Together, rock 'n' roll and yoga taste like sweat, love and presence. My yoga practice takes me to places bitterly sweet and ecstatically sexy, just like my favorite songs. Whether it's the chanting of OM or the opening riff of an electric guitar, I feel the sound vibration deep within my core.
After riding the wave of sound or vinyasa, I come to that place of deep surrender. The quiet I find there runs deep — far beneath the layers of ego definition. It is a place of limitless being and ultimate unity.
When The Beatles became students of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1968, the global superstars seemingly had everything but were still dissatisfied with their material gain. It is well known that they had sought access to unlimited creativity by experimenting with hallucinogenic drugs — they found that acid could transport you to a place of expanded consciousness, but could not keep you there.
During their time spent in Rishikesh with Maharishi, The Beatles practiced Transcendental Meditation, ate vegetarian food and spent more time in nature. This led to the most creative time in their career, when much of the White Album was written. If you peruse the discography and lyrics, you'll find plenty of wisdom gracing the record. The much beloved song "Across the Universe," chants, "Jai guru deva om," a mantra used to invite the mind toward a higher state of consciousness.
The Beatles' search for something greater than the material world inspired countless young people to pursue a similar path. And it wasn't long thereafter before the next wave of musicians began using yoga and meditation to inspire their creativity. Mick Jagger still practices to this day!
But it wasn't just rock and roll superstars who helped yoga gain mainstream acceptance. Both are deeply personal and universal, creative and destructive, and powerful beyond description. We can almost feel the prophetic words of Jimi Hendrix beginning to manifest today: "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."
To share this energy with you I've put together an energizing rock 'n' roll flow to help jumpstart your day. And for a little extra boost, try this sequence with my " rock me rock me" playlist on Spotify. Be sure to warm up your body with a few rounds of Sun Salutations first, to help you get the most out of these eight dynamic poses.
" Here comes the Sun, little darlin ..." -George Harrison