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  • 00:59

    A Talk With Alanna Kaivalya on Sacred Sound

    in Self Help

    On this week's radio show, we explore the power and beauty of sacred sound. Alanna Kaivalya is the yoga world's expert on Hindu mythology and mysticism. She was voted one of the top 20 yoga instructors under 40 by "Yoga Journal, and is the author of "Sacred Sound: Discovering the Myth & Meaning of Mantra and Kirtan." 
    Alanna is my guest and the conversation begins at 11am EST on 88.7FM, WICR (Indianapolis) and worldwide at richardbrendan.com.
    Visit Alanna online at www.alannak.com

  • 01:01

    Alanna Kaivalya: Yoga, Mythology, and Sacred Sound

    in Lifestyle

    Alanna is "the teacher's teacher" and is listed as one of Yoga Journal's top 20 teachers under 40. Her approach fills in what's missing in yoga: mythology. She is anti-dogmatic in all things, and her love of science confirms her spirituality, rather than negates it. Alanna’s vision picks up where Joseph Campbell left off — to empower people to connect with and embrace their humanness.

    She is the author most recently of "Sacred Sound: Discovering the Myth and Meaning of Mantra & Kirtan."  Yoga Journal writes:  "Her intention is to make the more esoteric and musical parts of yoga approachable, spreading the higher vibrations they inherently embody."

  • 01:22

    The Guru Experience with Steve Gold & Alanna Kaivalya

    in Radio

    Steve Gold is a man on purpose. If you ask him, he will tell you: “My mission is to build community through group singing. Community is the new currency.” Gold is a 21st-century Renaissance man, one who excels as singer, songwriter, teacher, motivational speaker, storyteller, yogi, social entrepreneur, and spiritual activist. Yes, bringing people together in song is his form of activism. Living from the heart, and inspiring others to do the same, he is emerging as a prominent singer of positive music in support of compassion, self-fulfillment, accountability and the environment.
    "Community is the new currency ~ count me in!" Steve Gold

    Alanna Kaivalya, the founder of The Kaivalya Yoga Method and leader of The Kaivalya Yoga Method Teacher Training in New York, is an artistic, and inspiring teacher of yoga. Listed as Yoga Journal's top 21 Yoga Teachers Under 40 (March, 2008), Alanna teaches yoga all over the globe and is known for her spot on yoga adjustments, live yoga music and deep yoga philosophyl teachings. In addition to making her yoga classes available through live yoga podcasts, yoga downloads and free yoga videos, she has produced her own album (Shine), writes regularly for Huffington Post, and wrote the book Myths of the Asanas (Mandala Press) which is becoming a go to for yoga teachers and yoga students alike. If you enjoy the deep practice of yoga and direct experience with the heart, Alanna's teachings will uplift your spirit and create the mind body and soul connection you've been yearning for. 

  • 00:22

    The Yoga of Myth and Sound with Alanna Kaivalya

    in Radio

    "Anyone can do anything they want.  There are no limitations." - Alanna Kaivalya 
    Nationally recognized yoga teacher Alanna Kaivalya shares her love of sound and music that was so strong and so deep that it transended a hearing disability.  Through the encouragement of her parents, she overcame her challenges to now offer the beautiful music of devotion or kirtan to the yoga community and beyond.  Alanna talks in depth about her relationship to sound and how this has impacted her journey.
    Alanna also shares her passion for mythology and connection to the work of Joseph Campbell as she pursues a PhD.  
    This podcast was made possible by NamasteLight and Back Joy.  Big gratitude to Yoga Journal events for welcoming Where is My Guru to their conference.  

  • 00:22

    CHI FOR YOURSELF guest: Alanna Kaivalya

    in Self Help

    In yoga practice, mantra and kirtan (call-and-response devotional chanting) get short shrift in the West because they aren’t well understood, though they are an integral part of almost every Eastern spiritual practice. They are designed to provide access into the psyche while their underlying mythology helps us understand how our psychology affects daily life.

    Our Chi For Yourself guest Alanna Kaivalya has written a book that shares the myths behind the mantras and kirtans, with the intention to illuminate their meaning and to put their power and practicality within reach of every reader. Alanna Kaivalya is the author of SACRED SOUND: Discovering the Myth & Meaning of Mantra & Kirtan.

  • 01:29

    Lets Live in our Purpose w/ Russ Neibert, Alanna Starr Shimel, Jessica Ross

    in Lifestyle


    First Guest: Russ Neibert is an entrepreneur who resides in Los Angeles, CA operating two businesses out of his home office. He is president of BRadioman Direct an authorized reseller of Motorola Business Two Way Radios, also doing consulting for onsite/jobsite wireless communications. Russ also owns AA&M Promotions, a PR & promotions company, which represents actors, musicians, writers and at times businesses. AA&M specializes in connecting clients to the people that matter and will accelerate their careers and/or products, in the marketplace. AA&M also plans and produces special events, including red carpet events. Russ is married and has two sons, the youngest of whom is an actor. Currently, Russ is working on a new feature film, as associate producer.

    Second  Guest: 10:00 am "Alanna Starr is a socialite butterfly and independent entrepreneur. Her ability to network and build long term professional relationships has allowed her to become involved in many projects and organizations. Her free spirit personality as a native Californian has led her to become a Nation wide Booking Agent at A1 Film Crew and the Publicity And Events Coordinator for Purple Pyramid Films And Enterprises. Alanna attends HMI College Of Hypnotherapy and is also known for being quite the soul enthusiast as well as an intuitive visionary. 

    Third Guest: 11: 00 am As a publicist, licensed real estate agent, and wardrobe stylist, Jessica Ross possesses experience in both the business and fashion worlds. Jessica developed an interest for public relations and marketing at an early age, and decided to pursue both at Cal State Northridge where she earned a degree in marketing. Today Jessica is busy as an entertainment publicist at Priority PR, where she has secured notable media placements including Entertainment Tonight, Forbes, TMZ, and TV Guide. In her free moments (and there aren't many!) 


  • 01:01

    Sacred Sound: Mantra and Kirtan - Interview with Alanna Kaivalya

    in Spirituality

    SACRED SOUND by Alanna Kaivalya - Nada Yoga — or the yoga of sacred sound — often gets short shrift in the West because mantras and kirtan aren’t readily understood. However, its chants are held sacred in all types of Eastern spiritual practice for the way they can help practitioners bypass the day-to-day mental chatter of the mind in order to reach a transcendent state of awareness and self-realization.


    In Sacred Sound: Discovering the Myth & Meaning of Mantra and Kirtan (New World Library, April 15, 2014), celebrated yoga teacher and author Alanna Kaivalya explores both the myth and meaning behind twenty-one mantras, or chants, that stem from the yogic tradition. She also describes the myth, text, or context each mantra comes from or is associated with, and explains how these rich myths relate to our modern-day spiritual practice.


    Sacred Sound offers practical guidance for starting, developing, and/or improving a mantra practice. Each mantra and kirtan in the book includes the Sanskrit, transliteration, and translation. Alanna’s clear retellings of the pertinent myths highlight modern-day applications so that readers discover their own personal connection to the practice. 

    Alanna Kaivalya is the author of Sacred Sound. She is the yoga world’s expert on Hindu mythology and mysticism. Her podcasts have been heard by more than one million people worldwide, and her Kaivalya Yoga Method melds mythology, philosophy, and yoga. Visit her online at http://www.alannak.com.




  • 01:01

    Raunchy Soul: Alanna Royale

    in Entertainment

    Matt hasn't been on air in a while, so there's a lot to catch up on! This week the guys discuss Music City Food and Wine Festival, the Nashville Lifestyles' 25 Most Beautiful People party, Shawn's food show, Matt's Toyota commercial, IEBA, the Nashville screening of Nicholas Sparks' "The Best Part of Me" and more!

    This week's #NUartist is Alanna Royale! Across the country, word of Royale’s dirty pop/raunchy soul has begun to spread and you can expect them to be turning heads everywhere they go. In such a short time, they have managed to not only plant their feet firmly in a community flooded with talented musicians but stand out among them. This winter Royale will premiere their newest song “Phantom Limb” and then head to the studio to record their debut full length. Alanna Royale has just begun on an unstoppable journey and there’s no telling where they might be headed next.

  • 01:29

    Jenny Marshall Williams- Domestic Abuse Survivor

    in Women

    Tune in and support Ms.Jenny Williams. Jennie will share her story with us in hopes of, helping other women to get OUT of their situation. I read an interesting article from the Huffington written by-  Alanna Vagianos.  This is ALARMING 

    The number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women who were murdered by current or ex male partners during that time was 11,766. That's nearly double the amount of casualties lost during war.

    Women are much more likely to be victims of intimate partner violence with 85 percent of domestic abuse victims being women and 15 percent men. Too many women have been held captive by domestic violence -- whether through physical abuse, financial abuse, emotional abuse or a combination of all three. 

    I will continue to use my platform to give anyone a voice to speak out and to help others.



  • 00:31

    The Daily Meal's Alanna Stang and Holiday Gifts That Give Back

    in Food

    Have you ever been invited to a Holiday dinner party and you are crunched for time and realize you didn't get the hostess gift?  You want to give something a little unusual, special some that represents the meaning of the season. Well, guest Alanna Stang, director of editorial strategy and development for TheDailyMeal.com, the  #1 site for food and drink trends will share her "Top 10 Tips" for effortless gifting with Steve Champagne our morning host. 

    Stang is the former editor-in-chief of Whole Living magazine and co-author of two books: Time For Dinner: Strategies, Inspiration, and Recipes for Family Meals Every Night of the Week (Chronicle Books, 2010) and The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005). Prior to Whole Living, Alanna served as executive editor of Martha Stewart Living, founding executive editor of Cookie magazine, and executive editor of I.D. magazine.

    Steve Champagne is host, producer, and technical director of ArtSees Productions. He is also a professional writer, musician and Data/web Specialist for a local afterschool program.  

    http://www.thedailymeal.com/holidays/food-gifts-give-back where you will find links to the products as well as the beneficiary organizations. Happy Holidays! 



  • 00:50

    Sacred Sound: Alana Kaivalya

    in Self Help

    As we continue our amazing discussions about the different types of YOGA practices, I am thrilled to have Alanna Kaivalya as my guest this week.

    This week talk about the almost magical results that can come from a regular practice of Mantra & Kirtan which is similar to a call and response practice.

    A regular practice such as this can open a whole new world to those who choose to participate in this practice. Giving you health benefits that will be seen by others. For more information please visit www.Alannak.com