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"Transcendental­ Rhythm: The Yoga of Drumming" at Civic Space


Rhythm is life and life is rhythm....

Transcendental Rhythm: The Yoga of Drumming combines the practice of drumming and conscious bodywork to help participants attune their bodies with the celestial and universal rhythms in sonic form. Balance, awareness, listening and meditation are enhanced through this unique fusion of rhythm practice and yoga.

Rhythm is the expression of motion in time. Our days, lives, and universe are governed by rhythms that, like clockwork, express the universe, as it is perceived. We are physically guided by the rhythms of celestial bodies. The vital systems of our bodies work in concert to support our existence and experience in this life. Rhythm dominates our existence, yet, so many of us fall out of tune with these rhythms.

Yoga is a collection of disciplines and practices that tune our bodies. Drumming is a collection of disciplines and practices that tunes and then expresses our awareness of these celestial and universal rhythms in sonic form.

Civic Space Park A.E. England Building (in the air conditioning) 


Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat, hand drum (djembe, conga, etc.)


$10 + $5 drum rental if you don't have a hand drum


Jesse Joaquin Parker, professional percussionist and professor of music, will guide participants in an exploration of drumming technique, rhythmic discipline, and auditory independence while connecting body movement, internal rhythm, and hemispherical independence. A variety of traditional rhythms including those of West Africa, the Caribbean, and South America will be incorporated into the practice.


Utilize Pranayama, Hatha, and Vinyasa elements to prepare the body and mind for rhythmic awareness and fluid kinesthetic function. Focus will be placed on controlling breath and heart rate through rhythmic awareness.


Transition from warm-up to movement awareness. Focus on listening to how different rhythms move different parts of the body. Focus on “visual tuning” – moving in sync with a group.


Learn the proper form to sit, hand positions, drum placements, aural-kinesthetic connection, physical properties of the drums, and sound production.


Learn how to focus on one hand at a time and to control the hemispheres of the brain by learning binary patterns with the hands that will prepare the hands for simple to complex rhythmic patterns. These exercises will increase hemispherical independence and rhythmically tune the body and mind.


This segment of the class focuses on presenting a variety of traditional Afro-centric folkloric rhythmic systems and the spiritual and philosophical premises of these rhythms. The class will then learn a variety of rhythmic “parts” to play as an ensemble. This segment galvanizes the aspects of Yoga, movement, and meditation by focusing on egolessness, mantra, interconnectedness, and rhythmic discipline.


Guides, exercises, and meditations to continue your explorations in to rhythm and drumming will be provided.


Work with community oriented spaces, educational institutions, private well-being spaces, and workplaces to provide a workshop/class that incorporates the study of rhythm, yoga, and traditional drumming disciplines to enhance participants’ connection to their rhythmic selves and to the rhythmic world around us. Experience in music and/or yoga is not necessary and newcomers are encouraged to participate!


by Tycoon Percussion and City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation

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