Songs for the Sangha

By Deva Premal & Miten featuring Manose and guest musicians Joby Baker and Spencer Cozens White Swan Records A good litmus test for a mantra music album is: does it make your spirit soar? Songs for the Sangha, the latest album by mantra music superstars Deva Premal & Miten, passes this test with flying colors. Exquisitely produced by multi-instrumentalist Joby Baker (whose production credits include the Cowboy Junkies and Tony Childs) the album features a mix of Deva Premal’s melodically rendered mantras and spiritually inspiring lyrics by Miten. The songs are enhanced by the soaring sounds of bansuri flute, courtesy …

Yoga Studios and Performance Rights Organizations

Yoga Alliance recently sent out a mass email discussing the issue facing many yoga studios across the nation. It has do to with an antiquated federal copyright law that has to do with the public performance (includes broadcasting) of music in commercial venues. What it states is that any commercial venue that is broadcasting music is required to pay a licensing fee to three separate Performance Rights Organizations here in the US: ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. Until recently yoga studios were off the radar of these three organizations, but that has now changed. As with all things yoga these days, …

Why Music Heals…

by Alex King-Harris These days there is a tremendous amount of study being done on the healing effects of music in an effort to determine wether or not it can be reiled upon to truly help bring health and vitality back into the body. I’ve read many articles and heard many trains of thought that suggest certain frequencies are capable of producing very specific effects within the body. However exploring concepts regarding a highly specialzed form of matter manipulation through the power of sympathetic vibration and resonance is a very westernized view of what music is and why it is …

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Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

The Atlantic dives into what yogis have practiced for millienia, music as medicine. Read how scientists tap into the body’s response to songs and sound. Read more >

Survival as a Species by Searching for the Soul

The ultimate destiny we all face in this life is to know ourselves at deeper and deeper levels: “To thine own self be true”. For many people, the word Soul is a representation of that deep part of ourselves that is akin to God (which I use in the broadest possible sense of what a ‘power greater than yourself’ means to you). At times in our lives when we are in a phase of deepening, both yoga and music can be powerful tools of self reflection and of surrendering into a more profound connection with our Soul and thus with …

The Art of Being Sweet to Yourself

I’m not sure if you’re someone who has a reputation of being hard on themselves, but I sure am. People who really know me will often see that in the darker parts of my being lives a self-projected being that stands over top of me with a hammer just waiting for another reason to strike me back down to the ground. Enter the saintly messages of beings like Pema Chodron who teach the art of loving kindness to oneself, or Maitri in Sanskrit. Developing compassion for oneself, being loving to the parts that seem hardest to love is a profound …

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5 Musical Meditations to Try with your Kids

By Tori Rose For nearly 20 years, bestselling musicians Deva Premal & Miten have travelled the world singing mantras with people from all walks of life, including moms, stepdads, grandmas, nannies, kids, and even newborns. One thing that parents and other caregivers have told them, time and again, is that the mantras, or sacred sound formulas, “create an ambiance of rest, comfort, and an underlying sense of safety for their children,” says Miten. Deva Premal knows this firsthand; when she was young, her father taught her how to chant the Gayatri Mantra with him every night as a lullaby. (Little …

Meet Drumspyder (aka Scott Sterling)

Scott Sterling brings a deep love of rhythm, drums, and dance to his distinctive style of electronic fusion. As an expert percussionist specializing in the Mediterranean family of instruments (framedrum, tamborine, and arabic tabla), he weaves traditional rhythms and contemporary bass sounds into finely sculpted grooves, equally inspirational to the dancefloor and the on-stage performer. A Drumspyder set connects the audience with rhythm in all its modalities – a journey from slo-mo, slinky bass, through mid-tempo funk to high-energy tribal house. Originating in San Francisco’s crucible of bellydance, bass culture, and world music fusion, Drumspyder has released 3 albums worth …

Taking Yoga & Music on the Road

  An Interview with Michael Franti There are lots of new festivals sprouting up all over the world that combine yoga and music, but so far very few artists have made the connection and blended those elements into a tour.  As Michael Franti has been pioneering the conscious music scene for many years, has a strong yoga practice, and has been featured headlining many, many yoga & music related events, he’s the perfect person to pioneer such a ground breaking concept! We caught up with him on his new Soulshine Yoga & Music tour to ask him about what inspired …

A conversation with one of the grooviest and mellowest businessmen I know

By Traci Wallace of Elephant Journal I love hearing and sharing stories of people who have found a way to marry their passion and business— without compromise. As we all know, this path can be one of the most challenging ones to take. Seriously, is it really possible to escape your cubicle and create a job you love every day? Here’s my conversation with one of the grooviest, mellowest businessmen I know, Alex King-Harris (a.k.a Rara Avis), CEO and Co-Founder of Yogi Tunes who created something very cool out of his passion. How gaining control over his own music career lead to …