This is my prac­tice Then, I go to the other bed­room and get on my mat, I went to In­dia with [Kun­dalini teacher] Gur­mukh When cre­at­ing my lat­est al­bum, a pop-mantra al­bum For me, singing ac­tu­ally started as a means of es­cape.

Go-Go’s front­woman Belinda Carlisle says chant­ing and Kun­dalini Yoga are what helped her dis­cover her true voice. Here, the mul­ti­plat­inum pop icon opens up about her morn­ing rit­ual— and how yoga in­spires cre­ativ­ity in her ca­reer and ev­ery­day life.

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I get up nat­u­rally at 4 or 4:30 in the morn­ing

for my sad­hana (prac­tice). I’ll use head­phones to lis­ten to a spir­i­tual teacher on au­dio for 15 to 20 min­utes. Right now, it’s Eck­hart Tolle’s lec­ture “Touch­ing the Eter­nal.” I’ve also lis­tened to Osho, Mar­i­anne Wil­liamson, Deepak Cho­pra, Wayne Dyer, and Gabrielle Bern­stein. This has been my morn­ing rit­ual for the past three years. sit on some blocks, and face the win­dow. We live in a high-rise in the mid­dle of Bangkok, on the 31st floor— so we have a beau­ti­ful view of the whole city. I al­ways end with chant­ing the mantra Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru

Ram Das Guru, which chan­nels the spirit and pro­tec­tive grace of Guru Ram Das. That al­ways makes me feel re­ally happy. I feel close to Guru Ram Das. I feel like he pro­tects my son and my fam­ily, and I thank him for that ev­ery day. 12 years ago, and we did a re­birthing class. I heard peo­ple scream­ing and yelling, and I thought it was ridicu­lous—un­til it hap­pened to me. I found my­self get­ting re­ally an­gry and ag­i­tated, and I just ran out of class and started bawl­ing my eyes out. I couldn’t un­der­stand where all this grief and anger was com­ing from. I talked to Gur­mukh, who told me: “You can’t re­ally un­der­stand it, but it’s too late to go back. The only way now is for­ward.” That’s when I re­al­ized how pow­er­ful the yoga is. So I stepped up my prac­tice and be­gan to study mantra. And I’ve now been through two Kun­dalini teacher train­ings. called Wilder Shores, I al­ways went to a Kun­dalini class be­fore the record­ing stu­dio so I could be very open to what was com­ing in cre­atively. Mak­ing this al­bum was a strange ex­pe­ri­ence, be­cause some of the mantras and melodies would just come as I was driv­ing. I wrote the melody for “Light of My Soul” in a minute and a half; I was driv­ing on the free­way, and I pulled over and sang it into my iPhone. It felt like a down­load. Ul­ti­mately, I hope this al­bum will reach peo­ple who need help. As a kid grow­ing up in a dys­func­tional fam­ily in Bur­bank, Cal­i­for­nia, I would lie in front of my best friend’s stereo speak­ers, from like 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., lis­ten­ing to KHJ and all the Cal­i­for­nia ra­dio sta­tions—just singing and singing. Now, singing is a spir­i­tual prac­tice. When I sing, I get a feel­ing of con­nec­tion to some­thing else—some­thing big­ger. When I tap into it, there’s noth­ing like it. It’s just com­plete bliss.

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