A bit about Bhavani...


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Bhavani Lorraine Nelson offers experiential workshops throughout the world from her base at Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, MA, with which she has been aligned as a program director since 1988. 

Bhavani teaches meditation and mindfulness, yogic tools to transform stress, and the power of the voice, including sounding, singing, chanting, sound healing, and public speaking. 

japan clasShe has conducted inspirational seminars, sounding experiences, and vocal coaching in educational, medical, corporate, and religious settings.

Since the 1960s, Bhavani has been a professional singer/songwriter in the folk idiom, performing in concerts and clubs in major cities in the US, Europe, Mexico, Japan, and Iceland. Her heart-opening performances soothe and inspire audiences of all ages.

She discovered Sanskrit chanting through Ram Das in 1970 and has since practiced and led both Sanskrit and ecumenical chanting worship services in churches and other venues.

3cdsBhavani has produced several albums of songs, chants, and sounding experiences, as well as instruction on meditation.

Early in life Bhavani discovered a longing to experience the truth church ministers spoke about, leading her to study meditation and spiritual philosophy.

Her spiritual teachers include Dr. Kenneth G. Mills, Yogi Amrit Desai, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Sylvia Boorstein, Ruth Dennison, Namadeva Acharya (Thomas Ashley-Farrand), and Russill Paul.

singingOther studies have included voice, vocal pedagogy, theater, television, and opera production in Florida, Wisconsin, Arizona, Maryland, and New York City.

Former career experiences include developing and teaching mathematics programs on television for the state of Maryland, publishing a bilingual newspaper in Nogales, AZ, providing PR and administration for arts organizations in Tucson, AZ, and working as a classical radio announcer at an NPR station in Tucson and at WNCN in New York City.

TM picBhavani has twice served as President of the Southern Berkshire Toastmasters in Great Barrington, MA and as Area Governor for Area E-1 of Toastmasters International.

In 2011 she achieved the Distinguished Toastmaster designation, the highest in the Toastmasters program.

yogaclassBhavani is also a professional-level Kripalu Yoga teacher.


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Introduction to Meditation

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Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, 57 Interlaken Road , Stockbridge, MA 01262

Heard about the benefits of meditation and wondered what the practice is really like? Or maybe you’ve had some meditation instruction but haven’t yet found a technique that fits your temperament and lifestyle, one that allows you to sustain a regular practice.

Bhavani Lorraine Nelson, known for her clear instruction and user-friendly approach, introduces you to meditation techniques from the yogic and Buddhist traditions, including

Meditation on the breath Loving-kindness meditation Walking meditation Pranayama (breathing exercises) Mantra meditation Sanskrit chanting as meditation. Gain the inspiration and clarity you need to continue meditating at home, ultimately bringing greater peace, equanimity, and contentment into your life.


CANCELED Speaking From The Heart with Bhavani Lorraine-Nelson

The Yoga Space, 82 Washington St, Keene, New Hampshire 03431

Whether your public speaking is on stage, teaching, or offering a toast, you’re not alone if you experience performance anxiety. For many, the fear of public speaking ranks higher than the fear of death. This workshop will teach you how to use the tools of breath and yoga to transform your fear into the joy that comes from authentically communicating the message of your heart.

You will learn:

~exercises to bring you present in your body before you speak; ~the body’s relaxation-producing breath, which naturally dissipates anxiety; ~and mindfulness techniques that maintain an inner focus.

“My promise to you is not that you’ll no longer feel any fear, but that it will no longer hold you back from sharing your uniqueness with the world.” Bhavani Lorraine-Nelson


CANCELED Classic Kirtan with Bhavani Lorraine Nelson at The Yoga Space

The Yoga Space, 82 Washington St , Keene, New Hampshire 03431

It was Krishna himself who said that the simple calling out of the divine names is the best spiritual practice in chaotic times. Chanting is a breathing practice—now prescribed by doctors for their heart patients; a meditation—see how quiet your monkey mind is as you immerse yourself in the chanting; a place to put your yearning for a direct experience of the divine; and above all else, it’s cheerful. It’s also true that we that we magnify the power of the chant when we practice as a group. So join us! @theyogaspacenh.com

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