April 29, 2014

The Power of Om

This week’s podcast is a solid hour of the mantra Om, which is not so much a word as “rather an intonation, which, like music, transcends the barrie […]

December 12, 2013

Mantras (Excerpt from “Polishing the Mirror”)

The following is an excerpt from Ram Dass’ new book, “Polishing the Mirror” – which is out now.
Inside of me there’s a mantra going on that reminds m […]

November 25, 2013

My Love Affair With Kirtan

My Love Affair With Kirtan
from Jersey Shore Macrobiotics
My then yoga teacher, Gopali Vaccarelli, who is an incredibly gifted teacher and has been a major spir […]

November 16, 2013

The Beginners Guide To Common Chants

Ever wonder what you’re chanting during a yoga class? Nervous about chanting the wrong thing? The Yoga Journal Guide provides translations, historical inf […]

November 15, 2013

A Return To My Bhakti Beginnings

by Spring Groove
 
This begins a series of columns by kirtan artist Spring Groove. Spring currently lives in Bologna, Italy and is Dave Stringer’s back-u […]

November 2, 2013

What Is Bhakti Yoga?

Here’s an interesting and informative article about Bhakti Yoga from Teachasana.
Bhakti Yoga Part 1 — What Is It?
by Hari-kirtana das  for Teachas […]

October 22, 2013

Feeding Your Demons Meditation

In this special edition of the podcast we have an excerpt from an interview done by the Mindrolling Podcast with Lama Tsultrim Allione. In the course of the i […]

October 3, 2013

The Beginners Guide to Kirtan & Mantra

Posted on September 11th, 2013 by Thrive in Yoga, by Shannon Sexton
Across the country and around the world, yoga practitioners are chanting the names of God […]

July 30, 2013

Mantra Alchemy with Vijay Krsna of the Kirtaniyas

On Sunday afternoon at Bhakti Fest Midwest, Vijay Krsna of the Kirtaniyas gave a wonderful workshop on Mantra Alchemy, this week we bring it to you as the last […]

July 10, 2013

When Choirs Sing, Many Hearts Beat As One

Members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir raise their voices in unison — and perhaps unify their heart rates, too.
by Anna Haensch   NPR News
… But w […]

June 11, 2013

Gratitude HD

By Louis Schwartzberg, Moving Art TV. Published Oct 14, 2011.

A Moving Art original short. This inspirational video was well responded at TED conferences and f […]

June 10, 2013

Kirtaniyas featuring MC Yogi — Nitai Gauranga

This video, filmed at the Holi Festival of Colors in Utah and out less than a week has been watched almost nine thousand times on YouTube. I must admit I accou […]

June 7, 2013

Is Meditation Important?

By Sri Sri Ravi Shankar  The New Indian Express
Meditation is important for every human being. Meditation fulfils the natural tendency of human beings to look […]

June 5, 2013

The Healing Power Of Kirtan

By Rachel Goldstein at YOGANONYMOUS
On that unfortunate day in 2001, the one that changed reality as we know it, my life‐long friend Gabby was running down […]

March 23, 2013

Dr. Manoj Chalam On the Deities

Last month at the Denver Chant Fest, Dr. Manoj Chalam and his wife Jyothi captivated a roomful of attendees with their lecture on  the symbolism of Hindu &amp […]

September 14, 2011

A Quote from Mother Meera

If I have a guru it’s probably Mother Meera. Thanks to Shunyam Productions and Mass Yoga Network for this quote.
“The consciousness of mankind is be […]

August 1, 2011

A New Kind Of Gaming

Isn’t this a cool use of gaming technology? Leela … available in November.
Mindful Gaming With Deepak Chopra
From nzherald.co.nz/Derrik J. Lang
Spir […]

July 28, 2011

When Kindness Is Seen As Weakness

It can be disheartening when people shoot you down when you’re being kind to others. Here’s a different way to look at it.
Photo by SweetOnVeg
BEING […]

June 20, 2011

That’s Why It’s Called A Practice

Several of you loved this when I posted on Facebook, so I’m re-posting here. It’s a good one.
Crack Smokin’ Yoga Teachers
Elephant Journal/Can […]

June 5, 2011

Why Do We Chant?

In this article, Krishna Das was asked “Why do you sing? And what does singing bring to you in your life?” He answered, “I sing to save my mis […]

June 2, 2011

Stripping Away The Excess

This was such a great article, it talks about the great “stripping away” happening now. You can also watch the trailer for the movie “I Am&#82 […]

May 30, 2011

Kirtan Kriya Found Beneficial For Memory Loss

An Easy Meditation Practice to Reverse Memory Loss
Huffington Post/Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
By the time you finish reading the above headline, you or someone y […]

May 28, 2011

Indian-derived stress relief practice Kirtan gains popularity

Here’s a segment from Fox 6 News in Milwaukee, Wisconsin featuring Ragani being interviewed & showing her leading a kirtan. You’ll enjoy the int […]

May 28, 2011

Spontaneous Awakening

This is one of the CDs we use for meditation during our Sunday Satsang. The segments are short, and Adyashanti never fails to inspire.

May 19, 2011

Do You Fear An Empty Mind?

Why Do We Fear An Empty Mind?
Natasha Dern/Huffington Post/May 15, 2011
Why is it so hard for us to tolerate emptiness in our minds? The prevalent belief that […]

May 19, 2011

Have You Been Changed By Your Yoga Practice?

There’s a lot to absorb here, but it’s so worth the time. If you have a continuing Yoga practice, have you experienced the changes Dearbhla writes a […]

May 9, 2011

Indulge Your Inner Child — Color A Mandala!

I brought several of Maureen's (aka The Mandala Lady) coloring books with me to OMmersion, and they were a great diversion on the plane. I also loved coloring the mandalas while singing kirtan or waiting in between sets at the festival. I'm sure you'll find other ways to use them, she has great designs. Coloring mandalas has a bonus -- it quiets your mind while you have coloring fun. Give them a...
May 4, 2011

Are You A Kirtan Virgin?

Confessions Of A Kirtan Virgin
From Downward Dog/April 26, 2011
What the heck is up with all these confessions lately on The Daily Downward Dog?
I’ve been ope […]

April 29, 2011

Can Yoga Help You Lose Weight?

The Real Truth about Yoga & Weight Loss. ~ Anne Falkowski
Via elephantjournal.com/Apr 29, 2011
Recently I was at a late afternoon cocktail party and was st […]

April 21, 2011

Shantala Brings Kirtan To Oregon Prison

This was an inspiring story by kirtan wallah Benjy Wertheimer of Shantala, who tells of his experience singing kirtan with the inmates of an Oregon prison.
Pris […]

April 6, 2011

Chanting Is Growing In Popularity

The Providence Journal: Popularity of Chanting Growing
by Jenna Pelletier/April 4, 2011
Some sit motionless with their eyes closed. Others sway back and forth o […]

April 5, 2011

Kirtan For Mommy & Me

I’ve spent some time teaching music to preschool children, and I bet they would just love kirtan! This is a sweet story.
Mommy and Me Kirtan
By Jessica Be […]

April 4, 2011

More Are Discovering the Benefits Of Meditation

Meditation On The Rise, Locally & Nationally
BY KENDALL MCCABE | MARCH 24, 2011 7:20 AM
Yosra Elkhalifa felt stressed. She sat in an individual study room […]

March 31, 2011

The Daily Dose

I was reminded just recently how much I love this guided meditation from Kathy Freston. I sometimes find a guided meditation is the best way to get my mind to c […]

March 29, 2011

The Bhakti Path

This is a great video featuring Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer & other kirtan artists talking about the path of Bhakti Yoga. Thanks to our friends at […]

March 28, 2011

What’s A Kosha?

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the subtle bodies. This is interesting reading if you do any kind of spiritual practice.
Getting to Know You
E […]

March 24, 2011

10 Reasons To Chant

Another wonderful article on chanting from Spirit Voyage’s blog
10 Reasons to Chant: On the Benefits of Mantra Meditation
By Donna Quesada on March 21, 20 […]

March 22, 2011

Can Kirtan Save The World?

Kirtan Konsciousness: Can Kirtan Save the World?

by Sony Trieu on March 21, 2011/Dharma Lounge

 
The images of the Japanese Tsunami and Earthquake re […]

March 21, 2011

Start Your Day With Love

I’m getting my priorities straight — Love First!
Start your day with LOVE
by Rachel Sat Siri Dougherty on March 21, 2011
What was your first thought […]

March 17, 2011

The Ones The World Has Waited For

Message from the Hopi Elders
There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on […]

March 14, 2011

Ginger Fizz Recipe

Ginger Fizz Syrup
Adapted from “Sacramental Magic in a Small Town Café”
By Brother Peter Reinhart

11 cups water
5 ½ cups honey
1 lb. unpeeled gin […]

March 14, 2011

Following Sound Into Silence: Chanting Your Way Beyond Ego into Bliss [Hardcover]

In Following Sound into Silence, Kailash (Kurt A. Bruder, Ph.D., M.Ed.) urges us to take up chanting as an authentic and effective spiritual practice. Although […]

March 8, 2011

Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses

Amazon Best Books of the Month, January 2011: Yoga, even as it furthers its storefront-by-storefront takeover of American leisure hours, remains a punchline, […]

February 17, 2011

Meditation: A Key to Happiness

“How to Be Happy”
written by Justine van der Leun for AOL Health | Published on September 29, 2010
Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard claims you can prac […]

February 17, 2011

Feel Better and Live to 100+

“What to Do Now to Feel Better at 100”
written by Jane E. Brody for the New York Times | Published on October 25, 2010
Many changes take place in ph […]