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 …

Moby is Giving Away 4 Hours of Free Music for Yoga, Meditation, Sleep and Relaxation

“Over the last couple of years i’ve been making really really really quiet music to listen to when i do yoga or sleep or meditate or panic.  I ended up with 4 hours of music and have decided to give it away.” – Moby Recently the celebrated musician known as Moby released 4 free hours of music for yoga and meditation. How cool is that?  Not only is free music awesome, but by making it free and giving it away on a variety of popular music services, he is actively promoting yoga and meditation as great ways to take care …

Q&A with Ana Forrest & Jose Calarco

“Music is an integral part of ceremony during our training events. We also use music as a healing tool, as many ancient tribes have, learning how to sing into the bones and flesh of the human anatomy.” – Ana Forrest Ana Forrest has been changing people’s lives for nearly 40 years. An internationally recognized pioneer in yoga and emotional healing, Ana created Forrest Yoga while working through her own healing from her life’s trauma and experience. With thousands of licensed practitioners around the world, Forrest Yoga is renowned as an intensely physical, internally focused practice that emphasizes how to carry …

Portable Sound: The NYNE Bass

The portable revolution in music has put the power of sound into the pockets of millions of people worldwide.  Yet sometimes the cost is having to listen to your favorite songs on tinny, underpowered, poorly designed speakers that make everything sound like AM radio. For anyone out there interested in a more high fidelity experience that’s still technically mobile, check out the NYNE Bass. Loaded with some sweet features, but most importantly it delivers a solid sound and has good looks to boot. NYNE produces an entire range of wireless Bluetooth speakers powered by rechargeable Lithium ion battery.  The NYNE …

Retreat Center of the Month: Mystical Yoga Farm, Guatemala

The Mystical Yoga Farm is a self-directed Retreat Center and Spiritual Community located on exquisite mystical Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Focused on self-sustainability, organic connection with the environment, and feeding and nurturing the bodies and souls of yogis, teachers and healing practitioners, their desire is to heal the earth and its inhabitants through connection with nature and Spirit, the source of all of creation. In yogic philosophy, one of the primary principles that feeds us is that of ahimsa, harmlessness and the preservation of life, which radiates out in sustainable practices both inside and outside the walls of the farm. As Founder …

The 10 Best Yoga Songs

Marie Claire Magazine When was the last time you paused in your downward dog and actually listened to the music at your neighborhood yoga studio? Maybe never — the best yoga playlists, after all, are made to soothe, drown out distractions, and hum along pleasantly in the background. But Rara Avis, Craig Kohland, and Amani Friend so enjoyed the down-tempo, internationally inspired notes behind the best yoga music that they foundedYogi Tunes, a site dedicated entirely to yoga music. The site launches in January and boasts an expanding collection of playlists created by top instructors. Read the original report on …