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Amma Satsang

MONTHLY SATSANG: The 1st Sunday of EVERY MONTH at 5:30pm*
FREE and Priceless.

Satsang is a Sanskrit word meaning a close association or companionship with a Self-Realized Soul. It can also refer to discussion or hearing of spiritual truths expressed by Self-Realized Masters. In the scorching heat of worldliness, being in the presence of a Master or a Master’s teachings is like a cool breeze in the shade of a huge tree. Although Amma is the inspiration for this particular gathering, devotees of all traditions are welcome.

Please join us as we gather with some of Amma’s longtime devotees for an inspiring evening of prayer, puja (sacred ceremony) and song. We oftenIMG_20150117_194748398 begin the evening with a short video of Amma or her teachings, followed by a little song (bhajans/kirtan), meditation, and Aarati. In Sanskrit, the word arti – written as aarati – is composed of the prefix aa, meaning complete, and rati, meaning love. Aarti is thus an expression of one’s complete and unflinching love towards the Divine. It is sung and performed with a deep sense of reverence, adoration, and meditative awareness.

Known as The Hugging Saint, Amma (Mother) has physically hugged more than 34 million people from all parts of the world. Her tireless spirit of dedication to uplifting others over the past 38 years has inspired a vast network of charitable activities through which people are discovering the beauty and sense of peace that comes from selflessly serving others. We hope that you will join us in immersing ourSelves in the nectar of devotion and bringing boundless love to life here in Athens!

(It is customary to bring an offering to the symbolic feet of the Master…whether that be Amma or to whomever you bow, and offerings often include incense, flowers, fruit…whatever you would offer the Divine. Please know that this is not a requirement, just a tradition.)

For more information, please see the organization’s website at or call Meghan Madhavi Burke at (706) 613.1143



Insight Meditation

Every Tuesday 7-8:30pm
(meets on the ground level/first office on right)

This Vipasana Mediation group has been meeting at the Healing Arts Centre for 14 years and welcomes all levels of meditation experience. If you are new to meditation and would like an introduction, please contact David Kurtz (706)340-7288. This is a Dana (donation based) gathering.


TM Meditation Group

The first Sunday of every month at 4:30pm (meets in ground level meditation room). uzk5zs2l

This gathering is for those who have completed the TM training and want to share a monthly meditation with other TM practitioners. We will hold a 20 minute group meditation and fellowship with other meditators. . It will be a chance for us to boost our practice and learn from each others’ experiences. We may also listen to teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who taught the Transcendental Meditation technique to thousands of people. Should only last 30-45 minutes. For more information, please contact Forrest Leffer (706) 338-4690. To learn more about Transcendental Meditation and how to receive that training, please contact Mark Cohen (404) 853-2560.



Saturday, December 2nd / 2-3:30pm

Lullaby Yoga w/ Johanna Beekman

Johanna Beekman returns from Oregon to revisit Sangha and help us prepare for the Holy Days!
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(Sliding scale $20-$30)
Lullaby Yoga™, created by Johanna Beekman, RYT 500, is a unique blend of restorative and yin yoga with heart-opening live music. Her classes focus on deep relaxation and healing using principles from therapeutic yoga, yoga nidra, bhakti yoga and nada (sound) yoga.
In Lullaby Yoga, Johanna gently guides participants through a series of deeply relaxing poses while singing to them. The music—a soothing blend of original and traditional pieces from a variety of global cultures—facilitates the healing process by providing a luxurious, peaceful space for the mind to rest while the body relaxes, rebalances, and restores itself. Johanna teaches Lullaby Yoga classes at world-class festivals and studios across the US.
PLEASE call Sangha to reserve: 706/613-1143

Past Events


Saturday, November 11th / 2-3:15pm

Stress Relief Toning with Quartz Crystal Bowls

Join Sound Therapist Vee Baker in taking time for yourSelf to
Relax deeply, Rejuvenate your energy, Feel Peace and Presence!…
Toning is the creation of extended vocal sounds on a single vowel in order to open the flow to the 7 main chakras and experience the sound and its effects throughout the body. Benefits include IMMEDIATE stress relief, improved listening abilities, release of physical and emotional pain, balancing both hemispheres of the brain, union of body and spirit, heightened intuitive abilities, and more. Toning is for people of All ages, ALL religions, and All belief systems. Toning is NOT singing. If you can moan, you can tone. All are Welcome to this donaton-based offering!


Sat., Oct. 7th/ INDIA in ATHENS !

3-8pm: BOMBAY BOUTIQUE- New and gently used Indian Clothing store (men’s, women’s & children’s styles) …great Halloween cotumes!
3-8pm: BOMBAY CAFE- Authentic Indian Food and Beverages (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options) open
3-8pm: MEHNDI (Henna Tattoos) by artist Maya Padmalayam begin at 3pm
3pm: LIVE INDIAN MUSIC begins flowing from the stage at 3pm with Gershone and Krishna. Other sets will include Manjula and the Satchidananda Mission Kirtan Collective, and Amma Atlanta satsang musicians!
4-5pm: FREE BOLLYWOOD DANCE CLASS! Learn a few of the moves from an Indian dancer while having a blast.
7pm: FASHION SHOW brought to you by Sangha instructors and students…come see your friends and teachers sample the Indian clothes in a live auction on the catwalk!
This is a FUNdraiser for Embracing the World, the largest NGO in the world providing relief all over the world. 100% of proceeds will go to this charity. We welcome your generosty and encourage you to come eat and shop freely, suggested $5 donation for music/ dance class/ fashion show-and, everyone is welcome regardless!
Embracing the World ™ is a global network of regional humanitarian organizations inspired by the India-based humanitarian initiatives of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Embracing the World exists to help alleviate the burden of the world’s poor through helping to meet each of their five basic needs — food, shelter, healthcare, education, and livelihood — wherever and whenever possible.


Sunday, Oct. 1st / 8-9pm/ $10

gina Breedlove Oneness Concert:

Songs for Peace & Unity

”In Goddess culture gina Breedlove is a vocal priestess, leaving her privileged audience the recipients of her pure Spirit and deep vocal well”- holly near

Singer, Songwriter, Sound Healer & Medicine Woman​, gina was born in​ Brooklyn, NY.

She began performing at age 15, singing back up for the incomparable Phyllis Hyman​. Since, gina has toured all over the world with artists who, like herself, define and redefine genre; Harry Belafonte, Toshi Reagon, Ronny Jordan, Ani Difranco, Craig Harris, and Sekou Sundiata, to name a few.

She calls her music Folksoul, a coalescence of Rhythm & Blues, with story telling cadences of Folk, Soul, and the gospel truth. Folksoul is music that lifts the Spirit, opens the heart and allows one to find their way. Breathing into the Sound of this woman’s voice,​ gina embodies healing artistry.​ A​n ​Actress​ as well​, gina created the role of “Sarabi” for the Broadway production of “The Lion King”​, and recently​ appears in ​​2 Spike Lee films, ​”Living Da Dream” for NBA 2k16 and “Chiraq“.

With folksoul, gina Breedlove has invented a delectable melange,  a contemporary sound with classic orchestration and an irresistible groove. It is indeed the medicine many of us have been waiting for. It’s music that celebrates the lives we struggle to build, and represents a courageous kind of beauty– that essential antidote to what ails us. Simply put, we need this. “gina‘s voice is sheer revelry, and her beauty captures your heart & mind” -jazztimes



International Peace Day Celebrations begin Friday, Sept 29th...

Satchidananda Mission and Sangha Yoga Studio are pleased to welcome Swami Asokananda to Athens for Peace Day celebrations!
Swami Asokananda, a monk since 1973, is one of Integral Yoga’s foremost teachers and is known for his warmth, intelligence, and good humor. His teaching comes out of his own practice and experience, since he has absorbed the wisdom of his guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda, since the age of 19. While he enjoys sharing the practical wisdom of the Yogic philosophy (especially that of the great Indian scripture the Bhagavad Gita), he also loves his practice of Hatha Yoga and is one of the primary instructors for Intermediate and Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. In the past, he has served as the president of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville® and Integral Yoga® International; he is currently the President of the New York Integral Yoga Institute.
Swami Asokananda will be leading an All Levels Hatha Yoga class at Sangha Yoga Studio on Friday, Sept. 29th / 7-8:45pm. Suggested donation is $25 to cover Swami’s travel expenses, and no one will be turned away. Since space is limited, please RSVP by calling Sangha (706) 613-1143.
Yurt Yoga Athens is hosting Swami Asokananda at Satchidananda Mission on Saturday, Sept. 30th at 5pm for Kirtan followed by Satsang and a Vegetarian Potluck. The subject of Asokanandaji’s talk is “Peace Within, Peace in the Community, and Peace in the World”. Please RSVP for this event and Manjula will give directions (706) 548-3625.
(Donations are welcome for this event.)
And please remember the Peace and Unity 108 Sun Salutations event at the Botanical Garden on Sunday, Oct. 1st at 5:30pm…
you will get to hear Swami Askananda share a few words of inspiration there as well.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.



Friday, Sept. 29th /5-6:30pm

Vibration of Grace™ Healing through Sound Circle

In this experience with Gina Breedlove, you will learn (or deepen) the practice of using the Sound of your Voice to shift stuck energy in your Body temple. We use Breath, Bija (seed) Sounds, Vowels, Words, Intention, & more, to move what no longer serves. This practice creates a sense of spaciousness, and opportunity for Healing your Mind, Body, Spirit. Sound is one way to ignite the Power that is You. 

“This ancient, indigenous Healing modality is rapidly being rediscovered, as more people become aware of how the body responds to Sound. The human body is made up of about 60 – 90 trillion cells, which carry about 70% percent water. Sound travels through water almost 5 times faster then it does though air, this makes Sound an excellent method for penetrating the body on a cellular level as our bodies have an immediate response to Sound. Sound Healers harmonize the cells in the body. Yes, this is Science, and my work is rooted in Divine Love, also know as Spirit.” gina

Come be in the room for our International Peace circle of Grace family.
Bring Your Spirit, You will leave Lifted ~
Sliding Scale offering, $15 – $25

Medincine Woman Gina Breedlove is a Sound Healer, Singer & Songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. Gina will be doing private healing sessions on Saturday, and a Oneness concert on Sunday at 8pm.




A Discussion on Spiritual Practice

Saturday, July 29th (2017)

Swami Sarvadevananda, the minister and spiritual leader of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India. He lived near Belur Math (Swami Ramakrisna’s Ashram) from 1960 onward, and thus got the opportunity to come into contact with many monks who were initiated by Holy Mother, Swami Brahmananda, Swami Shivananda, and other direct disciples of Ramakrishna.

Swami was initiated by Swami Shankarananda, the 7th President of the Order, in 1961, and joined the monastery at Belur Math, near Kolkata, in 1965. For the next two decades, he served at Saradapitha, a major educational and technical training institution next to Belur Math, managing and imparting spiritual values to the students of the teachers’ training institute, the Vidyamandir college, and the technical training schools. During this time, he also had the privilege to serve at a camp for refugees affected by the Bangladesh war in 1971.

Swami became the head of the Ramakrishna Mission, Sikra, the birthplace of Swami Brahmananda, in 1988. While there, he initiated literacy and health programs for hundreds of underprivileged villagers and performed relief and rehabilitation work for the homeless.

In 1993, Swami Sarvadevananda was posted to the Vedanta Society of Southern California to serve as assistant minister, under Swami Swahananda. He was appointed the minister and spiritual leader of the Vedanta Society in 2012.

In addition to regular lectures and classes, Swami Sarvadevananda addresses schools, colleges, and religious groups throughout Southern California and other parts of the United States whenever called upon. He represented the Vedanta Society as a delegate on the Interreligious Council of Southern California and the Hindu-Catholic and Hindu-Episcopal Dialogue of Los Angeles, serves as one of the directors of the Hindu Students’ Organization at USC, and sits on the Advisory Council of the Guibord Center. Swami frequently visits Vedanta centers throughout the United States.

This 10-11am gathering is freely open to all with a spiritual thirst or curiosity…please, join us. It will be followed later that afternoon by a class on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali entitled How to Know God (3-4:30pm).


Thursdays, March 9th – April 13th/ 5:30-6:45pm

Yoga for Emotional Trauma

The aims of Yoga for Emotional Trauma is that participants are increasingly able and willing to notice how they are feeling in their body, form greater tolerance for emotional states and bodily sensations, and experience more self-regulation of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

Emotional trauma is the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one’s ability to cope or integrate the emotions involved with traumatic experiences. Trauma is held in emotional patterns, cognitive memory, and physical structures of the body.
Research in trauma treatment indicates that the addition of Trauma Sensitive Yoga to treatment may lead to long-term improvement in symptoms that had previously been considered unresponsive to other interventions. Trauma Sensitive Yoga aims to help participants cultivate awareness of the mind-body connection and to build self-regulation skills to address the ways in which trauma is held in the body.

Yoga is a combination of physical movements and postures, focused breathing, and purposeful attention or mindfulness. No previous experience with Yoga is necessary for participants in this series of classes. This series of yoga classes is complimentary to psychotherapy for trauma and is not psychotherapy.

Participants are advised to be in an active relationship with a professional psychotherapist trained in trauma therapy during this series of Yoga for Emotional Trauma classes.

Instructor Tom Camp is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and an ordained United Methodist minister. He earned his Masters of Divinity at Candler School of Theology in Emory University and his Masters of Science in Family Studies at the University of Georgia, and he completed three years of Advanced Clinical Pastoral Education including a Residency in Pastoral Psychotherapy.

He is a Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher and has training in marriage enrichment, human sexuality, conflict resolution, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (a treatment for trauma and anxiety), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, spiritual guidance, Centering Prayer, and the Enneagram.

Mr. Camp founded the Samaritan Counseling Center in 1984 and has been providing counseling, spiritual guidance, education and consultation through the Center since that time. He has also worked as Adjunct Faculty in the University of Georgia Department of Human Development and Family Science and as a Part-time Instructor in the School of Social Work.

Mr. Camp places a special emphasis on creating a safe space for people to explore their feelings, thoughts and experiences. “I have found places in my own life where I feel safe, loved, and can open to new growth,” he said. “I appreciate working with people of a variety of faiths, races, and orientations because each person I get to know grows me.” He is known as a non-judging, compassionate and insightful companion for people on a journey of healing.

Thursdays, March 9th – April 13th/ 5:30-6:45 P.M. ($66/6weeks)
Please call Sangha Yoga Studio to pre-register by March 7th:
(706) 613-1143.



Friday, February 10th

Yoga for Self Transformation through Mantra and Asana.

Gershone, Krishna, and Manjula will create an inward journey for the participants to have their own personal experience…

5:30-7pm ALL LEVELS HATHA with Manjula Spears of Satchidananda Mission/Yurt Yoga Athens ($20) Rev. Manjula Spears has trained teachers for the Integral Yoga organization since 1993. Manjula has traveled worldwide sharing these teachings. Now she and a team of senior teachers have brought these trainings home to Athens, at Satchidananda Mission (a satellite organization of Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville, Virginia). Manjula’s classes guide participants of all levels safely through a Hatha practice as in invitation to one’s own personal, unique experience.

7pm KIRTAN with Gershone Hendelberg (of Rahasya and Dubconscious) and Flavia Krishna ($10, or included with Hatha class) Based out of Athens/Atlanta, Gershone & Krishna are a chanting/singing duo spreading Light through Sacred Sounds…Chanting sacred mantras & songs in Sanskrit, English,Portuguese, Hebrew,& Spanish…

Flavia Krishna-Vocals, mridangam/naal, kartals, and harmonium

Gershone-Vocals, harmonium, guitar

Gershone & Krishna



Sunday, January 29th / 6:30pm / $10

Ambient Fusion with Matt Venuti414128_595824-matt_venuti

6:30pm Reception with beverages & snacks –
and Please, feel free to bring your own whatever makes you smile!
7:30pm Concert

What a treat to have a “House Party” with singer, songwriter, and mega-instrumentalist Matt Venuti within the awesome sounding walls of the Healing Arts Centre!
Matt has a musical style that’s been labeled “Ambient Fusion” and “Acoustic Alternative”, but his audiences are often at a loss for words to categorize the immersive experience that Matt’s concerts and recordings are known for…
Warm, velvety vocals supported by a bevy of captivating instruments deliver a melodic and poetic journey, one that traverses the heart and soul of a man who has experienced a full gamut of the joys and challenges of life. His songs express a profound and heart-warming soundtrack into our connection to each other and the planet…a timely and welcoming alternative to the divisiveness and discontent that shadows our world today.
Matt has a history of performing at progressive events like the distinguished TED and TEDx conferences and diverse venues that range from house concerts to concert halls. Aside from The Rhythm of Life, Matt has released numerous recordings such as Dance Of The Helix, Hangisphere, and Bliss Attack. His band, The Venusians, have for years been seminal in the ambient and world music scene of San Francisco and the West Coast. The Venusians album, Hot Planet received extensive airplay and was in the top 10 on the College Music charts.

Visit Matt’s website at for more information, album releases and his highly acclaimed self-produced music videos. Most of Matt’s commercial recordings are available as CDs and digital downloads at the most popular sales sites.




Saturday, January 21st / 10:15-11:30am

Yamuna® Body Sustainability

15940425_10210131978069651_3708147635645124081_nDon’t let your new year’s fitness goals be derailed by foot pain, knee pain, hip or back pain! Yamuna® Body Sustainability teaches life-long self-care solutions for strength, balance, flexibility and ease of motion. Yamuna® Body Rolling & Foot Fitness routines help you avoid common injuries caused by muscular tension and imbalance, and structural mis-alignments. Yamuna® will help you quickly improve your posture, and the core strength to support it with ease. Get on the ball with me and discover the tools you need to easily keep your body healthy, flexible and pain-free at any age or fitness level.

Saturday January 21st/  10:15 -11:30am with Michelle Arington
$15 w/ Yamuna ball & foot wakers (add $10 rental w/out)
Yamuna Athens