Poet, mystic, musician, and Pink Floyd fan Kavi Jezzi Hockaday played guitar in various bands around London before a love affair with his yoga teacher led to jamming in her yoga studio for trance workouts. Breath of Fire is a fine example of Kavi’s gift: a dynamic workout soundtrack for kundalini yoga. This form of the practice focuses on the power of the breath to awaken the “slumbering serpent” at the base of the spine, who, with the power of the breath of fire, climbs the chakras to the crown, providing a renewed sense of energy and inner glow. The awakening of the serpent is a blessing, but it requires care and maintenance; now that you have an awake manifestation of divine energy lighting up your spine, you need to dance, you need to move, you need to love, you need to breathe. With his nylon-string guitar, keyboards, drums, and tambourine, Kavi awakens that energy, harnesses it, employs it, and gently incorporates it into your overall structure, laying down a focused but spacious groove with a slow rise to full-dance workout and back down into trance and meditation.
Opening track “Awakening the Serpent” starts out slow and mellow with tribal drums and growling didgeridoo-level monk chanting. It’s a divine call to the kundalini energy slumbering at the base of the spine, bidding the force to rise once again. Rise it does, with every new beat an increased feeling of joy buzzes along the spine. “Everything Is Energy” takes it to the next level, providing a stimulating workout. Things get spaceward and rocking in “Alchemy of Breath,” with some of Kavi’s Pink Floyd roots coming through in the otherworldly yowling of his electric guitar solo.
Thank goodness Kavi found that London yoga studio and his true calling: to “spread love and reconnect ourselves with our divine nature.” His music is a boon to slumbering energy serpents everywhere. Don’t be afraid to bring Breath of Fire to your yoga teacher, or play it at home and breathe the fire while doing the dishes or straightening the living room. And when things have calmed down into that final breathtaking track of drones and synthesizer voices, “Moving Beyond,” don’t be afraid to let your whole body shudder with relief. As the simple glacial drones overlap, let the last of the pent-up toxins drain in a torrent of grateful tears. Kavi and his serpentine guitar licks and infectious beats will always be there when you’re ready to stir the embers and start the dance all over again.