Beyond Love: Soothing the Soul
Lullaby Yoga was born literally by accident. I was hit by a drunk driver shortly after completing a power yoga teacher training. My injuries forced me to rethink my yoga practice—I could only do the most gentle, therapeutic poses to relax and restore my nervous system during the long healing process.
At the same time, I refocused my music on the bhakti yoga practice of chanting, or kirtan. I was first exposed to this heart-opening practice as a teen when I had the opportunity to attend two week-long retreats with Krishna Das and Ram Dass. More than a decade, and three singer-songwriter albums, later, after the accident, I returned to this sacred music, and deeper layers of its healing power began to unfold.
But the real power of these practices emerged when I put them together to create Lullaby Yoga. While my body was healing I had started teaching deeply relaxing restorative yoga and leading chanting sessions in yoga studios, spiritual centers, and living rooms. It was only natural to start chanting while leading the yoga classes.
My Lullaby Yoga classes focus on deep relaxation and healing, using principles from restorative yoga, Nada Yoga (the Yoga of Sound), yin yoga, yoga nidra, and subtle body and breath work.
I gently guide participants through a series of relaxing poses while singing and playing soothing songs and chants. The music facilitates the healing process by providing a luxurious, peaceful space for the mind to rest while the body relaxes, rebalances, and restores itself.
I’ve taught LY classes in tiny yoga studios and giant festivals. People describe their experiences as deeply relaxing, healing, comforting, and transformational. In our highly stimulating culture, there is a hunger for rest and stillness. We sing lullabies to children, but adults need soothing music too.
Many people have asked about a CD or video so they can take the practice home with them. My CD Heart Beats One has some of the songs I sing in class, but this album will be designed from the ground up with Lullaby Yoga in mind.
I’m delighted to be creating this project with award-winning producer Ben Leinbach, who did the final mix on my first kirtan CD.
Our goal is to create an album that’s at the same time relaxing, restorative, healing, and heart-opening—something that can hold space for gentle yoga, quiet chanting, meditation, deep rest, massage, therapeutic movement, acupuncture, and many other healing modalities.
This kind of music is very different than typical performance-oriented music. There’s less separation between artist and audience. Whether I’m leading a kirtan or a Lullaby Yoga class, I feel like everyone in the room is part of my healing circle.
Many of the people who attend my kirtan and yoga sessions ask how they can help support the work I do so I can continue to grow the practice. That’s why I’ve created this campaign.
With financial support from my community I’ll be able to complete the Lullaby Yoga CD that can be used by students, teachers, and others to, in this small way, heal the world.
I’m humbled and grateful for the great hospitality of the yoga and bhakti communities. I’m excited to be able to take it further.
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I am humbled and honored to announce that Donna De Lory has added her beautiful vocals and Goddess energy to "He Ma Durga." We're hoping to shoot a music video at Shakti Fest in the Spring and your donations will help make it, and the rest of the recording, mixing and mastering process possible.
"Donna De Lory has become one of the reigning queens of world devotional music. Before dedicating her life to singing sacred mantras and lyrics of spiritual aspiration, De Lory traveled the globe for 20 years as an accompanying vocalist and dancer for Madonna, appearing in the iconic documentary film Truth or Dare and on stage with the pop icon during numerous legendary tours. De Lory’s own music combines sparkling pop savvy with a deeply felt sense of spirituality, and has won her a strong fan base in the yoga/conscious living community and beyond. Embracing styles as diverse as Rhythm & Blues, Middle Eastern, Indian classical and contemporary electronica, De Lory’s musical perspective is as wide as the world itself." Read more at http://donnadelory.com/
Lee (Mirabai) Harrington is a Devotional Mantra Music artist based in New York’s Hudson Valley. A life-long spiritual seeker, she has been studying yoga since her teens and has been on the Mantrayana (Vehicle of Mantra) path of Buddhism since 2002. Her passion for—and commitment to—the healing power of mantras has led her to explore ancient mantras and chants from many other traditions, including Hindu, Sikh, Native American, Shamanistic, Taoist, Sufi and ancient Christian; and she counts among her teachers His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Amma, Meher Baba, Shyamdas and Yogi Bhajan. Her daily practice, however, remains rooted in Buddhism, Green Tara and the Divine Mother in all Her forms.