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.
Ananda Yogiji has been teaching yoga and meditation (primarily Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan) for over 7 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 and Meditation 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. 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.~