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Vibrant Dwelling Adventures – BhaktiFest




I heard about this well-known yoga pageant on the yoga studio, and simply determined to do myself a favor and take a retreat as much as Joshua Tree, California, for some desert transcendence. It was additionally a terrific event to get out of city with the RV, and discover this new world (for me) of tribal yoga.

Bhakti is among the eight limbs of yoga: the Yoga of Devotion, historically practiced as a celebration of god in all its varieties, primarily via music and dance. As a result of this explicit BhaktiFest fell on Mom’s Day weekend, they dubbed it “ShaktiFest” in honor of the Female Principal, Shakti.

I’ve developed an curiosity in Kirtan music–a method of call-and-response music with chanting, normally in Sanskrit. Though unique types of Kirtan had been fairly strict about instrumentation: tablas, sitar, harmonium, hand cymbals, and others; the Westernized variations embrace electrical guitars, synthesizers, bass and drums–a form of kirtan-rock fusion. At this ShaktiFest there have been the normal devices utilized in most acts, however for a lot of the headliners, bass, drums and guitar delivered gradual, funky grooves with hovering vocals, easy chord adjustments and plenty of sing alongside. Dancing is taken into account an honoring of the music, so everybody dances as they chant, and it is vitally liberating. Nice enjoyable!

The temperatures throughout the day had been within the 90s on the Central California excessive desert, however cool breezes and funky attitudes, plus low humidity helped create an aura of high-vibe floating-ness–certainly, even the younger kids and infants all gave the impression to be in a continuing state of meditation.



I reluctantly left Monday morning with a beautiful meditative glow or bhav (ecstasy), with the distinct feeling I’d really discovered my tribe.

Vibrant Dwelling Tip: BhaktiFest is held 3-4 occasions a 12 months at various areas within the U.S. Try BhaktiFest.com for the newest data.



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