Energized and enlivened by the beauty of Indian singing and instrumental uniqueness, Jaya began leading kirtan, call and response mantras accompanied by instruments such as the harmonium, tablas, the two-headed mrdanga, or in Jaya’s case, the 12-string guitar. She began writing her own devotional songs in the 1990′s on the Hawaiian islands. Her name was bestowed upon receiving harinam initiation from a great Vaisnava saint from India. It translates to “victory to the goddess Lakshmi”, the Hindu goddess of fortune and spiritual wealth. Since then, Jaya has created 4 solo albums on Sequoia Records.
Gentle acoustics coupled with peaceful vocals, Ananda Yogiji is a talented musician and composer. Not only is his music fed by mantras and a deep devotional spirit, but also his practice of yoga and meditation (primarily Kundalini) for over five years. He is a singer, a guitarist, a teacher, harmonium and Bansuri flute player, and a open and kind soul. Since partnering with Jaya Lakshmi, he has performed with artists like Jai Uttal, Shimshai, David Newman and Dave Stringer.
Since the two came together in November 2010, their collaboration has resulted in an incredible musical fusion, sacred and beautiful. Their album, Live at the Altar of Love’ was a product of their Altar of Love Immersions which involve teaching yoga together, performing music and holding ceremony.
07/15 Oregon Country Fair
Veneta, OR :: Oregon Country Fair Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda will be playing at the Front Porch all weekend. Click here for more details.
07/23 Mystic Garden Gathering
Cave Junction :: Lake Selmac Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda will be performing a Kirtan and Kirtronica as well as teach a Kundalini Yoga workshop at this years Mystic Garden Gathering. Please join us for this very special gathering. To receive $10 off, enter code 1008. See you there!!
08/03 Jaya and Ananda @ Breitenbush Hot Springs w/ Jeffrey Williams
Detroit :: Breitenbush Hot Springs Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda will be accompanying Jeffrey Williams’ EDGU teacher training at Breitenbush. In addition to the EDGU training, Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda will be performing a Sunday night Kirtan, Wednesday night Kirtronica ecstatic dance, as well as a Kundalini Yoga Workshop and Cacao Ceremony on Thursday Aug. 3rd. *Music nights will be open to the public.
08/13 Beloved Festival
Tidewater, OR :: Beloved Festival Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda will be performing Thursday night in the purple tent to start the maha blessing of the 2012 Beloved Festival!! They will aslo be teaching a Kundalini Yoga workshop as well as playing music for several artists and Yoga classes. Hope to see you there!!
08/19 Altar of Love Weekend Shasta
Mt. Shasta :: Shasta Yoga Center Join Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda at the Shasta Yoga Center for a very special Altar of Love Weekend. They will be offering Kirtan, ‘Kirtronica’ Ecstatic Dance, Yoga and a cacao ceremony.
Joshua Tree, CA :: Bhakti Fest Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda will be performing a Kirtan and Kirtronica performance as well as be playing for yoga classes and workshops. Be sure to use the discount code “2012Jaya” to receive $25 off. Hari!!
09/16 Harbin, Altar of Love Weekend
Middletown :: Harbin Hot Springs Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda will be holding an Altar of Love weekend at Harbin. Thursday night Kirtronica ecstatic dance, Saturday night Kirtan, yoga workshops and cacao ceremony Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Ashland, OR :: Jackson Wellsprings Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda will be performing Kirtan and Kirtronica as well as teaching yoga workshops at the first annual PranaFest.