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FREE HIP HOP TANTRA YOGA™ VIDEOS COMING OUT SOON! The New Year welcomed me with a note from the SeeBeHearNow producers saying… “Happy New Year!”…and included a link to the video below. It was like receiving an instant shot of happiness as my friends and I started jumping up and down, completely energized by hearing the music of our some […]
It’s been a very inspiring and transformational month for me here is Bali, as I have been so fortunate to get a taste of Balinese culture through the magic of sacred music and dance. Since the last blog post where the cutest girl inspired me to try Balinese Dance for the first time, I’ve been looking high and low for Balinese Dance Teachers here in Bali. Strangely enough, they are difficult to come across…until now!
I’m not sure where to start to catch up all my friends and family, so I’ll begin with what has been bringing me the most excitement.
Check out the video below first! I love this music!!! There is so much more depth in this video than one can see with a naked eye, so make sure you continue reading to learn the true spiritual beauty of balance and beat that is “behind the scenes,” and maybe feel a few goose bumps run all over your body as you read, which is what happened to me.
What you just saw in the video above is Gamelan Cudamani, some of the most well known and sought after musicians and dancers in Bali. You can study with them in Bali like I am doing, or you can find them in San Francisco.
This rare video is Cudamani entertaining us while we took a break from dancing one day. The gentleman in the middle is Pak Dewa Putu Berata his son is right behind him, and his daughter is in the back left corner. Both his children are INCREDIBLE musicians and dancers, and he such a one-of-a-kind superstar teacher, leader, director and composer.
His niece is also behind him, nephews, cousins all around…and they are all my teachers!!! His wife is the associate director of Cudamani, Emiko Saraswati. She is a whole other phenomena! A true feminine leader, captivating dancer, musician and singer, and stands as beautiful role model for all women without knowing it, especially for all the young girls in this village. I feel she is the backbone and glue that bridges all this Balinese creativity, culture and interaction together, from east to west, or in this case, west to east.
This beautiful family just makes my heart burst! Anytime in the day, you can walk throughout their open home and find musicians on one stage breaking down sacred beats for over 8 hours a day, the cutest young tiny little girls on another stage with one of the moms helping them perfect a sacred dance, the older girls on another stage with one of the grandmas like Ebu Arini, who is responsible for training almost every dancer on this island. As a true living legend at age of 76, she taught sensual dance at the Bali Spirit Festival 2 years ago, and I just cannot believe I had the blessed chance to be her student, and be touched by her kindness and spirit.
Tell me this isn’t a dream environment!?!?
If you feel like I feel, I totally got your back! We are working on bringing you here next summer for a Tantra Yoga and Sacred Music and Dance Retreat!!
So let’s go ahead and go deeper behind the scenes of the video above, and share a little bit about what makes Balinese music composition, and life for that matter, unique in a way that embodies the true essence of spiritual balance and beauty.
If you’d rather listen than read…click the player below!
Right before a blessed run in with this little girl, my friends and I decided to go to a near by surf town here in Bali. On the way there, my buddy’s girlfriend got in motorcycle accident. Thankfully she was only a little bit scratched up, but much her beauty from within was released into free tears from all the adenine.
We sat across the street from a shop where there was a Balinese family and many little kids hanging out, as she continued to cry. I cross the street and start smiling at the kids building a heart rapport, and after making eye contact with the parents I notice the immense sweetness of the family. They ask me if my friend is crying and if she’s okay. I put them at ease; she’s in good hands as her boyfriend is Scotty Ze, The Earth Leadership Adventurer.
I go in front of the kids and start clapping my hands asking them if they know a song so we can go sing to my friend to help her smile. They have no response or specific expression, I’m not sure if they understood what I was trying to convey.
So I backtrack, walk away and start looking around in the store. Then this little girl, Dea, popped out of know where and started dancing! Balinese style dancing of course – all the kids here are taught this in school.
I couldn’t believe this little girl. She was magnificent! When she finished, I asked her to show me.
Hence this video of my first time trying Balinese dance!!!
Last night I woke up from a deep sleep feeling like heaven just touched me.
While dreaming I caught some of my closest friends in their moments of solitude. I watched one of them reflect on a full life cycle as she decided to get married. Another feeling so grateful for the important work she had accomplished and realized it was time to take a break.
Many such moments were observed, and it was beautiful to see each friend reflect and unravel truth, whether it was due to joy or struggle, with a new sense of acceptance and wonder – a lightness.
One friend in particular, who we’ll refer to as “Beck,” sensed my presence, and drew me close to explain how he has lost that “fire” inside, and the willpower that he recognized as fuel all his life to draw and function from had disappeared.
“I was not sure if he was talking to me on the phone or mentally, but the response from me, was also to me.” Immediately I noticed that his “fire” was not gone, it just seemed that way to him, when in fact it was shifting and flipping on itself into a new dimension he had not yet tasted, thus seemingly disappearing. To me, this was obvious exciting news. Still I had nothing to say until I opened my mouth and surprised myself with words.
Beck is one of the most impressive men I’ve ever met – all struggle is minute to him, and he has found many ways to always feel healthy and happy always. Nothing bothers this guy, and he’s one of the few people I feel will never need my help or guidance as he’s got it all figured out beautifully for himself.
I woke up from the dream still feeling fully in conversation with him. I didn’t understand the thoughts I was trying to complete and share with Beck in the dream, and they were still running through my head so I grabbed a pen, rolled onto my side and started writing.
The below is what I shared with Beck.
My excitement abounds!
Not only am I in Thailand continuing my Tantra Yoga studies, but I also ran into Savita!!! She’s the Shawoman I wrote about in my last Blog entry before I went on the plane. I’ve been praying to see her again. Talk about synchronicity!
If you haven’t read that Blog post yet, click to catch up with us, “Thailand! Taking You With Me!”
At this point my thrill in teaching Tantra Yoga has expanded to a whole new level. After teaching yoga for over 6 years, it’s a dream come true to travel, study with Masters, and teach yoga online to private clients and to the most inspiring group of women I like to refer to as my “Createreses.”
I am not sure how this journey will unravel, but I hope that one day a Master will get curious about what I do and want to talk to the women in my online class. That will be a charmed day!!!
Today however, I write to share the joy and the huge breakthrough my Private Online Tantra Yoga Student from Finland experienced. So proud of him!
He was so awesome to work with! He was assigned the longest customized daily Tantra Yoga Home Practice and he did it everyday. He asked the best questions, and was fully engaged as he fell in love with Tantra Yoga and saw the results enhance every part of his life, professional and personal.
In other words, his career was put on the fast track, and simultaneously, he was attracting more women (the kind he would love to attract) and experiencing deeper intimacy and reaching transcendental states during lovemaking…in only 3 sessions!
But there is more to this story…he challenged me big time!
We had never met before, and Tantra Yoga was a far away stranger to him. Still he wanted to working with me privately to specifically target social anxiety and nervousness, and remove the tightening feeling in his throat that would occur when making calls to book music venues, effecting not only his confidence, but his singing voice.
He identified this as stuck energy in his Throat Chakra and simply asked, “Can you help me?”
Warm clear blue water, tropical plants, crispy clean air, endless yoga, delicious food, a beautiful community, and…The Kings of Leon?!?!
Yes, one of my favorite bands, discovered while studying Tantra Yoga in Thailand with Swami Vivekananda in 2008.
A few weeks ago I found my Kings of Leon CD and once again put it on instant replay. It didn’t take long for me to feel instantly transported to my beachfront bungalow in Thailand.
Every morning for 3 months I could not wait to get out of bed. I would literally jump up and open the front door to stare at the nothingness of purity that I hoped one day could be me.
The front door of my beach bungalow would remain open as I would shower and have a full view of the ocean at dusk. Not one soul on the beach except the single-file line of birds that would run across the sand quickly eating all the bugs sweeping the sand clean.
My Daily Schedule
7:00am – 9:00am – Tantra Yoga Practice
9:00am -10:00am – Breakfast/break
10:00am-12:00pm – My Sadhana
12:00pm- 2:00pm – Tantra Yoga Practice
2:00pm – 4:00pm – Lunch, Lay out, Swim
4:00pm – 5:00pm – My Sadhana
5:00pm – 7:00pm – Tantra Yoga Practice
7:00pm – 7:30pm – Dinner
7:00pm – 10:00pm – Tantra Education
The water was these 20 steps away from my bungalow as you see here.
Chances are, as you read this, you wish you were there. Let’s see how you feel after reading this.
And so, the 3 of us stand in the middle of my studio, surrounded by the effects of change. The packing boxes and scattered items seem not to phase us, as we gravitate in a perfect triangle to share the most heartbreaking events that led to the most exciting personal revelations.
I looked deeply at the other women recognizing that once we walk away from this triangle, nothing in our lives would ever be the same.
Each of us was standing at the cliff of change. Not a small or big scary change that shifts only one aspect of life, but the type of change begging for a quantum leap – the type that feels natural and enlivening…like pulsating power.
We had an amazing discussion this week during my Online Woman’s Tantra Yoga class as we went over what Sexual Energy is, and the 6 Rat Holes that eat Your Sexual/Spiritual/Creative/Vital Energy leaving you confused, scared, tiered and idle.
Sexual energy is vital energy, or divine energy, that creates. The same energy that makes you want to have sex, is the same energy that makes you want to raise children, write a book, move your body, cook, love, create, express. It’s the energy of pure activity.
If you want to change your job, enhance your relationships, stop a habit, change anything in your life, then you must work with energy that transforms = creative, sexual, vital, alive, electric energy.
I asked the ladies in my Feminine Power Chakra Flow class what they felt wasted their Sexual/Spiritual/Creative/Vital Energy, and they were right on the money! Answers included: fear, worry and stress.
So what would a Yogi say?!?!
There are 6 rat holes in all men and women where energy escapes according to Swami Shivananda:
1. Reproductive Organs
(partaking in sexual activity without refueling the body- more on this in future workshops)
Thank you to everyone that came out and enjoyed the last Hip Hop Tantra Yoga™ class of the year at our Point Loma location. We had tons of fun as you can see…thanks to the DJ’s from HiFi5 Entertainment and Cinematography from White Gorilla Media. Watch the short clip below for a sneak peek into the Hip […]