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Soul of Yoga Sound Institute Presents

Join world’s greatest teachers of Bhakti Yoga -Yoga of the Heart and it’s Kirtan tradition as they share their tips, techniques, and heart based teachings. Anyone who is ready to learn the transformative and healing power of singing ancient chants will enjoy this uplifting and one of a kind Kirtan Immersion and Training. Our course is well designed for the beginner, as well as enhancing skills and practice for the seasoned bhakti wallah. This is a two-part training. Due to the integrated course outline and high demand, these workshops will not be sold separately.

Part 1: November 15-17th – 25Hr with Jai Uttal & Daniel Paul  (12:00-7:00pm each day)

Part 2: December 14-16 – 25Hr with Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band  (9:30am-6:00pm and kirtan concert evening of 12/13 )

Price: Early Bird $1300 ends May 15th, 2019; Regular pricing: $1500

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Training Location: Soul of Yoga Institute  162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. Suite A70  Encinitas, CA 92024


Jai Uttal, grammy nominee, kirtan artist, and world music pioneer has been a leading influence in the Bhakti tradition for the past 50 years. Jai considers devotion to be the core of his musical and spiritual life, and he whole-heartedly shares his passionate heart through his voice and songs

Tabla drummer Daniel Paul has been traveling the kirtan chanting circuit for many years. He performs with a wide variety of artists, but primarily accompanies Jai Uttal in programs and workshops worldwide. Daniel earned his degree in the classical music of India, after devoting 9 years to the Ali Akbar College of Music in California, training under several of India’s greatest classical master musicians, including Zakir Hussain, Swapan Chaudhuri, and the legendary Ali Akbar Khan. When not touring Daniel resides on the island of Maui in Hawaii.

Sean Johnson has been teaching yoga and guiding kirtan for over twenty years. He is the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga studios in his native New Orleans, and Soul School, an interdisciplinary yoga teacher training program that focuses on teaching yoga with skill and imagination. He has a Master’s degree from The Naropa Institute-Oakland with focus on teaching chant as spiritual practice, has written for Yoga Journal, and is the co-curator of Putumayo World Music’s music-for-yoga compilations including Yoga, World Yoga, Yoga Lounge, and Acoustic Yoga.

In 2005, he founded the Wild Lotus Band as a post-hurricane Katrina philanthropic music project, raising funds across the country for relief from the devastation of the storm. The theme of searching for grace and inspiration amidst challenge and destruction has permeated their music ever since. The ensemble – featuring Alvin Young on six string fretless bass and electric guitar with percussionist/vocalist Gwendolyn Colman – often joined by an additional guest drummer – brings together ancient mantras from the yoga tradition, sacred chants from spiritual traditions across the globe, and roots, rock, gospel and world grooves. Inclusion on several Putumayo albums has helped propel the band’s music to listeners across the globe. Their latest album Unity, a celebration of the universal threads shared across global spiritual traditions, debuted #1 on the iTunes World Music Chart and #3 on Billboard. They are a favorite headliner at yoga and conscious music festivals across the country and are the first kirtan-based band to every play The New Orleans Jazz Festival.