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Pranafest Ashland 2012!

A festival set at the amidst the nutritious air of Ashland, Oregon and the healing waters of Jackson Wellsprings, can be called  PRANAFEST.  Just the environmental components alone would leave a yogi feeling nourished and revitalized- refueled with Prana.

For its inaugural year, Pranafest put together an ambitious and diverse line up.  Top yoga teachers Micheline Berry and Govindas and Rhadha provided a solid foundation, while breath and healing workshops rounded out the offerings.

Friday night, kirtan favorite, Wah! offered a new format, the healing concert.  While many of us have spent years dancing to high energy “Hanuman” and “Jai ma!” tracks, Wah! is bringing to the center stage one of her true talents.  Born of the original “Savasana” and Savasana 2” releases, the healing concert is meant to be a guided relaxation that uses mantra to soothe and “heal” the body.  Wah provided a lullaby to ground all the festival attendees, a much needed, balancing touch.

Saturday afternoon, I spent soaking up the hot springs and teaching a Yoga Nidra class including some yin postures, pranayama and a long Yoga Nidra session. We focused on Samadhi, dissolving the body into the infinite, allowing our individual form to be absorbed by the absolute form.  The Ashland yogis needed no convincing of the benefits of letting go, they relaxed easily and rode the wave of prana...

I spent Saturday night exploring the town of Ashland with Donna Delory.  After a farm to table meal at Larx Hotel and a quick stop to drink from the fresh Lithium fountains in the town square, we headed back to the festival just in time to catch the end of “The Breath of Life.”  Wow!  Deepak Ramapriyan and his gang just took off like a rocket. They played in the little “casbah” type space that rocked an intimate but “old school” setting right next to the hot springs and cafe.

Donna and I headed over to the main stage for Jai Uttal playing his Queen of Hearts tracks.  The juxtaposition of Kirtan and Reggae is so ecstatic, it just intoxicating.  Jai is the ultimate headliner- radiant and joyful.  What a treat to see him so devoted to his yoga teacher wife, Nubia Teixteira, giving us all an example of what divine partnership is all about- SITARAM!!!!

Sunday morning I caught the end of my friends Govindas and Radha’s class.  As usual- it was slamming!  These two have such a smooth flow of highs and lows, movement and stillness infused with Bhakti every step of the way.  Again, an inspiring example of divine partnership- RADHEGOVINDA!

My Bhakti Vinyasa class can only be described by the All Star musicians that led the way.  Deepak Ramapriyan on violin, Ben Leinbach on drums, Prajna Vieira, a local sitar, harmonium and tabla player (if you folks read this post, please comment and chime in with your names!)- all topped by Donna Delory jumping in for an ecsatic explotion.  The intention was to have a sweet savasana song, but none of us could contain ourselves.  We danced, we chanted, we hugged, we laughed, we cried and oh, right- we did some yoga.

After class I had to dash off to the airport, but I had just enough time to get a sneak peak at Pragna and Ben doing their solo set on the Casbah stage, playing some songs from their new release Amrita.  And it was.  Simply sweet- nectar of sound.

A huge nod to promoters Paul Andrews and Janet Marley for putting it together and staying happy and playful.  All in all everyone gets a full thumbs up.  Pranafest is on its way!


6 comments (Add your own)

1. Roosevelt wrote:
I love everything Sara Ivanhoe does. If you're not failmiar with her she's very normal no talk of traveling to India, or how Yoga is her life. Her workouts would be comparable to Denise Austin, however I'm more partial to Sara's personality. I have been working out regularly for years, doing Yoga intermittently. Typically I wouldn't want a 20 minute Yoga class. I've always done classes that were a minimum of an hour. However it's very easy to put a couple of the workouts together without too much repetition. Each segment is pretty fast paced. The set is beautiful. It looks like they are on one of the beaches in Southern California, however they are in the grassy area but you still see the water in the background. As with her other videos, Sara gives you good pointers without too much detail. None of the poses are too advanced, but there is enough variety that even an intermediate person wouldn't be bored. You move very quickly from pose to pose. The point of these workouts is not to hold the poses but to keep moving to keep your heartrate up. The workout with weights really isn't going to tone the individual muscle groups unless you're totally out of shape, but the weight gives you enough added resistance to feel like you've got a good workout after 20 minutes. The bonus workout on the ball is fantastic. It's much longer and is more of a full body workout. ( By the way, this is the same workouts that are sold individually or as a boxed set.. they are titled differently, and promoted for losing weight. The background on the box/covers is white. This is just a better deal because they are all combined here in one two DVD set at a lower price with the added bonus workout.)

Sun, October 14, 2012 @ 10:08 PM

2. Milka wrote:
Thanks WFW! This brings me back to my folrloke class in college when Prof Dundes had us collect and explain our own examples--this wasn't one of them. . .

Mon, October 15, 2012 @ 2:13 AM

3. Eimre wrote:
I love the energy ecfciienfy information.A really good piece of information missing, IMHO, is whether the train is diesel- or electric- powered.The numbers above are for diesel-powered trains, I believe, which are way less efficient than electric trains.

Mon, October 15, 2012 @ 4:09 AM

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Mon, October 15, 2012 @ 3:52 PM

5. Bianka wrote:
A big THANK YOU to Matt, Nate, Chris and Jay for making the event a retliay. Last night was powerful a sobering illustration of the challenges Oregon faces in years to come. How ironic that just two weeks ago Nehalem-area fishermen voted to continue sport harvest of chinook, in spite of the fact that the run is expected to be less than 30% of ODFW's escapement goals. And the irony to end all ironies: the new Valsetz Dam proposal on the Siletz. It is the first of many time to strap on our armour.

Wed, October 17, 2012 @ 7:08 PM

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Fri, October 19, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

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