1. Natrani (Queen of the Dance): 10.18
2. Gratitude: 5.11
3. Breathing- Prana: 9.13
4. On sacred Ground: 12.02
5. The Watcher: 10.36
6. Ha-Tha (Sun Meets Moon): 3.55
7 Purnima Namashkar (Homage to the full Moon): 8.26
“This is heartfelt music infused with the fragrance of joy: the plaintive violin, sarod, guitar and flute stir feelings of gratitude, making yoga practice an offering, a spontaneous celebration. I found myself practicing with more joyousness while listening the bright sounds and sensuous rhythms of Yoga: One Sacred Ground and my students give it who thumbs up!”
Joseph Roberson, Co-Director, Yoga Centre of Columbia Maryland.
Yoga as practiced in the West is commonly focused mainly on the physical performance of the postures known as “asanas”. However this Hatha Yoga is also intimately bound up with the less familiar Kundalini Yoga, which describes seen subtle energy centers or chakras in the body. The stimulation ad purification of these (by, amongst other things, the practice of the asanas) leads to enlightenment through an ascent of energy (Kundalini) from the lowest, at the base of the spine, to the highest, at the crown of the head.
A Personal Note
My own experience of Yoga dates back to the 1970s in Kent. England when under the guidance of an exceptional instructor (whose class I took over as teacher under her encouragement when she returned after three years to India) I acquired both a basic knowledge of the asanas and a physical flexibility which, I am grateful to say, has lasted me to this day.
In the years since while continuing to practice the asanas intermittently (people who know me well will recognize the irresistible attraction a fresh green lawn other forms of movement-based meditation such as Osho’s dynamic meditations, Tai Chi, landscape gardening… Reconnecting with Yoga philosophy in the making of the CD has been a great pleasure of me. One that I hope you will find reflected in the music.
About this Music
Yoga is like an art form, with the asanas and the chakras as its poetic expressions. This one hour of music is my personal illustration of those poetic expressions.
I have composed it with two complimentary aims. Firstly, to provide music to accompany the practice of Hatha Yoga. Recognizing that each person has their own unique routines for this, I have included both music that is invigorating for this, I have included both music that is invigorating for the more dynamic moments and relaxing for the stiller ones (and for those who include pranayama and/or a form of meditation in their practice). Secondly, the seen tracks aim to evoke and stimulate the subtle energies of the seven chakras, details of which are given in the sleeve notes for each of the tracks.
If I can be judged to have even modestly succeeded in this aim it is because of my overwhelming debt to the enlightened mystic Osho in helping me to my (limited!) understanding of the chakra system, and more importantly, for having provided- in the form of Osho commune international in Pune, India- a place for the practical exploration of music as an energy for transformation.
The body is just like a musical instrument. It has to be rightly tuned; only then will the higher music arise out of it. If the very instrument is somehow not in right shape and order, then ho can you imagine, hope, that the great harmony will arise out of it? Body is a veena, a musical instrument.