Support + Love DJ Colette!

In alignment with Ouvre's continuing mission to support independent artists, we are thrilled to be a part of DJ Colette's PledgeMusic Campaign.  After 3 years of work, DJ Colette is just a few funds away from releasing her new album.

DJ, producer, and vocalist extraordinaire – Colette has grown from an integral part of the Chicago underground into a breakout musical triple-threat releasing her most accomplished and fully realized artistic statement to date. Combining the tunefulness of classic pop songs with the thump of classic house of her hometown, the album ventures into new sonic territory for Colette, from intimate bedroom beats to stadium-shaking dance anthems.

With only 9 days to go in her campaign, we hope you can take a moment and spare a dime (or more!) to support a powerful voice in our growing global community.  What's even MORE awesome - 5% of any money raised after the goal is reached will go to Girls Rock! Chicago. #Love. 

To make a Tax Deductible donation of $100+ thru Paypal, email ouvrecorp (at) gmail.com

Lot's of ways to show your support and love:
Make a Tax Deductible donation of $100 or more thru Paypal: email ouvrecorp@gmail.com 
Donate to her campaign ($99 or less)pledgemusic.com/artists/djcolette
Check out her site: djcolette.com
Like + Share on Facebooks: Facebook.com/ DJColette
Give a shoutout on Twitter: Twitter.com/ djcolette

Free Morning & Evening Yoga Sadhana & Community Gathering at Samaya in 2013

Morning Yoga Sadhana

Ouvre’s Samaya Sacred Practice Space

2021 w. Fulton Ave @Damen k105

Inside Passion House Coffee Roasters

Monday-Saturday

Morning Yoga Sadhana (Free) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 

7-8 am – Yoga Asana

8-8:30 am- Rudra Flo Meditation

8:30-9 am- Seva (Meditation in Action)

Evening Sadhana (TBA) (possible days Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 7-8 pm Asana, 8-8:30 pm Rudra Flo, 8:30-9 pm Study) (Friday Dharmic Movie Night)

Donations of any form accepted

(by 24 hour prior RSVP 773.837.6298 if attending)

Passion House Coffee Holiday Sale Fundraiser

The perfect gift, stocking stuffer or simply for yourself. "The official coffee of the early bird." Passion House Coffee Roasters is making waves in the Chicagoland area and beyond with their passion and quality for taste. Grown out of the philosophy of Yoga, music and creativity, Passion House Coffee and Ouvre Corporation make perfect partners. Check out the story of Passion House Coffee at http://passionhousecoffee.com/.

During the holiday season, Ouvre Corporation will be selling 12oz bags of Passion Ho

use Coffee. The choices are whole bean or ground "Chicago House Blend" and the "Warehouse Espresso Blend." The bags are being sold for $14.00. Seven dollars will go to Ouvre Corporation, a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. Your purchase is tax deductible.Your purchase will go toward supporting Ouvre's projects such as the "Guerilla Yoga Fundraiser" every month and the "Samaya Sacred Healing and Practice Space" where practitioners can take free Yoga classes and receive healing. The space is also located inside the Passion House Coffee Roaster warehouse.

To order, simply send an email to ouvrecorp@gmail.com stating how many coffee bags you would like to purchase, what kind and if you want it whole bean or ground. You can pay in cash in person at the practice space, send a check payable to Ouvre Corporation and visit or send to:

Ouvre Corporation
2021 W. Fulton Ave. K105
Chicago, IL 60612

or you can pay through Paypal at ouvrecorp@gmail.com. If paying by paypal, please pay $14.30 or 2% of your total.

You can also pay through credit/debit card in person with me. Add a 2.75% fee on top of your order.

If wanting mail delivery, please include address in your email and $1 extra in your payment if local. Postage will be calculated if sent out of state or out of the country.

Once payment is received, you can pick up your bags at the practice space or the coffee will be delivered or mailed within 3-7 days. We can also arrange to meet somewhere in the greater Chicagoland area in person.

Visit the facebook event page at: http://www.facebook.com/events/391622627584562/.

Thank you for your continued support and generosity and huge thanks to Passion House Coffee Roasters! Enjoy the coffee!

Love & Blessings

Guerilla Yoga Fundraiser #5: Community, A Circle of Friends

Please join us for our fifth Guerilla Yoga Fundraising Event. Our theme this month is: Community, A Circle Of Friends

As practitioners, when we sit down and place our fingers in Gyan Mudra, index fingers and thumbs touching, we create a circle. The circle represents the small body and the big body. It signifies our individual self, our spiritual Self, and our connection with each other and the entire universe. Ouvre Corporation's intention is to use music and Yoga to cultivate that connectedness and awareness and build an inclusive community. Come experience the awareness we are able to create when we practice and celebrate together, connected to one another as a circle of friends

We invite guest teacher, Katarina Arneric to co-lead class with Jessica.

Katarina has a passion for health and movement. She's been dancing for 22 years, a yoga student for seven, and a yoga coach for two and a half. Infusing her passion for the body, awareness, alignment, & music, Katarina teaches a unique Power Vinyasa flow.

Jessica and Katarina have known each other for two years and share a love for yoga and music. They compliment each other in energy, temperament, and practice. Expect a playful but strong practice and extra hands on adjustments.

DJ Arnold Hercules will infuse the energy of class with his customized sounds to compliment the theme and highlight Katarina and Jessica's individual personalities and flow.

All three will create a dynamic, well-balanced class inspired by diverse interconnected Chicago communities.

Come meet fellow yogis seeking to step outside the yoga studio and expand their practice community.

RSVP for a free KIND bars, coconut water and discount cards to from our generous sponsors.

Your attendance and generous donations to this and past events go to support Ouvre Corporation's Dedicated Sacred Yoga Practice Space (Samaya) at 2021 W. Fulton St. inside Passion House Coffee Roasters.

It is a space where daily donation Yoga Sadhana (practice) from 5:30-8am (M-Fri), healing and creative work occurs. For more info please go to: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samaya-Practice-House/219085374772935?fref=ts

Date: December 8, 2012
Time: 12:00-4:00PM (class runs 12:30-2:00pm)
Location: Lacuna Artist Loft Studio – First Floor Event Space
2150 S Canalport
East Pilsen
Suggested Donation: $20+ per person
Parking: Free parking in the lot and on Canalport
Public Transit: Pink Line 18th Street, 18 Bus 16th/Cicero, Red Line Chinatown/Archer

*Bring your own mat.

The intention behind these events is to build a new community of creative individuals and open ourselves to a spiritual and unique practice.

Guerilla Yoga is a Yoga event with a DJ in a unique space. Yoga means union—a yoking of the mind, body and breath. Yoga, music, and art are all born from the creative pulse of life. Through sharing our practices, we can learn from each other, build connections and develop new ways of looking at the world.

Ouvre Corporation is a 501 (c3) educational non profit organization. It is dedicated to the awakening of human consciousness by opening the way for new forms of creative expression, education, business and technology, making accessible the teachings of ancient spiritual traditions along with the innovative tools of the modern world. For more information go to http://www.ouvre.org/

Your cash donation is tax-deductible and goes towards supporting these events, projects and trainings of practitioners. Some of Ouvre's charitable foci are providing these practices and trainings to groups like inner city youth or war vets who may not otherwise have access to it. Donations can also be made ahead of time via credit card through paypal at ouvrecorp@gmail.com.

We are grateful to Lacuna and its project "Second Saturdays" for hosting these events. Lacuna is a 250,000 sq. ft. building that houses over 200 artists and entrepreneurs. Second Saturdays is an event that showcases their work.
For more information visit http://www.lacuna2150.com/

Jessica is a Chicago Yoga teacher who has been practicing yoga for 15 years and teaching for 6. Find her page on facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-Carlin-Yoga-Projects

DJ Arnold Hercules travels the globe as a DJ, Yoga & Fitness teacher and healer. He is president of Ouvre Corporation. Find him on facebook:http://www.facebook.com/herculesarnold.yarman or his blog http://www.iamherculesyarman.wordpress.com/

Katarina Arneric finished her 200hr-RYT certification in 2010 with Breath and Body Yoga in Austin, TX. She is a certified Health Coach and infuses her unique Power Vinyasa flow classes with her passion for the body, awareness, alignment & music.

Guerilla Yoga Fundraiser Event #4

Please join us for our fourth and extra special Guerilla Yoga Fundraising event. We invite guest teacher, Erica Merrill to co-lead class with Jessica. Erica has been practicing yoga for seventeen years and teaching yoga for twelve. Her teaching style blends a light-hearted sense of humor, a vast experience and knowledge of the practice of yoga, a spirit of playfulness that inspires without diminishing, and sequencing that weaves the familiar to the unpredictable in a way that requires a fullness of attention.

Erica and Jessica's teaching style and personalities complement each other well. Erica is also familiar with teaching with live music as she teaches a weekly live DJ class and also hosts a monthly DJ night herself. Expect extra energy, extra fun, and extra hands on assists.Musically, this month's theme is gratitude. DJ Arnold Hercules will fuse both old and new sounds to compliment this theme and highlight both Erica and Jessica's flow.All three will create an energizing yet grounding class that blends the solar and lunar elements which will make this a not to miss Yoga event.Come meet fellow yogis seeking to step outside the yoga studio and expand their practice community.

RSVP for a free KIND bars and coconut water:  http://www.facebook.com/events/372928636121001/

Your attendance and generous donations to this and past events go to support Ouvre Corporation's Dedicated Sacred Yoga Practice Space (Samaya) at 2021 W. Fulton St. inside Passion House Coffee Roasters.

The space opened on October 15th thanks to you. It is a space where daily donation Yoga Sadhana (practice) from 5:30-8am (M-Sat), healing and creative work occurs. For more info please go to:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samaya-Practice-House/219085374772935?fref=ts

Date: November 10, 2012
Time: 12:00-4:00PM (class runs 12:30-2:00pm)
Location: Lacuna Artist Loft Studio – First Floor Event Space
2150 S Canalport
East Pilsen
Suggested Donation: $15+ per person
Parking: Free parking in the lot and on Canalport
Public Transit: Pink Line 18th Street, 18 Bus 16th/Cicero, Red Line Chinatown/Archer

*Bring your own mat.

The intention behind these events is to build a new community of creative individuals and open ourselves to a spiritual and unique practice.

Guerilla Yoga is a Yoga event with a DJ in a unique space. Yoga means union—a yoking of the mind, body and breath. Yoga, music, and art are all born from the creative pulse of life. Through sharing our practices, we can learn from each other, build connections and develop new ways of looking at the world.

Guatemala Energy Enhancement Retreat

Project Tranquility Retreats and Ouvre Corporation present:

Guatemala Energy Enhancement Retreat
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
From : Monday, 09 May 2011 11:00
Until : Sunday, 15 May 2011 17:00
Seats available: 20

Event Details

Come join us on an amazing Energy Enhancement week to the magical Lake Atitilan, Guatemala. This one week workshop will take u deeper on every level including spiritual, emotional, physical, and meditative growth. We will include morning Kundalini Yoga, Partner Yoga, vegetarian meals harvested from the beautiful organic farm, Reiki level 1 Certification, Access Conciousness Certification with special guest Dr. Lisa Guisiana.

These certifications include: Reiki Level 1 training and attunement with Reiki Master Alicia McMichael, Access Consciousness Certification with Dr. Lisa Guisiana, and Kundalini Yoga and Lifestream Generator Energy Tune Ups with Hercules Yarman of Ouvre.

Date: May 9-15, 2011
Place: Guatemala Mystical Yoga Farm (Finca de Yoga Mistica), Lake Atitilan, Guatemala

Access Consciousness Certification:
The purpose of Access consciousness is to create a world of consciousness and oneness. Consciousness includes everything and judges nothing. It is our target to get you to the point where you receive from Access the awareness of everything, with no judgment of anything. If you have no judgment of anything, then you get to look at everything for what it is, not for what you want it to be, not for what it ought to be, but just for what it is.
Consciousness is the ability to be present in your life in every moment, without judgment of you or anyone else. It is the ability to receive everything, reject nothing, and create everything you desire in life – greater than what you currently have, and more than what you can imagine.
Reiki Level 1 Certification:
Level 1 Reiki Attunement is a process by which a Reiki Master connects people with their own source of universal life force energy. Through this process, the chakras become clear and active and our energy passes to a higher level of vibration and frequency, which implies a higher level of consciousness. This energy is of love.
Kundalini Yoga:
The Kundalini is untapped energy (prana) at the base of the spine that can be drawn up through the body awakening each of the seven chakras. Full enlightenment occurs when this energy reaches the Crown Chakra. Kundalini energy is often represented as a snake coiled at the base of the spine. It will allow you to reach a heightened awareness of being in your full potential.
Typical Day
6:30-9:30 Morning Meditation/ Kundalini Yoga with Hercules Yarman
9:30-11:00 Breakfast and Break
11:00-2:00 Access Conciouness Training with Dr. Lisa Guisiana
2:00-3:00 Fresh Vegetarian Meal
3:00-5:00 Reiki Training with Alicia McMichael
5:30-7:30 Dinner
7:30-9:00 Ceremony
9:00-10:00 Self Sadhana or group activity.
Special group activities will include: Warrior Chakra Dance, Sacred Shamanic Spiritual Practices, Thai Massage demo, Acroyoga/ Partner Yoga.
Lake Atitlan is surrounded by three volcanoes and home to one of the largest population of indigenous people any where in the world. the Mayans whom date back the one of the oldest civilizations on our planet still pass down there culture and wisdom to us.
The last two days will be spent visiting local communities including San Marcos, Guatemala and Antigua, Guatemala. I hope you are all ready to feel the magic of love, love, and beauty!
COST:
650.00 Workshop accommodations and food.
Additional 40.00 for transport to and from the airport. this will be a three hour ride from Guatemala City to Pana Achel.  We will take a private ride there upon arrival and take a boat 35 minutes to San Marcos.
REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT IS NEEDED TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE WITH THE GROUP/$50.00. PAYMENTS CAN BE MADE IN INSTALLMENTS IF NEEDED WITH LAST PAYMENT BEING MADE AT THE AIRPORT.
For more information contact:
Alicia McMichael @ aliciadmcmichael@gmail.com
Hercules Yarman @ ouvrecorp@gmail.com
For more information about Project Tranquility, visit www.projecttranquility.com.  a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

April Detox Month: Mung Beans and Rice, Quinoa Stew and Yogi Tea Recipes

In honor of April Detox Month and for the lovely requests from friends, here are three yogic recipes that are both tasty and healthy.  If it inspires you, leave a donation for these nourishing recipes.

In Love and Service, Hercules

Mung Beans And Rice, a recipe from Yogi Bhajan:

1 cup mung beans (best if soaked over night 8hours), 1 cup basmati rice, 9 cups water, 4-6 cups chopped assorted vegetables (carrots, celery, zucchini, broccoli, etc.)(brussle sprouts are great!), 2 onions chopped, 1/3 cup minced ginger root, 8-10 cloves garlic, minced, 1 jalapeno or habanero pepper (optional), 1 heaping teaspoon tumeric, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1 heaping teaspoon garam masala, 1 teaspoon crushed red chilies (more or less to taste), 1 tablespoon sweet basil, 2 bay leaves, seeds of 5 green cardamom pods, salt or tamari sauce to taste (you may substitute Braggs liquid aminos)

Wash beans and rice. Bring water to boil, add rice and beans, and let boil over medium-high flame.  Prepare vegetables.  Add Vegetables to cooking rice and beans.  Heat oil (about 1/2 cup) in large frying pan. Add onions, ginger and garlic and saute over medium-high flame until browning.  Add spices (not salt or herbs). When nicely well done, combine onions with cooking beans and rice.  You will need to stir the dish often now, to prevent scorching.  Add herbs and finely chopped pepper.  Continue to cook until totally and completely well done, over a medium-low flame, stirring often.  The consistency should be rich thick and soup like, with ingredients barely discernible.  Serve with Yogurt, salsa, mango chutney, or cheese melted over the top.  This dish is "pre-digested" and is excellent for the sick, the elderly and young children (in these cases, make it less spicy).

Quinoa Stew

1 cup red lentils, 1 cup quinoa, 9 cups water, 4-6 cups chopped assorted vegetables (carrots, celery, zucchini, broccoli, etc.)(brussle sprouts are great!), 2 onions, chopped, 1/3 cup minced ginger root cloves garlic, minced, 8-10, 1 heaping teaspoon tumeric, 1 jalapeno or habanero pepper (optional), 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1 heaping teaspoon garam masala, 1 teaspoon crushed ret chilies (more or less to taste), 1 tablespoon sweet dried basil, 2 bay leaves, seeds of 5 green cardamom pods, salt or tamari sauce to taste (you may substitute Braggs liquid aminos)

This recipe is prepared almost like Mung Beans and Rice except you cook the ginger, garlic and onions directly in the pot.

Wash red lentils. Bring water to boil, add lentils and let boil over medium-high flame.  Prepare and finely chop ginger, garlic and onions.  Add them to the pot in that order.  Add quinoa and spices to the pot.  Prepare vegetables.  Add Vegetables to cooking lentils, quinoa, ginger, garlic, onions and spices.  Add herbs.  Continue to cook until totally and completely well done, over a medium-low flame, stirring often.  Serve with lime, bragg or tamari and olive oil.  Sliced avocados, green onions and cilantro are optional as toppings.

Yogi Tea

Prep Time: 05 minutes
Cook Time: 03 hours
Total Time: 3 hours, 5 minutes
Ingredients:
  • 2 quarts water
  • 15 whole cloves
  • 20 black peppercorns
  • 3 sticks of cinnamon
  • 20 whole cardamon pods (split the pods first)
  • 8 fresh ginger slices (1/4" thick, no need to peel)
  • 1/2 teaspoon regular or decaf black tea leaves (approximately 1-2 tea bag)
  • Whole milk and Raw Honey (Almond or Soy Milk and Agave Nectar as substitutes)
Preparation:

Bring two quarts of water to a boil. Add cloves and boil one minute. Add cardamom, peppercorns, cinnamon, and ginger. Cover and boil for 30 minutes. Reduce heat, add black tea and simmer for two to three hours. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain and store in the refrigerator. Reheat with milk when you want a cup and add raw honey to taste. (Almond or soy milk and agave nectar for substitutes)

Yogi Tea was created by Yogi Bhajan and when the ingredients interact with each other along with whole milk and raw honey, the drink serves as a tonic that rejuvenates and balances your nervous system.  This is a great tea to drink when detoxing or fasting.

New Beginnings

Last year was an energetic year that brought about amazing changes and opportunities for Ouvre, the Chicago yoga and body movement community and me.  In 2010, our beloved friend and teacher, Miles Maeda, realized his goal of moving to Tokyo, Japan.  For the brief few months that we were able to host him in Chicago, his knowledge, energy and discipline has impacted all that has been influenced by his teachings and guidance including myself.  As one door closes, another one opens as his project, Ouvre Corporation, is being carried on by those that he has helped along the way, including myself in Chicago and other practitioners forming projects at our Long Beach, Ca center.  Our status as a 501 c3 non-profit organization doing business in Illinois became official.  We started a quaint practice space in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood where many of you came and practiced Yoga and other body movement classes such as Miles’ Gyrokenisis’ class.  We also held a few social gatherings at the space, and around town.

A new year brings new experiences and opportunities.  We outgrew that quaint two-bedroom practice space.  Now the Ukrainian Village neighborhood and the Chicago community now has its first Dharmic yoga, body movement, creative and community practice house, named Samaya.  Join us and experience a house that lives, breaths, and screams yoga in all areas.  Join the residents, Tyrel Williams, Giovaskie Perez and myself as we host a free daily morning Sadhana Yoga practice.  We also host free healing, meditation and community kitchen.  Come and experience our donation only evening and afternoon yoga classes of all kinds.  Receive Reiki and Rossiter healing.  Check out the Lifestream Generator Vibration Technology.  Try the new anti gravity yoga/fitness swings.  Get out of the cold and take a steam in the steam shower.  Get satiated and eat healthy yogic food made daily.  Meet the community during our weekly Sunday community dinner gathering.  Inquire about fitness training and classes from Arnoldprofitness.com.  Stay posted, as we will have our open house very soon.  This house is for the community and it is calling for your energy.  We look forward to practicing with all of you very soon.

In Love and Service,

Arnold Prosperos

Secretary, Ouvre Corporation