Saturday, June 30, 2012

CG Deuter: Ocean Waves, Pure Sounds of Relaxation

New Earth records presents an exquisite series of pure Ocean Wave recordings. These elements can be used in class during opening meditation, and savasana. They’re also great for relaxation at home, and for promoting healthy sleep cycles.

Pablo Lucero: Stell*R Yoga Beats

Allow for space to expand in synergy with the power of rhythm. Let go, let flow intuit with soul.

Pablo Lucero was born in Argentina in 1976 and he currently resides in Miami, FL. In 1994 Pablo Lucero began to empower himself through meditation and self awareness while expanding his collection and passion for music. In 2001 Pablo Lucero a/k/a Stell*R began djing an extensive variation of world beats and organic sounds, sprinkled with musical ingredients from the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean. He then developed his sound by blending spiritual chants and mantras with house music, channeling universal energy from the dj system right into the listeners soul.

Ravi Shankar & Zakir Hussein: Concert for Peace

Well you can’t go wrong with two timeless masters on one album. On this release, Ravi and Zakir weave an amazing tapestry of classical indian ragas that are guaranteed to make your soul sing. Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Assisted on sarode by Ravi Shankar’s disciple Partho Sarathy.

MC Yogi: Pilgrimage

MC Yogi is back with another super action packed bhakti-ful release!  This album was inspired by a trip to India on which MC Yogi realized that we all yearn for a spiritual journey or pilgrimage in our lives.  Great record for the soundtrack of your life’s awakening~!

MC Yogi grew up painting graffiti & listening to hip hop. Inspired by artists like The Beastie Boys & Run DMC, he began writing raps & freestyling for friends at house parties. Spending most of high school in a group home for at-risk youth, hip hop culture provided both a soundtrack & a creative outlet. Then at age eighteen, he discovered yoga.

Bija Seeds for the Chakras

I came across a wise message from Dr. Indu Arora in her book Yoga – Ancient Heritage Tomorrow’s Vision. She states, “The teacher always has in mind that teaching is equal to the sowing of seeds. When the time is ripe, the seeds will sprout…”

For me, this means that sometimes as teachers, the knowledge, the information we share may not take root today or even tomorrow, but what we share could impact understanding and yogic progression at an unknown future time. Furthermore, we must not hold back our learning from our students just because it’s not in “popular” form or in line with today’s Yoga hype.

Just the other day, I offered up the Bija (or seed) sounds to a Gentle Yoga class. All were skeptical in the beginning….”You want us to WHAT?!” Yes, chant. We chanted aloud the seed sounds that relate to the chakras to center in and then followed with bija chanting, mentally, during our asana practice. The initial resistance was met with all positive feedback. In the end, the class liked it and everyone practically floated out the class at the end. As with most things, you can never know if you like something until you have tried it.

Sol Tek: Lightscapes I

A Music to stimulate the imagination and nourish the soul

A minor masterpiece (with the emphasis on masterpiece) Soltek’s Lightscapes One makes a great entrance with the ear opener Eye of the World. Just say for the initiated the answer to the riddle of the title Eye of the World, is that Consciousness is the Eye of the World, and that eye of the world is “our” consciousness, that is the ants, humans, tigers, angels and polar bears-all of us living here together. EOTW opens with a brief interlude of paradise-like music suggesting that we are in a garden, but a friendly male voice suddenly announces “ready,set,go” perhaps suggesting that in this half-tech half nature environment there is work to do to get back to the garden. In this track the Sol Tek collective unleashes a cascade of brilliantly funky death ray synth bursts accompanied by a loping beat that shuffles onward to the segue into the next track.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Bija: Soothing Music & Mantras - Todd Norian

"Bija" is a Sanskrit word which means "seed", "source", "original" or "beginning." It refers to the original source of energy, the essence of life. Mantras are sacred sound formulas that carry potent healing energies. As you chant the mantras, this spiritual power is released in the body and experienced as ecstasy. Bija mantras are the seed sounds within each of the seven main chakras (wheels of consciousness) located along the spine in the subtle body. Chanting the bija mantras unlocks the wisdom and magic contained within the chakras bringing a sense of inner joy, peace, and insight. Each chakra has specific qualities that relate to physical, psychological, and spiritual development and evolution.

"Om" is the sound of all sounds and is the original, primordial sound of the universe. Chanting Om brings integration within your own being and reunites you with the bigger energy of spirit.

Sacred Heartbeat: Chloe Park

For all y'all soul dwellers. Deep Bass + Mantra = HEAVEN. Close your eyes and feel it.

Chloe is dedicated to serving the teachings of Yoga to provide fellow seekers with the tools of self healing, growth and unlocking the well of their infinite potential. Also a healing practitioner, her yoga classes incorporate the fundamentals of CranioSacral therapy into the physical practice as well as skeletal alignment and self energetic attunement. Chloe will take you on a journey with her dynamic, heartfelt, engaging way of sharing her own personal practice. Her style evolves as her practice evolves, as she believes in being a student first, teacher second. Her guided mediation classes are available for those who are interested in exploring the more subtler realms of consciousness. All classes are intended to provide for a more neutral and easeful state of being while dancing between the threshold of structure and flow-- not just in the classroom, but more importantly, throughout the course of one’s own life.

Deya Dova: Jasmani Garden

Australian singer Deya Dova uses her voice in the most incredible way.  It’s so unique that you have to listen to it in order to get the transmission…

A stunningly original and experimental vocal looping album, sung in Dey’a own unique language of vowels and syllables. The Jasmani Garden is a mostly acapella offering with sprinklings of ambient sound scapes. The songs journey through flavours from around the globe, traversing tribal chant and trance and resonating with Arabic, African, Asian, Aboriginal and Balkan scales.

"These songs carry the spirit and sensuality of music that is free and fresh.” LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE – JASLYN HALL

Chill Flow: Joan Chanpong

Relax and chill with this flow. This playlist keeps your body moving and breath flowing to get into a calm and meditative state.

Joan Chanpong was first introduced to yoga in 2002. After finding that movement and breath awareness helped calm her mind and body, Joan felt the need to share her knowledge, so that others might also reap the benefits of yoga.

After receiving her teacher certification from Corepower Yoga, Joan set out with the goal of helping make yoga accessible to students of all levels. She has attended numerous workshops and seminars with influential yoga teachers in many styles of yoga such as Natasha Rizopoulos, Janet Stone, Seane Corn, Giselle Mari, John Friend, Kenny Graham and Samantha Shakti Brown. Joan’s willingness to incorporate ideas from a variety of yoga styles and diversify her knowledge and practice helps keep her classes fresh and dynamic. She completed Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Jane Austin in San Francisco.

Absolute Lounge - Spring Session

The title aptly describes this lovely, light, sweet and sensual offering from InnerWave Music. Great for those urban yogis who like funky beats served chilled.

Black Buddha: The Perfect Hour

The Perfect Hour is a journey, an uninterrupted one-hour experience of pure peace and joy. Perfect for relaxation, The Perfect Hour begins with Tibetan gongs and soothing tamboura, easing you into the perfect pilgrimage filled with refreshing summer showers, chanting, sitar, haunting flutes, thunder, Himalayan Folk Harp, Singing Bowls and many other lush and beautiful sounds. At the close of the hour when the final storm comes to rest, you are bathed in sunshine, heralded by the joyous singing of wild song birds.

Nucleus Roots: Heart of Dub

We’ve been featured some amazing dub oriented records lately. Why? Because teachers LOVE to play Bob Marley in class. But his music represnts a small fraction of what this awesome style of music has to offer. (Deep respect to Bob) Dub tends to be more chilled out and instrumental, which is why it’s perfect for your class flow, or for just chillin’ out with a cup of chai late in the afternoon.

The ideology behind Nucleus Roots was to create a studio resource for the abundant and obvious talent existing in Manchester. The studio focused on reggae, as the studio grew, so did the catalogue of artists, arrangements and songs. The Nucleus Roots studio then created a platform for the artists in the form of the "Nucleus Roots band".

Steady Groovin: Chris Calarco

"I took a bit of a different approach to this playlist. While I usually like to offer play lists that are intended to be functional as full class soundtracks and mimic the wave of a class from beginning to end, with this one I simply chose a group of versatile songs. I feel they all share a moody, mid-tempo vibe that I think gets yogis in their bodies very well. They have that serene throb of downtempo dub yet are grooving enough to be used for the inner focus of breath by breath Vinyasa. Be creative, use this as a jumping off point for YOUR playlist that makes your classes unique. Drop it."

Chris is certified at the 200 hour level through Yogaworks NYC in an aligned Vinyasa style and credits his teacher there, Jeanmarie Paolillo, with schooling him in the classical yoga tradition. Since beginning Anusara Yoga studies with Annie and Todd at Yoga Union, Chris has been deeply moved by this tradition's combination of therapeutic biomechanics and inspiring Tantric philosophy. In September 2011 Chris completed a 100 hour Anusara Immersion with Sianna Sherman in San Francisco, and he will assist Sianna at domestic and international workshops beginning in 2012. Chris considers himself a yoga geek and has been fueled in his ever-evolving face-to-face and intellectual studies with John Friend, Rolf Gates, Annie Adamson, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Swami Chetananada, Christopher "Hareesh" Wallis, and others.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Omkara Solare: Prem Lila

Evocative Eastern chants and vocals with amazingly rich ambient soundscapes make this a perfect yoga record. With eclectic musical arrangements and melodic grooves, Prem Lila delivers an intimate and heartfelt collection of bhakti-filled songs that bring the ancient and the modern together creating a sonic puja for the soul.

"Prem Lila is an offering of songs straight from my heart to the divine love that is present within each one of us. My deepest gratitude to the Taos Hanuman Temple aka Neem Karoli Baba ashram satsang for traveling in song with me all these years into the depths of the pure BHAKTI. And to my beloved Amma Karunamayi for asking me to "sing child." This is my offering."

Monday, June 11, 2012

Alshley Turner

Ashley Turner, M.A., MFTI is a yoga/meditation instructor, author and Body-Mind Psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles, specializing in Yoga Psychology -- an innovative fusion of neurobiology, mindfulness, yoga sutras, chakra and shadow work.

Elevating personal growth as a lifestyle, Ashley is the Director of the Mind-Body-Yoga program at the Montage Laguna Beach and creator of the Anchor Bay/Element best-selling yoga DVD's: Yoga for Weightloss, Power Yoga and Yoga for Stress Relief + Flexibility. She is a frequent contributor to top tier media publications including Huffington Post, Self, Women's Health, Yoga Journal, Natural Health and Fitness among others.

Blissful, Joyful, Bhaktiful Flow: by Ashley Wynn

This playlist has the intention of inspiring us to love and honor our body!! It’s truly your temple, treat it the way you would treat a lover! The body, mind, heart, and soul are all ours to enjoy. Live life passionately, and CONNECT to your Bliss, Joy, and Heart:)

Ashley is in deep gratitude to the practice of yoga. She began dancing when she was 3 years old and began studying yoga at the age of 15. Over the past decade, Ashley has studied many aspects of the 8 limbs of yoga described by Patanjali as well as other forms of eastern and western philosophies. It is Bhakti yoga, the yoga of the heart, which has spoken to her the loudest. Living at the Santosh Puri Ashram in Haridwar was Ashley’s deepest personal experience to date. That experience created the foundation of her personal practice. “I feel being a student, and always being aware that I am indeed a student, even when I teach allows for oneness and union that embodies yoga and takes the experience way beyond a mat." Her teaching philosophy is also based on Krishnamacharya's fundamental principle that yoga must always be adapted to an individual's changing needs in order to derive the maximum therapeutic benefits.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band - Shiva: As the World Turns

Sean Johnson's life is centered around celebrating the relationship between yoga and music. He is a renowned kirtan artist, recording and touring internationally with The Wild Lotus Band, and he is a respected yoga teacher whose passion is merging the heart of bhakti yoga with the sensuality of hatha yoga to bring more love, creativity, and depth to our lives. Sean is also the founder and director of Wild Lotus Yoga studios in New Orleans.

Gary Stroutsos: Oasis

Gorgeous, relaxing, spacious flute melodies await on Gary’s new album Oasis. Great for beginning or ending a class… also excellent meditation, tai chi or massage music.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Mindful Musicians, Mindful Music

In my first blog for YogiTunes, I wrote about how it is possible that music is able to quiet the chatter of mind, although this seems like a paradox on the surface. In the second I explored one widely held theory, that certain frequencies of sound put us in touch with a deeper level of consciousness in and of themselves. Both these posts are still up on the site if readers would like to check them out. In this post I would like to look at a couple of more ideas about how it is music helps us to be mindful in yoga class and elsewhere.

Another answer I like a lot is that the source of awakening comes from within highly developed musicians, who have established themselves deeply in spiritual practice. Through various methods such as meditating, listening to the words of master teachers, studying texts, hatha yoga, etc. these individuals have transformed themselves into clear, pure instruments. They have become very present and have become grounded in source, to use different words to say the same thing. Then when they play music, they communicate or transmit this same connectedness to their listeners. An artist like this might well be able to improvise, as the energy from their deep sense of connectedness is inspiring them in the moment they play, and that deeper creativity might even be said to be playing through the artist. In this case the mind is quiet and has no thoughts about what is being played or that there is even a player or listener.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Full Moon Yoga Flow: by Jamie Bechtold

She originally designed this playlist for a juicy full moon hip opening vinyasa flow. The intention is to enjoy the experience of flowing with breath. She says, "I am positive that sound can help almost everyone live a more joyful, balanced, and peaceful life." 

Bollywood Vinyasa: Hemalayaa
As a yogini, dancer and fitness educator, Hemalayaa has a natural gift for bringing out the joy and the unique dancer in everyone. Laughter, her own and that of her students, is the trademark sound of her classes.

Check out her other sounds on YogiTunes!

Monday, June 4, 2012

DJ Drez and Diane Hudock: Vol 1

Check out the playlist on YogiTunes

Hooking up great DJ's with innovative Teachers is a big part of our mission.

Here is an offering from DJ Drez with Los Angeles based yoga instructor Diane Hudock.

"A graceful flow of vinyasa with tribal soundscapes and sensual flowing rhythms to keep your prana pulsing all the way to savasana.

May the Music Move you into Stillness."
- Diane Hudock

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Aleph Zero

The next step in sonic evolution
Aleph Zero is a ground breaking record label specializing in ambient, chillout, and cutting edge downtempo music. Their nice focus has attracted highly respected underground artists such as Bluetech, Shulman, and Omnimotion.

Dave Stringer: Divas & Devas

Dave Stringer is an amazing blend of soulful american song writing and devotional chants. He’s also YogiTunes family, having jammed many a night with the YogiTunes co-founders in the Shaman’s Dream World Groove Ensemble.

Lauren Peterson: Yoga SOUL

Music that moves, motivates, and inspires the soul during yoga.

Lauren Peterson is a well-respected yoga instructor living and teaching in Malibu California. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and teaching since 1992. She had the privilege to study with, and assist, Chuck Miller for over 10 years. Chuck taught her through fourth series in the ashtanga yoga system. She is also playing with the first few poses of fifth series as shown to her by Richard Freeman.

Lauren has been featured in the television series Healing Quest, and in Yoga Journal Magazine, for the yoga program she started at the Monte Nido Eating Disorders Center for women struggling with eating disorders. As a model she is in magazines, calendars and in “Yoga” a Yoga Journal book by Linda Sparrowe

Ariele Foster: Go Deep

Ariele Foster, DPT, E-RYT is a yoga teacher/Doctor of Physical Therapy and an earth-loving, bike riding, veggie-chowing redheaded sunbeam who has been teaching Kripalu-based vinyasa flow and yin/restorative yoga since 2001. She grew up practicing yoga with her grandma and recently stepped down as a full-time eco-justice warrior to practice stewardship of the wild, mysterious ecosystem that is the human body. She lives in Washington, DC.

Amy Haysman: Sounds that Ground Kids and Teens

This playlist is appealing and engaging for kids and teens. The songs follow the natural energy flow of a yoga class, beginning with a meditation and ending with relaxing music for Savasana.

Amy's yoga practice began in 1995 and soon revealed itself as the answer in her quest to feel better, experience life more fully and participate in making the world a more joyful place. Amy is the co-grounder of Grounded:yoga.laughter.elevation. Her life's work and passion is grounding kids and teens. Noticing that the parents in their lives often need to be grounded too, she began teaching Grown-Up yoga classes in 2009.

Govindas & Radha: Light Inside You - Kirtan Vibrations

Husband and wife team Govindas & Radha deliver another jewel of kirtan, taking you deep into the ocean of bhakti. Discover your joyful, ecstatic nature with this amazing offering of sonic love.

Extended Play Time: by Damian Chaparro

A gentle warmup, followed by great beats to raise the buddha smiles, and finish with some alpha waves. Best for sweaty flow classes, with meaty middles.

A whirling Sufi mother first introduced Damian to yoga, however not until his late-twenties did he begin teaching. His style is light hearted, and musical. His playlists are often a favorite aspect of his classes.

For several years with the Ashram he hosted holistic health retreats in Los Angeles and Spain. Using that “tough love” template he co-created Chrysalis Retreats, a five-day alternative vegan boot camp with legendary results. Damian now lives in New Zealand where he is building an permaculture based retreat center called Aro Ha. It will provide an archology based platform for the international community to teach, learn, and transition.

DJ Drez & Janet Stone Vol. 1

Janet Stone and DJ Drez - never was there a more soulful combination of artists working to make the world a better place to breathe in.

This playlist is the beginning of a new thread in the YogiTunes tapestry. Weaving together Teachers and DJ's to create amazing playlist offerings for your practice, wherever you might lay down your mat.

May the music move you into stillness.

Sarita Lou: Temple of Joy: Samba & Reggae Mix

Sarita Lou is a dancer, choreographer, yogini and playwright. She has been teaching movement for over ten years; specializing in cultivating freedom of movement and fullness of expression in both her dance and yoga classes.

She was recently named faculty for the Stella Adler Studio of Acting where she is training young actors to breathe, move and find their "voice" through the body. She is also a dance and yoga instructor at both Barnard College and Columbia University. Sarita is both a teacher and a performer. Having worked in both film and theater, she continually seeks ways to share her love of movement with the world. Sarita's film work includes starring in her own dance DVD entitled Dance and Be Fit: Hip Hop Cardio.

Desert Dwellers: Downtemple Dub - Lost Mixes

Desert Dwellers has its roots in the Southern California dance collective known as Moontribe, famous in the electronic underground for organizing tribal dance rituals at magical locations deep within the vast desert expanses of both Southern California and New Mexico. Initially a collaboration in the late 1990's between electronic music pioneers Amani Friend & Treavor Moontribe (aka Amani vs Teapot), Desert Dwellers grew to incorporate Six Degrees recording artist Rara Avis in 2005.

Skillfully blending deep bass, earthy percussion, etheric voices and culture-crossing instrumentation into a sonic incense for mind and body, Desert Dwellers offers a spellbinding hybrid with echoes of our tribal past and future. Using the internet as a collaborative space in which concept albums are created, these sound alchemists use cutting edge techniques that blend the modern edge of electronica with the ancient sounds of cultures past. The result has been the prolific production of genre blending dance tracks and downtempo grooves that make for truly memorable listening experiences.

Micheline Berry: Liquid Asana

Yoga is not just a path of asana and alignment… it is a path of living life as a vibrant, breathing, ever-evolving art.

As both a teacher and artist, Micheline Berry’s work is renowned for catalyzing healing and transformation through a cohesive fusion of vinyasa flow yoga, world beat music, somatic dance, indigenous ritual and multimedia art, within contexts of both urban and exotic natural environments.

Alio Die: Deconsecrated and Pure

Angelic Ambient Arrangements

These beautifully melodic ambient offerings by Alio Die are a divine mixture of choral spaciousness that blend chamber-style instrumentals with soft yet soaring angelic vocal arrangements.

Stefano Musso studied art and electronics in his home town of Milan, Italy, and began performing ambient, electro-acoustic music under the name Alio Die in 1989. Characterized by evocative acoustic sounds manipulated and tendered electronically, Alio Die's work builds intimate soundscapes tied to the mystery and majesty of life and nature. His first CD Under an Holy Ritual, released on his label Hic Sunt Leones in 1992 and re-released on Projekt in 1993, was received with international acclaim. He subsequently released more than 25 CDs, and collaborated with many well-known artists such as Robert Rich, Vidna Obmana, Mathias Grassow, Nick Parkin, Yannick Dauby, Amelia Cuni, Raffaele Serra, Ora, Antonio Testa.

NuTone: Music to Inspire

NuTone is a Record Label that specializes in Bhakti. They have releases from an amazing array of Kirtan artists including Kirshna Das, Jai Uttal, Donna DeLory, Sean Johnson, Wah! and more. Check out some of their featured releases by Jai Uttal, Donna De Lory, and Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band. 

Suzanne Sterling: Blue Fire Soul

Created for the yoga journey, Blue Fire Soul explores the universe of the body. Urban priestess Suzanne Sterling’s ecstatic chants conjure a soundscape of guitars, tablas, loops and beats stretching from intimate to epic, inviting us to open the doors of perception and step into our true nature: fully alive, totally awake.

Suzanne Sterling is an ecstatic vocalist, innovative teacher and invoker of the sacred. Both as a performing and recording artist, as well as a facilitator of transformational workshops and intensives for many years, Suzanne has received critical acclaim. Her devotional music has been commissioned for film, theatre and DVD.

A YogiSun: Samantha Mehra

Samantha was born and raised in London. As a third generation yogi she is honored to have traveled and studied extensively, with some of the finest teachers worldwide. Expressing the teachings for almost two decades. She continues her studies with Sri Shankarcharaya, which has deep roots in Hindu Tantrism. As a well-known and respected teacher in her community, she has been a luminescent guide for her students, many of whom have gone on to become teachers themselves.

She is currently preparing a Teacher Training course to be offered in 2012, is busy recording a follow-up to her restorative yoga program and recording Shankarcharaya’s teachings on the “Precepts to Conscious Living” to be released later this year. Samantha lives in Venice, California where she predominately teaches privately, and offers regular group classes at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement and The Ashram in Calabasas.

Stuart Watkins: Shanti

This playlist is full of euphoria inducing passion. The peaceful meditative beginnings elegantly build into a powerful celebration of life, gently mellowing out into some ambient grooves, then eases into a blissful moment of complete surrender.

Stuart is a yoga teacher and holistic life coach based in Perth, Western Australia. He is known for his unique, heart-felt self expression and inspirational style of teaching. Stuart's classes incorporate Vinyasa Flow Asana and Akhanda Yoga with most of the emphasis being on transformation and healing. Stuart teaches with raw yet compassionate honesty which helps his students and clients bring the qualities practiced on the mat into daily life.

EarthRise Lower Chakra Mix: by Derek Beres

Derek Beres is the creator of EarthRise Yoga, a rigorous Vinyasa-based practice pulling from his decade of study in various yogic practices, as well as studies in various martial arts and dance disciplines, including certifications in Budokon and Thai Yoga Massage. He currently teaches fourteen weekly classes at Equinox Fitness and Pure Yoga in New York City, and travels internationally as an instructor and lecturer on yoga, as well as his work in international music as a journalist, DJ, and music producer. Derek currently writes for Yoga Journal, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, Huffington Post and others. His column, Beyond Postures: The Art of Yoga, was featured on various Gaiam websites. Derek served as a Lululemon ambassador for their store on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

He co-founded the Sacred Strength EarthRise Yoga teacher training program at Equinox in 2008. He is one half of EarthRise SoundSystem, which released its debut, The Yoga Sessions, in January 2010 on White Swan/Yoga Organix, which reached #5 on the iTunes World Music Charts and was featured in every major yoga publicaiton. More recently, he produced the album InnerVersions: A Six Degrees Yoga Compilation on Six Degrees Records. Derek has been featured by NBC Weekend Today, ABC Eyewitness News, Fox Business, BBC, and NY1, as well as in Fitness, Yoga Journal, Boston Globe, AOL’s Spinner, Newsday, MTV, NPR, and PRI.

Kalya Scintilla: Dance the Spiral Never Ending

Kalya's music is quite unique in style and is definitely an interesting cross over between the seductive sound of the Middle East, traditional Gypsy, Dubstep and Glitch Hop. Broadening the horizon of what yoga music is, YogiTunes strives to bring you devotional vibes from every corner of the musical multiverse!

Kalya Scintilla is a benevolent being incarnate from the star system womp. Drawing inspiration from Nature, Love, tribal energy, healing, sacred geometry, and many other of life's wonders, Kalya's music is quite unique in style and is definitely an interesting cross over between Dubstep/ Glitch Hop, the seductive sound of the Middle East and traditional Gypsy. Dripping molasses over a fractal tabla, a journey through an enchanted forest, the soundtrack to an epic dream scape. A successful attempt to resonate the heavens and earth channeled through sound waves.

Prajna Vieira: Perpetual Devotion

Prajna Vieira has been practicing meditation and bhakti (devotional) yoga since childhood. Formerly a classical ballet dancer, she began her asana practice in 1998 with some of LA’s most beloved yoga teachers, and has been teaching her signature style of soulful, creative Vinyasa Yoga since 2003. Prajna maintains a steady personal practice both at home and within the Bay Area yoga community, and is dedicated to preserving the authenticity of yogic traditions, while at the same time embracing yoga’s modern evolution.

In addition to teaching yoga, Prajna is lead singer of the kirtan ensemble “Mukti,” and also sings regularly with world music pioneer Jai Uttal. She is currently finishing a duet album with Ben Leinbach, due for release late 2011.

Bhakti Yoga Shala Classics 1: by Govindas

These bhava-based tracks are kirtan classics and are on regular rotation in my classes at the Shala. Sing, Dance, and Practice In Joy!

Govindas is a California-based bhakti yogi, kirtan singer, and as his spiritual name suggests - " a servant of the divine". He is the founder and director of Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica, California. His great love and devotion for life itself, his guru, and the traditional yogic practices of India is reflected and transmitted through his teachings and music. Govindas and his wife Radha have released 3 kirtan cd's: "Endless Surrender Kirtan Experience" and "Waves of Love", "Kirtan Vibrations" and have more kirtan cd's due to be released soon. They lead evenings of kirtan, bhakti yoga classes and workshops, and transformative retreats throughout the world.

Kirsten Hedden: Yogi Car Karaoke!

I’m always on the lookout for great, sing-along songs. What are some of your favorite sing-along YogiTunes? If we cultivate the intention, hopefully we will see Bhakti Yoga Car Concerts at every stoplight in America and BEYOND!

Kirsten currently teaches and practices at Namaste Wellness Studio in Peoria, IL. She also practices Reiki and motherhood.

Nianna Bray: Venice, CA

Nianna is a dynamic and inspiring teacher with compassion for her students and a sincere regard for their healing path. She infuses music into her teaching both recorded and live to create a rich atmosphere which lulls her students into ecstatic states of passion and bliss. As a dancer music played an important role, now she brings the music into the studio. For over a decade Nianna has studied yoga, dance, and movement arts in India, U.S. and Europe. Yoga found her at the ripe age of 18. While attending Cornish College in Seattle she was a modern dancer who hungered for a life of integration which yoga satisfied. Nianna now teaches from years of personal practice and embodiment, intelligent intuitive sequencing and applied spiritual wisdom. She leads transformational and insightful public classes, private sessions, speaking engagements, and workshops in Los Angeles and New York. She is co-director of Away Inward, a company that specializes in uniquely personal, playful, and healing cultural submersion, spiritual pilgrimage, and eco-adventure retreats. She is a native Los Angelino, born at home in Santa Monica, CA. Her home studio is Exhale in Venice, CA.