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

YogiTunes with Jim Gelcer

“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 …

Making yoga accessible, for everyone! An interview with Wellnest founder Eron Zehavi

“Your yoga is always changing. It’s more then just your level of experience, but rather it incorporates how you are holistically in that present moment – physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.” First things first, tell us a little bit about your service and where you got this modern idea? To know our service, it’s important to first know Our Purpose. The Mission of Wellnest is to cultivate a healthy, compassionate, and joyful world through community engagement, mindful living, and the practice of yoga and other healing arts. Coming from this place, we created an app-based marketplace to easily and affordably …

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

Wah!: The Dynamic Nature of Mantra Music and the Joy of Inspiring Performance Spaces 6

“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. …

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

“[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 …

Survival as a Species by Searching for the Soul

The ultimate destiny we all face in this life is to know ourselves at deeper and deeper levels: “To thine own self be true”. For many people, the word Soul is a representation of that deep part of ourselves that is akin to God (which I use in the broadest possible sense of what a ‘power greater than yourself’ means to you). At times in our lives when we are in a phase of deepening, both yoga and music can be powerful tools of self reflection and of surrendering into a more profound connection with our Soul and thus with …