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Yogi Tones Podcast with Bahman Sarram – Love and Unity

Bahman Sarram is an artist, violinist, composer, producer and singer/songwriter whose music ties together many cultures and expressions into an ecstatic celebration of life. Based in San Diego, Bahman has won over audiences with his passion and unlimited energy that vibrates through his performances and diverse musical palette.

His composing credits include composing for the award winning film “Circumstance”,  and several independent films and documentaries.

Bahman’s musical versatility knows no bounds and can’t be categorized into a single genre. No matter what style he’s playing whether  funk, jazz fusion, Middle Eastern, Conscious Music, folk or rock, his improvisational skills, raw energy and natural instinct for melody leaves audiences with a feeling that they have experienced something unique and rare.

Bahman’s childhood roots in classical violin training fused later on in his early adulthood being drawn to playing with artists from all different musical genres, expanding his palette for music.

“I was 4 years old, and my family was being exiled from our country, our home. We were fleeing a land ripped apart by turmoil, and political and social revolution.”

For Bahman, the uneasy years of his childhood in Iran were marked by chapters of triumph and tribulation. Those memories continue to have a profound effect on him and his music to this day.

“I remember the music of my home land, dancing while my mom sang at parties. I remember always being moved by sound and wanting to be part of it in some way,” Bahman says. “I know those days will always be a part of me, every time I play. It’s inescapable”

For more from Bahman check out his Website – bviolin.com

About the band – Mystic Groove Collective

Since 2002, violinist/songwriter Bahman Sarram and the Mystic Groove Collective have been blending traditional gypsy grooves and melodies with music from around the world to create an ecstatic world groove and Conscious fusion and chanting experience. Heart-piercing violin and guitar solos along with three part harmony add to their dynamic and diverse sound.
Together, they offer the listener a world of exotic music ranging from mystical and meditative chant perfect for yoga and meditation gatherings, to funky groovin’ versions of classic and contemporary soulful songs we all know and love with conscious interactive energy blended in. Featuring Bahman Sarram on electric violin, guitar and vocals, the “Reverend Stickman” on guitars and vocals, and Dan Ochipinti on world percussion and vocals.

Join Bahman and the Mystic Groove Collective for a night of Unity!

Purchase a ticket HERE or $20 at the door.


Special thanks to Bahman for joining me on the show. Until next time!

Yogi Tones Podcast Episode 85 with Sita Rose – In Essence

What a privilege to chat with Sita Rose on the podcast today, her energy and genuine love for what she does is truly inspiring! A yoga teacher and musician who really knows how to blend the two and make magic! Support her debut album In Essence by going to SitaRose.com or indigogo.com and choosing a package. You’ll be glad you backed such a great project. Also join us at Queen Bees May 6th for the album release party!

A little more about Sita Rose…

Sita Rose is a spirit seeker, space holder, and music maker. Based in San Diego, CA, she is an expressive performer skilled at crafting melodic medicine derived from the heart. She draws from her experience as a board-certified music therapist, devotional singer,  ashtanga yoga practitioner to elevate consciousness and promote peace.  Her gypsy spirit has led her to study the ancient healing qualities of music throughout  India, South America, and Jamaica. As co-founder of Seed & Song LLC, she is passionate about fostering communities that empower women.  


Sharing is caring. If you can’t contribute financially, please consider sharing on social media, sending an email, donate a product or perk for BACKER BONUSES, volunteering at the album release party May 6th event. Your help is welcomed in all forms. Much love and see you soon!!

 

Marc Devoe and the Buddha Music Group Presents! DTO and Kiyoshi Album Release featuring Nicky Genesis and Jon Goodhue Live at The Belly Up

Marc Devoe from the Buddha Music Group and I chat about the upcoming event March 20th. Short notice but its all good because you can still purchase a ticket and have it go towards a good cause! One part goes to the Sean O’ Shea Foundation whose mission is to empower youth through yoga, nutrition and optimistic teachings. Also the Connected Warriors who empower Service members, Veterans and their Families worldwide through Trauma-Conscious Yoga. This event is a win-win-win-win and win!! Link below for tickets, see you there!!

  DTO and Kiyoshi Album Release featuring Nicky Genesis and Jon Goodhue Live at The Belly Up Tickets  

Dave Kemp Chats about 7 songs for 7 chakras; Infinite Energy by DTO

Ran into Dave Kemp at the San Diego Yoga Festival! He has some awesome stuff happening! Listen into see what he is up to and help us sell out the Belly Up Tavern!!
 
Save the date, March 20, spring equinox!  
 
Album launch party at Belly Up!   7 songs for 7 chakras; Infinite Energy by DTO and The Medicine Garden by Kiyoshi featuring Nicky Genesis and Jon Goodhue. 
 
Tickets are only $11 with proceeds benefiting Sean O’Shea Foundation and Connected Warriors. 
 
Purchase yours today!

San Diego Yoga Festival Presents! The Now and Then Band

“A stripped down trio paying homage to good songwriting from yesterday and today. Breathing new life and unique perspective into the songs that resonate with us, giving them a new opportunity to touch people.”

A band that will be performing at the San Diego Yoga Festival!!

 

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San Diego Yoga Festival Presents! The Coral Bells

Founded by Oklahoma natives Joshua McCleskey, Kaley Morlock, and Jimmy Schmitz, who were later joined by Bostonian Matt Rogan and Imperial Beach local Helen Sylvia, Coral Bells draws their influence from folk, bluegrass, and rock ‘n’ roll. Fueled by ideals of community, cooperation and friendship, the band embodies a fresh, young approach to folk and America. 

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San Diego Yoga Festival Presents! Chakra Mantra Flow with live music by Pilgrimage of the Heart Kirtan Band and Sita Rose

Recalibrate your nervous system with this dynamic flow class. We will weave together healing mantras and movement to activate your body’s natural vibration and balance your chakras while chanting mantra and moving.

Live music by Pilgrimage of the Heart Kirtan Band (www.pilgrimagekirtan.com/)

Sita Rose is a spirit seeker, space holder, and music maker. Based in San Diego, CA, she is an expressive performer skilled at crafting melodic medicine derived from the heart. She draws from her experience as a board-certified music therapist, devotional singer,  ashtanga yoga practitioner to elevate consciousness and promote peace.  Her gypsy spirit has led her to study the ancient healing qualities of music throughout  India, South America, and Jamaica. As co-founder of Seed & Song LLC, she is passionate about fostering communities that empower women.  
CLASS TITLE 
Chakra Mantra Flow
 
DESCRIPTION
Recalibrate your nervous system with this dynamic flow class. We will weave together healing mantras and movement to activate your body’s natural vibration.  
Live music by Pilgrimage of the Heart Kirtan Band. 
 
LINKS 
Vinyasa Classes: www.PuraVidaYogaCenter.com
PilgrimageKirtan every Thursday At 8pm  https://www.pilgrimagekirtan.com/
 

Be sure to use the code YogiTones for a discount to the Festival!!

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Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with Sukhmani and live music by SUKHA!

 
 
 
Enjoy this ancient uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practice with Sukhmani and her award-winning mantra band, SUKHA.  Kundalini Yoga incorporates physical movement to strengthen the nervous system and balance the glandular system as well as breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras to help process emotions and feelings, release stress, and help develop concentration and discipline of the mind.

Sukha is Southern California based husband/wife team Sukhmani and Sukhman.   Sukha exists to help people fall in love with the power and magic of mantra.  They play their own blend of unique and modern “rock inspired” mantra music for classes, events and festivals and tour extensively usually with an eclectic mix of world-class musicians and instruments.  Sukha is often a part of many of Sukhmani’sKundalini Yoga classes.  They usually include relaxing gong, bowl and didgeridoo sound healing as an added  relaxation treat.  Their critically acclaimed mantra album “Rise” was released in March 2016 and the band is almost finished with the follow-up, “Cusp”.    They were on the 2016 Grammy® Ballot for Best New Age Album of The Year.  Sukha is known for their high-vibration delivery to allow people to experience singing, sound, and mantra meditation in an accessible format for all.

 

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Vinyasa Yoga: Dynamic Strength and Flexibility with Ryan Glidden with Live Music by Jonathan Coyle at the San Diego Yoga Festival

Yoga for Strength and Flexibility incorporates slower, longer holds with a faster flowing Vinyasa, moving fluidly from one pose to another. The class emphasizes stretching and strengthening of the legs, core and arms. This class is designed to improve flexibility, physical strength and general conditioning with highly specific cues. The sequence for the class will be created in real time based off of suggestions for attendees. This class will also be accompanied by live music from Jonathan Coyle.

For over a decade, Ryan’s passion has been to identify and learn the best services, methods and philosophies that support and nurture the health and wellness of human beings.Ryan has studied at the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the CHEK Institute for advanced performance, the Metabolic Typing Education Center and Symmetry’s school for alignment therapy. He recognizes health as the balance and synergy of the human body’s many systems, reflected in the way we eat, move, breath, think, rest and surrender. Ryan is a 200-hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) through Yoga Alliance and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Ryan is the founder MOSAIC and the team lead for MOSAIC’s Health and Yoga services and is the creator and director of MOSAIC’s yoga teacher training program. Ryan is a regular contributor to Yoga Digest Magazine and the author of Good Being, Good Living: A Modern Model for Sustained Holistic Health.

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Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Lauren Gray

What type of yoga do you teach?

Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa, Restorative, Anusara

 Which studio/s do you teach at?

The Yoga Shed Wickham

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

At home

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Peace and quiet, and my dog (even if she is better than me!)

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Smiling whenever I can, spreading the message of ahimsa.

The world ends tomorrow. What would you indulge in tonight?

A slow restorative yoga practice to music, chocolate, wine, pizza and a midnight drive to look at the stars.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

Teaching a free yoga class to a group of people staying at the same hostel as me in Hampi, India, about a week after I graduated from Himalaya Yoga Valley.

Imagine you’re on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?

A smile.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Giving people the tools they need to feel their absolute best.

If you could teach yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Hampi, India. The most beautiful place on Earth!

What has been your most embarrassing yoga moment as a teacher or practitioner?

Well I mean we’ve all farted in class.. but I’d probably say in my teacher training when I got told off for saying ‘bum’ too much.

What would you say to someone who is on the fence about practicing yoga?

All I can say is try it! 
‘Yoga puts into perspective what words cannot’

What music are you jamming to right now?

Some old school Jamiroquai

What has been the most rewarding thing about being a teaching yoga?

Watching people float out of class with a great big grin on their faces, DEFINITELY!

Where else can we find you?

lg-yoga.com
Facebook

Anything else you would like to add?

Yoga has given me happiness, a sense of healing, hope, peace and quiet, a broader mind, a lighter heart and a bigger capacity to love.