A Hanuman Chalisa to benefit Ashtanga teacher’s family

A group of musicians, many of them Ashtanga practitioners at the Ashtanga Yoga Center, have collaborated on a new version of the Hanuman Chalisa.

Rich, through Michelle Haymoz's lens.
Rich, through Michelle Haymoz’s lens.

Why is that news? you ask. Because proceeds from the iTunes sales will benefit the family of Rich McGowan, the longtime teacher at the shala who passed away over the weekend. Rich touched many, many lives, including Tim Miller’s as was clear from Tim’s remembrance this week.

If you read Tim’s post, you’ll know that Rich often accompanied Tim during sacred music performances at the shala, most notably the Tuesday performances of the Hanuman Chalisa.

And so a Chalisa to honor Rich and benefit his family is a natural and appropriate memorial.

Here’s how the Paul Abbott, one of the main artists involved, described it to us:

This version of the Hanuman Chalisa is a collaboration between many musicians, most of whom are also students at Tim Miller’s Ashtanga Yoga Center. It started with the organic seed of acoustic guitar and vocals, and ultimately grew into this electro-acoustic amalgamation with the help of all the musicians, a talented DJ and mix engineer.

Check it out, consider buying it. A link to it on iTunes is right here.

Remember, you can never have too many versions of the Chalisa. And this one just may end up being a favorite.

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