Bhakti Yoga is the yoga of devotion and love. Its something we all strive for no matter what style or form of yoga we are practicing. But it is Bhakti Yoga that concerns itself specifically with bringing that ecstatic sense of joy to the forefront of your mind almost instantaneously, through repetition of mantras and kirtan singing. Connecting to something bigger than all of us and the circumstances we are in. It’s a powerful thing.
Tonight in juvenile hall, the UpRising Yoga team handed our hour of yoga class to a quartet of beautiful kirtan singers. All of the yoga practitioners in juvie – boys and girls – came together in the gym for this special event. I’ve been privileged to see some pretty amazing things in these weekly classes, but this night of kirtan was truly special. It brings me such deep joy to see some of these kids – who are in the middle of what could be a dark time in their life - clapping, singing and laughing. It was truly magnificent.
My thanks to Vasanti Das and her wonderful team for such a magical night. For more information check out www.changeaheart.com and their non-profit is International Pure Bhakti Yoga Society.