I was three years old when my mother introduced me to yoga. She was taking classes in school and brought her practice home both to improve on her own asanas and to calm the three little energy pockets that made every day a new and exciting challenge. My brothers and I took to different aspects of it, but I think we all gained focus and an ability to calm ourselves when needed.
As I grew up, I kept an inconsistent practice of my own, using it through dance, gymnastics and other types of exercise. (My favorite pose to this day is wheel pose, which I practiced diligently.) When I began playing music in the early 90’s, I focused less on yoga and more on my new passion: ska and reggae.
The music I had become a part of had the power to move people. The same people would listen to the same song over and over until it became part of the fabric of their beings. The same rhythm to different melodies could sustain a room for hours. It was electric.
I grew a little older, my band dissolved into other bands, but my love of reggae and ska has continued. When I rediscovered my yoga practice in my mid twenties, I recognized the importance of sound vibration in my practice. Certain rhythms would sustain me and others, not so much. My favorite music to practice to was dub reggae. The first kernel of dubYoga sparked during those years.
What was it about reggae that brings people to the same state of meditation as yoga? In Jamaica, people were brought from both Africa and India to work in the fields. Is it possible that the two cultures merged on that single island and created what became Rastafarianism?
I dug a little deeper and discovered the saddhus of India. Saddhus renounce the trappings of everyday life (Babylon), eat very strict vegetarian diets (Ital) and grow their hair long and matted to be more like Krishna, whose locks held the river Ganges before it flowed on earth.
I think this connection to ancient wisdom is felt worldwide. Reggae is one of the most popular forms of music played in the world. From this one island springs truth to all corners of the Earth. Yoga is becoming as widely practiced as reggae. I say hooray for synergy and unity.