Being green, demons and too much snow

Tim Miller recounts his weekend with Krishna Das and plenty more in his latest post:

It was refreshing to hang out with Krishna Das over the weekend because he is very open in talking about his personal demons and the demons that torment all of us to some extent. He loves to tell the story of the great epiphany he had in his apartment in 1994, when, after a twenty year period of depression following the death of his guru Neem Karoli Baba, he realized that, “ the only way I was going to clean out the dark corners of my heart was by singing with people.” And so he found his Dharma, after many years of pain and suffering. When my own Guru, K. Pattabhi Jois passed away in 2009 I also went into a depression, for more like 20 months than 20 years—KD has always been way more dramatic than me.

As always, I’ve left the best parts for you to click to; you can find out how Tim’s relationship with Pattabhi Jois is now, read about his last time with Guruji and a little about poison.

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Get yourself ready for Tim Miller and Krishna Das

So it looks like the first live feed from the Krisna Das-Tim Miller workshop this weekend should be going up in about 30 minutes. (If I’ve timed this right.) About 8 a.m. Pacific time, 11 a.m. Eastern. If you live somewhere else, you’ll have to do your own math.

So to get you in the mood:

Here’s info about the video:

Krishna Das had Shivabalayogi’s darshan in the 80s in USA. While we are here in Bengaluru now, KD wanted to sit in the meditation hall in the ashram where His original seat was and His jatta is saved. His devotees offer bhajan and when we went, they asked KD to sing something so here it is… there are some wonderful books about Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj including “The Living Yogi” and “Tapas Shakti”.

Counting down…

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Stream parts of Krishna Das-Tim Miller workshop this weekend for free

Just noticed this at Krishna Das’ website. It says it will have free streaming of parts of the KD-Tim Miller weekend workshop that’s coming up in a few days.

It says to tune into KD’s YouTube page, which is right here.

From what I see at KD’s site, the free streams will be two Hanuman Chalisa’s (on Saturday and again Sunday) as well as two workshops by KD. The Chalisas are both from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Saturday workshop runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m.; the Sunday one from 2 to 4 p.m. Doesn’t look like there’ll be anything with Tim — but I’m hoping there will be after. (It’s not his YouTube page, after all.)

You also can email questions to KD via lily at krishnadas dot com.

I’m anticipating Tim’s blog post this week might be about the workshop — and maybe the following one will be, too.

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New Krishna Das Hanuman Chalisa: Sundara Chalisa. Get it free

Krishna Das has made a new Hanuman Chalisa available for free download. Link to that is right here.

Plus there’s new video:

Here’s info about it:

This version of Sri Hanuman Chalisa sung by Krishna Das was filmed at the Open Your Heart in Paradise Retreat Maui, Hawaii, December 2014.
Musicians: Krishna Das (harmonium & vocals), Arjun (tabla), Rick Frires (bass guitar), Nina Rao (kartals), David Nichtern (guitar), and Genevieve Walker (violin).
Audio recorded and mixed by Kevin Reilly.
Video filmed and edited by John Phaneuf.

Remember, he and Tim Miller are doing a first-ever retreat together in March.

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A Krishna Das-Tim Miller workshop is happening

We asked for it, we got it. We also guess we should have specified: In California.

But kirtan-yoigi-bhaktis can’t be choosers.

Next year, Tim Miller and Krishna Das will be joining forces for a workshop at the Garrison Institute in New York. Some details (and the place to register) is right here:

Join Krishna Das for a weekend retreat of yoga, chanting and devotional heart-opening practices. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with a group of dedicated seekers and immerse yourself in practices, teachings and discussions. The retreat program consist of two evening kirtans and two afternoon workshops led by Krishna Das; two morning yoga classes appropriate for all level by Tim Miller; group chanting of Hanuman Chalisas with Nina Rao. Special guest teachings and chanting will be offered by Lama Gyurme.

It’s happening March 13- 15 (which means we can guess which weekend won’t have the Confluence).

So, we sort of joke about the location. But we realize if it were to happen out here — specifically in the San Diego area — it would probably be attended by Ashtanga Yoga Center regulars. This will be an opportunity for Tim to bring a taste of Ashtanga to a new audience. So, as if they need it, we approve.

It doesn’t mean we aren’t jealous.

If anyone decides to go and wants to provide a little write-up, you know where to find us.

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A Krishna Das-Tim Miller retreat? Yes, please

I’m pulling something out of Tim Miller’s latest blog post — all about his time at Bhakti Fest this past weekend — that, I realize, probably shines too much light on it, but the idea is just too enticing not to mention: A Krishna Das & Tim Miller retreat.

Yeah, that sounds pretty dang awesome. Here’s how Tim mentions it:

After class I texted Krishna Das to see if he had time for a short visit before his sound check.  He said he could meet backstage at 5:30 and we had a few precious moments together, catching up on the latest with our families, our travels and, once again, talking about doing a retreat together someday.  Nina was in on this conversation, which means that something might actually happen.

You can put all the caveats on that you want. Perhaps you also can take my reaction to it as a nudge, I guess mainly to Nina — with whom I had a brief correspondence back when KD came through LA, so, Nina, don’t forget that! — for these two guys to get together and see what kind of magic they can make.

Maybe if enough of us are talking about it, it will encourage them to put something together. So… talk about it, people.

Here’s a little more of Tim’s reflections of Bhatki Fest:

My next class wasn’t until 5:30 pm so I had plenty of time in between for breakfast with my assistant Maria Zavala, a nap, a reiki treatment, and another nap before driving back to the festival to catch some afternoon kirtan.  I met my friend Uta at the main stage at 4 to see someone she highly recommended–Karnamrita Dasi, an American bhakti who has one of the most beautiful voices in the Vaishnava tradition.   When Karnamrita began to sing, the pure devotion pouring through her voice immediately touched a chord in my heart and brought tears to my eyes.  I could have listened to her for hours, but had to leave at five to go teach my class—An Introduction to Pranayama.  I figured that at this time of day it would be good for people to do something more sedentary and restorative.  Some of the students apparently hadn’t read the class description and, despite the brilliance of my presentation, several of them made early departures.  I was reminded of a recurring dream I have, where I am teaching at a big yoga conference and the students gradually walk out of the class until I am the only one left.

There’s plenty more that makes Bhakti Fest seem like a worthwhile use of a weekend. I recognize that suggests maybe we should have gone. There’s always next year.

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Do your practice, every day, doesn’t apply just to Ashtanga

I know there was some consternation last week about Nancy Gilgoff’s defining an Ashtanga practitioner as someone who does the practice six days a week, every week, taking only Moon Days off.

It does sound a bit harsh, I guess, with not much room for failing to meet those proscribed definitions. (Elsewhere, I think, three days a week is the minimum “requirement” for an Ashtanga practice.)

Of course, I’d point out, Nancy also says practice doesn’t have to be in the morning (and the day off doesn’t have to be Saturday), so on some other fronts she might not meet some people’s Ashtanga yardstick.

More so, though, I think it is worth considering why there’s a focus on a continued, dedicated practice. And I turn to Krishna Das.

Here’s a link to a video of him at Yoga International (which I can’t get to embed). And here’s the accompanying text:

The one thing we have to do is some kind of practice every day. Even as little as 5 minutes of practice a day can be life changing over time. It opens our hearts and awareness from within, allowing us to let go of superficial things and rest more easily in ourselves. It’s the only way to know anything that really matters—the only way to get to shore as we find ourselves headed for the rapids. A teacher can point the way, but we have to do the practice.

Food for thought. And it sort of goes with David Garrigues’ thoughts on a teacher motivating students.

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It’s 4 a.m., so why not the Hanuman Chalisa?

A little video preview for Krishna Das’ upcoming kirtan album, Kirtan Wallah. Available, you won’t be surprised to know, at his website.

A little about it: “This is a preview of the live version of track 5 “4AM Hanuman Chalisa” on Krishna Das’s April 2014 album release “Kirtan Wallah”. This live kirtan was filmed on New York City in October 2013. ”

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