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Days like this make life worth breathing. What you are about to witness in the below video are the two scared music and dance schools performing for one another and their audiences…Live Online from Bali to Oakland!
Using the latest live streaming technology, I was honored to assist my Balinese friends and musicians in making this happen.
Each of the two locations took turns performing – Oakland danced, Bali played music, they played music, and we Kecak’ed!…Did what!?!
Kecak is a form of music and dance drama primarily performed by men. Have you seen the movie Baraka? There are amazing Kecak scenes in it that brought me to tears long ago. That’s actually the moment I knew that Bali was the place for me.
WATCH BELOW AND SEE!!!!
To the naked eye,it sounds like a bunch of random sounds, when in fact there is a very intricate method of interlocking sounds. Below is a picture of some rhythmic patterning we were taught….try to figure it out.
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Many have been asking me to share more about Bali, and what I love about it. I couldn’t really put it into words, so I tried to put it into pictures! What can I say…I just can’t believe such a beautiful land exists in this world.
~ I love the abundance of fresh coconuts, organic greens, fresh juicy vanilla beans, cacao beans, and the fact that they are all super inexpensive.
~ I love the people who are gorgeous inside and out and have the most amazing smiles that never go away.
Bali News: DHARMA WINS TODAY!!!
SO happy to be in this pathful playful prayerful journey with you all! The span of 2 weeks happening right now is such a special time for so many people around the world.
Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. It is celebrated from sunset on 31 October to sunset on 1 November, which is nearly halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice.
India is celebrating Deepavali! Deepavali (Diwali), also known as “Row of Lights”, marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year based on Hindu Lunar Calendar. This is a picture of when I was in India 4 years ago “celebrating” in a Tibetan Monastery in Bodhgaya, the city known for where the Buddha received enlightenment.
Last weekend, Bali celebrated Galungan. Galungan is a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of dharma over adharma, or as my friend here said, “When your path wins over the bad spirit or devil.” In short, it’s a unique 10-day celebration commemorating good over evil, and Barong performances are a must!
Watch 3 min Barong Music Surprise from the Balinese Children!
Galungan marks the beginning of the most important recurring religious ceremonies, and marks the time when the ancestral spirits visit the Earth. The last day of the celebration is called Kuningan, when the ancestral spirits return to heaven (which is today). The date is calculated according to the 210-day Balinese calendar.
I know it looks like 2 flowers, but it’s actually an infinity sign, or an 8. The special number in my life, and of the auspicious day that just passed, August 8th.
5 years ago, on 8-8-8 I quit my corporate career to teach yoga full time. I traveled to India, Thailand, Belize and everywhere in between. Merged everything I learned studying with yoga masters, and created this sweetness Hip Hop Tantra Yoga™ so that I can bridge the gap and pass it on to you.
After 5 years of quitting my corp job and following my heart and my fears, I can finally say, I might have uncovered my next gem creation.
So with this delicious flowering food, we celebrate the infinite love of life.
Want the Recipe? Click Below!
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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.
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MOVE WITH ME!
MUSIC + MOVEMENT = MISSION
Thank you everyone for all the awesome feedback about this video.
I am so happy that you are movin and groovin to it, and having a lot of fun burning tons of calories.
Those who live in San Diego have access to a lot more of this…every Friday evening!
The first 15 mins of every Hip Hop Tantra Yoga™ class is a fun, sweaty, dancy warm-up, just like the video. The rest is more of what you want and need including:
Vinyasa (Power Yoga Flow)
Tantra Yoga (the Chakra Science I learned in India)
Tantra Education (Strong Take-Home Foundation)
If you think this video is easy, try it!
If you think this video is difficult, try it!
If your legs can survive, come to class!
If your legs can’t survive, come to class!