Flamenco Guitar as Yoga Philosophy
Yoga is universal truth. It’s just one way of looking at ageless reality. The greatest Yoga thinkers say so. If that’s true, then one can be practicing Yoga without even knowing it, without even knowing it exists.
I’ve been practicing Yoga all my life, even though I went to my first Yoga class relatively recently.
When I play guitar it has all the elements of Yoga, and I’ve always loved it for those very reasons.
I am completely in the moment for hours at a time. As I improvise, I need to suspend my ego, or nothing of interest will emerge.
I relax all my muscles and breathe deeply to still my mind. I gently focus on the action of my fingers on the strings and the nuances of the sound they are creating.
I feel the music in my bones, in my body, in my spirit, in my emotions, only secondarily in my head.
I gently stretch myself to my limits, but not beyond. I lose all sense of time.
Without any intervening thinking, I feel I am communing directly with the universe. I am purely aware in a way that transcends normal conscious thought.
I’ve been doing this instinctively since I was 14. It’s what music has always been about for me. It’s the same universal truth that is Yoga philosophy.