Dance & Fitness Instructor Heather West Celebrates the High Art of Lusciousness With Three Year Anniversary of Luscious Maven Pole Dance Studio
North Hollywood, CA – When dance and fitness instructor Heather West first envisioned opening her own dance studio, she dreamed of creating a space that liberated a woman’s mind, body and spirit through movement. Juggling the duties of home and career, West recognized that women needed a special brand of nurturing. Not only did the taxing responsibilities of a day-to-day existence often consume them, but media imagery also bombarded and impacted them in many negative ways, often causing them to doubt and second guess their outer and inner beauty. She realized that her notion of encouraging one to seek out and add the healing benefits of exercise, to an already full plate, had to be presented in an enticing and innovative manner.
West was compelled by a concept she conceived as “The Luscious Lifestyle.” “The Luscious Lifestyle” encourages women to take the time out of their day or week to fully nurture and embrace themselves via fitness that feels like play. She then opened the doors to her Luscious Maven Pole Dance Studio, creating a haven for women that offered more than just a laborious routine workout. Located in North Hollywood’s bustling NoHo arts and theater district, West is happily celebrating her three-year anniversary. “The Luscious Lifestyle” has proven to be a winning idea.
With classes ranging from pole to exotic dance and burlesque, West and her skilled team of teachers present a fitness agenda that rivals the average gym work out. Stretching, yoga and Pilates meet the pole and dance floor in classes that combine exercise with dance art. Unlike the gym however, West has also fashioned a physical environment where women can feel beautiful, connected, strong and supported. A virtual enclave of sanctioned femininity, the studio houses six, 14 feet high dance polls surrounded by elegant padded suede and mirrored walls. With a decor that accentuates sensuous sensibility, lusciousness permeates the studio space.
Combining her distinctive and innovative style, specialized curriculum and open approach to teaching, West’s Luscious Maven Studio offers a supportive environment where women come to relax and unwind as they replenish their inner selves with outward expressions of dance and fitness. Hundreds of women have benefited from “The Luscious Lifestyle” vision and are now soaring to new heights.
“There are too few places in the world for women to celebrate their feminine essence,” expresses West. “As a fitness instructor for the past ten years, I found most exercise training and even yoga to be constrained by a lot of rules. As workouts, many techniques are linear and masculine. There is nothing wrong with this of course. But pole and exotic dance can be uniquely feminine, providing wonderful avenues for both strength building and flexibility while incorporating softness. It is important for women to be strong. The world demands this of us. Yet, at our core, there is a lusciousness that sets us apart from men. I believe that it is crucial for us to align with this inner essence as well. Pole dance is an art form that allows this duality of expression.”
Heather West has been teaching as a professional pole dance instructor for six years and is a veteran in Los Angeles’ pole community. Several of the Los Angeles’ area pole studio owners and teachers originally studied under her tutelage. Also trained as a yoga and fire dance instructor, she is a seasoned and talented performance dancer. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from UCLA, and a specialization in education, West has over ten years of teaching experience in a variety of fields including movement and athletic coaching to education for children with special needs.
Weaving together all of her teaching and performance experience to create stimulating classes for women of all ages, shapes and sizes, Luscious Maven Pole Dance Studio exists with a focused intention to be a doorway for students to find and explore inspiration. Sessions are limited to ten students so that instructors can provide personal attention. Class levels vary in intensity and teachers bring their individual style to the program. Some teachers concentrate on the fitness, strength and the satisfaction that comes from a great workout, others focus on sexiness and sensuality and some focus on connection to the music and freestyle flow.
In celebration of their three year anniversary, the studio will host a series of special workshops during the month of September, including a “BabyBody2BikiniBody” weekly boot camp for mothers with Miss Scarlett; a Showgirls Burlesque Workshop with Alikat Rose; a Sexy Vegan food preparation workshop with Shannon Storm; an Exotic, Lap Dance & Strip Tease Workshop series with Miss Selenia and Heather West; and a Level 1 and Level 2 Pole Dance Progressive Six Week Series taught by Heather West and Miss Selenia respectively. The studio will also present a Pole and Burlesque Performance Night entitled “School of Rock” on Sunday, September 23 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 p.m.
Heather West’s Luscious Maven Pole Dance Studio is located at 11135 Weddington St. #113 in North Hollywood, CA and can be reached at 818-824-4091. For workshop details go to http://www.lusciousmaven.com/WORKSHOPS_UARS.html. Explore “The Luscious Lifestyle” and dance with them on the web at http://www.lusciousmaven.com/ .
North Hollywood, CA – As a busy television executive, Lea Walker knows the demands of a grueling career. A current Director of Production for Original Programming at BET, Walker can boast not only having worked on a roster of hit shows including “Sunday Best,” “Tiny & Toya,” and “American Gangster,” but also having interacted with a slew of fabulous talent like John Salley, Damien Wayans, Ryan Seacrest, Snoop Dogg, and Janet Jackson. But all that glitters is not gold, and even with a her dream job, some part of Walker knew something was missing.
When the demands of her busy lifestyle took a toll on her health, the busy career maven found herself in the emergency room. Back and reproductive issues were revealed and the ensuing surgeries left her bedridden for weeks. Walker discovered that the surgery not only stripped her of her physical strength but also her sense of body confidence and power.
“My scars became a symbol of how my body had failed me. While stuck in bed I came to the conclusion that maybe I needed to finally slow down and just do something for me. My friend suggested a pole dance class. I figured it looked fun so what the heck,” reveals Walker.
Walker discovered that pole dance/fitness not only was great fun, but it restored her sense of ‘self.’ In addition, the exercise and movement led to her back pain subsiding and she was able to avoid additional operations. From pole dancing she moved on to aerial yoga. Aerial yoga makes use of hammocks, that provide aerial suspension for a total body workout incorporating the techniques of yoga, core conditioning, strength training, Pilates and more. Centered, confident and reconnected to her feminine side, Walker wanted to share her new found empowerment and Aeriform Arts was born !
Walker’s Aeriform Arts, located in the art district of North Hollywood, CA is a fitness studio that welcomes every “body” to come and work out while having fun. The beautiful mirrored space is home to eleven aerial yoga hammocks, a lyra, hanging silks and five brass dance poles. Many of the classes are co-ed and Walker offers an intimate setting for a wide range of exercise course work including aerial yoga, yoga, pole, Pilates, stretching, classic burlesque, BUTI ™ and aerial fit, which incorporates pole, beam, barre, hammock, silks and lyra !
She has also assembled a roster of some of Los Angeles’ best fitness instructors including Leigh Acosta, specializing in pole, lyra and aerial fit; Amber Porter for aerial fit; Jennifer Kim for pole; Kristina Serna for BUTI ™ and Saharah Ali for aerial yoga.
Still working as a busy television executive, Walker finds that running the studio, along with a steady diet of classes, serves to now keep her lifestyle more balanced and focused.
“There is something about hanging out, upside down and in mid-air that is just so liberating,” adds Walker. “You really forget about the rest of the world and tune into a deep sense of the present moment and self. And it is truly a feat that anyone and everyone can conquer. I was suffering from back pain and health issues so I am a living testimony. I really just want to share this sense of freedom with everyone I can. Aeriform Arts is a safe haven where you can learn to let go and let your spirit fly !”
Aeriform Arts is located at 5625 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA. Take flight at Aeriform Arts at http://aeriformarts.com/ or by calling 818-980-AERI (2374).
London – Former pharmacist Niraj Naik was once perhaps the most unlikely candidate to promote meditation and anything as seemingly as far fetched as sound healing. A pill popper who also dispensed them as well for a living, he found his life spiraling out of control however. Unimaginable stress lead him to depression and a serious bout of ulcerative colitis, a very debilitating disease. Niraj had forsaken his music roots for a seemingly comfortable career in pharmacy. But the absence of inner peace was literally killing him.
Until he said enough! Niraj began to pursue a path of healing that lead him not only back to his music roots, but also to the discovery of his alpha mind. Research led Niraj to uncover the finding that due to our busy lives we tend to operate in a beta mind state. Although very necessary for day to day functioning, staying in beta for too long can cause a host of problems such as stress related diseases, anxiety and even depression. The alpha mind however, is a natural state allowing more flow and relaxation.
Today, the 30 something year old has not only healed himself, but is helping thousands of others as well with his knowledge of Ayurveda, nutrition and the development of a sound therapy meditation series he has tagged, The Alpha Mind System (http://alphamindsystem.com/). The Alpha Mind System is a personal empowerment program designed to help reach peak alpha brainwave states whenever needed, giving the mind a much needed recharge and refresh. A musician, meditation coach and online marketing expert, Niraj Naik has now entirely rebuked the pharmaceutical industry and traded in his pills for headphones! He is empowering others to do the same.
While undergoing his miserable battle with ulcerative colitis, Niraj realized that by entering an alpha state of mind through music, he was able to deeply relax and completely de-stress. It was this stress management system that lead to the complete disappearance of his ailments. Returning to his music roots, he then formed the band amAya with his friend, Dr. Mrigank Mishra, and began producing spiritually awakening sounds, music and guided meditations. The band’s overwhelming acceptance and success led to him developing his trademarked Trypnaural meditations. Trypnaural meditations feature an advanced form of brainwave entrainment using isochronic tones.
Niraj went on to develop and build the Alpha Mind System as a step-by-step program that teaches not only newbie’s, but also aids veteran meditators how to effortlessly reach an alpha state of consciousness. The alpha state is a scientifically proven state of mind where the brain is in a heightened and receptive mental state. This mental state has been associated with increased well-being, intensified creativity, inspiration, relaxation and peak performance.
Niraj also discovered through his research a technique using special mantras known as “scientific prayers.” When these mantras are repeated while in an alpha state, the brain will actually reprogram hard-wired negative beliefs and exchange them for the positive results wanted in life. This technique combined with his Trypnaural meditation music has produced a truly incredible system for producing amazing life success.
“Meditation is becoming more and more mainstream throughout society,” explains Niraj. “But so many people think they can’t meditate. Generally many believe that they have to sit still in a dark room and that thought alone bores them. With the Alpha Mind System, the listener is guided through a step-by-step program that is stimulating and engaging. The music, which incorporates elements of trance, jazz, new age, tribal and nature sounds, is encoded with our special Trypnaural effects. You are a seductively lulled you into a relaxed but aware meditation state. All that one needs is a pair of headsets.”
The Alpha Mind System includes mp3′s for downloading, visually stimulating videos for viewing, easy to read and digest e-books for additional information, and a community forum for social networking. The actual sessions are concise and easily managed time -wise, with some of the meditations only ten minutes in length.
Music and marketing are a natural for Niraj. Before settling down as a pharmacist, Niraj led a roller coaster lifestyle, running one of the largest dance music events in the UK in the late ’90′s; setting up one of the longest running independent university societies, One Mission; and operating a successful independent record label. His Alpha Mind System taps into his inherent skills and launches them in a totally new and holistic direction.
As a producer, Niraj Naik has composed music for healing centers, spas and therapists around the world. He scored the soundtrack for Madonna’s yoga teacher, James d’Silva’s latest DVD and his compositions have been found so powerfully effective that a healing spa named itself after his band, amAya.
“I am so happy to be able to dispense mp3 tracks instead of pills in an effort to aid healing and comfort,” reveals Niraj. “Sound therapy was instrumental in revitalizing my life and I know it can do the same for so many others.”
The Alpha Mind System is quickly becoming one of the most popular life transforming programs on the internet today. Created together by Niraj and his team of world-renowned scientists, musicians and physicians, with just 15 minutes a day, the system successfully fosters stress reduction, increased mind power, productivity, creativity and even intelligence.
To tune into the Alpha Mind System and get a dose of aural deliciousness in these hectic times, listen in at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yQOkeCMyQGc
then go to
http://www.nirajnaik.com for more information.
Master Sound Composers Hypnotica & Denver Clay Upgrade the Cult Classic Audio Odyssey Experience “The Sphinx of Imagination” with New 2012 Release
San Diego – When sound sculptors Eric Von Sydow aka Hypnotica and Denver Clay first unveiled the now cult classic, audio odyssey experience, hailed as “The Sphinx of Imagination” almost 10 years ago, it was a CD that was light years ahead of its time. A luscious blend of trance, meditation and hypnosis, The New York Times lauded the composition as “sort of like a Grateful Dead concert without the band or the drugs.” Merging fantasy and reality into a surrealistic experiential medium, “The Sphinx of Imagination” was a genre bending, therapeutic immersion that defied logic. As testimony to its compelling allure, it has consistently ranked as the Number One best seller in the New Age category on CDBaby.com, one of the largest online record stores, since its original release in 2003.
So what becomes of a masterpiece? Well with the advent of 2012 and all the anxiety and anticipation that has emerged with it, the composers have enhanced the epic guided music journey and released “The Sphinx of Imagination 2012.” The upgraded edition is literally what dreams are made of! A musical laboratory steeped with subsonic symmetry, subliminal audio frequencies, cutting-edge brain entrainment technology and eerily evocative melodies, “The Sphinx of Imagination” is the farthest you will ever travel between stereo headphones. Simply stated, it is a miraculous mind voyage.
“The Sphinx of Imagination” plunges the listener into a vivid world of multi-layered, inner- dimensional storytelling narrated by the acclaimed mind scientist Hypnotica (http://hypnotica.org) with a supporting music score contributed by consummate composer and sonic alchemist Denver Clay (http://www.denverclay.com/). Clay’s vast cinematic acoustic effects coupled with the spellbinding resonance of Hypnotica’s vocal tones are irresistibly delicious in this whimsical adventure.
Painting scenarios riddled with ambiguity and allegory, Hypnotica invokes the spirit of traditional storytelling from the most ancient of times, tapping into an Akashic library of universal references and resources. His mythical stylings recall not only Egyptian imagery, but also Greek mythology, Arthurian legend, Siberian culture, ancient Celtic heroes, angels and the shamanic figures of African and Native American tribes. He expertly incorporates his knowledge of neurolinguistics, neurosemantics, psycho cybernetics and shamanistic storytelling, culminating an experience that allows for the progressive transformation of the mind, spirit and soul.
In under an hour, “The Sphinx” whisks you away on an exploration which seemingly spans lifetimes. There are bridges to cross, sacred books that reveal, wizards that guide, magical gardens, heavenly temples and angels that bless. One’s imagination is ignited and the realms of creativity are lovingly nurtured via Clay’s enchanting soundscapes rich in color, language and dimension. His gentle harps, elegant piano, haunting flute, shimmering chimes and evocative crystal bowls are just a sampling of the magical aural visuals so stunning, one can almost reach out and touch them.
Hypnotica, an author, hypnotist and self-evolvement life coach, explains, “You don’t just listen to ‘The Sphinx of Imagination” you experience it! It is specifically encoded to tap into one’s subconscious and weave possibilities that spark a personal journey into the depths of your very being. It is designed to tap and release the incredible beauty and power stored within us all.”
Denver Clay, a leading authority on how music, sound and vibrations can be manipulated to deliver and propel profound states of consciousness, adds, “The Sphinx is a mind-blowing ride that you will get lost and found in. ‘The Sphinx’ is scientifically engineered to provide graduated moments to reach higher states that allow for and provoke profound changes in the mind. Stress, worries and anxieties are vanquished, creating the space for empowerment to thrive and grow.”
The “Sphinx of Imagination” is the perfect tool for transformation in these endearing times. An mp3 download that requires high quality headsets for maximum benefit, the composition runs just under 60 minutes. A stress buster, confidence booster and balance builder, “The Sphinx of Imagination 2012″ offers a medicine/drug free antidote for many of today’s common ailments such as anxiety, tension and depression.
A baptismal journey for ascension, “The Sphinx of Imagination 2012″ will rock your inner world, and then sooth your outer worldview! Get a glimpse of the magic at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlsZ3JiRTAI
and then take the dive at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/hypnotica8 .
Yoga Visionary Nandhi Announces World Yoga Day with Re-release of Yoga Music Classic, “Cave of the Siddhars”
Santa Monica, CA – With the original release of “Cave of the Siddhars” back in 2004, Tapasyogi Kalathi Adiyen Nandhi, under the guise of his band of musicians, Turiya Nada, opened a secret door revealing a mystical sound so heavenly that the listener knew the experience was indeed an initiation. Combining the powerful ancient and hidden Siddhar mantra chants of the enlightened yogis of South India with the didgeridoo, harp and percussion, Nandhi became an instrumental force, further fueling the reception of Yoga in the Western world.
With Nandhi’s announcement of World Yoga Day™, in alignment with Mahasivratri on February 20, 2012, along with the re-release of “Cave of the Siddhars,” the spiritual guide will once again impact the Western world vision and view of the ancient practice of Yoga. Having spent years in the caves and wilderness as a Saddhu under the guidance of enlightened gurus, Nandhi is an ideal candidate for the universal stance he holds of peace.
The yogis in India have observed Mahasivratri as the single most important vortex of time for thousands of years. It is a 24-hour period, based on planetary cycles, where enlightenment can be attained with ease. With Mahasivratri occurring on February 20 this year, World Yoga Day™ provides a vehicle for seekers to acknowledge this sacred occurrence. As the objective of Yoga is tuning into one’s true spirit while having a human experience, “Cave of the Siddhars” provides a beautiful sound enhancement experience for the event.
As Nandhi expresses, “In the Western world it is truly beautiful to witness the growth of Yoga as a practice, as an exercise and as a lifestyle itself. Practicing yoga does naturally provide benefits of health and less stress, but beyond it all is the experience of gravitating towards Source. When we go deeper into the science of yoga, to understand it as a journey through consciousness, we realize that words such as ‘liberation’ and ‘enlightenment’ are not a distant concept but an amazing experience we can have in our daily realities. Observing World Yoga Day™ in conjunction with Mahasivratri will serve to ease us into awakening the potential underlying objectives within yoga.”
For yoga practitioners and those wanting to participate in Mahasivratri, World Yoga Day™ allows a wondrous opportunity to join millions around the world in the universal observance of this most sacred vortex of time for blessings of transformation and grace.
For more info on World Yoga Day™/Mahasivratri go to http://www.worldyogaday.co. For the activity guide for the day, log on at http://universalyogaday.org/mahashivratri_guide.html. To experience “Cave of the Siddhars” enter at http://www.sensitiveplanet.com/category.jhtm?cid=1116, and visit with Nandhi as he imparts his wisdom at http://www.nandhi.com/ and at http://www.elephantjournal.com.
Doctah B. Sirius Champions Health from a Holistic Perspective Celebrates 15 Years of Success with Parasite Cleanse Program
Los Angeles – If anyone can testify to the merits of holistic, herbal healing it is Doctah B. Sirius. The Grammy nominated music producer at one time almost succumbed to the effects of life in the fast lane. With a diagnosis that his system was shutting down per an over indulgence of fast food, alcohol and drugs, Doctah B knew he had to act fast if he wanted to continue living.
Today, Doctah B. Sirius is not only an in-demand music producer (he’s produced India Irie, George Clinton, Keb Mo, B.B. King, George Duke, El Debarge, Herb Alpert, Will Calhoun and Ron Isley) but also a well-respected holistic practitioner who can consult on the merits of herbal healing from a first hand basis. As a prominent natural health professional and master herbalist, he has tapped into a familial tradition with roots in ancient Africa, India and America.
After meeting with several herbalists, nutritionists and natural health practitioners, Doctah B began not only using herbal medicines but creating his own formulas. He changed his lifestyle, began using plant-based nutrition, and within a short time, turned his health crisis around transitioning into radiant health. Now he is on a mission to enhance the life of others.