Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda
Saturday 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda are Oregon based musical artists in the genre of mantra music. They offer kirtan, healing mantra music and Kirtronica (kirtan and electronica fusion). In just over 5 years together, they have released 7 albums on Sounds True, Spirit Voyage and independently. They tour nationally and internationally holding their own events and retreats. In addition, they perform and teach at festivals and regularly offer Kirtronica at ecstatic dances. They have been pioneers in bringing music and conscious businesses together, especially on their USA west coast tours. Their sponsors this year include Coconut Bliss, Jem Organics, Organic India and Medicinal Foods.
Jaya Lakshmi’s largest influence in the realms of mantra, kirtan and bhakti came from her connection with the Guadiya Vaishnavs, otherwise known as the Hare Krishna’s. She was initiated in 1992 by Srila Govinda Maharaj and lived on and off in ashrams and likeminded communities for years afterwards. Previous to their partnership, Jaya Lakshmi had been sharing her beautiful kirtans since 1992. She has four solo chant albums on Sequoia Records. In addition, Jaya Lakshmi was the lead singer to the highly influential tribal techno band Lost at Last before their break up in 2003.
Ananda’s main influence comes from the Kundalini Yoga tradition and teachings of Yogi Bhajan. He has been a dedicated practitioner and teacher for over 9 years and has studied with many of the great teachers of that lineage. He also completed and taught at numerous holistic yoga and leadership immersions at the Dharmalaya. (Dharmalaya is a holistic yoga, permaculture and meditation center in Eugene, Oregon, that is part of Ananda Seva.) In addition to his BA in international and sustainable business, he has a minor in East Asian Religions and studied yogic philosophy at the University of Oregon.
Yoga Teacher Bio: Ananda has been a dedicated practitioner and teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan for over 9 years. He also completed and taught at numerous holistic yoga and leadership immersions at the Dharmalaya. (Dharmalaya is a holistic yoga, permaculture and meditation center in Eugene, Oregon, that is part of Ananda Seva) In addition to his BA in international and sustainable business, he has a minor in East Asian Religions and studied yogic philosophy at the University of Oregon.
Ananda Yogiji has studied under the guidance of master teachers Gurucharan Singh, Gurmukh, Guru Singh, Hari Jiwan, Krishna Kaur and many more. He spent 4 years learning with Viriam Singh and Kaur in Eugene Oregon. He has attended nine, nine day Kundalini Yoga summer solstice intensives in New Mexico as well as been a daily practitioner for over 9 years.
Since meeting Jaya Lakshmi, they have toured nationally and internationally offering healing mantra music concerts as well as teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with live music provided by Jaya Lakshmi. Ananda regularly teaches at Beloved Festival, Bhaktifest, and Pranafest as well as has taught at the Bali Spirit Festival.