• 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.

  • 01:01

    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.

  • 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 

  • Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - Last Show of the Year with The Ault Sisters!

    in Music

    Back in those days when families were gathered around the TV, yours truly remembers enjoying certain artists from "The Lawrence Welk Show."  One of those acts was The McGuire Sisters.  Their harmonies were amazing - the kind of blending and weaving that only family members can give us.  And they conveyed such joy and hope!  When listening to The Ault Sisters, you hear the same kind of magic.  They sound absolutely angelic.  So - how fitting to have them as guests this time of year?

    In fact, The Ault Sisters will be our last guests of 2014.  So, the show on 12/18 will truly be special :)  Just a little background on Amanda, Alicia and Alanna - they are from Toronto and have been singing for a long time.  Even though they are still quite young!  All have had formal music education.  And, though their musical tastes are different, they agree that Jazz lends itself to the complex harmonies that they so love.  They first performed as a trio in 2004.  In 2006, they released "Christmas Feelings" - and that album paved the way for so much to happen.  Including a yearly holiday event at the popular Hugh's Room in their city.  It's always a benefit show.  And it's always much anticipated - many have said that it's not the season until they hear the Sisters perform at Hugh's!

    That show this year is coming up - and, at the same time - the single by our trio, "May You Always", is doing REALLY well for them.  It's the kind of song that lingers in your spirit once you've heard it.  

    Please join us for a triumverate of beautiful young ladies who have been blessed with fabulous voices.  They will truly make you feel Christmas!

    See you in The Chat Room - we'll miss you in the days to come as "Hybrid Jazz" takes an extended hiatus.  Blessings to ALL!

  • 00:35

    Good Night Radio Sleep Clinic - Family Sleep Questions Answered - 11.25.2014

    in Moms and Family

    Alanna McGinn answers your baby, child, and adult sleep questions in this segment of Good Night Sleep Clinic's Q&A. You can call in at (773) 897-6300 and ask Alanna your sleep question or let's get social! Pop over to www.facebook.com/goodnightsleepsite and ask your sleep question on the open thread or tweet Alanna at @GNSleepSite and she'll answer your sleep question live on-air.

    On this weeks show Alanna answered your sleep questions on:

     - The 12-month nap strike and what to do during a sleep regression.

     - How to handle the busy holiday season with your toddler. When things get too busy what do we do?

     - What is sleep training?

     - How to wean your 18-month old from night feeds.

     - How to help your 10-month old nap longer.

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