The sacred roots of divine music in India

We’ve posted a few times about Naren Schreiner and Sangita Yoga, which performed at this year’s Confluence and is back on the schedule in 2014. (Here is a post with Sangita’s own video from the Confluence.)

Sri Tyagaraja, via

Naren is well and deeply steeped in the history of sacred music in India, has studied the tradition extensively in India, and continues to explore how music can affect us, much as asana does — and how all of it coalesces as yoga.

He understands the tradition and, if I can use this work, the essence of what he talks about and performs.

For this fall’s Raga Spirit music festival at UCLA, happening all day on Sat., Oct. 19, Naren has written an article for the program booklet. You can find it in full here, and here’s a short excerpt:

As you listen to Indian music, realize that you are linked to an ancient coalition of science, art and spirituality. Seek to perceive the essence of the raga as it awakens within you some profound response.  Feel the underlying rhythm that unites the pulse and breath of your body with the sway of Nature.  Realize that a harmonizing flood of sound is pouring over your being—the calming tanpura drone, the raga of voice and instrument, the energizing tala of drums.

Naren has absolutely helped us understand this aspect of yoga, and this piece showcases why and how.

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

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