Liz’s Sat Nam Fest Experience: Day 3 Recap

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Day 3 of Sat Nam Fest started off with an active set of yoga, balanced by gentle mantra.  For Sadhana, Nirinjan Kaur led the chanting, and her sweet, soothing voice is such a pleasure to listen to.  After, Nirmal from Spirit Voyage Mexico led everyone in the Expand Your Intuition Global Sadhana.

To start off the day’s main program, we all got to experience Ashana’s beautiful singing bowls.  Ashana is such a delightful mix of earthy good humor and ethereal beauty. Her music is so often referred to as meditative, but she can really bring the energy and fun! She played a beautiful mix of chants and prayers from many traditions, and blew everyone away.

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The first yoga class of the day was taught by Gurmukh, and it was my first experience with her.  To understand Gurmukh’s class, imagine the most difficult thing you’ve ever gone through and multiply it by a big number. Then remind yourself that you’re doing it willingly! It was very intense, very tough, and very rewarding to get to the end. Gurmukh has a knack for pushing you to your limits while simultaneously encouraging you to give your all.  One theme of the class was courage in the face of whatever is going on in your life, and the challenging set really tested our ability to be courageous and keep up. Snatam Kaur provided the music, and it was lovely to hear her beautiful voice in the midst of the yoga. Personally, I was looking forward to Gurmukh’s second class on Sunday with a mix of excitement and nerves – after that experience who knows what she’ll have us do next!

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Jai-Jagdeesh sang in the afternoon to a very enthusiastic crowd. If you’re familiar with her album I Am Thine, you know she can do amazing things with her voice. To hear it in person, with all of the extra embellishments and flourishes, was so powerful. An accomplished dancer, she also gave a beautiful performance in the middle of her set. After her final song, when she invited her family to sing “With You” on stage, she received a big standing ovation from everyone present.

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Harijiwan taught the final yoga class of the day, accompanied by Simrit Kaur. He cracked several jokes throughout the class, keeping the mood light in the midst of the serious meditating he asked everyone to do. The final meditation used Simrit’s “Praana Apaana,” and listening to her voice made for a deep experience.

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Mirabai Ceiba began the evening program. Seeing them in person really allows you go fully experience the intricacies of their music. Angelika shifts effortlessly between her harp and harmonium, and Markus’ guitar playing is out of this world. They led a mix of meditative and danceable songs that everyone loved!

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When the GuruGanesha Band took the stage the energy went way up. GuruGanesha is such a warm, funny person, and his music comes from his heart. He invited Jai-Jagdeesh to dance during the set, and was constantly drawing attention away from himself and towards all of the wonderful musicians who make up the Band. Daniel Paul, Hans Christian, Michelle Hurtado, Gurusangat Singh, and Sat Kartar Singh, all shined brightly.

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To close out the night, Krishan (who produced Jai-Jagdeesh’s album I Am Thine) led a Kundalini dance party! For those who stayed, the late time didn’t stop the fun.

Today was an incredible day that I’ll never forget!

 

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