Relax Your Body, Focus Your Mind, Center Your Soul

Surrender: Mystical Music for Yoga is the ideal support for any style of yoga. More than just beautiful background music, the selections in Surrender are chosen and arranged to mirror the normal progression of yoga routines. The instrumental music takes you from beginning warm-ups, through the relaxing and revitalizing main session, to the final cool down and relaxation.

Surrender will improve your practice by allowing you to release tension, enter states of deep relaxation, and heighten your awareness. Created with the help of yoga teachers and students, the accompanying booklet includes detailed examples and suggestions for customizing the music according to your own preferences.

The selections in Surrender are drawn from both Eastern and Western traditions, and offer a variety of moods and rhythms that will keep your practice fresh and invigorated. Instrumentation includes sitar, tabla, harp, cello, keyboards, and guitar. Soothing and relaxing, Surrender can also be used to accompany healing work and meditation.

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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"Unquestionably ideal for the practice of yoga…this CD is profoundly beautiful."

Aquarius Magazine

"Each superb selection on Surrender moves naturally into the next, creating an inspired background for the practice of traditional yoga…and, of course, this beautiful music can be thoroughly enjoyed apart from any exercise whatsoever, whether for a restful interlude or to offer a soothing influence while driving, cleaning, cooking, etc. Aptly titled, its ambience invites surrender to a higher state of being."

Seattle New Times

"Swami Kriyananda, the founder of Ananda Yoga, wrote much of the lovely music for this album, designed specifically to accompany the routines of a typical yoga class. Kriyananda’s golden baritone voice begins and ends the album with ‘Namaste, Salutation’ (suitable for the Sun Salutation) and the meditative aum, ‘Namaskar, Blessing.’ The liner notes suggest typical yoga asanas to accompany each track. The lengthy ‘Brahma, the Awakening’ can be used for the energetic postures; here, Agni plays sitar with string drone and tabla accompaniment. The pace builds gradually, but the sound is so languid that it almost seems to do the stretching for you. ‘Vishnu, the Sustainer’ and ‘Shiva, the Destroyer of Delusion’ both feature a rhapsodic theme taken from the chants of Paramhansa Yogananda. Cellist David Eby and harpist Derek Bell (of the Chieftains) take the lusciously mystical melody line on these two tracks. Harpist Donelle Page, guitarist Anna Alessandri, tabla player Lewis Howard, and keyboard artist David Miller complete the ensemble. This soothing music is also suitable for massage, relaxation, or simply creating a relaxing atmosphere."

Carol Wright, bn.com