David Newman Music
David Newman or Durga Das, as he is also known, is a Kirtan Chant Artist and a practitioner and educator of Bhakti Yoga - the yoga of love. David's music, rooted in the ancient yogic tradition of sound as a healing path toward self discovery (Nada Yoga), embodies a devotional mysticism, distinctive musicality, poetic intimacy and a deep respect for India's ancient chant tradition.
- Name: David Newman (Durga Das)
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
New CD - Travel Well - Released Today!
Today is the official release date of my new CD - Travel Well! I am thrilled to finally be able to share this music with you. Yoga Journal called the CD a 'Kirtan Crossover' and a 'laid back, classic rock inspired album that contemplates the spiritual journey.'
Travel Well is now available for download on iTunes! Here is the link:
You can also order it through Amazon, my Website, and White Swan Records
Again, my deepest gratitude for your continued enthusiasm and support. You are truly the inspiration behind the music.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
NEW CD WILL BE RELEASED JANUARY, 14TH!
The cover below was designed by the one and only Jon Marro.
Get ready to rock!
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Article by BrightStar...
Here's an article just posted by BrightStar Live Events. Enjoy! David
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Stay Strong Project 2 Just Released!
...Has just been released! Check out the new video 'You Can Count On Me/Shyam Bolo'... http://youtu.be/0p2Dx9TsKX8. On it, Mira and I are joined by Donna De Lory, C.C. White, Shyam Das, The Kirtaniyas, Govindas and Radha, Deepak Ramapriyan, Joey Lugassy, Duke Mushroom, Philippo Franchini and many more. The recording is available on iTunes & Amazon and contributes 100% of proceeds to Global Green USA's Green School Building Program, a vital endeavor supporting children, by example, to shepherd a sustainable future!
Stay Strong and Please Spread the Love!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Stay Strong Project, Volume 2
It was recorded and filmed at the legendary Village Recorder in W. LA in coordination with Shiva Baum and Amy Dewhurst. Get ready for a blast of love directly to the heart. Will keep you posted on it's release!
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
New CD Fund Raising Campaign
I've decided to explore a new platform in which artists seek direct support from their audience to realize their creative vision. Therefore, I am reaching out to you, my community, for support in recording my next CD. Please have a look at my fund raising campaign, here is the link... http://igg.me/p/202661?a=1017001.
Thank you for your consideration and please spread the word to others who you feel would be interested in contributing.
with Much Love, David
Saturday, May 05, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Memorial Day Omega Retreat with Bart Marshall and I, May 25-28
About a year and a half ago, I met an extraordinary man named Bart Marshall. Since then, Bart has been a transformational teacher for me. I was thrilled that Bart agreed to offer a weekend program together at beautiful Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Bart, being a master of Jnana Yoga (Self Inquiry) and I a Bhakti Yoga practitioner, we thought it would be wonderful to combine the two and therefore created a program entitled... Jnana & Bhakti Yoga Immersion: Self Inquiry, Surrender & Awakening! What's even better is that the program is around the corner and happening over Memorial Day Weekend, May 25th to 28th! I cordially invite you to join us for I know it's going to be both a joyous and enlightening weekend.
Details are at:
with Love, David
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Love Belongs to everyone Video Release!
'Love Belongs to Everyone', the second video from STARS, is officially released today!
Here's the link to the video... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q7BgT5dUek
For it's release, White Swan Records and I have joined forces with the non-profit human rights organization WITNESS, co- founded by Peter Gabriel! A portion of the proceeds from every download of this song and from the sales of STARS, will be donated to WITNESS. Visit http://witness.org to learn more about their empowering global activism...
Please share this video with others to help us in this effort
with Much Love!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
STARS IS NOW AVAILABLE!
STARS, the new CD, is released today!!!
I hope you all enjoy the music as much as we enjoyed making it.
Below is the link for STARS on iTunes.
It's also available on Amazon, on the store page of this site, and at many other digital music sites.
Have a blessed Spring Equinox and Happy Listening (and maybe dancing too)!
Monday, March 19, 2012
Jnana & Bhakti Yoga Intensive: Self Inquiry, Surrender & Awakening
with Bart Marshall and David Newman at Omega Institute
May 25th to 28th (Memorial Day Weekend)
Dive deeply into the confluence of two great yogic rivers—jnana and bhakti, self-realization and devotional love—through the practice of kirtan and satsang. This 3-day jnana and bhakti yoga intensive offers lively discussions, music, chanting, self-inquiry, and a joyous immersion into heart-centered yogic practices.
Explore the path to a direct experience of truth with two seasoned practitioners and teachers, Bart Marshall and David Newman (Durga Das). Newman, an internationally known chant artist, combines mantra, yogic teachings, adventurous musicality, and poetic intimacy in song as an embodiment of bhakti. Marshall, an open-hearted spiritual teacher, offers his forthright, unflinching guidance as we explore self-inquiry, surrender ourselves into practice, and awaken to a direct realization of truth.
This intensive offers ample time for personal interaction with both David and Bart and is suitable for new practitioners as well as seasoned travelers of the path.
Bart Marshall is a spiritual teacher and author of the acclaimed translation of ancient spiritual texts, The Perennial Way: New English Versions of Yoga Sutras, Dhammapada, Heart Sutra, Ashtavakra Gita, Faith Mind Sutra, and Tao Te Ching. He is also writer and producer of the feature documentary, Mister Rose.
David Newman (Durga Das) is a kirtan chant performer and recording artist, sacred singer-songwriter, and practitioner and educator of bhakti yoga—the yoga of love. He is also author of Merging with Grace, and founder of The Stay Strong Project and Yoga On Main in Philadelphia. davidnewmanmusic.com
• FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO REGISTER, GO TO:
Monday, February 13, 2012
Video Valentine - 'Thinking of You'
Sunday, February 12, 2012
NEW CD RELEASE!
David's new CD, Stars is available February 14th for pre-order on iTunes. Its official release date is March 20th and will be released on White Swan Records! A portion of proceeds from Stars will go to Peter Gabriel's non-profit human rights organization Witness.org
Sunday, May 08, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Bliss Beat Yoga and Music Festival
I am very much looking forward to joining some of my wonderful colleagues at this amazing festival in Italy this July. Come join us if you are able!!!
Monday, April 04, 2011
Love Peace & Freedom Video
Sound Check - Madrid, Spain
Enjoy this Sound Check in Madrid, Spain at Festival Mantras 4/1/11 with Rama Bala, Jordan Jancz, and Morgan Doctor. Working out some new material... 'Love Belongs to Everyone' or 'El Amor nos Pertenece a Todos'... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWuoUc1Ch3U
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Stay Strong Project Released Today!
We are thrilled to announce the release of The Stay Strong Project! http://www.staystrongproject.org
The Stay Strong Project is a charity offering in the style of 'We Are The World'. Over 30 Chant and Yoga Luminaries have come together to join their voices and hearts on a song and video entitled, ‘Stay Strong’ for a worthy environmental cause.
Stay Strong participants include: David Newman, Mira, Krishna Das, Seane Corn, Jai Uttal, Wah, Sharon Gannon, Snatam Kaur, Sean Johnson, Donna De Lory, Gaura Vani, Dave Stringer, Girish, Shantala, Shyam Das, Govindas and Radha, Suzanne Sterling, Kirtan Rabbi, C.C. White, Saul David Raye, Bob Wisdom, Prema Hara, Brenda McMorrow, Amy Barnes, Gina Sala, Yvette Om, Zat Baraka, Terra Gold, Philippo Franchini, Tony Khalife, Radhanath Swami, and more...
100% of the proceeds of Stay Strong go to Global Green USA, a non-profit organization supporting efforts for the Gulf Coast recovery and other environmental and humanitarian concerns. So, when you download the song Stay Strong from iTunes and other digital sites, you will be directly donating to Global Green’s environmental efforts! Stay Strong will be distributed by Nutone Music.
The vision of The Stay Strong Project is to spread a global message of unity and to inspire others to come together in service, celebration, and prayer, and to remain positive in challenging times. The Stay Strong Project also aims at bringing healing to our Mother Earth and to all who inhabit our beautiful planet!
To watch the groundbreaking Stay Strong Video, and link to iTunes to purchase the song, please visit: http://www.staystrongproject.org
You can also join us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stay-Strong/126153467432877
STAY STRONG AND PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE LOVE!
Monday, January 10, 2011
Love Peace & Freedom at March for Justice Rally in DC, Jan. 17th!
I have been invited to sing Love Peace and Freedom at the March For Justice Rally on Monday, January 17th (Martin Luther King Day) on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. It goes from 11 am to 1 pm and will be a powerful experience! If you are interested in participating, here is a link to the Rally...
There will be a bus going from Philadelphia (Conshohocken area). If you are interested in catching a ride, drop Mira a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
with Love! David
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Stay Strong Project Website!
The Stay Strong Project website is now up... http://www.staystrongproject.org. Check it out and have a listen to a sample of 'Stay Strong' with over 30 Chant and Yoga luminaries lending their voices on this charity offering. The full song and video will be available in early February, 2011.You can also view photos from the making of The Stay Strong Project at... http://staystrongproject.shutterfly.com
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
My recent NPR interview is now archived online. Here is the link below to listen....http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wvia/local-wvia-937555.mp3
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wishing You all a most joy filled Thanksgiving! As an offering to express my gratitude for you in my life, please go to the link below to download the song 'Thank You' from my CD, Lotus Feet. Feel the abundant blessings all around you today and every day.
Friday, October 15, 2010
STAY STRONG PROJECT!
The Stay Strong Project ... is a charity offering in the style of 'We Are The World' initiated by a song I wrote entitled 'Stay Strong'. Over 30 Chant Artists, Yogis and Yoginis have come together to lend their voices and hearts on the project. Participants include: Mira and I, Krishna Das, Seane Corn, Jai Uttal, Wah, Sharon Gannon, Snatam Kaur, Sean Johnson, Donna De Lory, Gaura Vani, Dave Stringer, Girish, Shantala, Shyam Das, Govindas and Radha, Suzanne Sterling, Kirtan Rabbi, C.C. White, Saul David Raye, Bob Wisdom, Prema Hara, Brenda McMorrow, Amy Barnes, Gina Sala, Yvette Om, Zat Baraka, Terra Gold, Philippo Franchini, Tony Khalife, Radhanath Swami, and more... The Song and Video are due out on Nutone Records early February, 2011!
The Stay Strong Project is partnered with Global Green USA, http://www.globalgreen.org, an organization involved in supporting efforts for the Gulf Coast recovery and other environmental and humanitarian concerns, including: green building, climate solutions, security and sustainability and clean water projects! 100% of the project proceeds go to Global Green!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Just found out I received 'The Gandharva Award' for excellence in Indian Music from the AAPNA (Association of Ayurveda Professionals of North America). Imagine that :) www.aapna.org
Sunday, September 19, 2010
STAY STRONG PROJECT!
Stay Strong will be released as a song and video, with 100% of the proceeds going to Global Green, USA. Joining Mira and I on The Stay Strong Project are: Krishna Das, Seane Corn, Jai Uttal, Wah, Sharon Gannon, Snatam Kaur, Sean Johnson, Donna De Lory, Gaura Vani, Dave Stringer, Girish, Shantala, Shyam Das, Govindas and Radha, Suzanne Sterling, Kirtan Rabbi, Saul David Raye, Bob Wisdom, Radhanath Swami and many more. The vision of The Stay Strong Project is to create a Global message that shows the community coming together through music, song, and prayer, to unite and uplift people and strengthen their ability to help in times of need.
Look for Stay Strong's release in early, 2011~
Also, please feel free to visit The Stay Strong Facebook Page:
...and enjoy this live version of Stay Strong at Bhaktifest, joined by Mira, Philippo, Steve Gorn, John Dekadt, Kit Thomas, Mary Arden Collins, Dave Stringer and Govindas!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
On The Bhakti Trail - July, 2010
Hope your summer has started off with joy... it certainly has with heat here in Philadelphia! We just finished a series of CD Release Kirtans culminating with a wonderful evening in the Philadelphia area last Saturday! This weekend we're off to Woodstock and Saratoga Springs, NY followed by a visit to Kripalu and New London, CT.
Meanwhile, I'd like to share a few happenings on the Bhakti Trail with all of you!!
1. Some Recent Interviews:
• This interview was filmed by Dazza Greenwood for New Media Kula at Flow Yoga the evening of our CD Release Kirtan in DC...
• This is an interview with Katrina Fox for the Australian Web Magazine: The Scavenger...
2. Just Added: Concert at The Tin Angel, August 19th!
For a while now I've wanted to offer an intimate concert of my devotional songs.
Well, that will take place at The Tin Angel, one of Philadelphia's premier acoustic cafes on Thursday, August 19th. I will have my band, the Beloveds joining me for this. The evening will feature songs from five of my CDs, some new compositions, and will be interlaced with chanting.
Here are the details...
An Evening with David Newman and the Beloveds!
Thursday, August 19th, 8:30PM
Join Recording Artist and Sacred Singer Songwriter David Newman for an evening of poignant songs of mystical beauty celebrating the path of love.
20 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2802
To purchase tickets online, go to http://tinyurl.com/DavidNewmanTinAngel
3. Private Sessions:
A note to let you all know that this summer I will be offering private sessions in person and over the phone! Here's a description...
David’s private sessions assist you in going deeper into the devotional, meditative, and spiritual aspects of life. David’s gift is his ability to respond intuitively to your desire to deepen both the practice and expression of Love as an integrated way of life. David translates and personalizes ancient Yogic teachings as practical principles for spiritual transformation and to inspire greater joy, creativity and purpose in your daily life. The sessions, though intensive, are deeply nurturing and supportive with the highest consideration given to your individual needs.
To schedule an appointment, contact me at: email@example.com
4. Summer Tour Schedule
Our July and August Schedule include stops in New London, CT, Nashville, TN, Tampa, FL, New Orleans, LA, Dayton, OH, Buffalo, NY, Toronto, ON, Keene, NH, North Kingstown, RI, Kirtan College at Yogaville in Virginia, and Bhaktifest at Joshua Tree, CA!
Details are on the events page...
That's all for now.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Our New VLOG
Om Namah Shivaya Everyone!!
Check out our new VLOG and enjoy some of our moments caught on video 'On The Bhakti Trail'.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
TO BE HOME - RELEASED TODAY!
My New CD - To Be Home - was just officially released today!
It is available on my Website, iTunes, Amazon and many more internet music sites...
Here are some links, Enjoy!! David
To Be Home is a rich collection of healing Kirtan chants and passionate songs of devotion in a lush acoustic roots musical landscape. On To Be Home, David is joined by Mira, Grammy® Award winning producer Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris), legendary drummer Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney), Guitarists Philippo Franchini and Rama Bala, Keyboardist John McDowell (Sting, Santana), tabla and esraj master Benjy Wertheimer, and renowned bansuri flutist Steve Gorn. To Be Home is a genre transcending tapestry of spirited sound poetry that weaves elements of the past, present, east and west into a mystical and magical elixir for the heart.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Featured on amazon
Amazon is featuring the new CD - TO BE HOME!
You can stream full songs of the entire CD at this link below. Enjoy!!!
Thursday, April 01, 2010
On The Bhakti Trail - April, 2010
Mira and I just returned from a magical visit to the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas. We were part of an Interfaith Devotional Music Festival called ‘On the Wings of Ecstacy’. It included some truly gifted musical and devotional offerings such as chanting with Russill Paul and Reema Datta, Gospel with Ken Whiteley, Sufi Music with Davod Azad and Kaballah Kirtan with Yofiya. It was simply wonderful…as was the weather and ocean!
And so life goes on… with lots of good things happening this spring.
In April, Mira and I will take some quiet time with just a few dates in Ohio, Pittsburgh, Virginia and a couple of local kirtans at the end of the month in the Philadelphia area. I’ve included theses dates below. May begins with Kirtan College (2nd to 7th) and Spring Ecstatic Chant (7th to 9th) at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.
Here are those links to read more!
Well, welcome to 2010. You can now have your very own ‘Official David Newman iPhone App’. It has music, tour dates, videos, photos, puzzles and more! It's available at iTunes. Here’s the link… http://tinyurl.com/NewmanA
Ahhh and the new CD… To Be Home! This will be out in late April… Here’s a link to the press blog from Nettwerk Records… http://tinyurl.com/Nettwer
The release will be followed by a series of CD Release Kirtans throughout the country in May, June and July. These will include:
• Colorado – Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Steamboat Springs
• California – Los Angeles, Encinitas, and Ojai
• Texas – Houston, Dallas, Corpus Christi, and Austin
• New York – Port Washington, New York City, Woodstock, Saratoga
• Pennsylvania – Gladwyne, Bethlehem
• Lenox, Massachusetts
• Washington DC, Frederick, MD, Tampa, FL, Nashville, TN and New Orleans
~All CD Release dates are all on the events page of my website… and there probably will be a few more added!
That’s all for now… sending much love!!!
PS…On the inspiration front, I just read the book…
‘The Forty Rules of Love: A Rumi Novel’ by Elif Shafak
"Love is the Strongest Medicine" Neem Karoli Baba
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
It's Here... The Official David Newman iPhone App. Has music, tour dates, videos, photos, puzzles and more! It's available at iTunes and at the link below... Enjoy!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Pre-Order and Listen to New CD!
There you can listen to clips and pre-order a copy.
April 27th is the official released date at which time it will also be available on iTunes, Amazon and other internet music sites...
I am elated to share the new music with you. Enjoy!!
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
MA'S INDIA BLOG...
2010 Kirtan College Photos
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Kirtan College at Omega, May 2nd to 7th!
• Mira and I will be offering Kirtan College at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, May 2nd - 7th!!
Join us at Omega Institute in the beautiful Hudson Valley for an unforgettable five day Kirtan and Bhakti Yoga immersion. Kirtan College will support you in making Kirtan and Bhakti Yoga a more significant part of your daily practice and the means to gain greater confidence in sharing Kirtan with others. It will be an unforgettable week of joyful learning and exchange of heart!
For more information on Kirtan College at Omega, please go to...
• Omega's Spring Ecstatic Chant Weekend will take place May 7th - 9th following Kirtan College.
In addition to Mira and I, it will feature Donna De Lory, Jai Uttal, Shyam Das, Gaura Vani, Sruti Ram and Ishwari. Attendees of Kirtan College will receive a 25% discount off tuition for Spring Ecstatic Chant!
For more information on Spring Ecstatic Chant, please go to...
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
My music is now on Pandora Radio. Here's the link...
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Recently I was interviewed on the Full Lotus Kirtan Show...
You can listen to the podcast on iTunes...
I am on the second hour....
Monday, January 18, 2010
Mira and I are now ambassadors for a wonderful charity called 'Shanti Uganda'.
Here's the link... http://www.shantiuganda.org/pages/ambassadors
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Mira and I as well as so many in our community and around the
world have been feeling great sadness to see the suffering as
a result of the recent catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. As we
are all feeling a desire to help in some way to relieve the pain
of those whose lives have been struck by the devastation,
below I have includes some ideas and resources to support
you in reaching out and making a difference...
• Of course, keep the people of Haiti in your prayers and
meditations. We can't underestimate the power to heal that
comes from bringing our hearts and minds together in prayer.
For in truth, we are all connected!
• Enlist your talents and those of others to organize a benefit to
raise funds for relief efforts. For those of you who teach yoga,
play music, or whatever other gifts you may possess, it is
always uplifting to bring your community together in some way
to both raise funds and pray for healing. Here in the
Philadelphia area, this Thursday night, Mira and I are
participating in an event called 'Chant Chai and Charity' which
will support a relief organization called 'Partners in Health'.
Here's the event link... http://act.pih.org/page/event/detail/wx7
• Here is a list of ways that you can donate. I've included
various links for you to explore the option that most resonates
1. PARTNERS IN HEALTH: Partners in Health focuses upon
research, advocacy and publications related to providing
health for the poor worldwide.
2. OXFAM: A group of non-governmental organizations from
three continents working worldwide to fight poverty and
3. RED CROSS: An easy and quick way to donate to the Red
Cross is to text the word 'Haiti' to the number - 90999 on your
cell phone. This will send a $10 donation to the Red Cross that
will simply be added to your cell phone bill.
4. WORLD CONCERN: Concern Worldwide is a non-
governmental, international, humanitarian organization
dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the
ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest
countries. To donate for Haiti Relief, go to...
5. AMMA'S HAITI RELIEF FUND: Amma, the great Saint and
Spiritual luminary is always quick to organize relief efforts after
any significant diaster. Go to this link and scroll down on the roll
down bar to find 'Haiti'.
6. CARE: Founded in 1945 to provide relief to survivors of
World War II, CARE is one of the world's largest private
international humanitarian organizations.
7. UNICEF: The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is absorbing all
associated administrative costs so that 100% of every dollar
you give to the US fund will support Unicef's relief efforts for
children in Haiti.
8. WILLIAM J. CLINTON FOUNDATION: Former president Bill
Clinton's effort to raise funds for Haiti.
• OUR BENEFIT:
Chant, Chai and Charity: Haiti Relief Benefit
Thursday, January 21st – 7:30 PM
Guest Appearance with Steven Groff, Sarah Halley
and Rama Bala
Haverford Square, 2nd Floor
385 W. Lancaster Ave.
Haverford, PA 20005
In Prayer and Oneness!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
LOVE PEACE AND FREEDOM!
Love, Peace and Freedom. Enjoy!
Wishing you all blessed Holidays and New Year!!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
FREE HOLIDAY DOWNLOAD!
Please enjoy this holiday offering as my gift to you. It is a piece called Sweet Ram/Hanuman Chalisa. Mira, Rama and I recorded this live demo on Hanuman Jayanti, April 9th, 2009.
Go to the link below to download it for free!
It is my way of saying thank you for your support and for sharing with me the gifts of your heart.
Enjoy and Love!! David
(Click on the zip on your desktop for the mp3)
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Los Angeles Kirtan Video
Enjoy this lovely video of our recent Kirtan in Los Angeles at the Bhakti Yoga Shala....
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Recording Session Photos
Photos from our recording sessions in Woodstock, Enjoy!!! David
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
On the Bhakti Trail - Seva Edition, November '09
Welcome to the 10th edition of "On The Bhakti Trail - SEVA Edition."
Please enjoy this month’s theme – Yoga for Young People!
David’s Upcoming Touring Schedule
David and Mira are currently enjoying their Japan Tour. They arrive back in Los Angeles on November 9th and will be offering events in Santa Barbara on November 13th and Los Angeles on November 14th & 15th.
In the first half of December please join David, Mira and Band in NYC at the Integral Yoga Institute on December 12th and in Philadelphia at Yoga On Main on December 19th & 20th.
To see more details please visit the events page at: www.davidnewmanmusic.com
New CD Recording
During the second half of November, David will record his next CD with Grammy award winning producer, Trina Shoemaker. They will record in Woodstock, NY at Dreamland Studio with many amazing musicians including Mira, Philippo Franchini, Jerry Marotta, Jordan Jancz, Rama Bala, John Mcdowell, Steve Gorn, Benjy Wertheimer, Wynne Paris among others! Look for the new release in May 2010 on Nutone Music.
Kirtan College in February
The 3rd annual Kirtan College with David and Mira will be held at Kashi Ashram in Sebastian, Florida, February 21st to 28th, 2010.
This is an exciting training program for those looking to gain the understanding, confidence, and tools to develop a regular chanting practice, utilize the healing application of chanting in daily life and cultivate the musical skills to accompany, compose and lead Kirtan in a group.
For more details visit: http://www.davidnewmanmusic.com/start/kirtancollege.html
Yoga for Young People
“THEY ARE OUR EVOLUTION
THEY ARE THE TEACHERS
THEY REMIND ME TO SLOW DOWN AND BREATHE
THEY SHOW ME MYSELF
THEY TEACH ME PATIENCE
THEY ARE LOVE
THEY ARE UNREPEATABLE MIRACLES (every one of them)
THEY ARE MAGIC”
Please share this newsletter with friends and family!
Donate $ 25 or more to receive a Yoga Mind Body Fitness DVD for Children ... and the Yoga Health Foundation will match your donation and send a complementary DVD to a school or teacher of your choice. Your donation will enable us to bring Yoga-based Mind Body Fitness programs to schools for FREE, reaching thousands of children and inspire them to live a healthy lifestyle.
Yoga Journal - When presented in a child's language, yoga can help counter the stress experienced by young people living in a hurry-up world.
Yoga for Kids; Let the Body Breathe, By Mira Binzen
A ‘How To’ article on teaching kids Pranayama.
Yoga Kids: Silly to Calm - A fun video you can share with kids age 3-6.
Yoga at Olympic High school
This short video is the story of how yoga can impact the lives of young people. Two teachers come to Olympic High School in Venice, CA to start a yoga class for girls. We see how yoga touches lives beyond what happens on the mat during class. Yoga is a transformational practice and has implications on education, communication, relationships and self-esteem.
Urban youths find health and hope through yoga practice and lifestyle. Former gang members and foster home kids find a way to deal with emotions.
Musical Yoga for Kids, Kira Willey
Listen to one of her songs: http://tinyurl.com/KiraWilley
Relaxation and Visual Meditations, Lori Lite http://stressfreekids.com/category/products/cds/
A message from Lori Lite, “We have developed a line of children’s books, CDs, and curriculums designed to help children manage anxiety, stress, and anger while promoting self-esteem and peaceful sleep. We are the first to introduce research-based, stress management techniques in this unique storytelling format. Psychologists, child life care specialists, teachers, counselors, parents; military families, yoga fans, the Autism community and most importantly children have embraced us.
Yoga is an effective tool to address trauma in youth. We all know young people communicate differently than adults. Depending on their age, kids use less words, more words, louder words, quieter words or no words at all. These differences in communication styles are often exaggerated or reconfigured in the face of trauma with a young person becoming more withdrawn, anxious, fatigued, tense or numb. When this occurs, yoga and movement are one of the beautiful tools that can help open them up to their joyful selves again. The combination of play, safety, calmness, creativity and community building, work wonders on getting youth in touch with themselves without “talking”. They are able to experience the world being safe again while simultaneously building their own strength and wisdom. And ironically after all this play and stress release, the kids can’t help but express their experiences in many, many words.
One of our favorite programs aiding youth exposed to trauma is Youth-Abilitation. Their approach blends yoga, movement therapy, and mentorship into a creative and effective curriculum youth can relate too. Programs are available nationally. If you know of an organization or group of youth that could benefit from these teachings, please e-mail Director, Taryn Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org If you are an instructor who would like to learn about teaching for YA please contact them at Youth.Abilitation@me.com
Yoga Ed www.yogaed.com
Yoga Ed. Develops and produces health/wellness programs, trainings and products for teacher, parents, children and health professional that improve academic, physical fitness, emotional intelligence and stress management.
If you are interested in teaching Yoga to children read their program overviews. http://www.yogaed.com/instructors.html
Yoga Playgrounds Teacher Training: Spaces and Structures for Health and Empowerment With Leah Kalish
For everyone with a regular yoga practice who wants to share yoga skills with children in school, home, studio, or therapeutic settings.
Learn to design yoga-based classes and sessions for kids that progressively develop physical, mental, emotional, and social skills along with health. Discover how to ground yoga in play while exploring themes such as breathing, alignment, focus, flexibility, kindness, teamwork, resilience, finesse, and so much more. You will be guided in creating lesson plans that transform yoga practice into playgrounds of self-discovery.
Featured Youth Yoga Teacher
Cheri Rae Russell
I met Cheri at Bhakti Fest this September and immediately fell in love with her. She shared stories of how the yogic tools she taught inspired the kids to make life affirming choices. After speaking with her for only two minutes I was in tears (of inspiration)!
Cheri is located in downtown LA at her yoga studio Peace Yoga. She also rides her bike (yoga mats piled on the back) all over downtown LA teaching yoga to “at risk” youth anywhere they’ll “let her.”
When asked why Cheri does what she does she replied, “Because the very act of breathing is living (our common thread) and we know that yoga is the science of breathe with movement (pranayama and asana) and I can think of nothing more important on the planet then teaching children to go within and have an intimate relationship with themselves.”
For the past 17 years Cheri has been teaching Yoga to youth and is currently supporting the girls at Homegirl Café with free yoga classes. To donate and learn more about Homegirl Services visit Cheri’s site and click on the ‘heart chakra’. www.peaceyogagallery.com You can also give your support to Cheri with financial donations as well as new yoga mats and props.
Editor: Hillary Branoff
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Thursday, October 01, 2009
On the Bhakti Trail - October '09
Mira and I just returned home from an absolutely adventurous and grace filled European tour. We had wonderful events in Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and the UK.
We now roll into a really exciting October including the Vancouver Yoga Conference, an evening in Portland, Oregon, a Kirtan Festival at Yogaville in Virginia with Shantala and Shyam Das and our very first Japan Tour!!! On our way back from Japan, we’ll stop in Southern California for events in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara…
Upon arriving back on the east coast in November, we will record the next CD in Woodstock, NY - that is after we travel around the world first. We will be working with Trina Shoemaker, a gifted producer, engineer and mixer who has won several Grammys for her work with Sheryl Crow. We will be making music with some amazing musicians and will mix where Trina lives…in Nashville. Should be a blast!! Look for the new release in May, 2010!
Below, among our tour dates and details, we have included some youtube clips of recent appearances from the omega ecstatic chant weekend and our European tour! Last, my record label, Nutone, has just released a Kirtan compilation that will be available at Whole Foods Markets around the country; the specifics are below.
Well, that’s what’s new on the Bhakti Trail – never a dull moment. I hope all is rich and abundant in your life too.
That's it for the newsletter, send away!!!!
October 3rd to 5th
Yoga and Pilates Conference and Show
Join David, Mira and Philippo Franchini for an evening of Kirtan on October 3rd, 8-10pm as well as four workshop classes throughout the weekend!
To see David’s conference schedule visit: http://tinyurl.com/vancouveryoga
To register for the conference visit: www.theyogaconference.com
Monday, October 5th
Bhaktishop Yoga Center
2500 SE 26th Ave.
Portland, OR 97202
October 9th to 12th
Kirtan Festival with David & Mira, Shantala & Shyamdas
108 Yogaville Way
Open your heart and elevate your mind. Join us for a not-to-be-missed opportunity to surrender into bliss as you immerse yourself in the sacred sounds of Kirtan with David, Mira, Shyam Das and Shantala at beautiful Yogaville in Virginia!!
David and Mira’s First Tour in Japan!
Osaka, Japan at Spirit Yoga Studio, October 31st – November 1st
Kyoto, Japan at Amrita Media Corporation, November 3rd
Nagoya, Japan at MySOUL8 Yoga Central, November 5th
Tokyo, Japan at Under The Light Yoga Studio, November 7th-8th
Please spread the word to your friends’ in Japan and view full details at: http://davidnewmanmusic.com on the events page…
On Line Musings
• David’s Youtube Page!
Here you can check out some recently added live clips from David’s European Tour.
• David at Omega Ecstatic Chant!
Check out this youtube video of David, Mira, Philippo and Band performing "The Prophet/Hare Krishna" at Omega's Ecstatic Chant Weekend. Enjoy!!
You can now follow David on Twitter at… http://twitter.com/DavidDurgadas
Nutone Music Kirtan Chant Compilation at Whole Foods!
Nutone Music has just released a chant compilation that will be available at Whole Foods stores around the country. It includes David’s He Maha Laskhmi from Love Peace Chant as well as tracks from Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Donna De Lory, Sean Johnson, Wah and the Wild Lotus Band, Bhagavan Das, Wade Morissette, and Reema Datta. Here's the link below. Please spread the word to all whole foods shoppers :)
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Amsterdam Global Mala!!
Enjoy these two clips from the Amsterdam Global Mala Celebration!
Kirtan with 200 + Dutch Yogis! Jai Ho!! D-
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Our Band at Omega on Youtube...
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Omega Ecstatic Chant
I just returned from Ecstatic Chant Weekend at Omega. Here's a video from the Grand Finale...
Hari Bol, David