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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 …

The 10 Best Yoga Songs

Marie Claire Magazine When was the last time you paused in your downward dog and actually listened to the music at your neighborhood yoga studio? Maybe never — the best yoga playlists, after all, are made to soothe, drown out distractions, and hum along pleasantly in the background. But Rara Avis, Craig Kohland, and Amani Friend so enjoyed the down-tempo, internationally inspired notes behind the best yoga music that they foundedYogi Tunes, a site dedicated entirely to yoga music. The site launches in January and boasts an expanding collection of playlists created by top instructors. Read the original report on …