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“Heart Beats One is a mystical brew full of love, beauty, and devotion. Dive into delight in a rich and magical mantra music adventure!”
– David Newman (Durga Das), kirtan artist
Johanna Beekman (RYT-500) is a multi-genre recording artist, songstress, and kirtan artist who is loved for her rich, soulful voice, her radiant spirit, and her inspiring songs and chants that tap deep into the collective soul. She sings and teaches at leading festivals and studios across the country. Johanna’s albums have been nominated in conscious music awards and included in White Swan Records’ Best Yoga Music of the Year. She created Lullaby Yoga™ to create deep relaxation through restorative poses and heart-opening music. She also founded Shakti United!, a “spiritual Lilith Fair” which empowers the female voice and celebrates the Divine Feminine, and supports girls’ education through Mitrata Nepal.
Johanna Beekman (RYT-500) is a multi-genre recording artist, sacred songstress, yoga teacher, and kirtan artist. She is loved for her rich, soulful voice, radiant spirit, and evocative, inspiring songs. Johanna’s devotional music springs from her roots in gospel, blue-eyed soul, mantra and world music.
Johanna has studied chanting with kirtan artists such as Gina Sala, Shantala, Jai Uttal, Krishna Das and Ram Dass; voice with renowned improvisational jazz singer Rhiannon and Grammy award-winning gospel artist Isaiah Jones Jr.; and songwriting with the mother of women’s music Chris Williamson. She holds a BS degree in Women’s Studies with a focus in improvisational and musical theater and is also an advanced registered yoga teacher, with specialties in therapeutic, gentle, restorative, yin, and meditation.
Johanna’s recent work includes collaborations with award-winning yoga teachers and artists such as Saul David Raye, Jaya Lakshmi, Govindas and Radha, Kia Miller, Shiva Rea, Sara Ivanhoe, Fantuzzi, Larissa Stow & The Shakti Tribe, David Newman, and Dave Stringer. Johanna’s kirtan albums, produced by Ben Leinbach and Hans Christian, feature luminaries such as Donna De Lory, Girish, Benjy Wertheimer, Bibi McGill (Beyonce), Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda, Daniel Paul, and Gina Sala.
She created Lullaby Yoga™, a unique fusion of dreamy chants, restorative, and yin yoga. She also founded Shakti United!, a “spiritual Lilith Fair” which empowers the female voice and celebrates the Divine Feminine, and supports girls’ education through Mitrata Nepal. She has dedicated her life to sharing her unique yoga classes and world-inspired soul-full kirtan at yoga studios, churches, and top festivals such as Festival of Colors, Bhakti and Shakti Fest, across the country.
Heart Beats One, Johanna’s critically acclaimed album of original kirtan music from the traditions of yoga, features guest appearances by Ben Leinbach, Benjy Wertheimer, Girish, Jaya Lakshmi, Ananda, Gina Sala, Daniel Paul, Hans Christian, Bibi McGill, and other esteemed members of the global kirtan community. The album, which was nominated as one of the top Conscious Music Albums of 2015 by Soul Traveller Radio, has been described by reviewers, musicians, and kirtan enthusiasts as stellar… stunning… gorgeous… beautiful… magical… mystical… sweet… healing… haunting… amazing… extraordinary…. It shines from beginning to end.
Her new album, Beyond Love: Soothing Songs for the Soul, ventures even deeper into the heart space beyond love. Inspired by her beloved Lullaby Yoga classes, the album creates a sacred soundscape that’s ideal for gentle yoga, quiet chanting, meditation, deep rest, massage, acupuncture, therapeutic movement, and other healing modalities. Beyond Love was created with award-winning producer Ben Leinbach and features gorgeous guest appearances by Donna DeLory, Girish, Hans Christian, Lee Mirabal Harrington, Jared May, and Gawain Matthews. The track “Hey Ma Durga,” was nominated for Soul Traveller Radio’s Top 20 Conscious Music Songs of 2017, and “Hari Om” was included on White Swan Records’ Best Yoga Music of the Year playlist in 2017. The album has been described as a beautiful achievement… deeply healing… sublime… delicious… blissful goodness… a magical, musical experience… and more.
Lullaby Yoga Bio
Lullaby Yoga™, created by Johanna Beekman, RYT 500, is a unique blend of restorative and yin yoga with heart-opening live music. Her classes focus on deep relaxation and healing using principles from therapeutic yoga, yoga nidra, bhakti yoga and nada (sound) yoga.
In Lullaby Yoga, Johanna gently guides participants through a series of deeply relaxing poses while singing to them. The music—a soothing blend of original and traditional pieces from a variety of global cultures—facilitates the healing process by providing a luxurious, peaceful space for the mind to rest while the body relaxes, rebalances, and restores itself. Johanna teaches Lullaby Yoga classes at world-class festivals and studios across the US. Please bring your own props if possible. Get a taste of Lullaby Yoga here.
Johanna has recorded, performed, and taught with yoga and kirtan luminaries including Gina Sala, Donna DeLory, Saul David Raye, Kia Miller, Sianna Sherman, Girish, and Dave Stringer. She offers world-inspired soul-full kirtan for top festivals, yoga studios, and churches across the country. Her critically acclaimed albums Heart Beats One and Beyond Love: Soothing Songs for the Soul feature many of the original songs and chants that Lullaby Yoga participants have come to know and love. She also founded Shakti United!, a “spiritual Lilith Fair” which empowers the female voice and celebrates the Divine Feminine, and supports girls’ education through Mitrata Nepal.
Johanna has delivered a stellar, timeless, amazing new album expanding the genre of kirtan
music with hypnotic rhythms, gorgeous vocal melodies, dreamy soundscapes, and an all-star cast of guest performers.
– Daniel Riddle, musician, recording engineer, and producer at Mazinga Studio
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Listen to Heart Beats One
Listen to three tracks from Heart Beats One, Johanna’s critically-acclaimed album. (Hear samples from every track—or buy the album—on the Heart Beats One page in the Recordings menu.)
Listen to Beyond Love
(Hear samples from every track—or buy the album—on the Beyond Love page in the Recordings menu.)
Johanna’s voice bursts with love and passion on her new CD Heart Beats One. She is a stellar singer with a deep commitment to healing and spiritual transformation.
— Hans Christian, musician and producer
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