Practicing the yoga of judgement

One of the ongoing themes or threads (*cough* sutras *cough*) here has been what I’ll tongue-in-cheekingly call “the yoga of judgement.” We’ve judged other forms of yoga (maybe a lot). We’ve talked about judging others’ Ashtanga practices. We — and commenters — have touched on whether practicing yoga’s supposed to make you less judgmental. We, and not a … Continue reading Practicing the yoga of judgement

Sacred music to point you to the ‘higher goal of yoga’

Among the many highlights from Bobbie’s two weeks and my one week down with Tim Miller in August was the chance to get a sneak peak of the musical performer who will take center stage on Saturday night at the 2013 Ashtanga Yoga Confluence. Well, performer seems not the right word, although Naren Schreiner — … Continue reading Sacred music to point you to the ‘higher goal of yoga’

Moving beyond asana into the yoga of music

We got a sneak peak at the musical part of the 2013 Confluence on Saturday night. In a single word? Wonderful. I know there were some at the first Confluence who thought that MC Yogi was, perhaps, a bit too electronic, a bit too DJ. You’ll be very happy with the musical focus this coming time … Continue reading Moving beyond asana into the yoga of music

It’s official: Ashtanga Yoga Confluence 2013 schedule is out

It’s official. The 2013 Ashtanga Yoga Confluence schedule is up. Link is right here, but here are the details, too: 2013 ASHTANGA YOGA CONFLUENCE SCHEDULE Thursday, February 28 4:30-5:30 pm – Ganesh Puja performed by Eddie In India, the elephant headed god is known as the Remover of Obstacles and the Lord of Beginnings. He is honored at … Continue reading It’s official: Ashtanga Yoga Confluence 2013 schedule is out

Other yoga resources

Michelle Haymoz — Yoga photos and more (including from the Confluence) Sangita Yoga — The Yoga of Music Ashtanga Yoga Outreach — New York Srivatsa Ramaswami — Vinyasa Krama Sivananda Yoga — Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevanada Yoga Gives Back — Great charity that provides microloans to Indian women and families Bent on Learning — Bringing yoga to … Continue reading Other yoga resources

Some ragas you ought to check out

If you’ve missed our coverage of Sangita Yoga and Naren Schreiner — well, you haven’t been paying attention, have you? As we noted earlier this month, Naren has finished a new album of sacred chants . Now there’s a quick video about it, which is well worth you time on a calm Saturday. From the … Continue reading Some ragas you ought to check out

‘Chanting gives expression to the soul’s innate yearning for the Divine’

We’ve highlighted the music of Naren Schreiner — who has lead chanting and kirtan at the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence — a few times. Now, we’re happy to report, his first full-production album is complete. As I hope you’ve surmised, it’s sacred music of India. Here’s a link to more. Key facts: Digital release date is … Continue reading ‘Chanting gives expression to the soul’s innate yearning for the Divine’

Your chance to learn about sacred chanting in Los Angeles

For our readers in and around Los Angeles, maybe mark your calendar for Dec. 13. That’s when Naren Schreiner of Sangita Yoga will be up here — at the Center for Yoga / Larchmont Yoga Works — leading a workshop on sacred chanting. Link to the promotional flyer is right here. (You also can preregister … Continue reading Your chance to learn about sacred chanting in Los Angeles

LA, Boulder: Here’s your chants to explore India’s sacred music

Oh, yeah, I went there. Two upcoming events — one in Boulder, the other here in LA — feature Naren Schreiner of Sangita Yoga, who has performed kirtan and Indian sacred music at the past couple Ashtanga Yoga Confluences. Up first is Boulder, at Richard Freeman’s Yoga Workshop. One is a workshop on chants, the … Continue reading LA, Boulder: Here’s your chants to explore India’s sacred music

‘People are not dying. They’re gaining moksha’

The Namarupa blog has a link up to a CNN story that I can’t help figure is Robert Moses’ way of telling those of us going on this summer’s Yatra: “Read this.” It’s about Varanasi, one of our many stops: Varanasi has always been known as the city of light. But a more appropriate moniker might … Continue reading ‘People are not dying. They’re gaining moksha’