- Namaste (Sadhana Remix) - Manesh de Moor
- All Good - Girish
- Bonobo - Kota
- Water Prayer Rasta Mix - Adham Shaikh
- Dancehall Queen - Robyn
- Fly Rasta - Ziggy Marley
- Paper Planes (Afrikan Boy Remix) - MIA
- Rivers of Babylon - Boney M
- Rize Up - Blue King Brown
- New Blood - John Brown's Body
- Is This Love (Montmartre remix) - Bob Marley
- Lost - Frank Ocean
- Keep You - Wild Belle
- Rivers of Babylon - Don Carlos
- Souls A'fire - Matt Corby
- Brutal Hearts - Bedouin Soundclash
- Asmaaniac - TJ Rehmi
- Sweat - RY X
Ok, so as I mentioned in my last blog, I don't really play "typical yoga music" in my classes. You're more likely to hear '80s hip-hop than you are Snatam Kaur... I like the traditional stuff, and I LOVE kirtan, but I like to practice, and teach, to funky, upbeat tunes that make people want to move. To me, vinyasa is like dancing - to link the body and breath together is in itself a dance, led by the breath, while the body shapeshifts from one form to another.
Sometimes, though, I like to get back to roots and listen to mantras. Chanting the divine, singing away obstacles, and giving praise to Gods and Goddesses is a powerful practice that I love to incorporate into my sadhana. Luckily, thanks to amazing musicians, I don't need to sacrifice a beat, when I'm feeling more traditional in my bhav. I recently put together this new playlist after going crazy over DJ Drez's new album, Dreaming in Sanskrit. It's incredible. Buy it!
This playlist has quickly become one of my favourites when I'm on my mat. Check it out!
I put together a YouTube playlist of as many songs as I could, but not all of them are online... so get a feel for it, and then track down the tunes (they are all available on iTunes, or YouTube).
I'm so grateful for good music! One love!
"Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha"
Ganesh is the elephant headed God who is known as the remover of obstacles, and the God of new beginnings. I love the story of how Ganesh came to be ~ as the legend goes, the goddess Parvati was all alone as her husband, Shiva, had been called away from their home on Mount Kailash. Parvati was lonely, so she asked the Gods for a son to keep her company. They listened to her prayers and gave her Ganesh, who stayed by her side and protected her while Shiva was away. One day Parvati was bathing, while Ganesh stood guard. Shiva returned, and Ganesh, not recognizing his father, whom he had never met, stopped him from seeing Parvati. Shiva didn't realize Ganesh was his son, and in a rage chopped off his head. Parvati was so distraught, and explained to Shiva that he had just killed his son! Shiva promised to bring Ganesh back to life, and found an old elephant who offered his head, as he had already had a long and joyful life. So, Shiva used his powers to fuse the head to the body of his son, and Ganesh, the elephant headed God, was born. He is one of the most well known, and best loved, of the Hindu Gods.
It's clear why Ganesh makes a great remover of obstacles - not even getting his head chopped off could stop him. He teaches us that no matter what stands in our way, or how great our challenges are, we can find a solution. Sometimes we just have to get creative ;)
By invoking this mantra we tap into our own source of strength and creativity, and set an intention to move past our challenges and instead focus on success and achieving our desired outcome. We awaken our own Shakti energy, and invite powerful transformation into our lives.
This mantra can be sung or chanted throughout the day, whenever the desire arises. It can be particularly powerful when repeated 108 times, especially with use of a mala.
To follow along with an audio recording of the mantra to Ganesh, click here for a YouTube video. If you want something a little more modern, and pretty funky, listen to Elephant Power and Ganesh is Fresh by MC Yogi (posted below). To hear the story of Ganesh, rap-stylee, MC Yogi's Son of Shiva track is awesome :)
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