April 17, 2014
In case it wasn’t perfectly clear we are jumping for joy over here at Ekayani and the Tom Glide Space because 3 – count them THREE NEW Very Fine locations are now carrying the REISSUE of Yoga on the Dance Floor and Sanskrit Mantras first released at the Amsterdam Dance Event in 2008! Manhattan, Brooklyn and Jersey City all have the CD now! So here is the list! Drum roll please!
Namaste Books on 14 Street NYC
1. NAMASTE BOOKSHOP
– The Eastern & Western Spirituality Bookshop located on that busy thoroughfare in the heart of Greenwich Village and right next to Union Square is conveniently located near the Q,N,R,4,5,6,2.3.1 trains right on 14 Street off Fifth Avenue! Open 7 Days a week please support them (and us) by shopping there! Thank you Rakesh Samani holding it since East West Books shut it’s doors. Workshops, book signings, readings check out their event space too!
197 Clifton Place is carrying Yoga on the Dance Floor and Sanskrit Mantras and we just adore Dara Cole the founder for all the incredible fun and outreach to be had for kids, the community, for young women in prison on Riker’s Island who are getting yoga classes now and so much more! Ekayani sang at the opening gala for SACRED and it is a relationship she cherishes.Go check them out! Near the G Train!
3.JERSEY CITY JIVAMUKTI YOGA- Yes Jersey City now has a JivaMukti Yoga Studio run by Austin and they are rocking it out at 171 Newark Avenue! Weekly kirtans, lectures, workshops are all part of the yoga mix. Please support! They are open 7 days a week and if all sells well we’ll be bringing the party to Jersey City in the Fall!!!
the cult classic has a bar code and everything!
March 27, 2014
With Loren Russo @ Miami New Life Center March 29, 2010. Little did I know it would be one of many classes we’d do together.
I first met Loren Russo
because of the nudge I received from the General Director of Jiva Mukti Yoga School back in 2010 (NYC).I was on a national DIY tour with Yoga on the Dance Floor the concert and meditation party I had cooked up with composer,producer and friend Tom Glide.Headed to Miami Beach specifically to do an evening at H2OM a weekly program at the Standard Spa and Hotel a magical beautiful place situated right on the Venetican Causeway.
“Well if you are going to Miami, you should meet Loren Russo.She is a very successful Jiva Mukti yoga teacher”.I nodded and said I would look her up. She commanded my respect right away because it was immediately apparent that yoga was her life.Extremely athletic in her approach,Loren has tenderness with students and an impeccable technique.Even more than all this she LOVES yoga in all it’s forms. I have never seen her do the same sequence twice.Her vocabulary in asana seems never ending and if it seems that way it’s because it nearly IS that way with her extensive study, mastery and enthusiasm in Ashtanga. Nowadays through some great blessing I get to have her association and that of her students nearly every Monday Night unless one or the other of us is out of town.I provide the music for her asana class helping students soldier through the challenges right through to the relaxation. I am so glad to be with her again because I felt a strong bond with her from the very first class she allowed me to sing for at The MIami New Life Center almost four years ago to the day today. I witness week after week how she challenges students to go further in what they can coax their bodies and more importantly their minds to allow on the mat.
The Eternal Soundtrack
A class at Miami New Life (see video), one at Bhakti House on Alton Road and then myself giving her class a try at The Standard and she was gone. It would be 3 years until I would see her again standing one day in the Bhakti Center in the East Village for a special occasion we were both attending. I felt a nudge and looked to see who it was to discover it was Lila – Padma!! Not long after exchanging telephone numbers she invited me to sing and be the DJ for her Monday class. Week after week I would search and select music that looked to the East. After all I couldn’t sing the same songs every week right? I covered the waterfront playing devotional artists;Trevor Hall brilliant and emotional ONE, DJ Cheb I Sabbah’s mysterious sound poems and even India Arie. After 5 months of this Loren told me she only wanted my music in her class.
“Are you sure???” I asked ” There are only 19 tracks!”
“It doesn’t matter! Stretch it out!”
“Okay” I replied, ” Daso’smi. I am your servant and it’s your class so whatever you want.”
How could this be? I decided to simply accept her love of these interpretations of sacred mantras and prayers as a blessing. How else could I take it? Apparently I need to take the Name, Fame, Form and Pastimes as a living breathing reality. Check this exchange.
Loren Russo (March 25, 2014 to me):
“Was super awesome.Love love love the whole vibe last night. Exactly in sync with me”
EKAYANI: “LOL! My darling I am so glad but it is so funny because it is the same every week! Somehow our soundtrack seems to adapt to the listener every time.I can only attribute that magic to the Holy Name. He is amazing! Thank you for the blessing. Wow.”
“A. said you were singing so gloriously.Really good vibe and perfect timing with katha (talk). It’s not the same It’s always different. Your music is my eternal soundtrack. I love it.”
EKAYANI: “Wow! Unbeliveable!”
…and so although I was convinced many years ago that these songs would remain fresh due their pure spiritual content based on the writings,realizations and the purity of heart of Narottama dasa Thakur,Locana dasa Thakur, Bhaktivinoda Thakur and the generous translations and commentary by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Prabupada of the sacred texts of the Sri Isopanishad and Bhagavad Gita As It Is I could have not anticipated this development. My humble realization is that this Music is truly Alive, Ever Fresh and Ever Expanding. If this blessing of assisting in Monday Night Yoga Class ends next week I remain overwhelmed and grateful for this small glimpse into the substantiative realm of Spiritual Sound Vibration. There is another world for us,there really is and it’s dancing on our tongue.
March 26, 2014
Thursday March 13, 2014 Art Walk Rincon
When I made the decision to go to Puerto Rico to participate in the Full Moon Jam in Rincon it came after several months of back and forth. December seemed good and then I realized it was the Holidays and I might be biting off more than I could chew. You see artists donate their services to the Full Moon Jam and bear the expense of travel and with a trip scheduled already I needed to conserve before expanding again. January the month of getting back on my feet precluded a trip. February came and it was time to make a decision! So March it would be. And honestly if I had realized that it was going to fall on Gaura Purnima or 526th lunar anniversary (or thereabouts) of the launch of the sankirtana movement due to the activities of saint and scholar Caitanya Mahaprabhu I would have probably pulled out with cries of “not me, I am not worthy”. And that’s the point really because that is where grace can enter. And enter it did in ways unimaginable to me when this process began.
Originally slated to be on a remote farm it was moved to the public beach area of Balnareiros in Rincon an equivalent of Coney Island just smaller. It’s a spot where the locals go on the weekends to relax and sing along to karaoke facing the ocean. The fact that we would be facing the ocean was by no means insignificant since many of Caitainya’s activities had taken place in on,or near the ocean on The Bay of Bengal near the temple of Jagganatha Puri in South India.I am sure you can see where I am going with this.The fact that it would now be taking place in a more public locale was in keeping with the spirit of the popularization of chanting the Holy Names worldwide which is the be all and end all of Caitanya’s mission and made me exceedingly happy. Due to the smarts of the producer,the festival would now be held in a very public location using the public bandshell with the blessings of the city. That meant that I was free to broadcast the healing mantras with a subwoofer essential to the projection of the bass line in dance music. The night was ecstatic and deeply emotional! It seems a man was healed by the very sound of the mantras and I am ever grateful for the quality of people that I met that night from exceptionally tuned in children to seniors who really wanted to be there. We sang,we danced,we jumped into an ocean that was a transparent as glass,found a starfish,tossed it back and brought the night to a close with DJ Tommy Ryan who showed his devotion by closing out the night with a two hour set till 1AM.
It’s always a good idea to have a swimsuit on underneath your costume. With DJ Tommy Ryan.
For Thor, Vanessa of ART WALK Rincon and every person who threw fire or did a head stand and bought no not one but two or three copies of our REISSUE Yoga on the Dance Floor and Sanskrit Mantras all I can say is Let’s Do It Again!
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School 171 Newark Avenue in supplying copies of Yoga on the Dance Floor & Sanskrit Mantras to your clients.Drop us a line on Facebook, reverberation, email to arrange for shipping.Look below for all those social media links! You will be helping to change the world in sound.There is no safer place.
February 16, 2014
This is an internet meme that caught my attention. Mr. Hedges hits the nail on the head regarding the state of “Adharma” the Sanskrit term for the opposite of Dharma -Mercy, truth, austerity and cleanliness that we crave from the innermost core.There is remediation that’s possible.It’s going to require some spiritual work on an earthly plane and it’s not going to be easy but it will be worth it.Let’s talk about what that could look like modeled from a societal paradigm that you may not have heard of before: Varna Asrama Dharma. Intrigued? We gather Sunday February 23 at JivaMukti Yoga School NYC 841 Broadway off Union Square at 6PM. Tuition is $35. Cow Protection – it’s not what you may think it is.
How Cow protection Heals Society
February 15, 2014
The ongoing crisis in energy,repeated environmental disasters,inhumane treatment of everyone and every living thing is in the news constantly.War,prisons,factory farms, suppression of the truth – What is the basis for this and more importantly how can it be solved? My respected colleagues and friends at The Sane Energy Project inspired me to lead this workshop/discussion Sunday,February 23, 2014 at JivaMukti Yoga School.The Sane Energy Project is doing great work to connect the dots of the energy practices that undermine our health on a local,state to state and ultimately international scale.Therefore I have been inspired me to dust off and dig out this knowledge,this alternate perspective based on Sanatana Dharma of what a progressive society looks like,how it functions daily as a social body and what your role could be in it. An “off the mat” talk with the some real life examples,references materials and inspiration in what could be a dynamic series of discussions.Tuition is $35 and you can sign up by calling the lovely staff at JivaMukti Yoga School NYC at (212) 353-2014
How Cow protection Heals Society
December 31, 2013
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November 3, 2013
“Ekayani – Thank you for your wonderful addition to the frackdown. I heard from many people that it was wonderful end to the day and much needed time to reflect. I really appreciate the spirit of the event…Best, Corinne Rosen, Food and Water Watch
photo courtesy Jerry Levy
Thank you for those kind words and to all who have been requesting that Jarrod Byrne Mayer and myself come assist you with your events.This is a sign that you are all ready
to become EMPOWERED yourself and use the simple and easy steps outlined here in this video now!
A Beautiful sight! photo Owen Crowley
50 in attendance at the Global Frackdown October 19, 2013 at the site of the Spectra Pipeline NYC photo Owen Crowley
September 22, 2013
841 Broadway Wednesdays September 25, October 23 and November 26 JivaMukti Yoga School $10 Donation Setting Intentional Meditations while Flexing Our Spiritual Muscles.
August 31, 2013
War.Famine.Ecological Disaster.The Music of Now. No doubt you are all aware of the Troubled Times we live in today.We want the answer to be our cleverness, might,diplomacy but it’s just not enough.We look to our politicians for leadership and they give us none. Bottom line is you cannot leave the Creator out of Creation. We made this album to get as many people to CHANT as possible and it’s worked to a degree. These songs were curated from the writing of saints with an Express Method to get happy and get with it. We are being pushed to the brink now with nowhere to turn but God in His Incarnation in The Holy Name. It’s also why this album is fresh!
harer nama harer nama
harer namaiva kevalam
kalau nasty eva nasty eva
nasty eva gatir anyatha
“In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy the only means of deliverance is chanting of the holy name of Lord Hari. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way.” (Brhad Naradiya Purana)
Our understanding is that music is meant to have meaning and relevance to life providing comfort, shelter, courage, inspiration and meditation. It’s why we made Yoga on the Dance Floor and we hope you share it’s message and power on the dance floor, your yoga studio, your homes and your precious heart. We wish you all a Happy Labor Day Weekend! NEWS that there is NO Monday Night Yoga Class September 2. We resume with Loren Russo September 9th. Conneticut and Miami Appearances in the works. Stay tuned
Love and Light
Ekayani and The Tom Glide Space