Gayatri Mantra

gayatri mantra

Hinduism is a very spiritual religion where the tales of gods and goddesses govern people’s beliefs in things like good, evil, love and strength. Even out of Hinduism, there are people who follow some values and traditions of this religion, such as the Gayatri Mantra. It is also called Savitri Mantra as it is dedicated to Savitri who is the goddess of five elements.

Significance of Gayatri Mantra

According to the Gayatri mantra, meditation is the way of purifying yourself and increasing your Divine insight. It is the way for inspiring intellect. Your aim is life is to choose the right path for yourself and to see the sun that is inside you. There are different words in the mantra that mean different things such as Bhoor, which means existence. Your existence is what keeps you here but you need to figure out the meaning of this existence and what you need to spend your life doing. Secondly, the mantra talks about Prana, which means life.

Other than that, there is tat, which means praising Him, the great Lord. What this mantra says is that you should strive for everything without expecting anything in return. You should strive for finding divinity and praise God, without expecting personal benefits. Savitur shows that God exists as a fountain, from which everyone gets nourishment. All life springs from this fountain. Bhargo means purifying your intellect and keeping it pure so that it can be used for good only. We need to purify our thoughts and words, while destroying the sins that we commit.

Gaytri Mantra in Yoga

Most yoga teachers love doing yoga, in class, to Gayatri mantra as this mantra lets you connect with the inner spirit and your God in the best way. In this mantra, you ask God to enlighten you to see things that you can otherwise not see. This mantra lets you get in touch with His light and use that light to look inside you. Bhur is the physical plane while Savithur is the Sun. With the Gayatri mantra, you get in touch with all these planes. Even when you are doing yoga at home, you can play the Gayatri manta and do your yoga exercise. The beauty of this mantra is that even if you do not understand the language, you still feel it in your bones.

The Gayatri Mantra is one of my favourite mantras EVER.

Chanting with my class or in my own practice, I feel the benefits instantly…….

In joy.

 

Gayatri Mantra

Om Bhur Bhuvah Suvah,
Tat Savithur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya  Deemahi
Dhiya Yo Nah Prochodayat.

 

Om: primordial sound. Bhur: earth or physical plane. Bhuvah: water or mental/astral plane. Suvah: fire or celestial plane. Tat: that.  Savithur: the Sun. Varenyam:adorable.  Bhargo: luster. Devasya:lord. Deemahi: meditate upon.  Dhiyo: intellect. Yo: this light.  Nah: our.  Prochodayat: enlighten.

Meaning of Gayatri Mantra: O Lord, we meditate upon you, please enlighten us with your light that is omnipresent in earth plane, astral plane and celestial plane.

 

source: http://www.gurutalks.com/2010/04/gayatri-mantra/

 

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Reggae yoga playlist

Reggae yoga playlist

Even though you might enjoy a different music genre when it comes to jamming with your friends, the kind of music that you play in the background during yoga should be different. There are different music genres for exercising or doing yoga and Reggae is one of the most popular genres for yoga. Reggae originated in the late 1960s. Coming from Jamaica, this music spread all around the world. The genre was named Reggae because this word was used in the song ‘Do the Reggay’ sung by Toots and the Maytals. Most of the time, people refer to Reggae as the music that is played in Jamaican dance. However, it is a genre that has been influenced by blues, jazz and New Orleans R&B. The thing about Reggae is that it relates news and political view.

The subgenres of this genre are roots reggae, lovers rock and reggae en Espanol. It also has various derivative forms such as drum and bass, jungle, dub and hip hop. There are many musical characteristics used in this musical genre, such as bass, guitars, horns, drums, keyboards and vocals.

Reggae and Yoga Music

Yoga is a beneficial practice that you can do every single day to stay healthy and live longer. It is not only yoga teachers that talk about the effectiveness of this practice. Science also proves the wonder of different yoga techniques through research and multiple studies. Yoga has been in practice for centuries. There was a time when people were just doing it without giving it a proper name. It has been a part of different cultures and traditions since the start of time. Nowadays, people go to yoga classes or do yoga at home to reap its benefits.

If you are doing yoga at home, you can play my reggae playlist in the background and let it captivate you while you try different techniques and yoga poses. These songs have been specifically hand-picked to sync with every movement of yours. Even as a yoga instructor or teacher, you can use this playlist while teaching your students or giving a yoga class. This playlist has Reggae songs from some of the best artists such as Dreadzone, Erykah Badu and Patrice. You might have never heard of these bands and artists before as they are not so mainstream but they are quite popular among people who are fond of Reggae. Play this playlist on Spotify when you are going to hold a yoga class or do yoga alone, the next time.

Reggae  Yoga Playlist 

1. Rebel Rouser-Bedouin Soundclash
2. Me-Erykah Badu
3. Ernie-Fat Freddie’s Drop
4. It’s Great When We’re Together-Finley Quaye
5. Sunshine-Patrice
6. What More Can I Really Do-Half Pint
7. Hot Fun in the Summertime-Sly & the Family Stone
8. Linda Cancao-Barrio Jazz Gang
9. Until the Morning (rewound by Thievery Corp.)-Thievery Corporation
10. Family Affair-Sly & the Family Stone
11. Out of Heaven-Dreadzone
12. Even After All-Finley Quaye
13. Hope-Fat Freddy Drop

 

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For the LoVe of mUsIc

how to make a yoga playlist

This is an article I wrote for the Lululemon Blog on how to make a yoga playlist…

Music is the soundtrack of our lives. What we listen to affects how we interpret our experience. That’s why a really good Dj is important. Whether you’re Djing in a club, at your house, or in a yoga class, you have the power to create any kind of mood you like.

My love affair with music started in the womb. My parents played gregorian chants on headphones for my listening pleasure as I floated in my mum’s tummy. Music was always playing in our house growing up. My father was known for his mix tapes in the community. He’s made over 200 mixes in his day.

When I took my first class at Jivamukti Yoga, I fell in love. I could tell the teacher had thought out how her playlist set the tone for the class. Two things made vinyasa my yoga style of choice: breathe based movement and that music is an integral part of the practice. A good playlist is one that takes you on a journey.

    I thought I’d share my creative process on how I make yoga playlists. It usually starts because either I hear a song that inspires me to move, there’s a theme I would like to work with, or there’s a bhav (mood) I’d like to create. From there I go through my music files and find other songs in the same genre or that have the same bhav (mood). You can also find like minded songs through ‘Genius’ on iTunes. Depending upon the BPMs of the song, it goes into one of four categories of the playlist. From there, you create the rest.

The opening is usually one to two slower songs to set the stage while you’re doing your surya namaskars. The next three songs start upping the energy. The third part is the peak/meat of the playlist. These songs will have the highest energy of the playlist, 30-50 minutes. Peak pose is usually around the 55 min mark of a 90 min class. After the peak pose, we move to the floor series: backbends, hip openers, twists and forward folds. During the floor series I begin I bring down the energy by slowing the tempo. The first two songs of the fourth part are bit slower than the peak and by the end of this part, they are super mellow readying for the shavasana song. What’s great about doing it this way is I rarely need to look at a clock while I teach as I can tell what time it is by where I am in the playlist. My playlists are usually 75 min long as I factor in 5 min for intro at the beginning and 5-8 min at the end for meditation and closing prayer. I also have a shavasana playlist just in case I need a bit more music at the end and my current playlist is over.

The Break Down

0-10 Min (Sun As)Slow music to ease into the flow, usually accoustic, one person singing if any.  Folk and classical pieces work great here. (Bon Iver, Arvo Part, Susheela Raman, Iron & Wine, Jamie Woon, Krishna Das, Bill Withers)
10-30 Min (Sun Bs, standing series)Down tempo, lounge music, R&B (Thievery Corp., Erykah Badu, radiohead, Bonobo, Bill Withers, Shaman’s Dream, Dj Shadow, Underworld)
30-55 Min (Standing series, moving towards peak pose)A bit more upbeat or stay with lounge depending upon what your peak pose is. I usually have a house song as my peak song if the peak is a very energizing pose, inversions/arm balances. (Junior Boys, Amma, Antibalas, Beat Pharmacy, Girish, Gazal, Cheb I Sabbah, Gotan Project, Spy from Cairo)
55-65 Min (Backbends, floor series)Back to down tempo, lounge, instrumental (Finley Quaye, Fat Freddy Drop, Portishead, Cat Power, Nightmares on Wax, Alif Tree, Tony Allen, Massod Ali Kahn)
65-75 Min (Shavasana)Chillest song of the playlist. Jai Uttal, Sade, Brian Eno, Amrita, Ben Leinbach, Shanti Shivani, silence is also great)

Here’s some examples of playlists:

Rain
Holocene    5:41    Bon Iver    Bon Iver    
That Home    1:53    The Cinematic Orchestra    
First two songs above are mellow.
To Be Alone With You    2:48    Sufjan Stevens       
Close to Me    5:16    Elk City    
Brothers On A Hotel Bed    4:31    Death Cab for Cutie    
The Dress Looks Nice On You    2:32    Sufjan Stevens    
See-Line Woman    2:38    Nina Simone    
Gabriel    4:19    Lamb    
For Emma    3:41    Bon Iver    
His Master’s Voice    4:50    Monsters Of Folk    
Time And Space    8:31    The Cinematic Orchestra    
‘Round Midnight    5:23    Thelonious Monk    
Oh, Lonesome Me (Ft. Lucinda Williams)    6:06    M. Ward    
Don’t Explain    4:22    Nina Simone    
A Thousand Tiny Pieces    3:46    The Be Good Tanyas    
I created it during the winter here in Vancouver, when we were in a particularly long spell of rain. The gift the rain gives us the opportunity to go deep inside. This playlist was to do exactly that. The peak song was Nina Simone’s, ‘See-Line Woman’. Besides that song, all the others are slower, setting a more earthy practice.

House
Something About Us    3:51    Daft Punk    
manvantara    9:28    bliss    
The Messenger    3:48    New Funky Generation    
This Is The Time    4:48    Dubtribe Sound System    
Free (Deep house remix)    6:21    Jill Scott    
After Hours    4:00    Various Artists    Bedouin Cafe
2 Please U (Losoul Surreal Visits Dub)    2:59    Freaks    
Someday    5:23    Beard    
On My Own    6:00    Amma   
The Rhythm In Your Mind    7:28    Dubtribe Sound System    
DJ Kicks    6:19    DJ Kicks    DJ Kicks    
bangla soul    4:24    baul dimension   
Silent Stations Pt 1    7:27    Project JPO  
I like to play this one when I’m working on inversions and arm balances as it’s very high energy.  

Yuppers
Let Your Be Known Remix    7:10    Steve Gold  
Ganapati    6:44    Susheela Raman    
By Your Side (Neptunes remix)    4:00    Sade    
Sometimes    4:07    Raphael Saadiq    
Diferente    5:22    Gotan Project    
Stay For Awhile (feat. Angie Stone)    4:02    Anthony Hamilton    
100 Yard Dash    2:19    Raphael Saadiq    
Until The Morning (Rewound By Thievery Corporation)    3:39    Thievery Corporation    
Ernie    7:17    Fat Freddy’s Drop    
Fire And Rain    3:26    James Taylor    
Sea of Love    2:18    Cat Power/Myra Lee    
Into Dust    5:37    Mazzy Star   
‘Yuppers’ was inspired by the first song on the list by Steve Gold. I heard it in Seattle when he gave it to my teacher, Shiva Rea. It brings back such beautiful memories for me and I find it so powerful. I play this one when it’s a heart opening/backbending themed class. Every song on this playlist is a homage to one of my teachers. This is only a 55 min playlist. I usually stop it for a bit after the final backbends so students can really sit in their experience of the heart openers. I put it back on when we get into hip openers.  

    Many people ask me where I get my music. I am blessed to have a couple friends back in NYC and San Fran that share what they’re excited about every so often. They’ve also come to know my tastes and send me things randomly when they think I’d dig it. Compilations are a great way to find out about new music (ie buddha bar, asian travels, Punjabi lounge, Shiva Rea’s compilations are great). Genius in the iTunes store is also good. I’m from the electronic era so I love world beats mixed with electronica. Too many words in a song can make you feel like you’re competing while teaching. There are times when I love hip hop and other genres with a lot of lyrics if I’m teaching an intermediate/advanced class as I don’t have to talk as much. However in open level classes, I prefer playlists with less lyrics in the peak part of the class as I’m usually cueing a lot.
    The most important thing to remember when making a playlist is that it should be music that inspires you! If you’re inspired by the music, it will come across in your teaching. There’s nothing worst than being in a class with elevator music (that’s what i call music playing softly in the background). Either play music and have it enhance the class, or don’t play it all. Music has the ability to take us deeper into our experience and it has the ability to take us out. So be conscious of how the music is shaping the experience.

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Rain Yoga Playlist & Thought

rain yoga playlist
Intellect and love are made of different materials. Intellect ties people in knots and risks nothing, but love dissolves all tangles and risks everything. Intellect is always cautious and advises, ‘Beware too much ecstasy,’ whereas love says ‘Oh, never mind! Take the plunge! Intellect does not easily break down, whereas love can effortless reduce itself to rubble. But treasures are hidden among ruins. A broken heart hides treasure. 
–Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love 
What is your relationship to the intellect?
What are you willing to risk to deepen your practice?
What’s your relationship to love?

Do you dare to be wild?  I hope so…

Playlist:
Rain
1. Holocene-Bon Iver
2. That Home-The Cinematic Orchestra
3. To be Alone With You-Sufjan Stevens
4. Close to Me-Elk City
5. Brothers On a Hotel Bed-Death Cab for Cutie
6. The Dress Looks Nice On You-Sufjan Stevens
7. See-Line Woman-Nina Simone
8. Gabriel-Lamb
9. For Emma-Bon Iver
10. His Master’s Voice-Monsters of Folk
11. Time and Space-The Cinematic Orchestra
12. ‘Round Midnight-Thelonious Monk
13. Oh Lonesome Me (Ft Lucinda Williams)-M. Ward
14. Don’t Explain-Nina Simone
15. A Thousand Tiny Pieces-The Be Good Tanyas

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