For yoga teachers and serious students, “Best Yoga on the Web” is your hand-picked guide to this week’s best of the best yoga and meditation from around the world. This week – Nakho Bear, Trevor Hall, Dave Stringer, Patrick Richey, Leah Smith, Moby, and Alanis Morissette.
Let’s jump right in, start by watching this video. I don’t know if Nakho even practices yoga as we typically think of it, but to me, this video is yoga… “I’m no master, I know nothing… but I am a witness.”
I’ve been following Trevor’s career for a while, and he has grown tremendously as a yogi. His music is not specifically a type of yoga music, such as Kirtan, but the spirit of his practice comes through in all of his work. He is an amazing artist with a gifted voice. This video, The Northern Woods, filmed by Emory Hall, captures the spirit of his work.
Dave is a serious yogi, and a beautiful, fun spirit, expressing himself and educating others along the path through Kirtan music. He is constantly touring and has become quite well know in the yoga world. Definitely worth seeing. Dave begins every program with Shivo’ham, Shivo’ham the first verse of which is translated as follows:
I am neither the mind, intellect, ego nor memory,
neither the ears nor the tongue nor the senses of smell and sight,
neither ether, air, fire, water or earth.
I am consciousness and bliss.
Dave’s latest album can be found here.
Patrick is an amazingly accomplished percussionist who has travelled the world studying and performing. I first met Patrick when he was playing Kirtan with Dave Stringer at a yoga teacher training. An amazing coincidence – we both met our future wives at that teacher training! Patrick currently performs and teaches workshops internationally on tabla and various other percussion instruments. This video shows him playing with Dave Stringer at the 2010 Bhakti Fest, a good shot of him playing is 10:45 in.
Leah Smith of the sister group, Rising Appalachia is a practicing yogi, and it shows in her music…
Moby became an international phenomenon in the 90’s with his albums “Go” and “Play”. At this point, he seems to think of yoga as primarily a physical practice, but one that has helped him in very practical ways to a healthier and happier life. “Before yoga my approach to life was a fear based tightness.” Yoga has helped Moby to become “more flexible spiritually physically emotionally.” In this video, he describes how yoga has helped him to realize that “there aren’t aggressively right ways of doing things.” And that, i think, is a great insight.
Alanis, who has the best selling female debut albumn ever, turned to yoga as a means to cope with the stresses of stardom. She credits yoga with helping her to learn the balance of pushing herself and being gentle with herself at the same time. It will be nice to see her at the Wisdom 2.0 conference in a couple of weeks.
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