KULA – from the root kul, to group or gather or aggregate, refers both to a soul family or grouping, specially the family or circle (CHAKRA) formed of the GURU, his wife and their spiritual children or disciples. Ultimately Kula refers to the entire embodied cosmos as a grouping or aggregation of bodies, and to the fluid substantiality of awareness that condenses to form bodies and can flow from one body to another. ~ from the Short Sanskrit Glossary
It is not uncommon for those of us who regularly practice together to talk about the great fortune we have to study Anusara Yoga with a teacher of Christina Sell’s caliber. That aside — and I’ll grant you that’s a big aside — I’ve been thinking more recently about her gift for building community and so appreciative of the efforts that she makes in that direction. From taking the initiative to learn and use people’s names (see more on that in my earlier post) to opening up her studio for a group practice and potluck, Christina has diligently worked to establish and build a community of practitioners and aspiring Anusara yoga teachers, not just in Austin, but throughout the U.S. and Canada. (World Domination…another topic, another day!)
I just finished a 3-day teacher training with her along with 15 other beautiful, fun and enthusiastic kula mates including: Anna, Chelsea, Kim, Jen, Brigitte, Tabitha, Ari, Jesse, Tia, Valerie, Darren, Jeremiah, Kristen, Dawn & Alice. Be sure to check out Ari’s photos and our full weekend report on Christina’s blog.
What an adventure it’s been for me, especially when I think back to the connections I have with these people. Some have been with me from “the old days” of YYTT Yoga Yoga Teacher Training. (Hi Ari, Jesse & Jeremiah!) Others are simply my new “old friends” from this summer’s teacher trainings. (Yo Darren!) Whether from the shared experience of immersions or from Christina’s regular Thursday class at 4:30, one thing is for sure: my life has been enriched by these opportunities to connect with other Anusara Yoga practitioners.
Meanwhile back at the Kula Hut, the Beat Goes On!
During our potluck lunch on Sunday, we feasted on some fabulous food and enjoyed some “non yoga” music; how can you beat a little Van Morrison?! The energy and camaraderie was high, and it got me thinking … Now that t-shirts have been checked off of our Things to Do list, I’ve decided it’s time for a kula theme song. So, I am officially soliciting song suggestions.
We batted around a couple of ideas including: Eye of the Tiger ~ appropriate but let’s face it, a bit overdone, and then naturally there’s Jessie’s Girl(s) which has potential as our unofficial anthem but just not quite … uh, universal enough. Christina threw in Funkytown. Certainly, I am always up for disco/funk so that totally works for me. (You know, that old “women-of-my-generation” thing.) I’m sure there are other worthy contenders.
All of this led to the obvious conclusion ~ hey, I’m an idea person ~ why stop at one song!? Let’s compile a whole CD! I mean, movies have soundtracks right? If it’s good enough for Steven Spielberg than it’s good enough for us! By the way, does anyone know if he practices yoga?
Anyhoof, I’m taking on this project as my baby — look out, gang, the Shakti’s at work! — and I need your help. What songs do you think reflect a mood, attitude or idea that represents our kula in some form? Don’t be shy, and no need to be serious, and no need to suggest any Steven Halpern. Once we get a good list, I’ll burn the tunes.
As it stands now, we have:
- Eye of the Tiger ~ Survivor
- Jessie’s Girl ~ Rick Springfield (and I know “our Jesse” does not spell his name that way)
- Funkytown ~ Lipps, Inc.
Post your recommendations below including the artist, and make your case: why should your song idea be included? Or, in the words of our fearless teacher: how does it relate to chit ananda? See, always an opportunity to practice Anusara Yoga theme development. You know people, if this gets momentum, we could turn this into some kind of benefit concert: Think: Kula-Aide 2008! It’s gonna be great! (Sorry Kelly, I couldn’t help myself and technically, I’m not referring to the drink.)
So, go forth, my friends, and lyricize!
Hitting a High Note with Love & Gratitude,
Pammy (the Producer)
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Blog Notes: One of the ways we can nurture the kula is by reading, supporting and linking to one another’s blogs. (Kula kids … if I don’t have your blog listed, please be sure and send me your link.) Besides the blog roll in your side bar, you can link directly to someone’s site and even to a specific post within your own entries. This helps direct your readers more efficiently to their entries, promotes more traffic to their sites, and builds our ever-growing community.
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Coming Next … Cocoons & Butterflies: My World of Emerging Themes