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 mantras with roots in Sanskrit and Gurbani. He sings, plays guitar, harmonium and bansuri flute with Jaya Lakshmi. Together, they have toured internationally offering musical prayerformances, yoga and mantra workshops as well as holding their own retreats. Currently they have created 7 albums together in the 5 years together.
Yoga Teacher Bio:
Ananda has been a dedicated practitioner and teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan for over 9 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.
Ananda Yogiji has studied under the guidance of master teachers Gurucharan Singh, Gurmukh, Guru Singh, Hari Jiwan, Krishna Kaur 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 9 years.
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, Bhaktifest, and Pranafest as well as has taught at the Bali Spirit 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.~