Editor: Here at HॐlloYogaWorld we’re interested in exploring all the ways humans experience Union, or the “absence of separation,” a core concept of Yoga. As a pianist and composer (and co-founder of HॐlloYogaWorld), Renara Akhoundova Frizzell experiences this union through an encounter with herself, through music. This is the first in a series of Music Monday Blog Posts, where we’ll explore the relationship between music and yoga. Here we share with you the personal reflections of the artist, and a video set to her composition Tsunami.
Where does Yoga begin?
At what point in my life did I first come to yoga?
When did I have the first, albeit unconscious, sensation of yoga?
I think I had this sensation from the first time I touched the piano, when, as a three-year old child, I first touched the keys and began to play children’s melodies which I had internalized.
At that moment, sitting on the bench in my home in Baku, I entered an invisible inner world which was one with the universe. This inner world revealed a palette of sounds which could be heard by an invisible inner instrument and translated to sounds emanating from the piano.
I think this is exactly how my path of Yoga began.
I have quite a long and eclectic history. Over the course of my life I have met different masters and carried within the wisdom gleaned from books. Only when I met my authentic self, however, thanks to Marshall Rosenberg (founder of Nonviolent Communication), did I find “my” music.
There I met myself as I am, with deep empathy, and the music began to flow from the Divine Source.
In these moments of musical creation I became one inseparable whole. In that place of Union there were no boundaries, no nationality or ethnicity, no restrictions, and no separation. Concepts like “good” and “bad” became meaningless. Union, a single whole – the absence of separation. I experience Yoga most powerfully when I improvise together with a live audience. At these moments, when I become one with everyone in the space, I live that Unity in full.