Raven Sadhaka AKA
Sallie Seltzer: Yoga Instructor, Singer, Songwriter
Kripalu Yoga is a type of hatha yoga which emphasizes body and breath awareness, coordinating the breath with movement throughout your yoga practice. It also encourages joint safety in transitioning into and out of poses, and warming up properly before beginning your practice. Pranayama (breath/energy work) is also a part of each class as well as a short period of meditation at the beginning and end of class.
Your Kripalu practice can be as gentle or as vigorous as you choose to make it. We are trained to guide you through your OWN experience, and to offer modifications for poses using props such as cushions and blankets.
Besides 5 years of classical training on piano and an overlapping 6 years of training on flute, Raven also sang in many choirs, glee clubs and smaller groups throughout her school and college days and had classical vocal training off and on during that time as well. At the age of 13, she picked out a $70 guitar for her birthday and there was no turning back. After taking guitar lessons, she was playing variety shows at 15 and was a rhythm guitarist and singer in a band by the age of 16 -- the "Car Doors" (a name created in a moment of desperation before taking the stage for their first gig) was her first band in high school.
Growing up just a stone's throw from the metropolitan Philadelphia area in the early seventies meant exposure to some of the greatest R&B of our time -- her first concert was Gladys Knight & the Pips. In addition, Raven owes a great deal of her inspiration to such groups such as the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, and U2, and to solo artists such as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Emmy Lou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Joan Osbourne and Sarah McLachlan. Lately, she's added Bjork, PJ Harvey, Wah! and Krishna Das to her list of eclectic influences. Her original music reflects her roots and many influences, encompassing folk, rock and blues with a dash of jazz thrown in for good measure.
When not playing music, Raven is a yoga and film junkie. She is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and has been a writer, director and producer of films, as well as a story analyst/development executive and an entertainment paralegal. Her screenwriting has earned her a number of film festival and fellowship wins and places, and two N.E.A.- sponsored writer's residencies; she holds an M.A. in Film Production and a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature.This site is published by Samizdat Express, Orange, CT firstname.lastname@example.org privacy statement