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LA Tour: Yoga Classes, Interviews and a Chat by the Pool

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June 15th, 2009

Exhale - Santa Monica Saul David Raye at Exhale

Our new good buddy, Ashley Turner, invited us to sing for her yoga class as a follow-up to the kirtan we had done for her at the Yoga Journal Conference in NYC. We were already excited to come to Exhale, Santa Monica to do that. Then, Saul David Raye, who had performed beautifully at the Chant4Change event in January, found out that we were in town, and asked us to sing for his class, too.

Gaura Vani and Bardaraj (Gaura's father) Zat Baraka

Saul's class at Exhale Santa Monica Gaura and Zat Baraka during Ashley Turner's class.

We went down for Saul’s class and had beautiful kirtan. Ashley, so sweet and humble, attended one of Saul’s classes as a student and then stayed afterwards to teach her own class. Singing for both classes was a phenomenal experience. It is always wonderful to work with teachers who love, cherish and incorporate the music so deeply into their classes.  It was also uplifting to be able to play with our friend, the incredible musician and yogi, Zat Baraka.

Ashley Turner leading. Narayan's house in the Hollywood Hills

Kasey Luber from Yoga Mates interviewing Gaura at Narayan's House Narayan and Sarah Garney

Later that day, we went to our friend, Narayan’s house in the Sunset Hills, which is an amazing place. It looked like something between a Kung Fu movie and an ancient Indian or Tibetan temple. Narayan is an amazing chef, and he cooked some tasty prasad: rice and beans. While we were still at Narayan’s house, we met up we our friend from Yogamates, Kasey Luber. She did a video interview of me for the website, Yogamates.com. We were sitting outside with her and her friends in the warm California sunshine, under a small tent near Narayan’s pool, beaneath the cascading hills of Hollywood. It was beautiful. We talked about the ancient history of kirtan and sacred sound.

Saul's morning class at Exhale Gaura Vani and As Kindred Spirits perform during Saul's Sunday Morning Class

Saul leading the class L to R: Gaura Vani, Acyuta Gopi, Ray Ippolito, Janaki Priya

Saul David Raye (right) Dancing Yoga

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