After a busy summer of festivals, Johanna Beekman will return to Live Well Studio on Friday, September 25 at 7PM with Lullaby Yoga—her one-of-a-kind blend of music and restorative yoga. In Lullaby Yoga, Johanna gently guides participants through a series of deeply relaxing restorative poses while singing and playing soothing songs and chants. The music—a blend of original and traditional pieces from a variety of cultures and traditions—facilitates the healing process by providing a luxurious, peaceful space for the mind to rest while the body relaxes, rebalances, and restores itself.
In the class Johanna will be singing several songs from Heart Beats One, her long-awaited, just-released album of original kirtan music from the traditions of yoga. The album, which features guest appearances by Ben Leinbach, Benjy Wertheimer, Girish, Jaya Lakshmi, Ananda, Gina Sala, Daniel Paul, Hans Christian, Bibi McGill, and other esteemed members of the global kirtan community, is being greeted with some remarkable words of praise from musicians, yoga teachers, and others who've heard it: stellar… gorgeous… beautiful... healing… haunting… amazing… extraordinary.... You can read more about the album and hear (for a limited time) all of the tracks all the way through at JohannaSings.com. You can buy tracks there or pick up a copy of the CD in person at Johanna’s class.
Johanna will also be singing and playing at a special RhythmAsana class with Lea Bayles, George Beekman, and Lyris Cooper on Saturday, September 26, 10:30 to noon at the Corvallis Unitarian Fellowship.) RhythmAsana is a unique and joyous mix of yoga, movement meditation, dance and live world music, including (of course) songs from Johanna’s new album.
The Lullaby Yoga class and the RhythmAsana event will be Johanna's only two Corvallis appearances before she goes on a tour of the West Coast with fellow kirtan artist Mike Cohen.