So we did a pretty cool thing ...

Our greatest collaboration to date – introducing the official Flow State mat created for trance legends Above & Beyond and their latest release FLOW STATE.

Flow State is an ambient epic soundscape for you to lose yourself in, infused with melodic mediation by Elena Brower.

Welcome back to that place of peace that resides within you.

It's time.

And so we made a mat for that.

We also got to interview Paavo from Above & Beyond and Elena Brower!

Read our conversations below

Elena Brower

Isn’t it funny when a stranger has had such a transformative effect on your life and they don’t even know. Elena your words have nurtured me through my own seasons of addiction. Could you talk to us a little bit about how you came to find Yoga and Meditation?

Honoured to hear that. Yoga found me through my boyfriend's mom when i was just finishing college, and I was smitten with the practice from the start. With regards to meditation, it took me much more time to truly settle into myself long enough to develop a practice.

Your delivery is from deep within and incredibly powerful. When writing your meditations where do you draw inspiration?

I draw inspiration from all of my friends, teachers, mentors and innermost guidance. I also read a lot and thrive on learning all the time.

How did you come to collaborate with Above & Beyond?

We found ourselves working together on the playa at Burning Man in 2014, when the Robot Heart community asked me to work with Tony and Paavo on one sunset yoga practice. We found ourselves synching up seamlessly, effortlessly, between what I was offering with my words and silences, and what they were playing. That Yoga Set went on to garner more than 2m listens on Soundcloud, and we knew we were onto something of value.

Has music always played a role in your practice? How important do you think it is?

I love their music, but by some strange circumstance, I hadn't heard of them prior to working with them during that sunset. But as soon as Paavo began playing that set, I was in love with their work. I went on to discover their multitude of offerings - both in electronic dance as well as their Anjunadeep artists - and became hopelessly hooked on all of it.

Given your own journey and the association of hedonism and trance do you feel Above & Beyond’s evolved experimentation into yoga is important? Why do you feel like the crowds are resonating?

In my understanding, Above & Beyond's evolution represents what my friends and I call "good listening." They've got their attention on what's needed right now - more space for reflection, more calm pauses, more kindness, and more attention to the health of our individual and collective nervous systems. This work brings an awareness of the need for our healing on the whole.

When performing with Flow State Live – especially to the scale of the crowds you draw! - how do you create a sense of intimacy? Does it feel different?

Teaching feels the same for me whether I have 40 or 4000 people; i'm there to provide a space, a clear vessel in which the practitioners can bathe and feel safe to discover both breathing and body, again and again.

If Yoga means to unite, then your work has been integral to nourishing this. How do you feel the meditation scene has blossomed since you began publicly in ‘99?

Meditation has become more mainstream as we've developed more need for healing time in our lives. We are bombarded by inputs, and meditation helps us clear our heads and bodies from all the extra static to keep ourselves in creative states, both professionally and personally.

Most of us are stressed out man! Our over-reliance on technology has meant we struggle to escape from feelings of comparison, competition and FOMO and yet technology has made meditation more accessible – what are your thoughts on technology?

Technology gives us connectivity, creativity and in many ways, clarity about what's needed - but we need boundaries. I have a strict tech timeframe each day, which helps a lot: 2x or 3x max on social media, for 10 mins maximum, and 2 hours on email maximum, and I don't have a TV. I have a few things I'll watch on Netflix, but that's maybe 2 hours weekly.

With those parameters in place, I have enough time to be present for my kid, run several businesses, write books and be productive without giving all of my energy away to the black hole of media.

Your book “The Art of Attention” was a true healer for me, what do you feel we should be paying more attention to?

Our breathing is truly the finest medicine. When we breathe evenly, inhaling and exhaling the same length, we are speaking directly to our nervous system to rest, digest, and relax. We all desperately need more of that.

So it was probably the most badass thing we’ve ever done, creating the Flow State eco friendly Yoga mat with you guys, what inspired the art work?

The creative forces for Above & Beyond took all of our notes and Paavo's sense of the project, and created the stunning circles... the perfect way to illustrate the breath, the space it takes, the time we spend listening...

It’s easy to lose yourself in Flow State, just as you can get lost in a yoga flow. Where you fully able to lose yourself in the creation of your words for the album? Did you have an idea on the message you wanted to communicate?

Paavo and I had several chats about the need for more downtime and more connection after a spate of suicides in our community, so we were both keenly aware of the messages we hoped to communicate. The written piece had to reflect a state of listening so we could choose to evolve and refine our minds. It had to bring us closer to ourselves, and also closer to each other. After contemplating these broad strokes for weeks, the words emerged quickly on a transatlantic flight, refined over the subsequent week or two. It felt like it was writing itself.

In your magical words Elena, How do you come back to that place within you, that place of peace?

As it says in the spoken word, I literally need to take one deep breath. I fill my belly, which creates more space in my body for new thoughts-- thoughts that will heal and soften the destructive, doubtful default setting that has a tendency to creep into my mind.

That breath also returns me to the present moment; most of our drama internally is when we're stuck in the past or the future. That one breath brings us all back to what's happening right now. What can be done this moment to help / heal / move forward? That's the question I'm reminded to ask when I remember to breathe.

And where do you find that place of peace outside yourself?

My family, my friends, my practice, and my sleep (I take sleep seriously).

What does being in Flow State mean to you?

When we're able to listen and attend well to what's present, we are in Flow State.

Paavo from Above & Beyond

It feels like Flow State has been sitting in your bones for a long time, you’ve experimented with hour long continuous Yoga Flow tracks and with Yoga sessions at Burning Man. Flow State seems like the natural next step but why now? Why do you feel like the world will resonate with Flow State today?

We'd been writing ambient music since the start of our band, and our Yoga sets began to create a natural home for all that music.
Especially in today's information filled world, many of us, myself included, have felt internal discomfort - I hope Flow State can be part of bringing comfort and mindfulness to people's lives.

You’ve spoken previously on how Yoga has been a player in helping you through seasons of anxiety and depression, how did you come to Yoga?

I've been fascinated by Indian philosophy and spirituality since my teens, and found meditation and yoga 11 years ago as a means to help me cope with the physical and mental challenges of being a touring musician.

Has music always played a role in your practice? How important do you think it is?

For my own practice, i often like concentrating on just my breath - but music can add an emotional dimension to a practice and different soundcapes to bring a 'familiarity' to the routine of the practice i like.

If Yoga means to unite, then Above & Beyond have nailed it. The real and honest family you’ve amassed is magic. What do you feel it is about your music that draws people together and makes them feel like they belong?

I've always felt that as our music is very rooted in real life experiences, and the honesty of and artistic yet direct way people like Tony, Justine and Zoe write their lyrics is truly inspiring. It's this realness, open display of vulnerability i believe has helped create a feeling of belonging amongst people.

When playing Flow State Live – especially to the scale of the crowds you draw! - how do you create a sense of intimacy? Does it feel different to play live?

Yoga is essentially an individual practice even when it's done in a crowd, but what i've been struck by is the strength of feeling at these shows.
It's one thing hearing the music by myself but emotionally responding to it together with people is magical.

There are two versions of Flow State, one overlayed with spoken word by the majestic Elena Brower, why was this decision made to bring an extra dimension to the album?

During the writing of the album we were listening to some ted talks and soon realised that when we put a really inpirational talk together with the music, the message is stronger, bolder, and the music has more power too.
Talking with Elena we also realised this was an opportunity to create something practically useful for people too.

So it was probably the most badass thing we’ve ever done, creating the Flow State eco friendly Yoga mat with you guys, what inspired the art work?

We talked about the cyclic nature of breath, the nature, how to give the album an organic feel.
The wonderful people at Big Active nailed it!

It’s easy to loose yourself in Flow State, just as you can get lost in a yoga flow. Where you fully able to loose yourself in the creation of the album?

The album was written mainly over a period of about 18 months during a very challenging and dark part of my life.
I did at times lose myself in the pressure of it all - but there were also amazing moments listening to the album in hotel rooms around the world.
Now the album is out, feels like much of that darkness was transformed through music into shining, healing light and it's radiating back.


In the magical words of Elena, How do you come back to that place within you, that place of peace?

I found it and connect with it each day during my meditation practice.

And where do you find that place of peace outside yourself?

In nature

What does being in Flow State mean to you?

I most often get into a flow state when playing piano.
It's a state where, often through sustained focus, time, stress and pressure all vanish, and what's left is free, childlike creativity.

Who

Stepping out of the dark clubs and festival circuit and into the light, Above & Beyond are more than a band & collective. They are a movement. The power that music has to move through us & with us is hypnotic. It makes us feel right here, right now. It slices through white noise, isolation, loneliness & makes us feel connected, whole, United. Yoga is music. Music is yoga.

The Mat

The Flow State Mat is a minimalist interpretation of the eternal resilience of nature and what it is to be human. Organic shapes are reimagined in a linear way, guiding you into flow, subtly aiding your alignment while giving you space to play and explore.

The design feels like movement. It is etched on to natural rubber bringing you the highest performing yoga mat but using eco conscious material choices.

Feel the grip. Feel your homecoming.

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