They'll be, no hand to hold. Just lift your head to hear what's told.
Look up, look down and that's where i'll be found. Be it in the sky or in the ground.
You'll find your fault, your shadow... but you'll leave when sun shines and clouds have rolled.
Look up, look down and that's where ill be found. Be it in the sky or in the ground.
Take your time and listen to what's told. Let facts and stories all together mould. Look around and see how things have changed. Don't stop. But age. (Repeat)
Look up, look down and that's where i'll be found. Be it in the sky or in the ground.
The Nightjar are a vocal trio from London and Bristol, UK. Weaving together close harmony singing, white noise and found sounds, their music is a tapestry of rural and industrial landscapes – an attempt to locate the continuum of folk traditions within contemporary city culture.
Last Night I went to see the incredible The Nightjar at The Wardrobe and above are the lyrics from what has to be one of my favourite tracks of the night, that really resonated with me for the words, its power of sound and the way that I have been feeling of late. Listen here and buy the album... its brilliant!!!!
Today I have awoken feeling all together inspired and connected. Sound has the ability to connect you right back to the heart which ill describe below. What i love the most about life is that one thing can just make all other things click and make you open up a whole new space within you that ignites freshness.... we think it is often just life acting out life, but what you may not be aware of is how sound itself is transformative and works directly with your energy channels.
That full Moon last week sent me feeling wobbly, bobbing on the crashing tides and not knowing whether I was moving north or south. Whether I was floating in the sky or landing on the ground. I totally felt like the waves were moving me within and all around, and the compass of life had no clear meaning, yet I had trust to simply let the tide bring me back to shore and here I am, back on shore. Pulsing and feeling vibrant.
What was fascinating about last night is that the support act for The Nightjar was The Young Waters (formally Snufkin), a band that I love and first discovered exactly this time last year at a Yoga and Circus festival, one which I only went to to train with a superb Yoga teacher who was in from New York. (another incredibly transforming coincidence of planets aligning and consciousness expanding, and one which I will expand upon in my next blog about further Yoga Training). Their music is entrenched with full power Shakti energy and proper old traditional folk tales! One in particular I love is about a king and his daughter whom meets a beautiful man beyond words and its meaning was explained to us in more detail last night and I had an Aaaaaa, I get it, moment. I get that the music is doing something to my mind and to my body! but how...
The dots of the past year were being joined for me through a folk tale and through its sound. I love it!!!! It's Yoga!!!!
But as The Nightjar then played, it was like I recognised through the music and its vibrating lyrics, like mantra, what was altering in my state of consciousness this week. The waves of the ocean within me have now calmed (the subtle flow of energy) and the focus is being regained. The transition of the bands and the ambience that altered, really symbolised this. What I could feel, literally, then, has extended in to today too. Transformation occurred. The energy has begun to move more freely, I feel unblocked and high and the freshness and beauty of the occurring changes within and externally around us, are breeding rapidly. Total trust in this change is strong and powerful! Hooray! I can see this in others all around me too. Maybe that is because as you become less blocked, you become more connected and clear. you become closer to God realisation. An open state. How do you feel?
The bliss of living life and embracing what it offers, be it in the sky or in the ground, is welcoming Autumn. The beauty of the seasons that supports us to drop the things that don't serve us and make bare the trees of the soul, so that the new can blossom, is arriving. It is happening to you, me and the nature all around us. Listen, look up, look down, lift your head and see what has changed...
So in YOGA how is going to a gig relevant to practicing YOGA in this Autumn time of year...
We know as Yogis that the universal AND ESSENCE OF ALL sound is OM.
Well this time of year, as the nights draw in we have the beauty, especially being Bristol yogis to sit and listen to music, to go to a gig and what does this require???? To listen!
In yoga, to refine your ability to listen, begin by appreciating good music. Modern music too contains the same universal teachings that have awakened the heart via the ages - but if you allow yourself to feel the music, rather than intellectualise it, we can bypass the thinking mind and move closer to the heart. The music choice must induce an inner state of wellbeing.
Music defies the thinking mind and has the power to transcend and bring about a state of expanded consciousness and prepare you for NADA YOGA.
Nada Yoga is the yoga of deep inner listening. Nada is a sanskrit word meaning sound and the related word Nadi means river/ stream, rushing or sounding. The Nadis are the subtle energy channels through which consciousness flows.
To begin to practice Nada Yoga, we must first practice Pratyahara (which we have discussed in a previous blog) by drawing the senses inward and learning to shut out the external senses sights and sounds. You must master the art of becoming still and quiet and to allow the inner tranquility to permeate the senses.
To listen is to be receptive.
For a yogi to attain enlightenment, it is received not captured, so to become receptive is the skill required to learn. It is in fact a gift that will be offered to you when you are ready to receive it in your soul.
For some anatomy facts on the Ear... no other organ in the body contains all three cell types present during gestation of the human embryo:
1. The ectoderm, which contributes to the brain and nervous system.
2. The endoderm, which make up the organs of digestion.
3. The mesoderm, which grows into the bones, muscles and circulatory system.
We hear before birth and after death!
"Hearing begins with listening and listening beings with being quiet. Without quiet there can be no space to receive. Let go of the constant urge to grasp and give meaning to every thought, sight, or sound. In doing so, quietness begins to creep in like the dawn or the dusk." - Jivamukti.
Music is a spiritual practice and in Indian and African cultures this is both experienced and understood.
Ram Dass in Be here Now is quoted as saying that "It was only when music was profaned that it became gratification of the senses. Prior to that it was a method of communion with the Spirit."
Mantra is a sacred syllable or a set of words when recited or reflected upon, brings attainment of a desired result of enlightenment or spiritual realisation. One of my favourites to use now is the Ganesha to awaken Shakti, the manifesting energy of the universe and ignite the fire for transformation.
Om Gum Ganapataye Namaha.
CHANT, CHANT, CHANT, (Japa is the term used to chant internal or external mantra recitation) to remove obstacles and witness the energy shift within. It is said, when the Japa bears fruit, you will no longer chant the mantra, the mantra will chant the yogi. When the body and mind are tuned, it will play you as an instrument! Humility will be what is left for this to happen as the river of sound runs through you and the nadis are unblocked, cleansing your energy centres (Chakras). The Bija is the seed.
Maybe you are a Nada Yogi that longs to pulse with the inner pulse of life itself? If so, go listen to music!!!!!
Like a cobra attracted to the music of the flute, the vibrating bija mantra of Om that sits in the Anja chakra, attracts the Cobra (Kundalini) to rise upwards and begin her ascent to higher consciousness.
Lets begin ours together... then just watch how you begin to surrender your will to unconditional Love.
So tonight, lets move through a practice that is bold and brave, let us experience the tides within and the stillness that we can find. Lets ignite some high energy through our practice, to kick start us in to newness and action for a better world ahead. To welcome change. To trust the tides to bring you back home. Lets look up, look down and stay connected to the cyclical world around us, as we breathe and pulse rhythmically to connect with Yoga. Take your time.
YOGA i-D NEWS.........
NEW! Yoga i-D Class announcement.... Wednesday AM - 10:00 - 11:30 - at Yoga Sara, Picton Street will begin on 27th September! Stick the date in your diaries and I'll send another reminder when it is live to book on Move GB. All others of you can just Drop In anytime or Buy a class pass to attend a block.
More news... is an upcoming Yoga Training on the horizon and it may involve needing your help! More info to follow.
See you in class Yogis!!!!