Last weekend, Isha volunteers joined music lovers and yoga enthusiasts in Live Oak, Florida, for the Aura Music and Healing Arts Festival. As part of the 4-day festival held annually at Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park, Isha volunteers traveled from iii, Chattanooga, Nashville and Tampa to offer yoga and meditation sessions as well as live musical performances!
A volunteers shares:
“Our departure from iii was delayed due to heavy snowfall, so we were excited to be heading further south to Florida. Despite the chilly weather which followed us there, the whole weekend was a blast for all of us with many new experiences, opportunities and connections.
We spent the first day meeting festival-goers who stopped by our booth. We played the Wheel of Consciousness game and answered lots of questions about Isha, our upcoming sessions, and yoga and meditation in general. I was surprised to speak with attendees who had traveled from all over the country including Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, and a couple who planned to stop by Isha Institute on their way home to Philadelphia! Throughout the weekend, many people also took the opportunity to learn the Isha Kriya practice along with audio guidance inside our booth.
At midnight on Friday and Saturday night, Sounds of Isha took the stage of the Vibe tent. Though our group of volunteers has performed together in so many different situations around the country — from Sadhguru’s programs with thousands of participants, to Utsav celebrations, to intimate ceremonies within family homes — this was definitely a new experience for all of us.
For our 45-minute sets, we chose energetic pieces featuring lots of upbeat percussion to keep the crowd on their feet. We also included songs in many different languages, including Sanskrit, Tamil, Hindi, and even English lyrics inspired by Sadhguru’s poetry. The stage managers assisting us from the festival helped a lot by controlling the sound board and even providing an exuberant light show!
I was happy to see everyone dancing throughout the sets and we met many people afterward who commented that the music was very different from what they are used to and that they really enjoyed the performances. I always feel very humbled and blessed to represent Isha and reach out to people through the music and the energy and experiences it creates.” – iii Volunteer
Many Aura attendees rose early on Saturday and Sunday mornings to join the Isha Kriya meditation sessions, which also included an address from Sadhguru on the importance of raising human consciousness.
Sunday’s sunny outdoor session was also preceded by an Upa Yoga class, in which eager participants learned a daily practice that activates the joints and muscles, releases the inertia in the energy and brings ease to the whole system. After the sessions, several of the participants stayed after to thank the volunteers, express interest in visiting the Isha center and attending upcoming programs in Tampa and Atlanta, and even request further information about the Hata Yoga teacher training program.
Overall, the weekend passed quickly and joyfully for the volunteers with wonderful support and encouragement from all the organizers, volunteers, and attendees of Aura.
A volunteer shares: