Yoga & Mediation Inspiration

In II.32 of the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali reminds us how important it is to study spiritual texts and ourselves.  There are so many inpsiring books, articles and texts out there that we can come across every day.  I love to draw my inspiration for my classes from my yoga library on my shelves and out there on-line.  Here are a few places where I go.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Translation & Commentary by Swami Satchidanada

The Bhagavad Gita, Translation by Stephan Mitchel

The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice, T.K.V Desikachar

Health, Healing & Beyond, T.K.V. Desikachar

Lessons of the Lotus, Bhanta Y. Wimala

A Path with Heart, Jack Koernfield
Creative Visualization, Shakti Gawain

Creating True Prosperity, Shakti Gawain 

Wherever You Go, There You Are, John Kabat-Zinn

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit, Donna Farhi
Light on Yoga, B.K.S Iyengar
Light on Pranayama, B.K.S. Iyengar
Light on Life, B.K.S. Iyengar
The Autobiography of a Yogi,

Huffington Post Healthy Living
Transcendental Meditation (my daily practice)
Yoga Journal
Music Inspiration

I love to listen to and make music! Music evokes emotions and stimulates different parts of the nerves in your body.  My philosophy on music while practicing yoga is if you enjoy it, play it!  I enjoy getting lost in the music, as though it were water to swim in while practicing asanas.  When it's time for pranayama (mindful breathing), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) that's when your breath and silence become the soundrack.

I grew up playing the violin and singing in my school choir at St. Luke's in Greenwich Village and at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center.  I was also influenced by hip hop and dance music I would listen to with my older brother who became a DJ (and Social Worker) and made me mix tapes and CDs for every occasion (DJ President Ike  These days I explore music that life brings me and thanks to Shazam, when I hear something beautiful while out and about, I can bring it to you in class!  Here are a few of my favorite artists that you will hear in class.
Anant Jesse
Astrud Gilberto
Baaba Mal
Bally Sagoo
The Beatles
Bebel Gilberto
Ben Leinback & Jai Uttal
Bob Marley
Bombay Dub Orchestra
Cafe del Mar
Carla Bruni
Cheb i Sabbah
Cowboy Junkies
Craig Kohland & Shaman
David V. Gregoli
Deva Premal
Donna De Lory
Dum Dum Project
Elis Regina
Erykah Badu
Fleetwood Mac
Gotan Project
Habib Koite & Bamada
James Taylor
Joao Gilberto
Karsh Kale
Krishna Das
Latha Mageshker
Massive Attack
MC Yogi
Miles Davis
Mos Def
Nick Drake
Nina Simone
Nora Jones
P.M. Dawn
Pink Floyd
The Police
Sada Sat Kaure
Seu Jorge
Simon & Garfunkel
Snatam Kaur
Stan Getz
Thievery Corporation
TJ Rehmi
A Tribe Called Quest
Uma Mohan
Yo-Yo Ma
Youssou N'Dour
Zero 7

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