The local yoga ambassador will be toasting the 10th anniversary of his Wild Lotus Yoga studios, at their downtown location inside the New Orleans Healing Center at 2372 St Claude Ave, with an open house, Indian food, and refreshments at 6:30pm. At 8:30pm the festivities turn musical with a free mantra music concert offered by Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band celebrating the debut of Putumayo World Music's new album World Yoga, co-curated and with liner notes written by Sean including a new track by the band. Copies of the just-released album will be available for sale. The party and free concert will take place at Wild Lotus Yoga-Downtown on the upper 2nd floor of The New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117. Phone 504 899-0047.
Yoga is global. Throughout the world, people of all ages and backgrounds are practicing yoga to relax and rejuvenate and musicians are creating music to accompany it. This planet-wide interest in the age-old Indian practice inspired Putumayo's World Yoga. Drawing on contemplative sounds from Wales to Tibet and Armenia to Uganda, this collection leads listeners to deeper relaxation and connection with life.
With an engaging balance of more traditional yoga sounds—mantra-based pieces with Indian elements—and unexpected acoustic gems from Africa and beyond, World Yoga reflects the practice’s planetary impact and grace.
“Yoga has become a global experience, and we wanted to expand the music beyond the traditional soundtrack,” explains long-time yoga instructor and musician Sean Johnson, who advised on the album and contributed the beautiful chant Ramachandra. “We tried to reflect yoga’s full geographic scope.”
Created from Putumayo’s massive music library and tested in Johnson’s New Orleans yoga studio Wild Lotus Yoga, World Yoga follows the same arc as a yoga class. It begins with a call to focus and quiet the mind and body, thanks to the lush, evocative voice of Gambian-British singer Sona Jobarteh (Reflections). Later tracks offer more dynamic moments, without breaking the flow or concentration. And the album closes with deeply relaxing songs such as Tibetan-Nepalese singer Kelsang Chukie Tethong’s A Prayer to Dispel Sickness and Harm, designed to accompany the more meditative period of practice. These songs hail from disparate yoga, musical and cultural traditions, such as the Kundalini tradition as expressed through Mexican singer Mirabai Ceiba’s Ong Namo. They may flow from regional roots (the Welsh electronic folk of 9Bach) or display an electronica kick (DJ Drez’s Floating Sweetness).
“I can’t recall ever feeling so relaxed as I have while listening to the tracks on the collection,” says Putumayo Founder Dan Storper. “Whether driving in traffic or dealing with work-related stress, these songs helped transport me to a much more peaceful and happier state.”
The diversity of World Yoga reflects yoga’s ability to transcend borders and cultural barriers, to move people of different backgrounds. The music promises to turn a daily commute or next round of yoga practice into a meditative yet energizing experience. World Yoga is available at selected music, book, gift, and specialty stores around the world, and for digital download on www.putumayo.com, iTunes, Amazon and selected online stores.
Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band have attracted a world-wide following with their unique take on mantra music, influenced by their New Orleans roots. They headline festivals and conferences in the U.S. and Europe and are the first kirtan band to ever play The New Orleans Jazz Festival. Their last album Devaloka was released on Nettwerk/Nutone Records, Canada's largest independent record label. Sean also co-curated and wrote the liner notes for Putumayo's first yoga music compilation titled Yoga.
Wild Lotus Yoga is celebrating it's 10th year of sharing yoga with New Orleans. The popular studio, with two locations uptown and downtown inside The New Orleans Healing Center, has been a pioneering presence in the New Orleans, recently named by Yoga Journal as one of the top 10 cities for yoga in the U.S.