This is my favorite video so far of Satkirin Khalsa combining her amazing Yoga with flamenco guitar–Flamenco Yoga Fusion! We actually had a chance to do this live at the Mountain Pose Yoga Festival last July, the place where I also first met Waylon in the flesh. In this video, we are also joined by my son Joey.
(For you guitar fans out there, that’s Joey in the right channel and I’m on the left, from Live at Don Quijote.)
Yoga and flamenco together is not as far-fetched as it sounds on the surface. Historians tell us that the Spanish gypsies originally emigrated from the same area in northern India where Yoga was born. You can see it in the guitar playing, and equally so in flamenco song and dance.
For the two previous videos in this series, see Flamenco Yoga Fusion: with Satkirin Khalsa and Awesome Yoga Video by Satkirin Khalsa. You can enjoy many other inspiring and instructional videos at Satkirin’s YouTube page. Satkirin also writes wonderful articles for Elephant. Two flamenco guitar CD’s are free for streaming or download–Live at Don Quijote, with son Joey, and American Gypsy.
Dr. Satkirin Khalsa
Integrated Health Medicine
Dr. Satkirin Khalsa’s background is a fascinating story. She has pursued an integrative medicine career since starting medical school at the University of New Mexico. Her interests in bridging the gap between eastern and western medicine began back in childhood when living in northern India. While there, at the age of 12, she was hospitalized and required conventional treatment for her illness. However, integrative therapies were also used, such as ayurveda and yoga, which aided the healing process.
Satkirin remained in India for 7 years for schooling. She traveled, studied yoga extensively, and encountered many amazing people, including Mother Teresa and Sir Edmond Hilary. She saw the Taj Mahal, visited various sacred and religious monuments, and hiked through beautiful forests in the foothills of the Himalayas. She also saw disease, pain and the misfortune of thousands of men, women and children.
While in India, Dr. Khalsa decided to help people through medicine. It was through her experiences in India that she understood the importance of modern medical breakthroughs, which can prevent, and cure disease, vaccines being one of them. But modern medicine also has its limitations. The eastern teachings that emphasize healing through nutrition and movement can also cure disease but has limitations as well.
This understanding led Satkirin to pursue a medical career that could blend the best of both ‘worlds’, and apply them safely and critically.