Ananda is a gifted musician, song composer and mantra enthusiast. His musical offerings complement his yogic practices with a deep devotional spirit. His music channels a unique blissful energy current supported by lyrical heart songs and mantras with roots in Sanskrit and Gurbani. He sings, plays guitar, harmonium and bansuri flute. From 2010 to 2016, he was partnered musically and intimately with Jaya Lakshmi. Currently they have moved into a soul friendship as well as collaborative space in their offerings. Together, they have toured internationally offering musical prayer-formances, yoga and mantra workshops as well as holding their own retreats.
Yoga Teacher Bio:
Ananda has been a dedicated practitioner and teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan for over 10 years. He also completed and taught at numerous holistic yoga and leadership immersions at the Dharmalaya. (Dharmalaya is a holistic yoga, permaculture and meditation center in Eugene, Oregon, that is part of Ananda Seva) In addition to his BA in international and sustainable business, he has a minor in East Asian Religions and studied yogic philosophy at the University of Oregon and Dharmalaya.
Ananda Yogiji has studied under the guidance of master teachers Gurucharan Singh, Gurmukh, Guru Singh, Hari Jiwan, Krishna Kaur, Ravi Logan and many more. He spent 4 years learning with Viriam Singh and Kaur in Eugene, Oregon. He has attended nine, nine day Kundalini Yoga summer solstice intensives in New Mexico as well as been a daily practitioner for over 10 years.
Some of his accomplishments include:
- 6+ years of Sodarshan Chakra Kriya Meditation (31 minutes minimum/day)
- 7+ years of wearing white clothing nearly every day; 10+ years of being vegetarian
- 10+ years of yogic practices without missing a single day
- 8+ years of dedicated 2-6 hours of yogic practices per day
- 27 days of White Tantric Yoga over 9 years
- Completed 40 day meditation sadhanas with a minimum 11 minutes:
- Kirtan Kriya, Sat Kriya, Adi Shakti Mantra (Long Ek Ong Kars), <Karani Kriya, Architect Meditation, Commander Meditation (These three are out of the book “The Mind”)>, Ra Ma Da Sa, breath of fire with mudras;
- Completed 40 day sadhanas of “Kriya for Elevation” and “Kriya for the Second Chakra (Out of the Kundalini Yoga Experience Book)”
- 90 day sadhana of Lakshmi Bija Mantra for 31 minutes
- 40 day sadhana of Dhanada Stotram (recited minimum 7 times/day)
- 40 day sadhana of Ganesha bija mantra 11 minutes or more per day,.
Since meeting Jaya Lakshmi, they have toured nationally and internationally offering healing mantra music concerts as well as teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with live music provided by Jaya Lakshmi. Ananda regularly teaches at Beloved Festival and Bhaktifest, as well as has taught at Pranafest, Bali Spirit Festival, Maha Bhuta Festival and Peace Village Festival.
Cacao Ceremony Facilitator:
While traveling in Guatemala, Ananda connected with a cacao shaman who shared with him the ways of cacao ceremony and spirit of the cacao medicine. Partnering with Jaya Lakshmi, their cacao ceremonies are a coming together to open the heart, express creatively and rejoice with the spirit of the cacao. Accompanied by their weaving heart songs, the ceremonies are a time to express gratitude for the cacao spirit and allow for that spirit to blossom infinite possibilities within each of us. They are also a beautiful community building experience. He now travels with Jaya Lakshmi holding cacao ceremonies and distributing shaman selected cacao from the Mayan lands of Guatemala. To date, they have held over 100 ceremonies all over the world and continue to share the beauty of cacao and the heart.
~Since ancient times cacao has been used ceremonially to connect with that infinite presence of love. The Cacao that will be used is a very special type that a cacao shaman selected personally for it’s energetic qualities. It comes from Guatemala, the heartland of the Mayan people who have used it for millennia. The ceremonies are a wonderful time to learn about cacao’s origins, history, heath benefits and energetic/spiritual qualities.~