I’ll admit, I was more than a little skeptical when the first invite came to my inbox to attend Atlanta’s First Yoga Rave. I thought, “what the heck is a yoga rave? now we’re going too far.” But then I checked myself and realized I was being judgemental about a new concept before even seeking to understand what it was all about.
Then, the owner of the studio where I teach asked me if I would be one of the teacher demonstrators on stage since the studio was going to be a sponsor. “Sure.” There it was. I was going to a Yoga Rave and had no idea was I was getting myself into.
The initiative was started by the Art of Living Foundation as a party alternative that doesn’t involve drugs, alcohol or smoking. The not for profit events are happening all around the country, and all proceeds go to social projects carried out by the foundation. Initiative such as YES! for Schools that aims to bring a healthier, stress-free lifestyle to our nation’s youth.
When I arrived at the event, the energy was tangibly positive. No longer a fan of the bar scene or drunken debauchery, I haven’t been out to a place to just dance and cut loose in a very long time. Being a non-drinker and a non-smoker, my idea of a party these days is going to a Kirtan or a yoga workshop, so this was a really cool change of pace.
The event started with a brief yoga flow (starring yours truly as a backup dancer.) Then, we came to silence in a guided meditation. At the end of the meditation, we all opened our eyes and musical duo, the So What Project! was on stage. These guys were nothing short of amazing, and nothing like anything I’ve heard before. If you’ve ever been to one, think of an amped-up-electronica Kirtan. Their style combines vibrations & thousand-year-old mantras with electronic beats; and the music was the catalyst for getting the energy in the room to a truly palpable level.
Once everyone let go of inhibitions and really started dancing and letting go, you could literally vibrate from the intensity. If you’ve every been to a rave, you know that the primary driver for shifts in consciousness are largely chemical. Imagine if you could achieve that without drugs, and instead let your body become a channel through which amazingly positive energy flowed.
That’s a Yoga Rave.
If you have a chance to check one out, I recommend you check your ego and just open your mind to a completely unique experience. Isn’t that what yoga is all about anyway?
– Your Charmed Yogi
Photo credit: Atlanta Yoga Rave Facebook Page