‘Chanting gives expression to the soul’s innate yearning for the Divine’

We’ve highlighted the music of Naren Schreiner — who has lead chanting and kirtan at the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence — a few times.

Now, we’re happy to report, his first full-production album is complete. As I hope you’ve surmised, it’s sacred music of India. Here’s a link to more. Key facts: Digital release date is April 7; it’ll be in stores on May 26. You can pre-order via iTunes at that link.

Here’s a little about it from Naren:

“I would like to thank everyone who supported this project. I am so happy, and very grateful, to be able to offer you this work. A year in the making, this album has the beauty and grace of excellent guest musicians and a chorus of devoted souls singing from their hearts. Whether you just listen or sing along, I hope you will be transported from the routine of life to a sacred state of being.”

As we’ve said before, one thing that makes Naren stand out to us is that he really seems to embody the soul — so to speak — of the sacred music he’s playing. It’s very traditional, a step back, perhaps, to a more contemplative way of approaching and experiencing the “yoga of music.” There’s no ego involved, and so you are drawn right to the music, itself, creating a very communal experience. While there is an “I” in music, there isn’t any in Naren’s. (Hey, that works!)

Check it out. You’ll be glad you did. And Sangita Yoga’s website is right here.

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