Ananda is a gifted musician and song composer. 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 Gurmukhi. He sings, plays guitar, harmonium and Bansuri flute with Jaya Lakshmi. Since partnering with Jaya Lakshmi, he has performed with artists like Jai Uttal, Shimshai, David Newman and Dave Stringer.
~Jaya Lakshmi has been sharing her beautiful kirtans for over ten years. She has recently partnered with her new love, Ananda Yogiji. They sing and play music that initiates deep healing and opens the heart to divine joy, sharing the grace they have been given through their partnership. Offering a combination of kirtan (call and response singing), mantra repetition, bhajan and original songs, they mix English, Sanskrit and Gurumukhi as a bridge for all those who have been mysteriously called to Yoga and teachings from India. Alternating guitar, harmonium, bansuri flutes and vocal weaving, they create a magic together that sets the stage for the Devas and Devis to dance upon. ~
Ananda Yogiji has been teaching yoga and meditation (primarily Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan) for over 6 years. He has completed several Kundalini Yoga teacher-training intensives in New Mexico as well as and studied with teachers such as Harijiwan, Gurmukh and Guru Charan. He has also completed and taught at numerous holistic yoga immersions at the Dharmalaya in Eugene, Oregon. Since meeting Jaya Lakshmi, they have toured the world teaching Kundalini Yoga with live music provided by Jaya Lakshmi.
~Ananda and Jaya Lakshmi’s Kundalini Yoga and Meditation workshops are a unique blend of yoga and meditations with live music by Ananda and Jaya Lakshmi. They are designed to open the heart and tap into one’s infinite creative potential. Through these workshops participants gain tools to live an inspired and fulfilled life that overflows with bliss and abundance.~
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.
~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.~