Q&A with Gary Stroutsos – The Beauty of the Native American Flute

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    Though Native American Indian flute sounds are not typically associated with yoga, it is a happy marriage. Perhaps a case of different paths taking us to the same transcendent place…   Your background as a young musician who grew up in Vermont was in Jazz and Afro-Cuban music;  what was it that lead your path to intertwine with the Native American Flute  ?     During my high school years I lived in both rural Vermont, my beloved state where I was born, and Michigan. When I attended college in Western Michigan I discovered UK progressive Folk Pop and later American Jazz …

Living and working in equal measure: Discussing self-care with Hala Khouri

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. “Music and dancing are my ultimate self care. When I am allowing myself to be moved by music, I know my life is in balance.”   .   Firstly, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us! We are thrilled to be connecting with such a well-respected thought leader from the yoga community! To start, why don’t you tell us a little bit about what you’re working on right now Well, a lot! In addition to managing my non-profit, I’ve gone back to school. I’m doing an interdisciplinary PhD program in Community Psychology, Liberation Studies …

Q&A with Jim Gelcer: Quieting the Mind and Opening the Heart with Kirtan

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“To me, all the stellar moments are connected to “letting go.” Letting go of all inhibitions and ego and just singing with wild abandon. And that can happen in a large or small group, in a live setting or even singing along with a Kirtan CD in your car!”   First of all, Thanks for taking the time to sit down with us and tell us about your work! We are so very excited to have recently welcomed you to the YogiTunes community. You have a diverse musical background – from Jazz to Klezmer to composing music for film and …

Wah!: The Dynamic Nature of Mantra Music and the Joy of Inspiring Performance Spaces

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“Singers should soar. You have to have your feet in the earth and be the lotus rising and blossoming towards heaven” – Wah!   Welcome Wah! Thank you so much for joining us. So, to start off, why do you make this music? The endless hours it takes recording, editing, mixing and proofing the songs gives me hours and hours of time in the mantra. Every track you listen to once, I’ve probably listened to 1000 times. That’s a thousand repetitions of every mantra in each track! Time spent immersed in mantra and yogic teachings keeps me in a higher energy. …

DJ RIA on the Inseparable Nature of Music and Yoga, and what’s to come in 2017!

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“I love the yoga scene so much because the people are so sensitive to what you play and they are in it until the end. There’s so much more focus and appreciation from the crowd. Music gets heard and the frequencies are felt!” – Rire Norman    You started practicing mindfulness and clean living at a young age as a result of the teachings and lifestyle of your parents. How do you think that helped you discover a deeper sense of what this world has to offer? What drives you to strive to share that deeper sense with others, and why …

Yoga Nidra, Indian Ragas, and the Essence of Music: Q&A w/ Stevin McNamara

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“[Music] can inspire us to great things, to a higher awareness of who we are. A true musician can transport us to another level of consciousness. Every note must live and breathe with that energy” – Stevin McNamara     Welcome Stevin! Your new album is titled Savasana Yoga Music – Healing Guitar for Massage, Sleep and Yoga Nidra…  and it is a truly beautiful work.  I’ll ask you about Yoga Nidra separately, but for now can you talk a little about your inspiration to record this collection and also the way you have presented it? It seems clear that your intention was …

Bringing Music to your Life, and Life to your Music: Q&A w/ Derek Beres

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“Yoga is very rarely considered choreographically—I don’t mean teaching to rhythm, but having a strong musicality—and that’s a shame. Little makes me happier than music, and given how powerful it is on our nervous systems it’s best to understand how to use it well” – Derek Beres   Welcome Derek! You are writing a new book, ‘Whole Motion: Training Your Brain and Body for Optimal Health’ – please tell us about it! There’s a popular sentiment that’s been around for eons: humans are comprised of a body, mind, and spirit. In truth we’re just one animal. I’d argue we have …

Growth and Renewal: Q&A w/ Charlie Roscoe

“spiritual healing requires music and sounds that invite focus on the spirit, and body work requires music and sounds that invite focus on the body, and that those sounds are benevolent.” – Charlie Roscoe To start with, thanks Charlie for taking the time to chat with us, we really appreciate it. Hey! Wonderful to be here and connect with you at YogiTunes. YogiTunes has been on my radar for quite a while so I’m so happy to be involved and talking with you. The digital music industry is going through such a shift these days, with the changes in how …

Interview w/ Grammy nominated musical pioneer Jai Uttal

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“Jai Uttal is one of my favorite artists of all time. My love affair with his music began long before I met him, and getting to know him, collaborating with him, and experiencing him perform live have only deepened the sense of endearment I have for this amazing and humble human being.” – Alex King-Harris Jai Uttal, interviewed by YogiTunes CEO Alex King-Harris A Pioneer in the World Music Community Jai Uttal is a Grammy nominated pioneer in the world music community. His eclectic east meets-west sound has put his music at the forefront of the world fusion movement. Jai Uttal’s …

Moving Towards Bhakti: Q&A w/ Lea Longo

by Andrew Ross Collins Lea – when and where did you first experience kirtan  ?  Please tell us how it impacted you – would it be fair to say it was a transformative moment  ? Yes, it was a spiritual awakening moment for me. In January of 2006 , I visited India for the first time in Auroville, and attended a Yoga Chanting retreat where mantras and the Yoga of Sound was introduced. We chanted daily with Indian masters. It was a major discovery for me since I had never heard of such a practice in Yoga. The mantra had …