Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Freedom from Suffering

Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings be filled with peace and joy, love and light.

This month's chant, in honor of Independence Day, asks for peace and joy, love and light for all.  Just as our founding fathers and mothers worked diligently for the liberation of our country to form the United States of America, we come to our yoga mats to breathe and feel, move our bodies and ignite prana (life force energy) with our own diligent practice so that we can find freedom from suffering and the liberation that follows from our steadfast efforts.  Remember how it feels when you release from a long holding of Utkatasana (chair pose)? 

Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
"May all beings be happy and free and may my life be a giving to this happiness and freedom for all"  Donna Delory sings this translation on her CD Sanctuary.  It is one of my favorites - lyrical and sweet.

Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
Ansar's recording of this chant is called Alone.  With a strong beat and a nice groove, it is another favorite found on the compilation CD Yoga Chill.

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