Sangita Yoga lesson: Playing Guru Stuti on harmonium

For those of us who need a little extra juice, a little extra Ojas, there’s probably nothing that quite fits the bill than music and chanting. We’ve passed on a few words of wisdom from Naren Schreiner of Sangita Yoga. Here’s some basic instruction for you harmonium wanna-plays: Posted by Steve Advertisements

A beautiful Hanuman devotional aid from Sangita Yoga

Here’s a little something just in time for Hanuman Jayanthi. Naren Schreiner of Sangita Yoga — which performed the sacred music at the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence this year — has uploaded a track recorded at the Confluence. The song? (Is “song” the right word?) Jai Bolo Hanuman Ki, which he wrote just for the Confluence. … Continue reading A beautiful Hanuman devotional aid from Sangita Yoga

Sangita Yoga on a cool San Diego evening

A wonderful addition to this year’s Confluence was having Naren from Sangita Yoga perform on Saturday night. We’ve posted about him before: here (and especially here, about his album release). Naren and his partners, notably Hansel on the tabla, bring an honest, traditional approach to their music. They emphasize the sacredness, and its long history, … Continue reading Sangita Yoga on a cool San Diego evening

The yoga of music goes to college

It’s not secret we’re big fans of Naren Schreiner, who leads Sangita Yoga — the Yoga of Music — and performed at last year’s Ashtanga Yoga Confluence and will be doing so again in May. He brings a sweet, light, quietly devotional perspective to music, focusing it on honoring the Divine. (Yes, somehow quiet even … Continue reading The yoga of music goes to college

The hardest pose in yoga, seriously

Bobbie’s already put in her pick, and it is hard to argue with savasana. (Although our friend and music guide Naren Schreiner suggest on Facebook a three-hour Padmasana. I can see that.) But I want to jump in and suggest another one: the next pose. Now, that may sound facetious, and to a certain extent, … Continue reading The hardest pose in yoga, seriously

Remember, yoga isn’t just asana and injuries

Given the latest yoga’s gonna hurt you piece in the New York Times, we’ve — and I mean you all and us — been a bit focused on the physical side of yoga. Asanas. The toned body. Maybe the ability to sit still for long enough to meditate and find a still mind. But as … Continue reading Remember, yoga isn’t just asana and injuries

Video: Ashtanga Yoga Center in 2007 and Ashtanga & family, plus a story on Amma

If you’ve gotten through the piece on Ashtanga and asana, then here’s a trio of videos to help get you through this Monday (a holiday here in the U.S.). Tim Miller’s Ashtanga Yoga Center in March 2007 (must be fairly close to when it opened there). You’ll see several moments that strike me as very … Continue reading Video: Ashtanga Yoga Center in 2007 and Ashtanga & family, plus a story on Amma

The Yoga of Music at the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence

I’m considering changing this blog’s name to the Confluence Music Countdown. Music, music, music. We can’t get away from it, despite my best efforts. This time, though, I’m more than happy to fill a post with some sacred music. Below is video produced by Sangita Yoga, who performed the sacred music at the Ashtanga Yoga … Continue reading The Yoga of Music at the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence

Ashtanga Yoga Confluence highs, and one low, from Tim Miller

We’ve given you plenty of student perspective on the Confluence, ours and other’s alike. Now, how about from the other side of all those adjustments? Through my long and treasured association with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, I had the great pleasure to meet and form friendships with all of my fellow presenters at the confluence. … Continue reading Ashtanga Yoga Confluence highs, and one low, from Tim Miller

Ashtanga Yoga Confluence kirtan leader releases album

There’s news around the wonderful musician who will be performing at the 2013 Ashtanga Yoga Confluence (coming in less than three months now), Naren Schreiner. He both has out a new CD / album / downloadable set of songs and a new website to accompany them. You can get the songs at the website (no … Continue reading Ashtanga Yoga Confluence kirtan leader releases album