Experience Tranquility and Inner Peace

More than just beautiful music, Relax: Meditations for Flute and Cello will take you on a journey deep within, helping you to experience a dynamic sense of peace and calmness. Relax is specifically designed to slow respiration and heart rate, bringing you to your calm center. The recording features fifteen melodies on flute and cello, accompanied by harp, guitar, keyboard, and strings.

David Eby, cellist for internationally renowned group, Pink Martini, joins the highly acclaimed flutist, Sharon Brooks for their second collaboration together. In addition to giving concerts together throughout the US and abroad, they are both highly sought after recording and performing artists.

Bhagavati Nani

Bhagavati (Sharon Brooks) Nani received her Master of Music in flute performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. For many years she performed and recorded with a number of orchestras and chamber ensembles in the greater Bay Area, including the San Francisco Opera and The Women’s Philharmonic. She began focusing on music as a ministry after finding Ananda in 1998. Bhagavati plays and sings on various Crystal Clarity CDs, such as Secrets of Love; Relax: Meditations for Flute and Cello; I Came From Joy; and Scegli la gioia.

In 2002, she moved to Ananda Assisi (Italy), where she toured for two years as part of the Ananda Singers. Later, she and her husband, Ramesha—who are both Ananda ministers—helped lead the meditation group in Lugano (Switzerland), where they also taught meditation classes to adults and children. They moved to the United States in 2006 to participate more fully in the music ministry at Ananda Village and began performing and recording together regularly.

Bhagavati and Ramesha formed The Harmony Duo soon after their marriage. At that time they realized that—being of different races, from different countries and cultures, speaking different languages, but sharing spirituality and a deep love for music—harmony was (and is) the foundation of their life together. Bhagavati and Ramesha continue to perform together as The Harmony Duo, while also serving as directors of Ananda Music worldwide and as members of The Joy Singers vocal quartet.

David Eby

David Eby made his public debut as a cellist with the Pittsburgh Symphony at age 16. He studied at the Eastman School of Music where he received the Performer's Certificate as well as his B.M., and continued his studies at Indiana University with Janos Starker. He has performed around the world with orchestras, ensembles, a musical storytelling troupe called Tales & Scales, and with the internationally known band Pink Martini. He joined Ananda in 1996, and has dedicated his musical abilities to working with Ananda's music in the form of playing, singing, teaching, and conducting. His discography includes Mystic Harp 2, Secrets of Love, Surrender, and Relax: Meditations for Flute and Cello for Crystal Clarity Publishers. He resides at Ananda Village with his wife, Michelle, and daughter Caitlin.

Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters), who left his body in 2013, was a direct disciple of the great master, Paramhansa Yogananda, and an internationally known author, lecturer, and composer. Widely recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on meditation and yoga, he taught these principles and techniques to hundreds of thousands of students around the world.

In 1968, Kriyananda founded Ananda Village in Nevada City, California, dedicated to spreading the spirit of friendship, service, and community around the globe. Ananda is recognized as one of the most successful intentional communities in the world; over 1,000 people reside in Ananda communities in the US, India, and Italy. The European retreat and community located in Assisi, Italy, also serves Ananda meditation groups in Europe and Russia.

Ananda Village is also home to The Expanding Light, a world-renowned guest retreat facility where thousands of visitors annually visit for renewal or instruction in many aspects of meditation, yoga, and the spiritual life. The nearby Ananda Meditation Retreat, located on Ananda's first property, functions both as a retreat and as the site for Ananda's Institute of Alternative Living.

An advocate of simple living and high thinking, Swami Kriyananda's more than 140 books cover a wide range of subjects emphasizing the need to live wisely by one's own experience of life, and not by abstract theories or dogmas.

A composer since 1964, Kriyananda wrote over 400 musical works. His music is inspiring, soothing, and uplifting. Many of his later albums are instrumental works with brief affirmations or visualizations. Chuck Dilberto, of Awareness Magazine wrote, "[His] words and music are full of his life and light. His sole intention is to heal, something we could all use during these chaotic times."

Through Crystal Clarity Publishers, his works have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and have been translated into over 25 languages.

More about Swami Kriyananda, including photos and videos, is available at the
official Swami Kriyananda website.

 

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