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Hello friends,

Early this morning we wrapped up my I Am Light music video shoot. It has been a fabulous journey: coming up with the artistic vision and storyboard, designing and creating sets and costumes, recruiting and directing cast, as well as editing, re-recording and mixing my song as a 4 minute radio edit instead of an 8 minute extended mix. The I Am Light video was made possible by a wonderful group of volunteers in the role of dancers, extras, makeup artist, roadies, etc… I have been graced with working with people from Toronto as well as from the broader Amma community worldwide who have pitched in to help support the creative vision and bring forward the luminous message and energy contained in the song. A huge thank you from the bottom of my heart to all who have shared in whatever way you have to make this music video and song a success so far! I could not do it without you.

On set, I was asked who creates my music. I produce all my own music, which means that I write, compose, arrange, play the instruments, edit and engineer my own sounds in my own music studio, where I work every day. People sometimes perceive me as the singer, and Rishi, my husband, as the producer, mixer, engineer. Perhaps it is a male/female thing. We may culturally lean towards seeing men as more technical than women. Though Rishi is very talented in his own ways, I do the sonic technical work.

I am very lucky that Rishi is willing to lend his MBA and years of experience in the music industry in being my music manager. As our record label Kupid’s Play is right now like The Little Engine That Could, Rishi oversees marketing and booking. He is the executive producer for my artistic projects, including the music videos. He programs the lighting for my shows and is the general muscle to get us from point A to point B. I am the one who conceptualizes, creates, refines and arranges all the sounds you hear on my recordings as well as their visual representations, such as in photo shoots and videos.

I wrote this blog post before Sunday night’s final magical shoot with forest fairies, elementals and my character Natamba’s return to screen, and have not had time to post it till now. But here are a few images to enjoy from Saturday night’s shoot at the wonderful Aki Studio Theatre.

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The stage getting set, as seen through crystal trees, with my dress on the spot. This has been my most challenging costume to create yet, as I was working with delicate cellophane instead of stitchable fabric. My dressmaker mannequin, whom I nickname “Judy”, has been essential.

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My beautiful friends Joy and Jennifer (Jennifer is behind me and not seen) help to get my dress positioned. I have to get dressed on the stage because this costume does not walk through doorways!

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A few shots of me singing in the changing lights arranged by Rishi.

If you have not already done so, I invite you to read my “Life Within the Sacred Whole” article that I wrote for the August edition of Parvati Magazine. Each month, I provide guided yoga exercises for you to do and enjoy at your own page, on your own schedule. Each article builds upon the other, so if you enjoy this one, make sure you go back to read the previous ones. The next issue of Parvati Magazine is coming soon, so make sure you are caught up with all the wonderful articles now online!

Breathe in. Feel the aliveness in that breath. Exhale and feel how, through your breath, you are vastly interconnected to all of life. Through your breath, you quickly can feel profoundly interconnected with the dance of life.

Every breath we take is in harmony with a breathing universe that pulses and flows just as our in and out breaths do. It is as if everything that is exists within one giant lung. The pumping of our hearts and the shifts in the tissue that makes up our bodies are in sync with the ebb and flow of ocean waves. The synapses in our brains that go off and on to create thoughts are like the sparkles in the stars that light up the night sky, or the auric field that shimmers to make a tree or a flower look so alive. We are literally one with everything that is…

Until next time,
Love yourself.
Love others.
Love our world.

We are ONE Earth family.

Namaste,
Parvati

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WHY YOGA IN THE NIGHTCLUB

I am often asked what inspired me to bring yogic expression into the club scene. I answer easily. Yoga In the Nightclub is a natural expression of who I am as a musical artist and dedicated yogini. Yoga is not a physical practice but a way of life. It is about learning to be present in all one does, to see the divine here, now, in this moment. As such, yoga is everywhere. It is about feeling connected to something much greater than our limited ego or will. It is about being in service to life, feeling interconnected to that very life force. Yoga In The Nightclub is a celebration of life and a reminder that we can find awakened presence everywhere.

Yoga in the West is mostly known as a series of bendy physical exercises. Yet there is much more to it than fitness. Yoga’s systematic breath and body exercises, designed to clear the subtle channels in our energy system, prepare us for meditation, through which we may experience a life inspired by our interconnected, multidimensional true nature. Our body, that once was seen as “mine”, is no longer our identity, but a gift on loan from the divine. We care for it, but we are not attached to it. The practice of yoga offers us the opportunity to experience the transmutation of matter into pure light, embody the multidimensional and rest in the eternal.

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WE ARE ALL CONNECTED

Hatha yoga, the physical practice of yoga, is just one of many aspects of yoga, which range from selfless service to astrology and prayer. The Sanskrit word “yoga” most simply translates to “union”, implying that the practice of any yoga will bring together our perceived sense of separateness. As a whole, yoga is an ancient science of life. It is a practical method of shedding excess and bringing us back from the self-delusion of separation from the divine so that we may realize our inherent interconnection to and ultimate oneness with it.

As we begin to understand that yoga is everywhere, we come to see how we are all connected in vast ways far beyond the limitations of our personal will and ego. What I do affects you, and vice versa. We are one earth family. At the heart of it all, we share the same heartbeat. Breathe to be. We are one.

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AWAKENED LIVING

When we are open, life blossoms, just as a flower opens to welcome the morning sun.  We see that the sun, though it is millions of light years away, has a tender yet powerful relationship with the flower, as do the rain and the clouds. From this perspective we see that we are part of the whole. Life is a symphonic masterpiece with which, when we are open, we are completely resonant.

As we come to understand our oneness, we can revel in it with wonder and joy. We can consider in awe how immense it all is. We can let go of the idea that an illusory, isolated sense of self could possibly be in control, and open to an exquisite unfolding of life in absolute perfection. Our actions become not about “me” but about the whole. Each moment is integrated within the whole. No one decision is separate.

When we begin to see that each decision we make affects not just ourselves but everyone and everything on the planet, we act with more compassion. When we have more compassion, we realize the impact of our actions and we naturally want less and practice more kindness. As stewards of the Earth, we each are called to learn to live in harmony with ourselves, each other and our planet. We all breathe the same air and live on the same living organism, our planet. Varied in race and creed, we are all one family, children of the same mother, the planet Earth.

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THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GRACE

In each moment, there is infinite grace. By becoming more conscious as we practice yoga on the mat, at work, at play or in the nightclub, we let go of the unnecessary and develop greater internal spaciousness which blooms throughout our lives. In this space new life and possibilities arise.

As we rest our awareness on the simple purity and grace of the breath, we realize - we are alive! We let go of wanting things from the future and the past and open to what is here and now. We feel as vast as the sky and rooted in the richness of this moment.

When we “breathe to be”, we understand our interconnection. We see that we are not the doers but a part of the whole, the same energy that is in the flowers and in the stars. We know that our essence is divine - from which we have come, to which we return.

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I am light!

Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gone, gone beyond. Oh what awakening!
Gone, gone beyond. Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
I am the light, liquid gold light
I am in delight! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

I am the light (gate gate), liquid gold light (paragate)
I am in delight (gate gate) transforming the night (paragate)

Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Oh what awakening! (paragate) (I am)
Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight
I am light, dancing through the night
I am light, in delight
I am light, dancing through the night

I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (gate gate)
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (paragate)
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light

I am light!

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