Beloved Festival & 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 …

Q&A w/ Duke Mushroom

by Andrew Ross Collins “So far they have not created the app for, “What’s in your head”, but it’s a pretty wild Modern Shipibo Dance Party Who Concert going on in my cabeza. 24-7!!” – Duke Mushroom Duke – thanks for taking some time to let us get to know you and your work better – we appreciate it. Thank you for asking me, love what Yogitunes is providing to our community. Can you tell us a bit about what is inspiring you musically right now and what you are working on ? Ha, well, that’s a loaded question, as I …

Journey to Atitlan

 by Naia Louise “From the first sip… I felt invited into a world where the barriers of time and space fell gently to the side. My Heart opened and the elements of presence and joy came lovingly back into my being. I was hooked.  – Naia Louise” I have been making home in Iceland with my partner for the last 6 months. It really is a surprising and mystical place. I have been blessed to find some sweet places to drop in and teach yoga and dance, and although we are here on a temporary basis (he is Icelandic and my …

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 …

Yoga Music 2.0, Q&A with Alex King-Harris (aka Rara Avis)

“My greatest inspiration as a performer right now is facilitating a total body experience that allows individuals to come together as a community and connect with themselves and each other in a deep and meaningful way.” – Rara Avis Aside from being the CEO and Co-Founder of YogiTunes, Alex King-Harris (aka Rara Avis) is an internationally known pioneer of contemporary music for yoga, dance and the healing arts.  Andrew Ross Collins decided it was time to see what else Alex was getting up to and pick his brain a bit about how his practice of composing and performing music has evolved …

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 …

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 …