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GANAPATAYE
wins at the GLOBAL NONVIOLENT FILM FESTIVAL, OCT 2020 + Honorable Mention for “Best Musical/Dance Film” at the LA Film Awards, SEPT 2020

 
 
Directed & Filmed by Elizabeth Rossa
Starring Lekha & Saara Wood
Lead Vocals by Lucia Ribisi
Edited by Johnny Rossa
Original Music by Johnny Rossa, Meredith Meyer & Elizabeth Rossa
Music Produced by Judah Bauer
Music Performed by Johnny Rossa, Meredith Meyer, Elizabeth Rossa, Lucia Ribisi, Judah Bauer & Gregg Foreman
Mix Engineered by Wayne Trevisani
Recording Engineered by Rocco Guarino
Dance Choreography by Lekha & Saara Wood
Assistant Directed by Sejal Shah
Additional Videography by Edie Hutter
Additional Videography by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
 
The plague of 2020 rips away the veil on the world as we once knew it.
Multi-dimensional time lines reveal biological Life moving simultaneously with the cosmos and that which is imperceptible to the eye.
The singular, linear storyline of an emptied, diseased city dissolves and opens to the mind-expanding reality that many stories are always unfolding at once.
That which is perceived as empty is full, encompassing the mundane, the glorious, the terrifying and every nuanced iteration imaginable… and unimaginable.
The song is a character within the film, a celestial siren calling for a new beginning of harmony on Earth, and in relationship to the unseen.
 
A trailer of Ganapataye is still LIVE on the Festival’s On-Line Channel and although the Festival is now over, we are hopeful that our film/music video will be screened at a variety of other festivals throughout 2021 as these are the very first festivals we have submitted to since finishing our final edits on August 22nd, 2020.
 
 
We are honored to be recognized at this particularly harrowing time in history, as our intention has been to share the healing message of our film, and the song at its center,  far and wide.
 
Although our original song, Ganapataye, is yet to be officially released, it can be listened to now on our creative platform Laboratory of the Self.   The song inspired the film/music video!
 
Since we are in consideration by other festivals, screenings must be limited to only private viewings at this time.  If you are interested in a private viewing of the film, please let us know by email and we can arrange for a shared screen Zoom event so you can experience.
 
 
In Elizabeth’s directorial debut, the process of creativity acutely revealed itself as one of immense intimacy, and its companions: trust, curiosity and patience.
The process began with the original song, realized with her musical collaborators, Johnny Rossa, Meredith Meyer and lead vocalist, Lucia Ribisi.
After months of experimentation, they recorded in Los Angeles with recording engineer, Rocco Guarino and guest musician, Gregg Foreman in March of 2019.  Returning to NYC, Elizabeth handed the basic tracks over to music producer, Judah Bauer, and mix engineer, Wayne Trevisani, who brought the song, “Ganapataye” to its hypnotic final mix.
The lyrics are a mantra and at the heart of the music which gave the deeper intention, ultimately leading to unique and curious collaboration amongst all involved over the year it took to get to the final mix.
In contemplating the visuals for the song, Elizabeth’s meditation practice guided her to the subject matter which were kept logistically out of reach because of a series of seeming obstacles in the Autumn of 2019.  Immense patience was demanded during this time.
Lucia Ribisi, the lead vocalist of the song and “the celestial siren”, of film, gave Elizabeth pause when she requested that they not take unnecessary flights to shoot the visuals Elizabeth had been imagining with Lucia in her mind’s eye.
Trusting Lucia’s request as one with great intentional impact, Elizabeth opened the corners of her mind.  On October 24th, at a dance performance of the Mahabharata at NYC’s  Symphony Space, Lekha and Saara Wood came into view.
The shock of the required pandemic lock-down in NYC on March 15th brought another depth of intimacy to the process.  It was unimaginable prior to the circumstances of Covid-19 that the shoot would take place in a desolate Washington Square Park on April 10th, 2020.
Johnny Rossa re-entered the creative process as editor and remained engaged with his sister every day from the first day of shooting on April 10th, 2020 until the final edit and official submissions to a selection of film festivals August 22, 2020, of which was, incidentally, the deadline for the Global Nonviolent Film Festival.
 
What is the chance that we would be ready to submit on the deadline of a festival dedicated to nonviolence, the first of the 5 Yamas or ancient ethical precepts of Yoga?
 
This August, one of my Zen meditation teachers brought to my attention the work of the prolific filmmaker Agnes Varda.  When I read her words, the intimacy of the process of Ganapataye is articulated better than I could have done myself.  The intimacy at play was one with chance:
“As soon as you begin a film, and the idea begins to germinate, you enter into what I’d call a state of grace in your active relationship to chance. I can say that it’s really chance and I that make the film together. (…) You know artists used to talk about inspiration and the muse. The muse! That’s amusing! But it’s not your muse, it’s your relationship with the creative forces that makes things appear when you need them. Those are the mysteries of my passion for the cinema.”
Agnes Varda
 
 

Please email us at laboratoryoftheself@gmail.com with any questions.

 

WAKING UP TO DETAILS: A CONTEMPLATIVE VIEW OF THE PRIMARY SERIES OF ASHTANGA YOGA

with Elizabeth Rossa, ALIVE + ONLINE

Date and time to be announced shortly with optional Q+A afterwards
A minimum of 12 reserved people 
Advance registration and payment via Venmo (@shriyoga) or Zelle (shriyoga@shriyoganyc.com) 48 hours prior to the workshop to reserve your spot
Suggested offering of $45

Elizabeth has been studying with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor within the Ashtanga Yoga tradition since 2009.  Bringing all that she has learned over the last 10 years under their guidance, she will mindfully guide us through the practice, no matter what your skill level.  The series itself is a healing art form and Elizabeth has experienced her own powerful healing transformation through this practice.

If you are a long time Ashtanga practitioner, interested in learning more about the Primary Series, or looking to approach your practice in a mindful and healing way, please join us ONLINE and ALIVE in our supportive and peaceful ZOOM Room.  This will be a smaller group workshop so Elizabeth is able to offer everyone specific and personal guidance.  Following the lesson, there will be an optional meditation for those wishing to sit and settle themselves into deeper inquiry into our embodiment and the meditation process. 

Please email us at shriyoga@shriyoganyc.com with any questions.

 

GUIDED MEDITATION AND SELF INQUIRY:  ALIVE + ON-LINE 

with Elizabeth Rossa

Mondays 7:30pm-8:20pm ET
Wednesdays 6:30pm-7:00pm ET
Saturdays 10:30am-10:55am ET
By donation via Venmo (@shriyoga) or Zelle (shriyoga@shriyoganyc.com)
Password: 72729

The question, “Why Meditate?” is a growing topic in conversation.

The simplest answer is to just be.

However, it isn’t that simple.  Life presents a paradoxical complication for humans who are a constant flow of ideas, exchanges and relationships.

Therefore, the intention to meditate holds a space for us to pause, breathe and notice that we are both being and becoming.

The great philosophical traditions present our existence as a pulsing and creative, never-ending flow of consciousness which manifests in diversity.

During our time together we will experiment with a variety of subtle and powerful contemplative techniques which will encourage a centered, calm and an expanded view of ourselves.  We will cultivate this expansion through awareness of our breath, our senses and imagination.

There will also be time for contemplative questions and conscious conversation.

All welcome including the skeptical and dubious.

Please email us at shriyoga@shriyoganyc.com with any questions.

 

FUNDAMENTALLY ADVANCED:  A SERIES 

Will Return in January 2021!

Fundamentally Advanced is especially geared towards anyone desiring a dose of  “The Beginners Mind”, which is actually an advanced state of mind … approaching Life, your self with a fresh response.

The classes are open to anyone who is willing to move at a slower, more deliberate, detailed pace to study “how” to practice with an internal focus, and potentially learning that yoga is beckoning from within your very own body-mind.

If you have never practiced with Elizabeth “in person” before, it is also a good opportunity as she will assist you in getting the hang of how to listen to the alignment cues and the basic sequencing/Sun Salutations, without having a teacher physically model poses for you.

Join us and let go of the impulse and need to push, strain and “do” your yoga.

If you are brand new and reluctant to join a group, please email us at shriyoga@shriyoganyc.com to set up a private lesson.  Elizabeth is willing to teach two discounted private lessons per month to help ease you into the group classes.  

 

INTEGRATION: WALKING THE TALK

with Elizabeth Rossa and Elyse McLaughlin

Details coming very soon.

CHAMUNDA MUSIC PROJECT

Music + Mantra Collaborative Events
New York City…and worldwide!

Details to follow!  Many live and interactive events are in the works for 2020!

REIKI FIRST DEGREE

Dates Coming Soon!

The First Degree of Reiki, commonly known as “Level 1” is the foundational training of a system of healing developed in Japan in the early 20th century. The Japanese words Rei and Ki point to a subtle, wise and healing life force energy which is natural within each of us. The system of Reiki uses an non-invasive touch which greets this natural healing force. It is an excellent self-care practice, bringing balance and vitality. Self-care is a primary focus of Reiki First Degree. When practiced regularly, Reiki has been known to transform mental, emotional and physical health to well-being.

Please note that since Reiki is neither dogmatic nor religious, it can be practiced by anyone.

Elizabeth Rossa received her Reiki Master Level from the esteemed Reiki Master Wendy Miner, who is integral in Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Integrative Medicine Department.

For yoga teachers and massage therapists, Reiki 1 can be a powerful evolution in hands-on assists and practices.

This initiation/training will be limited to a small group.