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This is Rad

August 24th, 2010

In fact, I think it may even be better than the original!  This guy is incredibly talented.  His name is Mike Tompkins.  Enjoy, y’all :)

From the first note of Adhara, I felt my mood change.  I first listened to it in my car in the midst of Los Angeles traffic.  Suddenly, I felt a soothing peace amidst an environment of grating tension.  Nirinjan Kaur’s voice is unique – both soft and powerful – with an intensely calming presence.

I practice Kundalini Yoga at Golden Bridge here in Los Angeles, and it was interesting to hear that so many of the chants played during a variety of different classes with different teachers are all right here on Adhara.  There is not one track on this CD that I did not like.  Not only is Nirinjan’s voice a pleasure to listen to, but each track is so well produced with such wonderful instrumentation that you can’t help but feel immersed in another world.

One of my favorite tracks on the album is “Triple Mantra,” which is a rare find on any Kundalini chant compilation.  Her version is perfect for an early morning Kundalini Yoga practice.  Its quick pace gets your blood flowing and helps to support breath of fire or any kriya where you build up to a fast pace, like spinal twist or cat-cow.

“Kaval Nain,” the last track on the album, is another favorite, uplifting and restorative.  It is great to chant along with while practicing yoga.  It keeps you going and inspires you.  And it’s also lovely to play at the end of a set during deep relaxation.

Whether you are new to Kundalini Yoga or a practiced master, or you are simply looking for a great, soothing album to listen to after a long day, Adhara is a fantastic addition to any music collection.

Take a listen and let me know what you think!

Sat Nam!

P.S. Adhara is available at Spirit Voyage as well as on iTunes.