Interview with Wah!
Empowering with Kirtan
By: Erica Mestyanek, Editor Dallas Yoga Magazine & Co-Founder Cosmic Yogi Movement
Chances are, you have heard Kirtan music by Wah!, probably in your yoga classes. She was the first female to bring Kirtan music to the west in the 90s. She has spent the last 20 years touring and performing throughout the world. She will be at Urban Yoga in Fort Worth, April 13th – 15th leading the Healing Women’s Retreat. (You can purchase the entire retreat for only $200 if you book by April 1st!)
When did you realize music was where your passion was?
I was really born into it. My mother was a classical violinist and my father was a jazz lover; playing guitar and trombone and since we had no TV, everyone played an instrument. When I got into yoga, it was only natural to include the musical side of it. I still think it’s fascinating to combine the two.
Tell me about your tours and events you are focused on? In yoga centers, I teach womens retreats and yoga workshops to help people connect mind, body and spirit. If people can find a beautiful world within, their bodies heal faster, they’re happier and more connected to their life’s purpose. I met Surya Barrow in San Francisco and we decided to do something together to serve the Ft Worth community. I also perform Healing Concerts in planetariums and museums – multi-media concerts using music, lights and projections to inspire relaxation.
Can you share more about the event you are doing at Urban Yoga in Fort Worth with Surya?
It’s a women’s retreat, Friday night, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. I introduce toning (singing one note, like when you sing Om) and meditative exercises, and then we talk about our experiences; I facilitate discussions to help women connect to their best pathways for healing and communication. Communication is so important these days, it really can make or break relationships! And self-nurturing too. We talk about inner cues and reducing stress. We learn about energetic architecture, ingredients for self-care, how to create harmony. It’s a great pick-me-up for anyone who’s feeling stressed or depleted. You can come by yourself or bring a friend; and it’s a beautiful way to deepen a relationship with a girlfriend, sister, mom or family member. Here’s the schedule:
Friday 6-9pm / Saturday 2-5pm/ Sunday 2-5pm
Day One: Sexiest Mantras of All Time
Mantras for women and about women, we’ll explore mantras that specifically relate to women and their innate qualities of beauty, wisdom and purification. We’ll chant to exalt the feminine. It’s an easy way to reclaim your sex appeal!
Day Two: Get Your Relationships Back in Order
We’ll explore human architecture and how that can inform and uplift relationships. How you receive inner cues and what type of brain you have (visual, auditory, kinesthetic). We’ll explore self-nurturance and self-care. And how to use good energy pathways for communication!
Day Three: You Deserve Whipped Cream on Top
We’ll practice give and take, learning how to create harmony and synchronicity through energy and architecture. We’ll emphasize your ability to become a loving guide for your life, and activate the things that are really calling to you. Get your sizzle on and get excited about your purpose!
On Sunday I am also teaching a Yoga & Self-Healing class for those who want to expand their understanding of yoga, and learn ways to clear energy and heal using yogic postures, tapping, and breath. More info at www.wahmusic.com