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Spiritual center of yoga is being lost: Yogi

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 24 2008   /  12:36 pm
YOGA CLASS: David Moreno instructs a yoga class in Menteng, Central Jakarta, last week. (JP/Prodita Sabarini)(JP/Prodita Sabarini)

YOGA CLASS: David Moreno instructs a yoga class in Menteng, Central Jakarta, last week. (JP/Prodita Sabarini)  A sound like a hidden bass reverberated off the walls of Rumah Yoga last week, as the chanting of three oms signaled the special class was underway. Sitting crossed-legged on colorful mattresses in the center in Menteng, South Jakarta, students followed visiting international yoga teacher David Moreno chant the Sanskrit words: "Om shanti, shanti shanti". With each utterance of shanti, or peace in Sanskrit, the yoga practitioners placed their clasped hands above their heads and in front of their chests and navels. "The three oms and the Sanskrit chant signify that the Yoga practice will train the body, mind and spirit," Moreno said after the class. Indian in origin, Yoga is a means for accomplishing an alignment between the body, min...