Bhava Fridays™ offers a live musical & yoga experience. Our special signature class of Abhaya Yoga, is the perfect end to your week. The teacher and the musician collaborate to create the mood, vibe, or “bhav”. Enjoy a sweet, flowing asana practice attuned to the musical ambience while cultivating devotion and surrender. Let your mind go, be carried by the magical sounds, and allow your heart and body be free to celebrate Friday night, 6:45 – 8 PM!

Bhava Schedule – Abhaya Gowanus

Date
Teacher
Musical Talent
Description
November 9
Tara Glazier
Marje Wagner
I’m a Kirtan singer and keyboard player. I’ve been writing melodies to Sanskrit chants and am excited to be rehearsing with a four-piece Band for an upcoming recording of these chants.For 30-plus years I have also worked as a jazz musician, playing at venerable clubs such as The Blue Note and Birdland.In 2003 I began practicing Sanskrit Chant, adding it to my yoga practice of postures, breathing and meditation.I studied chants with Bhavani Lorraine Nelson and with the late Namadeva Thomas Ashley-Farrand. I also practice at the Ananda Ashram in Monroe, NY.I have led Kirtan at Shambhala Yoga (in Prospect Heights) and at Integral Yoga in lower Manhattan. For the last nine months I have led a monthly FULL MOON WOMEN’S CHANT CIRCLE in my home studio.
November 16
Tara Glazier
Clinton Greenlee
Clinton Greenlee is a New York City based musician, composer, and educator. As a composer/performer, Clinton fuses styles from all around the world all while keeping the intention of supporting and inspiring those practicing the spiritual traditions of Yoga and Meditation. As a bassist he also performs new original music all throughout the city and northeast with many different popular groups including Arjun, Inti & the Moon, Jack Ross, Justin J Llyfe Thomas, and the Kobi Arad Band. A Virginia native, Clinton is a proud graduate of George Mason University’s School of Music. It was here that Clinton was first exposed to music as a healing art working under the direction of Dr. Glenn Smith. In his post graduate studies he is training to become an Alexander Technique teacher with Ann Rodiger at the Balance Arts Center.
November 23
Bree French
Coming Soon
Coming Soon
November 30
Tara Glazier
Sarthak
Coming Soon

Origins of the word Bhava

“Bhava is a sanskrit word that can be defined as “a way of being, a state of mind, temperament, attitude, personal manner, and also, “mood, feeling, sentiment, emotion”. In some contexts, it also means “inner essence or “spiritual heart”.”
Excerpt Exquisite Love, by Bill Mahony

Mahabhava: “The “great state, sublime state” that is Love; similarly, the devotional love that supports, stands within, and yet also transcends all other states.”
Excerpts from Exquisite Love, by Bill Mahony

Testimonials

Miriam Butterman
“Friday evening Bhava class is deeply integrated and open experience of movement, wisdom and music. It’s evening of letting go with the body, while my mind rests into my heart. I’ve been coming to Bhava classes for six years and the evening never fails me. I leave with a reset into my natural vibe, blissed out each and every time.”
– Miriam B.

On the banks of the Yamuna
The flute was heard.
The Flute-Player has captured my heart,
My soul has not strength to withstand.
Dark Himself,
Krishna is seated on a dark blanket
By the waters of the Yamuna.
On hearing the sounds of the flute
I lose body-consciousness,
My body remaining like a stone.
15th-16th century poet, Mirabai