When I began this practice 15 years ago my friends thought all the breathing, weird movements and meditation was a bit odd. Now, we see yoga in commercials, print ads and students carry mats into coffee shops. Here is what has amazed me in the last few weeks...
In the dressing room at Nordstrom, the sales woman in the next stall said to her customer, “those jeans are just the right tight. When you get home do a few downward facing dogs and they will stretch out perfectly.” I had to hold my breath not to laugh out. When did down dog become so mainstream, I always thought deep squats and a sucked in belly were recommended for stretching the jeans.
Then the very next day, I headed to the Warfield for music in San Francisco. Keep in mind I have seen Ben Harper, Rancid and even Michael Franti at this amazing venue. That night, however, I was going for an evening of Kirtan, chanting, with Krishna Das. It felt a bit odd, all these mellow people, singing to the divine at the Warfield. While the chanting always transcends the place for me, occasionally a thought would come up, I am at the Warfield, not in a meditation hall or a church.
Finally, in May, the famous Fillmore in San Francisco will have a yoga and music day. For real! People will practice yoga, get their groove on and then listen to some yoga inspired music, at the FILLMORE. Now, that is amazing, remember all the incredible groups who have played the Fillmore.
The times they are a changin’! Maybe people really are ready to WAKE UP and MOVE, PRAY and even find inner peace anywhere. I say, more power to ya.
AUTHOR: Bex Urban
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