud Art Of Living for offering teenagers and young adults an alternative. While it is never an easy task in the beginning because most people are set in their way, you have to start somewhere,” says Sergio DiazGranados, YogaTrainingGuide.com Director.
The events will be touring around all over in the US starting out in New York on March 29th and Club Pacha. Here is the full schedule:
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
The proceeds from the Yoga Rave concerts will go towards bringing Youth Empowerment Seminar (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 manner. In the 2010-2011 school year, YES! For Schools reached over 12,000 students in 36 schools nationwide.
To learn more please visit Yoga Rave