Beyond Love: Soothing the Soul

$3,778 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 59 people in 32 months
I’m Johanna Beekman (johannasings.com) and I believe we’re all here to help each other. I’m here to humbly ask for your help realizing my dream. In return, I’m offering a gift that I hope will provide you with powerful healing, deep relaxation, and sweet inspiration during tumultuous times. This gift combines two of my greatest loves: music and yoga. I call it Lullaby Yoga.


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.

Learn more about Johanna Beekman Music
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The CD is completed and on its way! You can preview the art here, and your copy and other gifts will be on their way very soon! https://www.oasiscd.com/AVLFlashViewer/?p=04IflMV8btKk+VPsyUsr2Q==#.WL2U3Fhwuzk.email
Endless gratitude for all of your contributions and support in this process <3
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We are putting the final touches on the new album, healing chants featuring powerful mantras & chants from multiple cultures. Donna DeLory, Girish, Ben Leinbach and other extraordinary artists from the sacred music community shared their gifts.
There's still mastering, design, duplication, and distribution to pay for, and we have deep gratitude for your contributions!
Girish Cruden
Donna Delory
Ben Leinbach and Johanna
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We're closing in on the finish line and you can still help make it happen!

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/
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I first had the pleasure of meeting & collaborating with Lee (Mirabai) Harrington at Bhakti Fest West 2016. It was a match made in chant heaven. Mirabai was beginning an album with my producer, Ben Leinbach, and asked me to sing on it. Ben & I had just created a Tara chant and asked Mirabai to sing a Tibetan Blessing on it. The rest is history.

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.
http://leeharringtonmantramusic.com/
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$3,778 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 59 people in 32 months
Created July 26, 2016
$5
Good Karma
Good karma is yours!
$10
First Track
Get a pre-release digital download of the first track on the CD, available soon
$15
CD Download
Get a pre-release digital download of the full album
$20
Download Plus
Get a pre-release digital download of the full CD, plus my previously unreleased track produced by Ben Leinbach, "Om Guru Deva"
$25
CD
Get the physical CD once it's released, plus the previously unreleased track "Om Guru Deva"
$30
Signed CD
The physical CD once it's released, signed by Johanna, plus the previously unreleased track "Om Guru Deva"
$50
Shirt and CD
Get Johanna's "Our Hearts Beat as One" T-Shirt plus a signed CD
$80
Johanna's CDs
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Get the entire collection of Johanna's CDs, all signed: Stolen Grace, If I Could Fly, Edge of Divine, Heart Beats One, and Lullaby Yoga
$110
CDs Plus Gifts
Johanna's entire CD catalogue, signed, Our Hearts Beat as One T-Shirt, and a gift basket of Jo.B natural self-care products
$150
Soul's Voice
Explore your soul's expression through voice with Johanna over Skype, plus a signed copy of the CD once it's released
$300
LY over Skype
Johanna will offer you a private Lullaby Yoga session over Skype. Invite your friends, family, etc. for a soothing celebration. Includes a signed copy of the CD
$450
Live music yoga
Johanna will serenade your yoga class, anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Plus one signed copy of the new CD.
$550
Custom Song
Get a custom song written and recorded by Johanna just for you, based on your favorite poem, mantra, story, or writing; plus a signed copy of the new CD
$750
LY in the PNW
Johanna will come teach Lullaby Yoga to your community (yoga studio, home, church, etc.) anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, plus a signed copy of the new CD.
$1,000
Lullaby Yoga
Have Johanna come teach Lullaby Yoga to your community, plus a signed CD and a personalized thank you on the website and in social media. All expenses included.
$1,250
Private Class
Johanna will teach Lullaby Yoga to your community with lavender sachets, sleep masks, tea and chocolate, essential oil treatments, and 10 signed CDs.
$2,000
Kirtan/concert
Johanna will bring a full band kirtan or concert to you, any location in the US (in 2017), plus 10 signed copies of CD. Includes travel expenses.
$3,000
Mantra Track
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Johanna and Ben Leinbach co-write and record a version of your favorite mantra, and include it on the new CD! Plus signed CD and co-executive producer credit
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24 months ago
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24 months ago
GS
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Gila Shire
24 months ago

Incredible voice & incredible project - you'll rise & fly

KF
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Kathy Fulton
24 months ago

Looking forward to hearing the new chants, and thank you for being present for us.

JC
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Jay Coldwell
25 months ago

Blessings on your journey!

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Ronald Johnson
25 months ago

Thanks for your support as well!

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Anonymous
26 months ago
$15
Olivia Rousseau
26 months ago

I'm so so so excited to hear this next one. The first album was AMAZING and helped me get through so much. This is truly your path and I'm so very happy to call you family.

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