AMP Presents Candlelight Yoga with Live Music Aug. 31

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Is there a better way to end the month of August than a session of yoga led by Mike Gaitan? AMP by Strathmore and North Bethesda Sport and Health think they have a winning combination with Thursday evening’s Yoga and Live Music: A Candlelight Practice. The session begins at 7:30 p.m. at AMP, located in the new Pike & Rose community, 11580 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased online at AMP by Strathmore.

Mike Gaitan leads an intermediate level yoga class accompanied by the tranquil sounds of master flautist Deepak Ram. The class includes an intermediate-level asana practice, a savasana accompanied by the sound of gongs, a focus on the breath (pranayama), and a short meditation on prana or the vital life force.

Following the class, refreshments will be provided with an opportunity for discussion.

Yoga instructor Mike Gaitan began the systematic practice of yoga in 2002 and has studied extensively in the school of Parayoga and the Himalayan Institute with Yogarupa Rod Stryker and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. Gaitan’s teaching focuses on developing asana practices to promote stability in the body, breath, and mind, while weaving in yogic philosophies and practices.

Musician Deepak Ram is known for his performances in traditional North Indian (Hindustani) classical music. His compositions and genre-crossing collaborations have won international critical praise, including an award for Best Instrumental Album at the South African Music Awards. Ram is a senior disciple of world-renowned bansuri maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. He is an accomplished soloist and a celebrated instructor and versatile artist. Ram has collaborated with diverse talents including jazz pianists Darius Brubeck and Bheki Mseleku, Tunisian oud player and vocalist Dhafer Yousseff, and the popular South African band Tanana.

Deepak Ram performs Indian classical music in the video below:

According to AMP’s website, participants are encouraged to:

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before class time to set up and relax. To provide a relaxing atmosphere for all, late arrivals will not be allowed to join the class. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
  • Each ticket includes admission to the yoga class along with live music and a beverage.
  • Participants are required to bring their own mats and any other props or equipment that may be needed, along with a water bottle.
  • Please leave everything else in the car. AMP will provide a bag check for those who need it.
  • There will be a photographer at the event. By participating you agree to have your likeness used in future communication about yoga classes at AMP.
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