Inspiration: The Heart of Sound
My first love was music; I pursued it passionately from the age of 10, until I discovered another route to love/God inside at age 17.
Meditation was a more direct, reliable path to ecstasy than the jazz I had been studying, so with a zeal equal to my naïveté, I dedicated my life to the goal of enlightenment from then on.
On my first pilgrimage to India at age 18, I was profoundly affected by mantra chanting. The sounds awoke in me something far beyond words. I had a 4AM practice for many years, with interludes away from it, but it was always when chanting mantra daily that I felt most thoroughly connected to my Self. In 2008, I dove deeper into the infinite study that is now my life’s work: mantra yoga.
Mantras are commonly known as sentences, statements of truth and power… more subtle than that, are words… and more subtle than that, are letters… and more subtle than that, is pure sound, the primal vibration that exists in all.
It is the ever-renewing revelation of that “heart of sound” that inspires me to share the various aspects of mantra yoga with others, as a tool for your own exploration and remembrance of Self.
Though I offer a level of depth and precision with Sanskrit mantra that is uncommon in the West, I happily and humbly acknowledge it’s just the beginning of an infinitely vast subject! With mantra yoga, the more you know, the more you know you don’t know… yet it is my dharma, my service, to share what I have learned in hopes it might expedite your own direct discovery of the essence of mantra.
My focus on mantra as therapy for practical transformation is also unique and immediately useful to students. There is a mantra vibration for every nuance of life (relationships, abundance, health, etc.), which acts like a homeopathic remedy to uplift, transform, and energize the highest potential. The enormous practical benefit of this type of mantra practice has been life-changing for me and my clients, and I’m thrilled to share it.
When I’m not home on Kauai or traveling to teach, much of my time is spent in India with my beloved music Guru, where I’m honored to study Indian Classical vocal music as yet another subtle, refined inner pathway to the Heart of Sound.
Music, Sanskrit & Mantra Background:
Studied Western classical and jazz music intensively from the age of 11.
First of many extended pilgrimages to India, started practicing mantra daily.
Taught in a school for meditation and higher consciousness (now folded).
Started helping clients privately.
Learned the basics of Sanskrit, including reading and writing Devanagari, from Dharma Widmann and self-study.
Completed Vedic Mantra Chanting course in Rishikesh, India with Swami Utamaananda. (A retired Indian lecturer/scholar/practitioner who has no website. He just sits by the Ganga and meditates! 🙂
Indian Classical vocal studies with Pandit Baldev Raj Verma of the Indore Gharana.
Currently offering Sanskrit Mantra workshops internationally, including Tokyo, Hawaii, India, and the US Mainland.