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October 2007
Volume 6/Number 8


The Rythm of Health — Drumming and ritual connect us to deeper conciousness
By Marla Leigh

“All day and night music…if it fades, we fade” ––Rumi

Drumming has been a foundational aspect of healing rituals for indigenous peoples worldwide, for thousands of years. All life is rhythm; our blood flows, heart beats and lungs breathe in rhythmic patterns. The sun and moon rise and set in cyclical rhythms just as the seasons change in rhythmic cycles. Read article...


Pop Music in the Shala — Is Yoga to a playlist really Yoga?
By Dani Katz

IN MANY CLASSES AND STUDIOS, music is becoming a yoga class mainstay. We’re not talking about the soft sounds of the sitar or the quiet chanting of a New Age songbird sifting softly in the background, but loud popular music, heavy base lines rippin’ guitar riffs, trance, electronica, rock’n’roll and rap. Like other recent arrivals to the shala, including water bottles, blocks and straps, the addition of music brings with it a similar controversy: Is it really yoga? Read article...


Chanting makes the Pop Charts — bhajan draw millions for sacred song
By Jeffrey Ainis

CHANTING UNITES EVERYONE who is singing by bringing them all into one thought, one rhythm, and one activity. But the deeper secret of chanting may be the Sanskrit language.

Sanskrit is the oldest of the existing languages, and the mind is also very ancient, notes spiritual leader His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “When you strike a tuning fork, if there is something with a similar frequency it also starts vibrating. Like this, when we chant the very ancient words, what happens? The deepest layer of our consciousness also starts vibrating...Your mind is uniting from top to bottom.”Read article...



Healing Ritual — Chakra & Sound

Sound through the bija mantra (seed syllables) associated with the various chakra can be combined with drumming for a personal healing ritual to connect intention, rhythm and internal vibration as a method of balancing the internal rhythm of the chakra system. This is a practice I created combining yogic principles and philosophies with my love and explorations of drumming and chanting.
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Health in the Stars — Vedic astrology can reveal energetic imbalances and planetary influences
By Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar

This type of horoscope can accurately describe the unique constitutional makeup of an individual, including the resilience of the immune system as well as structural and functional weaknesses. An Ayurvedic doctor may be able to determine a tendency toward various types of illnesses from the birth chart. One can also potentially see periods of stress or lowered vitality when health problems could occur based on upcoming transits or movements of stars and planets as they aspect the natal, or birth chart. Medical astrology also provides insights into the timing of events and may give us clues as to when problems may begin and then decrease over time. Events are scheduled based on the cycles of the moon and the constellations (muhurta). Read article...


Practice Pages — Yoga Reduces Stress Hormones
Por Julie Carmen

Cuando escuché por primera vez lo siguiente: “El néctar de la parte posterior del cerebro se desplaza y llega a la parte frontal cuando uno se encuentra en la posición del niño,” mi imaginación comenzó a volar y una gran cantidad de pensamientos invadieron mi mente. Al igual que muchas frases que he adquirido del yoga, esto llegó a mí por medio de una profesora, que a la vez lo había oído de su profesora. Pero nos tenemos que preguntar; ¿Que es el néctar? ¿Será la deliciosa intención de hacer algo bueno por nosotros mismos? ¿Seguirá fluyendo este néctar si dejo de creer en la magia de la anatomía metafórica? ¿Cuando posiciono mi tercer ojo sobre el Mundo, se puede decir que la sabiduría fluye como la ambrosia para incrementar mi lucidez y potencial para hacer decisiones?
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Research Review — Breast Cancer Update
By Felicia M. Tomasko

In October, 2005, one of LA YOGA’s early research review columns focused on breast cancer to acknowledge breast cancer awareness month. Two years since our last breast cancer research review, awareness of this disease is still marked in October. Most of us may be affected by breast cancer, through our family or friends. Over the past two years, progress continues to be made in research into the disease from an allopathic perspective. Even more importantly, the use of complementary and alternative medical treatments (CAM) has become more prevalent and studies investigating their efficacy are increasing.
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Ayurveda Q&A:
By Dr. Ram Tamang
Ayurveda has been practiced in the U.S. only about 25 years, yet it is the 5000 year old Indian system of medicine and yoga's sister science. Readers are invited to submit questions for "Ayurveda Q & A" to ayurveda@layogamagazine.comom

Ayurveda has been practiced in the U.S. for only about 30 years, yet it is the 5000 year old Indian system of medicine and yoga's sister science. Readers are invited to submit questions for "Ayurveda Q & A" to ayurveda@layogamagazine.com

Q: I have bumps on the sides of my tongue that look like ridges or tooth marks. What causes this and how do I get rid of them? Read article...

Sitting Down With: Dave Stringer
By Felicia M. Tomasko

A master of the art form of kirtan, devotional call-and-response chanting, Dave Stringer claims he’s seen the inside of more yoga studios than anyone around. Mention Stringer to people in the yoga community you hear a surge of unsolicited comments.

“I had Dave at my studio, and he rocked the house,” one Midwest studio owner said. A retreat center manager leaned forward to tell me that of all the music teachers she had ever seen, he was the best. “He took a group of beginners, many of whom had never held an instrument before, and has us all in rhythm by the end of the first kirtan round.”

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The Sound of Yoga — Healing through Mantra and Music
By Russill Paul

Sound is central to our yoga practice because it is central to life: through music and through language. The yoga of sound is inherent in the same rich tradition of Indian spirituality in which both yoga and Ayurveda have their roots. In the earliest Vedic yoga, mantra was indispensable to the asana held for exceptionally long periods to develop specific yogic powers. Around the time of Patanjali’s compilation of the Yoga Sutra, an esoteric tradition known as nada yoga (sound yoga) began to develop by focusing on the mantra Om and combining methods of yogic listening with yogic practices such as brahmari mudra (bee humming sound).

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Skin from the Inside Out — Eating for Healthy Skin
By Julia Tatum Hunter, M.D.

This is part one in a two-part series about the skin. Look for part two in next month’s issue…Skin from the Outside In.

The body is an orchestra, the organs are akin to the instruments, and they must work harmoniously in order to create the symphony. If one instrument is out of tune, it can throw off the melodies and harmonies. The skin, therefore, is not playing solo; the quality and sound of its notes rely on the rest of the body. The skin, being the surface we see every day, can also give a glimpse into the state of heath of the inner workings of the body. For example, different facial breakout patterns are indicators of different internal imbalances. Forehead acne may indicate low-level food allergies, while spots along the cheeks can be a signal of increased stress and adrenal depletion.

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Goddess on the Dub — Brazilian Shamaness brings the healing through music
By Sam Slovick

IF ALTO PARASIO (ALTO PARAÍSO DE GOIÁS) were a Monarchy, Yatra would be Queen. But it’s not. It’s a small town in northeastern Goiás state in Brazil that’s home to about 7,000. It’s one of those places you wish you’d never left and can’t wait to go back to. It’s magic. The people are beautiful, the music is everywhere. Wandering through Alto Parasio (high paradise) to meet the Brazilian shamaness, Yatra, is an endeavor in time suspension. The high priestess is taking me to visit her jungle temple, but exactly when doesn’t seem to matter as I linger in this heaven in the highlands.

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Magic Then, Magic Now — A musician reflects on the transformational 60's with nostalgia for the future
By Denise Kaufman

WHEN JIMI HENDRIX RETURNED TO ENGLAND after the 1967 Monterrey Pop Festival and subsequent U.S. tour, he was quoted in Melody Maker, “I heard some groovy sounds last time in the states like this girl group, Ace of Cups, who write their own songs and the lead guitarist is hell, really great.” The Ace of Cups, the fi rst all-female group in the San Francisco ’60s music scene, played a historic concert with Hendrix and his band on a small fl atbed truck parked among the trees in Golden Gate Park. From 1967 — 71 the Cups recorded, played the small clubs and large ballrooms and/or toured with the Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Grateful Dead, The Band, Santana, Hot Tuna, Credence Clearwater Revival, The Sons of Champlin, Canned Heat and Janis Joplin/Big Brother and the Holding Company. So why haven’t you heard of them?

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Fall into the Groove — A Guide

Music can be enjoyed as an audience member or as a participant singing or joining in the traditional call-and-response celebration of kirtan. Throughout Southern California, from community centers to famous wallah leading the call, there are numerous opportunities to feel the rhythm. This list is a selection of some events around the region. Pull out your songbook, dust off your drum and get into the rhythm.

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