Monday, February 14, 2011

Mysore: Kirtan in the Shala

I'm winding down my time in Mysore: Sunday was the last conference of my three-month practice stint at KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute — Sharath got down to business on explaining mula bandha to a packed-to-the gills room—and Monday the last practice (wired from too little sleep and the fact that I was soon to leave the Mysore bubble of goodness and revelation). But like last week—when sarod player Govinda Schlegal took the stage after Sharath along with tabla and vina accompaniment — conference concluded with a bit of music. Amid the past week of packing up and processing what's gone down for me in India this go, the opportunity arose for me to be one of David Garrigues's back-up kirtan singers at what would be a special kirtan performance at the yoga shala. David's a Certified Ashtanga teacher (aka, an exceedingly experienced and knowledgeable practitioner of traditional Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga) and a fine kirtan singer and composer. On Sunday after conference, he led a packed and very sweet kirtan. Here's a snippet of some bhakti yoga in action. Much gratitude is there.
Visit David's website for his teaching and kirtan schedule

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