DJ’s of the Month: Fr33dom People

Rarely will you find a sweeter couple than Vocal Muse Elizabeth Anna and Jacob Daniel the Gentleman DJ, a husband and wife creative team “voted most likely to create sick beats, and then nurse them back to health.”  When we first brought them on board the YogiTunes roster we were suitably impressed by their ability to make great mixes, but also their warm personalities and genuine belief in what we set out to accomplish here at YogiTunes. Over the few years we’ve been working together they’ve sequenced some timeless gems for us that continue to be on our favorites list.  As …

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 …

Yoga + Music Festivals You Can Still Plan For!

We look at festivals that are family friendly, with responsible, conscious audiences who are willing and able to care for themselves, each other and the planet.  Great musicians, visual artists and yoga teachers are of course another ingredient.  When you put all that together with great overall production, amazing set design, eco-friendly planning and innovative workshops then you make it on our list! The summer may be half over but there are still some great options out there for anyone who’s feelin’ the itch for festival. Beloved Festival, Aug 12-15, 2016, Tidewater, Oregon, United States Beloved is truly one festival not to be …

Breath Awareness

Inhaling and exhaling effect our entire being in some very profound ways.  From improving heart function to increasing metabolism, all cells in the body ultimately benefit from deep, rhythmic breathing.  Without the life giving nutrients that is delivered to all areas of our body as we breathe we would quickly die, therefore it is important to fully understand the life giving nature of breath and how profoundly it can affect our over all state of being. I consider myself fortunate to have found yoga through a teacher who centralized breath in his practice.  For the first 6 months all we …

Q&A with Trevor Oswalt aka East Forest

“I’ve always seen of the entire point of yoga is to get you ready for savasana – in order to receive what is there to be received. In that sense, yoga is all practice for dying.” Trevor Oswalt, aka East Forest Trevor is a wonderful artist who has created a very unique sound by improvising in yoga classes using his voice and keyboard as primary instruments for creating beds of sound that immerse yogis in a bath of sonic richness. We caught up with him just before he goes on tour to learn a bit more about his intriguing projects …

7 Ways to Bring More Bhakti Into Your Life by Brenda McMorrow

“Bhakti Yoga, like the other major paths of yoga, is a path to self-realization; a means to realizing our true nature.” – Brenda McMorrow If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a lover of mantra and kirtan—whether you like traditional call-and- response chanting or mantras set to dubstep. Kirtan (the practice of chanting the names of the Divine in a group setting) is one of the best known practices of Bhakti Yoga in the West. But did you know that there are lots of other ways to cultivate Bhakti (loving devotion) in your daily life, too?

The Sound of Silence: Headphone Yoga Experiences by Sound Off™.

“Float away from this unforgettable experience right into the evening and enjoy the lasting chill vibes all night long!” — Jennifer Pansa | Owner, Ansa Yoga, Miami In today’s high bandwidth world people are inundated with background noise of all sorts.  Acoustic ecology, sometimes called ecoacoustics or soundscape studies, is a discipline studying the relationship, mediated through sound, between living beings and their environment. Comprehensive studies in acoustic ecology like the World Soundscape Project based out of Simon Frasier University in British Columbia have extensively documented the effects of ‘positive noise’ (waterfalls, birds, etc.) in urban environments on its inhabitants. …

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 …

Mantra Magic: Q&A with top selling chant artist Rogerio Jardim

“I have always been a firm believer that you should always follow your heart with no expectations. Doing something because that’s what you love.” – Rogerio Jardim Q: Please tell us a bit more about the collaboration between yourself and Veronique Dumont, for example who brings what elements to this project. A: It is a very interesting project.  Initially I build a base with a drone and some harmony then send that to Verionque.  She records a specific mantra to what I’ve created then sends me back the recording along with instructions regarding length, dynamics and rhythm.  Included will be …