For years, I always thought of yoga as a solitary act. Even when I was practicing in a room full of people, I kept my attention focused inward and my concentration on my own mind and body. So, on the random occasion that a teacher would tell the class to partner up, I would get frustrated for being taken out of my meditative, solo space. But when I started practicing Acro Yoga, things changed. Read More »»
Archive for October, 2010
David Newman, also known as Durga Das, is becoming one of the most recognized names in the rapidly growing kirtan movement. To date, he’s released six CDs—including Lotus Feet, Leap of Grace, and To Be Home—and he was one of the headliners at Bhakti Fest 2010. This month, The Sacred Cow talked to him about the devotional practice of kirtan, and why so many yogis are now singing its tune.
A couple of weeks ago, I returned from the second annual Bhakti Fest in Joshua Tree, California. For four days, kirtan artists like Krishna Das, David Newman, Deva Premal, Shyamdas, Shantala, Girish (pictured at left), The Mayapuris, and handfuls of other amazing devotional musical acts played nonstop on two stages. People were dancing, picnicking, spinning poi, forming makeshift drum circles, and springing into spontaneous AcroYoga. In fact, everyone I met there was high. That’s not to say they were on anything; this may have been the soberest music event I have ever been to. It was the music—combined with a full spectrum of daily yoga classes, desert heat, and yummy raw food—that elevated the energy on the concert grounds to an ethereal buzz of bhakti bliss.
But when I wasn’t entranced by the magical vocals and the tribal tablas, I got to thinking: What is all of this really about? Read More »»