"Only love is real. Everything here will pass. Life is precious, so enjoy it while it lasts. Do what you love, and let that be a reward in itself. Let go of the outer stuff, and stay focused on the quality of the work, and the inner space from which it emerges."
-MC Yogi(international recording artist, performer and yoga teacher)
Here in Austin, TX there is a quiet hum in the streets. The remnant vibration left behind by the thousands of musical artists and visitors that splayed across the city for SXSW 2015. Yoga studios and musicians merged together to create some dynamic energy and much needed detox flows.
I was blown away Saturday by the music of Porangui at Black Swan Yoga. He "weaves a soulful sonic tapestry of indigenous and modern sounds from around the world, designed to move the mind body and spirit." As the ancestral hum of the didgeridoo resonated within the studio, our instructor Noah encouraged us to "feel where the yoga begins". At the point when the body tells us to quit, just breathing a little longer, allowing us to tap into the strength within our minds. We left feeling energized, cleansed, and ready to partake in more SXSW festivities!
By the time Monday night rolled around, I basically crawled into Wanderlust. DJ Godiva, a lovely female artist from Honolulu, was set on stage amongst an array of candlelight and a Buddha backdrop. Ashley guided us through a gentle and cleansing flow. Inspired by the change of winter into spring, she focused on shedding those old layers to allow for our new experiences. A beautiful start to spring into the new season.
After class I picked up Mantra Yoga + Health as I grocery shopped. I noticed the 'Music Feature' section and zeroed in on interviews from two happy couples that harmonize together in yoga and the performing arts, and one solo badass chick. As I read some of the quotes I was reminded of the beautiful bride Taleah, from San Diego, CA. One day, her and I can tell her story. Until then here's to love, in all its' forms!
"Be awake to the present moment and all that we have. Remember our humanness and forgive. Love."
-Marti NIkko (vocalist with an influence in hip hop, reggae, kirtan, jazz and soul)
"If our dreams and heart's desire serve the highest good of all, we can't go wrong."
-Bibi McGill (musician/producer, yoga instructor, health and wellness educator)
"The mantra is love, support, and patience...and more patience. Om name narayana."
-DJ Drez (projects in hip hop, reggae, kirtan, jazz and soul)
"As long as we believe, trust, and put some action behind our vision, there is absolutely nothing we can't do!"
And they both lived happily ever after.