My first Class with Saul David Raye, at Lulu Bandha’s Ojai Yoga Crib in California.

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on Oct 24, 2009
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“If two Rishis say the same thing, you know one of them is lying.” ~ a traditional Indian aphorism, via Saul David Raye, pointing to how the only true experience is our personal, unique one.

Just outta my first class with SDR, a two hour marathon on the second day of my first Ojai Lulu Bandha Yoga Crib (after years of “knowing” founder Kira Ryder via articles and advertising, she’s always been most supportive of elephant, I finannnally met her today). I’m still sweaty. The class was a combo of

hatha yoga, asana, movement


kirtan (ecstatic singing of Sanskrit, initially painful for uptight cynics like myself, ultimately fun and freeing)


a spiritual lecture.

Saul’s magnetic, the ladies love him, he’s heartfelt, manly, gentle as hell, and leads a class the way a cowboy herds a…herd. He raises the pace, encouraging movement…and then right when the students start getting excited, he urges ’em to relax, to breathe. He mixes in a subtle message of environmental responsibility, from the inside-out, through encouraging a balance of mind and body and heart and our impact on our fragile, powerful, precious planet.

He’s got a retreat going in Hawaii, with KD and BD, pretty soon. I’m going to look at elephant media sponsoring and covering—and going, along with yoga media master/mistress Kasey “Dr. of Lubology” Luber of, who’ll be videoing and blogging it up and getting the good word out on these great teachers and kirtaners out to the WholeWideWorld.

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3 Responses to “My first Class with Saul David Raye, at Lulu Bandha’s Ojai Yoga Crib in California.”

  1. Thanks for sharing this with us. It's great to be able to be able to experience a variety of teachers without leaving my laptop. I've really appreciated my association with Yogamates for the the same reason.

    And I like all your little personal asides, like "ecstatic singing of Sanskrit, painful for uptight cynics like myself, ultimately fun and freeing." I can really relate to that, as I don't usually relate so well to group spiritual activities. I'm going to go to a Rajani kirtan night here in Milwaukee soon to experience this side of Yoga more.

    Look forward to more of your reports, and this makes me want to spend some time going back and catching up on all I've missed in the past.


    Bob Weisenberg

  2. Kira says:

    a total delight to finally meet you for real, mr. waylon. see you tomorrow! xok

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