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

“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 …

Charlie Roscoe Q&A

“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 talk with you…the digital music industry is going through such a shift these days, with the changes in how people choose …

Interview w/ Jai Uttal

“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 …

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

“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 – 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 YogiTunes, Seven 90 …

Review: Skullcandy XTplyo

by Alex King-Harris I’ve worn a lot of different sport earbuds in the past few years.  Almost all of them either wouldn’t stay on during peak activities, or they delivered sub-standard sound.  Sometimes the sound was good but over time the earbuds would work loose and the bass would drop significantly. Skullycandy has developed what they refer to as the ‘Triplelock™” system “Skullcandy’s trifecta of proprietary technologies that work together to keep your earbuds securely in place – no matter the activity.”  The main mechanism which keeps the bud inside your ear is fairly simple: a small protruding rubber arm that …

Review: Skullcandy Grinds

by Andrew Ross Collins Headphones are one of those things many of us seem to use, and there is a huge variety of different types and models to choose from.  What makes a good set of headphones is a unit that combines all of the key criteria – rather than outperform at one and miss on another. For example I use a great pair of mixing and mastering headphones that cost just shy of $1500, and they sound amazing as you might expect  – but they come in their own pelican case and if that does fit into your carry-on …

Beloved & YogiTunes: Q&A with the Founders

by Andrew Ross Collins “[What] we’re trying to cultivate in ourselves and in everyone at the event, [is] the feeling that we are not separate. What emanates from people who are immersed in this feeling is compassion, and in the future. We’re hoping to do more work to inspire ourselves and everyone at the festival to create a more compassionate world.” – Elliot Rasenick, Beloved Founder. We sat down with YogiTunes head honcho Alex King Harris [aka Rara Avis] and Elliot Rasenick the person behind the legendary Beloved Festival to chat about music, yoga and festival culture. Festivals have a …

Tech Review: Mophie Juice Pack H2PRO

by Andrew Ross Collins Here at YogiTunes we love well designed and useful tech – who doesn’t ? This month we’re featuring Mophie’s excellent Juice Pack H2PRO, which combines a waterproof case and additional charging for your iPhone.  We all know someone who has lost a phone to water exposure; phones and water usually don’t do too well together, and it can be an expensive mistake.  No more breaking out the bags of rice and hoping that you can somehow wind back the clock and recover your phone from a watery demise.    Running out of battery is more commonplace, …

Crazy About Moksha Yoga

by Alex King-Harris, CEO YogiTunes.com I stayed away from hot yoga for years because i’m allergic to the “next best thing” syndrome in a culture that feels rootless and in a mad panic to recreate itself every 5 minutes, especially where yoga is concerned.  Yoga has been around for thousands of years so obviously there’s no need to reinvent the karmic wheel right? Well, not exactly…. Upon deeper reflection, I began to realize that yoga has been evolving, growing and changing ever since it began.  However it is also rooted in some core concepts that never change and are an important …

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 …