I LOVE Kamalakanta Ji's wisdom regarding appropriate feet behavior. I'm in awe of the beautiful reverence Indian and Hindu culture have for the Sacred... and how sacred so much of what we consider mundane really is.
There's a trend in the Western "Bhakti scene" to have live kirtan during an asana class. I've enjoyed these classes in the past, myself. One line in the article reads:
"It is considered disrespectful (and quite vane) to engage in yoga asana stretches while in a temple or during a kirtan or meditation."
I play pre-recorded kirtan during the asana classes I teach. Is this also considered disrespectful? Also, can anyone elaborate on this a bit? Not because I'm trying to be argumentative, I'd just like to have a more thorough understanding both as a devotee and asana instructor (who also leads kirtan on occasion).