Bad Ass Beats + Good Karma = “Karuna” David Starfire’s New Project

“I believe that as an artist that I should give back by finding ways to help others.” – David Starfire David Starfire is a world-renowned producer/composer/multi-instrumentalist/DJ who has performed at some of the most amazing places on earth including the Pyramids of Giza, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and Coachella. He’s a top electronic music producer; known for fusing world music with electronic dance music, dynamic performances and epic remixes. We recently caught up with him to talk about his new project “Karuna” which he created to help raise awareness and funding for Burmese refugees.

The Joy of Collaborating: Meet Joss Jaffe

“Like surfing, music is about riding the waves.” – Joss Jaffe Joss Jaffe began playing guitar and writing songs at age nine. Introduced to the music of India through the chanting of his parents and their meditation teacher Baba Muktananda, he began studying tabla, sarode and vocal from Montino Bourbon at 15 – and later with Ali Akbar Khan, Swapan Chaudhuri and Zakir Hussain. Joss has accompanied Jai Uttal, Steve Kimock, Alex Grey, Rachel Brice, Silvia Nakkach and Shimshai. His most recent album “Dub Mantra Sangha” was a collaborative undertaking featuring Mykal Rose (Black Uhuru), Shimshai, Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer, Wah!, Donna De Lory, Silvia Nakkach, Jaya …

And the Grammy for Best New Age Album goes to… Paul Avgerinos!

“To know that my music is being used successfully for yoga, massage, reiki and many other holistic practices is a dream come true for me as I know that I am helping to comfort and soothe people that I have never met all around the world.” – Paul Avgerinos When Paul Avgerinos graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1980 as a full scholarship honors student, he had already performed with Isaac Stern, Jean Pierre Rampal, The Beaux Arts Trio and many other great classical artists. Throughout his career, he has released over 20 solo albums and is one of YogiTunes’ most popular artists. His most …

The Refinement of Mobile

Thanks to some amazing feedback and input from our beloved subscribers, the YogiTunes mobile app has become much more refined. This post is going to explore some of the improvements, fixes and upgrades we’ve been working on! Navigation is now always visible, making it easier than ever to get around the app. The home page has had a major revision. ‘Our Playlists’ is the first section, where you can browse by Gentle Yoga, Flow Yoga and Massage Playlists. Or ‘Create Your Own’ using our hand-picked categories of Opening, Building, Peak, Cool Down and Savasana playlists and albums.

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 …