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 …

Keeping it real means keeping it light! Q&A with Bowspring Instructor Jonathan Boyd

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“I teach a style of yoga that demands that students pay attention completely.  If there is an opportunity to laugh within the instructions, there is even more reward for listening.  It’s important to keep it light-hearted.  The practice of yoga is serious is enough.  It’s nice to have a little fun!” How long have you been a yoga instructor, and what styles do you work with? I began teaching yoga in 2009.  I teach a modern alignment approach to yoga called Bowspring (www.globalbowspring.com) that focuses on functionality and accessibility.  My classes have hints of traditional hatha or vinyasa flow. Do …

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. …

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 …

Awaken the Temple Body: Q&A w/ Sofiah Thom

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  “Find what most inspires you to live your yoga and to live your YES. Self Love is the key! Have your own practice and teach from your own life experience.” – Sofiah Thom Sofiah Thom – before we start on our interview – thanks for joining us at YogiTunes; your new mix is absolutely lovely and we’re so glad to welcome you. You’ve recently done a mix for YogiTunes called Awakening Durga – can you tell us a bit about it ? Yes, I am so excited to share the first of the Temple Body Awakening Series here on …

Loving the app! SLO based yogini Tulsi Bagnoli shares some yoga music insights.

“I live with my lips pressed against my edge and with my heart yearning to remain open. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.’” – Tulsi Bagnoli Q: How do you sync your teaching flow with your playlist? A: I conduct my classes based on my intuitive sense of each students needs and with where the flow of the music guides me. I feel out my students and usually pick the playlist at the beginning of class. I allow the music and my inner feeling experience of the class to guide us on a …