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Yoga on Disc: Reviews of CDs by KYTA Conference 2007 presenters and entertainers

Summer 2007

by Tresca Weinstein

Meditation Made Possible, Volume I: Meditation on the Breath
Bhavani Lorraine Nelson

With wisdom, humor, crystal clarity, and down-to-earth, detailed directions, Bhavani Lorraine Nelson makes meditation not only possible, but also understandable, approachable, and inspiring. A teacher of meditation for 20 years, Bhavani weaves metaphors, stories, and her own experience into an enlightening explanation of the practice—perfect as an introduction for new meditators or as a reminder to experienced practitioners of what it's all about—and then guides us through the practice. The design allows users to customize their experience as far as length and how much guidance they'd like on any particular day.

Bhavani will lead a sound meditation Friday evening at the conference.

This Rhythm is Not Mine
John de Kadt

Using traditional percussion instruments, including the jun jun, calbasa, kora, and shakeree, John doesn't just create music with his drumming, he creates entire worlds of sound. Couple that with his spoken-word poetry and you get a hypnotic, atmospheric experience that keeps you riveted and ignites an urge to move and dance that comes from deep in your core. From a love poem to family ("We Are Still Here") to a lament for the homeless ("Sidwalk") to a layered ska-like rhythm poem ("Slap"), his phrases are spare and evocative. The disc also includes instrumental versions of five of the poems.

John performs "The Primal Thread: Percussion and Poetry" Saturday evening and joins Shantala and flautist Steve Gorn for a Sunday evening kirtan.

Red Velvet Slide

"Lean over for a kiss...we're fab/Let's wander through the night like two magnets in a science lab." That's a sample of the fresh and clever lyrics of Red Velvet Slide, otherwise known as Chris Brenne and Parul Vakani, who write, sing, and accompany themselves on guitar, keyboards, and percussion. Once described as a mix between Sting and Sarah McLaughlin, the duo balances rocking love songs like "Apres Soiree" with introspective ballads like "Unchartered Terrain" and "Fly Through the Rain."

Chris performs "Music for Body and Soul" Saturday evening. Parul and Shivanand Thomas Amelio will lead a Sunday morning chanting session.

The Love Window: Sacred Chants of Devotion

This collection of eight Sanskrit chants from husband-and-wife musical duo Benjy and Heather Wertheimer is mystical, moving, and mesmerizing. Benjy studied Indian classical music for more than 25 years with masters Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain, and Ali Akbar Khan. Heather has toured with Steve Gorn, Manose, and Deva Premal and Miten. From the driving "Durga" to the ethereal "Om Mata Kali," Heather's soaring vocals and Benjy's rhythmic landscapes capture the timelessness of the chants and give them a vibrant, joyous energy.

Shantala will offer a Sunday evening kirtan at the conference.

Complete list of articles by this author:

The 1999 KYTA Conference Fosters Excitement and Growth

KYTA's Teaching for Diversity Program

Scenes from a Conference: More than 300 teachers attend KYTA Conference 2000

Snapshots from KYTA Conference 2001

Bindu Source Johnson shares her experience

Coverage of the 2002 KYTA Conference, Oct. 24-27

Tides Foundation awards KYTA $50,000 for yoga teachers serving diverse populations

Yoga on Tape: Reviews of yoga products created by KYTA members

Yoga on Disc and Tape

KYTA Conference 2003 in words and pictures

KYTA Conference 2004

Yoga on Disc

Kripalu implements new approach to program assisting

Complete guide to Kripalu Yoga hits the shelves

Coverage of KYTA Conference 2005

Enhancing your teaching with yoga's sister science: Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist training begins in January

A sneak peek at KYTA's 2006 Yoga Teachers Conference

Yoga on Disc

Green warriors: Laura Cornell's Green Yoga Association blends yoga and ecology

Yogagaia tells the story of the universe

The yoga of laughter: Keni Fine's Sleeping Swami brings giggles and guidance to the world

Yoga on Disc: Reviews of new yoga products created by KYTA members

Changing the world in memory of a daughter: The Rachel Greene Memorial Fund

Yoga on Disc: Reviews of new yoga CDs from our members

Yoga on Disc: Reviews of CDs by KYTA Conference 2007 presenters and entertainers

Reigniting the flame: KYTA Conference 2007

New member discounts are here! Save every time you visit Kripalu

Flow states: Questions for Ed Harrold

Yoga on Disc

Yoga on Disc, Tape, and Paper

Yoga Ed. trainer awarded $150,000 grant to bring yoga to Pittsburgh public schools

Yoga Everywhere: Spotlighting our Teaching for Diversity grant recipients

Yoga on Disc and on the Page

Green Yoga Association takes new form

Yoga on Disc and on the Page: Reviews of recently released products

Yoga and the Imagination: A Q&A with Randal Williams

Yoga on Disc and on the Page

How we got to the KYTA Conference, and what we found there

Yoga Everywhere: A column spotlighting our Teaching for Diversity grant recipients

Yoga on Disc

Profile of a Cross Trainer

Seva CD 2008: The Soundtrack of Kripalu

Restorative Yoga: The Yoga of Meditation

News from the Professional Trainings Office

Deep Green Yoga

Yoga on Disc and on the Page

The State of the Training

Yoga + Ayurveda: The Perfect Formula for Balance

Edi Pasalis and the Institute for Extraordinary Living pioneer a standardized Kripalu curriculum.

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