Beyond Love: Soothing Songs for the Soul is Johanna’s second album of sacred music from the traditions of yoga. The album is largely the result of a serious car accident. While recovering from being hit by a careless driver, Johanna focused her creative energy on healing through music and through restorative yoga—the yoga of deep relaxation. Eventually she combined these two powerful healing practices and created Lullaby Yoga—her unique fusion of restorative and yin yoga with heart-opening live music.
The music—a blend of original and traditional pieces from a variety of global cultures—provides a luxurious, peaceful space for the mind to rest while the body relaxes, rebalances, and restores itself. The soothing, soulful songs on this album are inspired by, and often part of, Johanna’s Lullaby Yoga classes. The gentle flow the album creates is ideal for yoga, quiet chanting, meditation, deep rest, massage, acupuncture, therapeutic movement, and other healing modalities.
Johanna developed and recorded the album with award-winning producer Ben Leinbach. Tracks feature guest appearances bymusical luminaries Donna DeLory, Girish, Hans Christian, Lee Mirabai Harrington, Jared May, and Gawain Mathews. In the words of master musician Hans Christian, “Johanna blesses us again! This new album is a perfect follow-up to her stunning “Heart Beats One”. When Johanna sings, we listen and we get inspired by her sublime voice and delicious musicality. “Beyond Love” is irresistible!”
Johanna Beekman is a multi-genre recording artist, performer, and kirtan leader, and the creator of Lullaby Yoga. 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, and world music, as well as an early introduction to the sacred art of chanting and yoga with Krishna Das and Ram Das. Today Johanna sings and teaches at leading festivals, studios, and churches across the country. Her beloved fourth album, Heart Beats One, was nominated as one of the best conscious music albums of 2015. Her new album, Beyond Love: Soothing Songs for the Soul, moves even deeper into the heart space beyond love.
Hey Ma Durga (feat. Donna De Lory):
He Ma Durga is a Hindu chant used to invoke the Mother Goddess Durga, who encompasses many incarnations such as Kali. The mantra honors the divine feminine in all of its manifestations, and can help remove obstacles, protect the chanter, and awaken power and creative energy.
Om Namah Shivaya (feat. Girish):
This song is based on the Anusara Invocation, “Om Namo Shivaya Gurave Satchidananda Murtaye, Nisprapancaya Shantaya, Niralambaya Tejase, Om.”
It translates as “I open my heart to the power of Grace / That lives in us as goodness / That never is absent and radiates peace / And lights the way to transformation.”
The Green Tara mantra – Om Tare Tuttare Ture Swaha. Tara is the goddess of compassion and mercy in Tibetan Buddhism.
This chant, also known as the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, is dedicated to the Rudra avatar of Lord Shiva, the creator, protector and transformer deity of Hinduism. It is especially helpful in overcoming fear of death or the unknown, and bringing physical and emotional healing.
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Mrityor Mokshiya Maamritat
Hari Om (feat. Ben Leinbach and Girish):
Hari Om is said to help the chanter break free from suffering, depression, bad karma, and pain. Hari is another name for the Hindu God Vishnu who removes obstacles, and Om is the primordial sacred sound of the universe. The mantra helps restore one’s connection to divine consciousness, happiness, and truth.
Beyond Love (feat. Ben Leinbach):
A chant for personal empowerment, uplifting the soul, manifestation, and gratitude to the Divine.
Ajai Alai Abhai Abai Abhoo Ajoo Anaas Akaas
Aganj Abhanj Alakkh Abhakkh Akaal Dy-aal Alaykh Abhaykh
Anaam Akaam Agaah Adhaah Anaathay Pramaathay Ajonee Amonee
Na Raagay Na Rangay Na Roopay Na Raykhay
Akarmang Abharmang Aganjay Alaykhay
Beyond birth, beyond color
Beyond SHAPE, beyond DOUBT
Beyond Love, Beyond Love
Beyond love is only Love
LOVE LOVE love love..
Om Mani Padme Hum:
Om Mani Padme Hum is the most popular chant of Tibetan Buddhism, associated with the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara. It refers to the jewel in the lotus, the inner heart, awakening, enlightenment, and developing ones capacity for loving kindness.
This is a mantra of blessing, invoking serenity and wellbeing for all creatures of the world. It also reminds us that our own life should contribute to their peace, freedom, and happiness.
Lokah Samasta Sukino Bhavantu
Om Shanti Om Shanti Om Shanti Om Shanti Om