Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ask Parvati 20 - Tantra: Yoga Is Everywhere - Part 3, Yoga In The Nightclub



(Continued from Yoga Flowers)


It was because I had no good answer to give my now life partner when he asked me why I was keeping my music and my yoga practice separate, that I entered a new phase in my exploration of yoga and all its many faces.


Creating my song Yoga In the Nightclub was a yogic experience for me. A spontaneous, expansive and rooted arising from my soul, through my body, that activated my voice, it expresses for me the very meaning of my life: the celebration of merging with the divine while in human form. The process of creating is a yogic act, through which a yogic state can be reflected.


Yoga In the Nightclub is not meant to be a yogic practice. It is a way for me as an artist and yogini to perhaps touch and inspire people and plant seeds of possibility. My prayer is that the inspired source that created my songs may resonate in listeners so that they too may be motivated by the expansive expression to lead their most honest and divine lives. The presence of expansion and spiritual transformation exist within the very fabric of sound.


I have often been asked in interviews, what inspired me to bring yogic expression into the club scene. I answer easily. Yoga is not a physical practice but a way of life. It is about learning to be present in all one does, to see the divine here, now, in this moment. It is about feeling connected to something much greater than our limited ego or will. It is about being in service to life, feeling interconnected to that very life force.


It seems to me that the world could always use more inspired, loving food for the body, mind and spirit. People are in need of and can benefit from the lush wealth found in the yogic tradition. We are active beings, living in a vast, polluted and busy world. We need to learn yoga off the mat and live as integrated, spiritually awake beings in the world.


Dance clubs may be thought by some to be seedy, certainly not pure places where one would think to experience yoga, that is, a oneness with the divine. But for me, and for those I know, they are places where I celebrate the joy of being alive. Friends gather and together we have fun, move, connect to life-force energy, connect with each other and share through sound and movement.


When you move through your day today, ask yourself, in which way are you practicing yoga, right now? Do you feel connected to something greater than your limited ego or will? Are you aware of how your individual self fits into the whole? Do you feel rooted and connected to the Earth and open to the vast sky? How does expansive expression arise through you? Do you speak reactively, to defend your sense of divided self? Do you express yourself from wholeness, from spaciousness, from joy and delight? Does your soul guide your actions and move you to express? What drives your life?


(Continues tomorrow with Yoga Is Everywhere)


1 comment:

  1. Those are tough questions you ask at the end. Thanks for asking them though. It makes me realize that my yoga practice still needs a lot of practice... :-)