Music. Movement. Meditation. The Art of Living Foundation Announces Yoga Rave

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Argentinean Duo Bring a Wave of Entertainment without Drugs and Alcohol; First Time in San Francisco with Celebration that Energizes the Body, Mind and Spirit; Hosted at The Divine Play Acroyoga Festival

Adding a twist to the typical party scene - smoky venues of drugs and alcohol, music and flashing lights, the Art of Living Foundation (AOLF), a global educational non-profit, announced today that it is bringing Yoga Rave to San Francisco for the first time to allow youth and adults to celebrate and enjoy in a healthy manner.

Led by the high energy music of So What Project! from Argentina, Yoga Rave offers teenagers and adults fun and entertainment without alcohol, drugs and smoking. Hundreds of thousands of party-goers and yogis have experienced their unique blend of chants, beats, yoga, meditation and dancing. This four-hour event will take the attendees on a journey of relaxation from movement and meditation to an all-out celebration. The hi-decibel performance will be led by Nicolás Pucci and Rodrigo Bustos featuring their popular music from the So What Project!

“Teenagers and young adults today are stressed out and looking for ways to let go. Often, they use drugs and alcohol to release the stress but eventually these substances leave them more disconnected and depleted of energy,” says Elan Gepner, US Yoga Rave Director.

Pucci and Bustos have been performing Yoga Rave parties in cities worldwide including São Paulo, London and Berlin since 2001. The duo presents an integral way of conceiving and creating music based on vibrations and thousand-year-old mantras combined with electronic beats in addition to a variety of other musical styles. They have a unique style in engaging with their audience and attracting crowds in thousands. The event will offer soul stirring music, sights and sounds to delight and will use nourishing food to bring a true intoxication to uplift the body, mind and soul.

The event is being held for the first time in the San Francisco Bay Area against the backdrop of the acrobatic jams and circus performances of the Divine Play Acroyoga Festival. A portion of the proceeds from the Yoga Rave concerts will go towards bringing the Youth Empowerment Seminar, developed by partner organization The International Association for Human Values, to the local youth with a focus on improving the mental and emotional health of the students by teaching practical yoga and meditation techniques so that they can deal with stress in their daily life in a positive manner.

Come out for a unique and memorable night and experience your natural high.

Event details:
Friday, Oct. 12 | Herbst Theater @ Fort Mason, San Francisco | 7:30pm-12am (Doors 7:00pm) Tickets $25 adv / $30 door / $20 students.

For more details, visit: http://yogarave.org/us

To view the artists’ past performances visit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_uT3VsRgsg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH82aVlq_Nc

NY Times Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/20/nyregion/downward-dog-hits-the-dance-floor.html

About the Art of Living Foundation
The Art of Living Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational and humanitarian organization founded by spiritual leader and humanitarian Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Sri Sri’s initiatives have benefited more than 30 million people worldwide. The Foundation is one of the UN's largest volunteer-based NGOs, and works in special consultative status with the UN's Economic and Social Council, participating in a variety of committees and activities relating to health, education, sustainable development, conflict resolution, and disaster relief. For more information, visit http://www.artofliving.org/us-en.

Media Contact:
Raj Raman
Art of Living Foundation
sf(at)us(dot)artofliving(dot)org
415.379.0725

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