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February 29, 2024
Music for the Soul: A Rabbi Talks about Sacred Music

Bhakti and Beyond Bhakti is my favorite form of yoga. The yoga of devotion, Bhakti, is often expressed through mantra meditation, chanting holy names, or singing sacred songs in community (kirtan). […]

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July 27, 2023
Mantra Music with a Country Eastern Flavor

Nine years ago, I supported Bhakti Without Borders, an initiative that contributed to one of my favorite non-profits. Twice, I visited Food for Life Vrindavan, a school that provides schooling, […]

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May 31, 2023
Active Peace Yoga at Bhakti Fest

Reginald Hubbard is on the 2023 Bhakti Fest agenda. We met years ago. Reggie was a big wig for an even bigger wig. I managed media relations for a major […]

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November 19, 2022
Prema Kirtan: An Ancient and Easy Yoga Practice for Spiritual Progression

Pranada Comtois is the author of three books. Her first two, “Wise-Love” and “Bhakti Shakti,” won multiple awards. Pranada guest-authored an article for my site when “Wise-Love” was released. Her […]

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November 13, 2022
Five Reasons to Visit Vrindavan, India

Why visit Vrindavan? Again? Linguists say people need to hear a word repeatedly before it’s secured in the brain. That’s why I’m returning to one of the holiest historical cities […]

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October 18, 2022
Jahnavi Harrison: Divine Songstress 

Jahnavi on Tour I’ve always had a preference for female vocalists. Maybe because it’s easier for me to sing along. Or, because it’s easier to hear the subtle differences between […]

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June 4, 2021
Chant for India: Unites Global Kirtan Artists

As part of my gratitude practice, I repeatedly give thanks for my life during the 2020-2021 pandemic. While those closest to me stayed safe, I have numerous friends who lost […]

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February 18, 2021
Drumming as Therapy: An Eternal Vitalizing Ritual

Heal Your Emotional Pain with Drums Drumming as therapy is an untapped drug, according to Erica Longdon in her book, “Vibrational Sound Healing." “Drum therapy has successfully been used with […]

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October 9, 2020
Adam Bauer Honors His Gurus in Return to the Sacred

Adam Bauer released his third album, "Return to the Sacred," last weekend. Bauer is a bhakti yoga practitioner, teacher, and healing artist. He routinely shares his voice and inspiration through […]

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August 5, 2020
Jai Uttal Supports the Guys Behind The Walls

Everyone is Important--Jai Uttal Month five of quarantine. Too many have lost a loved one. It’s no longer six degrees of separation. And yet, we retreat in our homes, and […]

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June 22, 2020
Kirtan Camp with Jai Uttal Goes Online in 2020

This is the 18th year that Grammy-nominated recording artist, Jai Uttal, and his classical Indian dancer yogi wife, Nubia Teixeira, run a Kirtan Camp. This camp is all about play.  […]

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March 31, 2020
Covid 19 Breathwork Techniques

Covid 19 Breathwork Techniques for Physical and Emotional Well-being Beset with chronic pain, I discovered the benefits of pranayama (breathwork) as a teen. Today, pain-free, I practice six different breathwork […]

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