Chinmaya Dunster,
Yoga: On Sacred Ground
(New Earth, 2001)

Yoga, as practiced in the West, is the physical performance of postures meant to provide energy for both the body and spirit. Chinmaya Dunster pays a fine tribute to this art form in Yoga: On Sacred Ground.

Dunster has practiced yoga since the 1970s. His masterful study of physical movement is apparent is his musical compositions. The new-age melodies and dynamic rhythms of Yoga bow and sway most gracefully. Dunster creates a playful existence in this musical medium.

Dunster created "Yoga" to accompany a one-hour practice of Hatha Yoga. He strives, with his seven tracks, "to evoke and stimulate the subtle energies of the seven chakras" (energy centers in the body). And he does! Yoga can be used independently. Much like yoga, Dunster's musical creation soothes and calms while providing positive stimulation to the body and mind. My first experience with yoga music, Yoga has proven to be an enchanting one. Prior to listening to this disc, I had never contemplated taking up the art. However, if it proves as relaxing as Chinmaya's music, it's well worth the effort.

Both invigorating and relaxing at the same time, Yoga is just want the doctor ordered for this tired body and harried mind.

[ by Lynne Remick ]
Rambles: 30 May 2002

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