Where Did the Year Go, Part 3: Johanna

RhythmAsana Friends,
I’m nearing the completion of a whirlwind 2018 tour next month. I imagine arriving back home to the Oregon winter, to the deep beauty of stillness, at long last. And the image that comes up most often in my mind is the RhythmAsana gathering in January. Huge steaming clouds arising from pools. The comfort of like-minded creatures. And Breitenbush’s legendary food and hospitality.
As I look back on the year, it’s been more crazy and abundant than I could have imagined. I’ve toured around the country offering kirtan, Lullaby Yoga, live music yoga, workshops, and service music in the Midwest, South, West Coast, East Coast. I’ve stopped in to play at Bhakti Fest, Shakti Fest, Resonance Restival, Northwest Yoga Conference, Beloved Festival, Zen Awakening, Mahabhuta Festival, Midwest Yoga and Kirtan Fest, Floyd Yoga Jam,  the entire 2018 Festivals of Color USA tour, and as headliner at the recent at Lawrence Bhakti Festival. Whew! Just writing that list was exhausting! In addition, I produced (with an amazing team) the first annual Shakti United! Weekend Gathering in Ashland, Oregon. It was a success in spite of the short incubation period and the thick smoke from nearby wildfires.
The inspiration for this festival came from a Facebook group that I created right after RhythmAsana last year. ShaktiUnited! is devoted to women in yoga and healing arts with the goal of empowering each other to create and to share our beautiful and unique voices in song and inspiration.  I’ve been delighted to offer Shakti United! events in Eugene and in Asheville, North Carolina. I’m excited that a portion of the sales from these events and from my pop-up shop support the holistic education of dramatically underprivileged girls through the Mitrata-Nepal Foundation. So many ways to give, to receive, and to give back!
Wherever I go, whether on the road or off, I’m driven and supported by the universal heartbeat that holds us all together, even as things appear to be fraying around the edges. So I’m taking all the healing juju of my travels into the studio, where I’m working with producer Ben Leinbach on a brand new album. I’m excited beyond words by this creative collaboration and by the universal soul-inspired tracks that are emerging.
Please come to share in the joy and the silence and the movement that is RhythmAsana. Your presence would make the circle complete.
Our hearts truly beat as One.
Johanna