– Srila Narayan Goswami Maharaj
Sita Devi is a yogini, Kirtan artist and ecstatic dance facilitator in service to the divine. She began singing, dancing and performing right out of the womb. As a natural performer, she was put into dance and gymnastics at age three and soon after began choreographing small dinner theater for her parents dinner parties.
As her performing career developed she became a founding member of the Rhythm Machine Dance Company at Retter’s Academy of Dance, where she learned first hand that dreams do in fact come true. It was in this creative nest where Sita was encouraged to follow her heart and where the first seeds of Bhakti were truly planted. After some years of performing, Sita began to dive deeply into her yoga practice, realizing that this was the true path of the heart. Through the practice of yoga everything seemed to unify and come together in complete harmony, the entire universe resonating as one collective consciousness. This was even more magnified when Sita began singing kirtan. She realized that by chanting the names of the divine, all perfection of yoga is attained.
Sita feels the divine channel so deeply and intensely through Bhakti Yoga, she has chosen to make it her life’s purpose.
She intends to share this heart opening practice with everyone, making it easily accessible. It is her dream and goal to make Bhakti, devotional service, something that anyone can do, without limitation, expectation, discrimination or judgement.
She holds a BFA in dance from the University of California Santa Barbara, and performed professionally with Method Dance and Ledges and Bones Dance Project in Los Angeles. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance for 500 hours and has been teaching yoga for 10 years starting at Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica, California. She currently resides in Oakland, California, teaches weekly classes and holds a community kirtan at Yoga Tree Telegraph in Berkeley.
Sita is the co-founder and co-producer of the Ecstatic Dance Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii. She manages ticketing and all guest relations for over one hundred and fifty attendees. She is also involved in programming, scheduling and production management of the Retreat. For more information on the Ecstatic Dance Retreat please visit the website EcstaticRetreat.com.
As a Kirtan Walli, Sita sings and plays harmonium, guitar, kartals and mrdanga and has performed live with Jai Uttal, David Starfire and Freq Nasty in Dub Kirtan Allstars, Arjun Baba, Jaya Lakshimi and Ananda, Dave Stringer, Govindas and Radha, Prema Hara, Joey Lugassey, C.C. White, Saul David Raye, Steve Ross and Craig Kohland of Shamans Dream.
Sita has performed and taught at – San Francisco Yoga Journal Conference, Esalen Yoga Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, Wanderlust, Symbiosis, Gaia, Pranafest, Bhaktifest, Shaktifest, Lucidity, Beloved, Earthdance, Yoga Rocks the Park, Color Festival, Sonic Bloom, V Elements, Enchanted Forest, Hawaii Spirit Festival and Mystic Island Festival.
She has accompanied yoga classes with live Kirtan for Shiva Rea, Baron Bapiste, Saul David Raye, Sianna Sherman, Ashley Turner, Eion Finn, Annie Carpenter, Janet Stone, Micheline Berry, Elena Brower, William Duprey, Govindas and Julie Mitchell. Sita’s devotional service is intended to include all beings in experiencing divine love and light.
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