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Johanna Beekman

Johanna Beekman (RYT-500) is a multi-genre recording artist, sacred songstress, yoga teacher, and kirtan artist. She is loved for her rich, soulful voice, radiant spirit, and evocative, inspiring songs. Johanna’s devotional music springs from her roots in gospel, blue-eyed soul, mantra and world music.    Johanna has studied chanting with kirtan artists such as Gina Sala, Shantala, Jai Uttal, Krishna Das and Ram Dass; voice with renowned improvisational jazz singer Rhiannon and Grammy award-winning gospel artist Isaiah Jones Jr.; and songwriting with the mother of women’s music Chris Williamson. She holds a BS degree in Women’s Studies with a focus in improvisational and musical theater and is also an advanced registered yoga teacher, with specialties in therapeutic, gentle, restorative, yin, and meditation.    Johanna’s recent work includes collaborations with award-winning yoga teachers and artists such as Saul David Raye, Jaya Lakshmi, Govindas and Radha, Kia Miller, Shiva Rea, Sara Ivanhoe, Fantuzzi, Larissa Stow & The Shakti Tribe, David Newman, and Dave Stringer. Johanna’s kirtan albums, produced by Ben Leinbach and Hans Christian, feature luminaries such as Donna De Lory, Girish, Benjy Wertheimer, Bibi McGill (Beyonce), Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda, Daniel Paul, and Gina Sala.    She created Lullaby Yoga™, a unique fusion of dreamy chants, restorative, and yin yoga. She also founded Shakti United!, a “spiritual Lilith Fair” which empowers the female voice and celebrates the Divine Feminine, and supports girls’ education through Mitrata Nepal. She has dedicated her life to sharing her unique yoga classes and world-inspired gospel-infused kirtan at yoga studios, churches, and top festivals such as Festival of Colors, Bhakti and Shakti Fest, across the country.    Heart Beats One, Johanna’s critically acclaimed album of original kirtan music from the traditions of yoga, features guest appearances by Ben Leinbach, Benjy Wertheimer, Girish, Jaya Lakshmi, Ananda, Gina Sala, Daniel Paul, Hans Christian, Bibi McGill, and other esteemed members of the global kirtan community. The album, which was nominated as one of the top Conscious Music Albums of 2015 by Soul Traveller Radio, has been described by reviewers, musicians, and kirtan enthusiasts as stellar… stunning… gorgeous… beautiful… magical… mystical… sweet… healing… haunting… amazing… extraordinary…. It shines from beginning to end.    Her new album, Beyond Love: Soothing Songs for the Soul, ventures even deeper into the heart space beyond love. Inspired by her beloved Lullaby Yoga classes, the album creates a sacred soundscape that’s ideal for gentle yoga, quiet chanting, meditation, deep rest, massage, acupuncture, therapeutic movement, and other healing modalities. Beyond Love was created with award-winning producer Ben Leinbach and features gorgeous guest appearances by Donna DeLory, Girish, Hans Christian, Lee Mirabal Harrington, Jared May, and Gawain Matthews. The track “Hey Ma Durga,” was nominated for Soul Traveller Radio’s Top 20 Conscious Music Songs of 2017, and “Hari Om” was included on White Swan Records’ Best Yoga Music of the Year playlist in 2017. The album has been described as a beautiful achievement… deeply healing… sublime… delicious… blissful goodness… a magical, musical experience… and more.


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