Mysterious Pathway is a hymn to the ever-present beauty of nature and a reminder of the good inherent in humanity, even in these difficult times. GuruGanesha's signature Grateful Dead-inspired guitar lays a lush bed beneath this song about Life's Journey, reminding us that inner peace can be found anytime we stop, slow down, and witness the exquisite perfection of the world around us.
We had the opportunity to interview GuruGanesha to learn more about his new song, Mysterious Pathway:
What is your intention with this song?
GuruGanesha: "It is my sincere prayer that this new song brings hope and comfort to people, that people can feel, through the energy of words and music, my deep conviction that God is a benevolent divine intelligence living in everyone. from U.S. A Divine Force that is on our side and that works on our behalf 7 by 24 by 365, I cannot scientifically prove that this is the case, but my faith in its effectiveness runs deep and deep, and I also tried to convey in the song my deep optimism that we, as a human family, are on the verge of something truly beautiful, a shift towards where unconditional love for one another and commitment to caring for and living for each other are becoming the main intention and the driving force of the majority of the inhabitants of the planet. "
What is this music about?
GuruGanesha: “This new song is about the soul's relationship with Mother Nature. Mother Nature herself is the true Temple of the Divine. When I walk in the woods or wade through ocean waters, it is actually when I feel closest to God!
My fundamental belief is that we are a manifestation of pure love. We are born of love and light and we are destined to return to love and light. In between there is this mysterious path where we approach Source and then we move further away where we forget who we are, then remember, then forget again, then finally remember at the end! And of course, the more love and light we bring on this long strange journey, the happier our life becomes. I hope this song speaks to the times and inspires us to be guided by our best angels.
Can you tell us about the creation of this single?
GuruGanesha: “A lot of times I sit down, grab my guitar and start playing exactly how I feel… the hope, the despair, the sadness and the joy and the love springing from my heart. I love to sing and sing but it is my guitar playing is the deepest expression of my soul.
How was the single recorded?
GuruGanesha: “What is unique about this whole song is that I never left my office, and Gurusangat, (great bass player, singer and producer) did an amazing job producing the music from a distance. He was setting in his home studio in Vermont and I was setting here. He sent me all this equipment. It took us a few hours to get all connected because I'm not a tech guru, so it was a pleasure just being able to go from my room to my office here and make some music.
Can you tell us about the production of the video clip?
GuruGanesha: “The video was produced by Andrew Misle, he's a brilliant young man, filmmaker and actor. I met him at the men's camp in western Canada, the program that Hari Singh, Siri Amrit Singh and Guru Singh have been running for years there. They invited me to come join them, play some music, and there's this epic little video at the end of camp as we all wait for the buses to take us back to Vancouver where I just pulled out my guitar and started jamming with about twenty-five guys and Andrew was right next to me jamming and singing. I realized this guy but he had real depth, then I found out later that he was more of a videographer. I started watching more of his videos and I think he really captures the moment… I love what Andrew did with the video. It is a pure expression of joy, of joy, a new word… ”
Other contributors to this single?
GuruGanesha: "You know, because of our forties, my wonderful wife and I have played a lot more music together than usual, and I enjoy it so much!
When I was writing this song, I started strumming this chord progression and singing the opening lines “Pavan Guru…”, then I put all the pauri on that music. Mata Mandir Kaur, who is going to get a writing credit on this, said, no, no, I hear something special happening at “Jinee Nam Dhiana”, and if you listen to it, you will see this beautiful little melody that Mata Mandir Kaur contributed.
Also Karan Khalsa, she has a way with words, she is really a writer at heart, you know, and I think it's gonna be a great lyricist as it's indicative and I said let's do this Karan, here is the pauri, we have to have an english section in the song, I just really felt it was important, I said, why don't you give yourself the artistic license to write a poetic expression on what you feel in your heart about the pauri. She sent me this back: "There are truths that only the winds can whisper, while the waters tell us what our fathers say, and the Earth sings our Mother's songs" - I must tell you, I was really touched. Also knowing where they came from, you know, Karan's soul ... What is so pure and so beautiful.
What do you miss the most during this quarantine?
GuruGanesha: “I really enjoy touring, going out and being with everyone, just sharing hugs, sharing music, sharing our mutual love and gratitude. I hope there is more for me during this stage of my mysterious path, haha!
What would you like to make listeners experience?
GuruGanesha: “I hope they feel comforted, I hope it gives them hope, I hope they feel faith. I convey my faith there, that there is a benevolent force that is in charge of the Universe, despite the evidence which may appear to be to the contrary. I can't prove it, but I deeply believe it and have been for some time, and I hope people can feel it.
Everyone seems to be a yogi these days, from your BFF to your co-worker to your aunt—heck, even dogs and goats are getting their zen on. But if you have yet to attempt Warrior II or Mountain Pose, taking your first yoga chic can be a little intimidating. What if your hands sweat and you fall off the mat ? What if you hate it ? What if you can’t do a single. damn. pose ?
Okay, rewind a second—there’s a reason so many people have hopped on a mat over the past few years. ' Yoga is a non-judgmental practice, ' says Claire Ewing, certified yoga instructor and studio digital directeur for CorePower Yoga. It’s is a totally accessible way to unwind and break a sweat, so there’s nothing to worry about before checking out a class.
But to help you feel a little more comfortable before you say your first ' om ' or ' namaste, ' Ewing has some yoga tips to answer all those questions floating around your head.
When in doubt, Ewing says opt for a vinyasa flow class, ' where you have the opportunity to explore the postures and fundamental principles of yoga. ' These are the types of classes most of your friends probably do, and it’s a great form of yoga for beginners. But of course, it never hurts to check out a couple different types of classes to see what feels best to you.
' Definitely go for something breathable and easy to move in, ' says Ewing. ' You will work up a sweat, so consider wearing something with moisture-wicking abilities. ' Oh and FYI : Yoga is a no-shoes kind of workout, so don’t worry about sporting your best sneakers to class.
Like with any workout, it’s totally a personal preference how much you fuel pre-yoga. But Ewing points out that yoga is a pretty soutenu workout, and fueling your body properly will help you get the most out of your practice. Keep it light, though, ' I usually start with a protein shake or bar knowing that the classes can physically take you in dynamic directions, ' says Ewing. ( A. k. a. don’t down that massive avo toast right before class. ) If you’re just having a small pre-workout snack, you can probably do that about 30 minutes beforehand; but wait a full one to two hours before working out after a meal.
She adds that hydrating beforehand is also key, especially if you ever do attempt a heated flow. ' Drink a full glass of water about two hours before class—that way you have something to sweat out and you will feel better during class. '
' Absolutely ! ' says Ewing. ' A regular yoga practice increases flexibility and strength in your groupes de muscles. It has you work your full range of motion in every joint of your body and build strong and long muscles. ' ( In fact, vinyasa yoga even made this list of the top calorie-burning workouts. )
This depends on the type of yoga class you take—for example, a slow flow or hatha chic may require you to hold a pose for an extended period of time. But in vinyasa, ' it comes down to the intention of how the position was designed, ' says Ewing. ' For example, balancing poses are held longer to benefit concentration and focus, while transition postures build strength while teaching fluidity in movement. '
For the most part, though, poses are held for three to five breaths during the first round to help them sink into your memory. Then they’re held for a single breath when you repeat the pose, to help amp up the cardio component of yoga.
Don’t stress ! No one expects you to master every pose your first go-round ( or really, ever—it’s a constant learning process ). Your yoga instructor should offer possibilités for pose modifications, especially for the more challenging ones. ' Your breath is key in yoga, if you are losing sight of this, you may want to consider modifying or completely backing off, ' says Ewing. And don’t be afraid to ask your instructor for aide.
Also, try to avoid comparing yourself to the other yogis in the room—all bodies are unique, and have varied strengths and challenges. Plus, every time you step on the mat, it’s going to feel a little different, ' for both your body and your mind, ' says Ewing. ' If there is one thing you can take away from the classroom, it is learning how to modify and create a practice that is fit for you. '