Yoga: On Sacred Ground
Chinmaya Dunster says about this CD: “Recognizing that each person has their own unique routines for yoga, I have included both music that is invigorating for the more dynamic moments, and relaxing for the stiller ones (and for those who include pranayama and/or a form of meditation in their practice). Secondly, the seven tracks aim to evoke and stimulate the subtle energies of the seven chakras, details of which are given in the sleeve notes for each of the tracks.”
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Chinmaya Dunster: sarod, guitar
Bikram Singh: bamboo flute
Gerhard Fankhauser: spanish lute
Manish Vyas: tabla
Kalyan Mitto: bass
Don Lax: violin
Prasad Mackenzie: slide guitar
Prem Sundari: bass
Anil Keskar: sitar
Atmo Sangeet: tabla tarang
(Released in 2001 – New Earth Records)
“This is heartfelt music infused with the fragrance of joy: the plaintive violin, sarod, guitar and flute stir feelings of gratitude, making yoga practice an offering, a spontaneous celebration. I found myself practicing with more joyousness while listening to the bright sounds and sensuous rhythms of Yoga On Sacred Ground, and my students give it two thumbs up!”
“While I am in no way qualified to preach on the cleansing aspects of this instrumental world CD, as far as psychology goes,
I can say that the disc has been spinning in my player for several days now, and I’m just sorry I have to put an end to it by reviewing it and passing along to the next CD. Some hours should last all week, all Month – a lifetime.
Yoga: On Sacred Ground is the third album for New Earth Records from Chinmaya Dunster, and though I do about as much yoga as brain surgeries, listen to the codirector of Yoga Center of Columbia, when he proclaims that ’this is heartfelt music infused with the fragrance of joy.’ He should know.
If music’s true purpose is to evoke a feeling of self-worth, healing, relaxation and continued interest in the surrounding audio that enfolds, then the current 58 minutes and 7 tracks are indeed Music of the first, and highest, order.
Rather than single out individual cuts, let me just say that this Dunster journey is laced profusely with magical acoustic guitars, violins, sarod, sitar (perhaps?) and a host of other surprising cameos of other faithful friends. If there are electronics involved, they are well hidden. Oh, and the beautiful accordion on ’The Watcher’ is pleasantly surreal against the East Indian mysticism that evolves.
More than mere delightful.”
“The compositions on this CD are designed to attune and energize the seven chakra centers of the body in order to bring it into harmony with the rest of the universe. Thus we feel the effervescence of “Natrani” followed by the graceful strains of ‘gratitude’, then gradually we are enveloped by a series of different musical instruments and styles until the recording culminates in ‘Purnima Namashkar’, an upbeat and jovial ‘homage to the full moon’. An interesting blend of Eastern and Western experience.”