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Sounds of Yoga-Vedanta: A Documentary of Life in an Indian Ashram

Various Artists
Sounds of Yoga-Vedanta: A Documentary of Life in an Indian Ashram

Choruses of bells, chanting voices, and repetitive hums all serve to transport the listener to an Indian Ashram filled with those practicing the ancient art of yoga. Focusing on the specific discipline of Vedanta yoga, Leslie Shepard sought to record not only the yoga practice itself, but surrounding sounds in the area. The album features the River Ganges, a town crier, and prayers sung throughout the day. This collection encapsulates the necessity of sound during yoga, countering the misconception that this spiritual and physical practice must be quiet and isolated.

Detailed descriptions of several variations in yoga disciplines can be found in the liner notes along with photo explanations for certain yoga poses.

Track Listing

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River Ganges / Japa in the Early Morning (Prayer (Japa) - Om Namo Narayanaya) / Prayer (Japa) - Ram, Ram, Ram n/a 2:35
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Bell / Temple Service n/a 1:22
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Town Crier n/a 1:08
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Prayer - Ashram Maha Mrityunjaya Mantram n/a 7:45
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Midday Prayer - Hari Rama n/a 2:45
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Prayer (Continued) n/a 6:31
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Vedanta Lecture (Service) / Lecture (Service) on the qualifications of a Jnani Sw¯am¯i Jyotirmay¯ananda Sarasvat¯i 4:30
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Evening Satsang: Musical Performance on Rudra Vina Swami D.R. Parvatikar 7:43
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Evening Satsang: Musical Performance n/a 1:10
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Evening Satsang: Swami Sivananda, Sankirtan and Prayers Swami Sivananda 10:48
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Evening Satsang: Ashram Singer - Deva Deva Sivananda... n/a 3:18

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