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Global Mala Yoga for Peace Project Returns to Newark

Aug 31, 2011 07:38PM

This year marks the fifth year of the Global Mala worldwide peace event and New Jersey’s event as well. According to the event’s peace igniter, Debby Kaminsky “the event has grown exponentially in the last five years.” Kaminsky noted that the first year of the event, she had a challenge in getting yoga studios to convene and ride the peace wave. Not any more. There will be more than 45 yoga studios and their communities represented on September 18th.

The event was originally conceived by Shiva Rea, a world-renowned yoga teacher as a way to promote peace and draw attention and action to some of our world’s greatest challenges. Debby became involved when Shiva asked her to oversee the NJ event.

This year’s event will once again be hosted in Newark, New Jersey at Central High School. The city’s mayor, Cory A. Booker has been a huge supporter since inception and is once again planning to attend and share inspiring words with all. Additional speaker and special guest is Tao Porchon-Lynch, the 93-year young yoga teacher who most recently was on a plenary with the Dalai Lama at Newark’s Peace Education Summit. She will be joined by Tara Stiles, Elisabeth Halfpapp, Fred DeVito, Dave Romanelli, Jillian Pransky and special New Jersey teachers to lead all in a combination of ritual sun salutations and yoga poses for a total of 108 poses!!

Local musical talent Daniel McBride, known to all as Dalien 13 Hands will once again provide live music and kirtan for the event. He is joined this year by Go Ray and The Duke from NYC who was most recently at Bhakti Fest and travel the country supporting many yoga festivals and teachers.

The event will be hosting its second children’s event that will run simultaneous to main event. Children of all ages are welcome although all Kindergarten age and younger will need to have an adult present. The children’s event organized by Joni Wellness includes yoga, drumming and a truly usable art project. The project is being run by Barat Foundation who most recently was responsible for the huge peace mural permanently placed on a building in Newark.

Suggested minimum donation for the event is $27 and all proceeds will be donated to numerous NJ oriented organizations including All Stars Project, Barat Foundation, PTSDNJ, Newark Interfaith Coalition for Hope & Peace, Lotus In Action, Kula for Karma, Newark Yoga Movement. First 200 who sign up receive gift bags full of over $300 of yoga goodies including a stainless steel water bottle from Gaiam.

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