Jaya Lakshmi is a musician, singer/songwriter, yoga teacher and retreat facilitator. She is known for her authentic and deep devotional spirit as well as playing an important part in establishing kirtan and mantra music in the west.
Jaya Lakshmi began leading kirtan and writing devotional songs in the early 1990′s shortly after receiving harinam initiation from Srila Govinda Maharaj, a spiritual teacher of bhakti (devotion) from West Bengal, India. She went on to create 4 solo chant albums on Sequoia Records as well as became the lead singer of the tribal-trance band Lost at Last (West Coast USA, 1997-2004). She is the creator of "Kirtronica" - electronica music with mantra designed for ecstatic dance. From 1997 to present she has created a total of 19 albums.
In 2010 she began her collaboration with Ananda Yogiji. In a span of 10 years, they produced 10 mantra albums together and toured extensively throughout the western USA and internationally. Since the shift in their relationship in 2020, Jaya Lakshmi continues to expand her expression as a singer, songwriter, musician and composer with her solo recordings and performances.
A dedicated yogi, she has regularly practiced hatha-based yoga since 1996, including Ashtanga and Anusara, and Kundalini Yoga since 2010. She is certified in Sattva Yoga (Rishikesh, India 2020).
In May of 2021 she established her bi-annual Goddess Empowerment and Healing Retreat for women, with the aim to help women integrate Goddess teachings of the Vedas into their practice and lifestyle.
She holds (co-ed) Yoga, Chant and Adventure retreats annually in Hawaii, Sedona, Mexico and other destination spots.