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Yoga Music at Samahita Retreat

Introducing Samahita Live

Samahita Live is a unique compilation led by Irish folklorist and musician Jack Harrison and contemporary singer/songwriter Daphne Tse. The album was recorded live by Gray Bashew at Samahita during the July 2014 retreat, with renowned pranayama and yoga teachers Sri. O.P. Tiwari and Paul Dallaghan.

Samahita Live

About The Albums

Each of the Samahita Live Tracks has been chosen to reflect both traditional Sanskrit and contemporary folk music. The album is an uplifting celebration of yoga, music and chanting, featuring live performances, call and response Kirtan and powerful, intimate, acoustic sets.

Samahita Live is the first album to premiere Daphne’s Krishnaya Vasudevaya, written especially for the retreat and sang with Gill Breetze. You can also experience the high energy of Jack Harrison’s Narayana and Hare Krishna songs, performed with Amy Arman.

Samahita Live features a selection of tracks made from the rich, audio soundtrack of Samahita Retreat, Koh Samui. These include samples of the traditional Vedic fire ceremony and Pali chanting from local Thai Monks, a unique Kurdish twist on Vande Gurunam and traditional slokas from Sri. O.P. Tiwari.

We hope you enjoy the music and share it with your friends and students.

Meet the Artists

Daphne TsuDaphne Tse is a contemporary folk singer/songwriter from Texas. Her soulful ballads combine the sounds of Hawaii with Eastern Mantra and acoustic folk. Daphne has released music on Shiva Rea’s yoga music compilations and as part of her debut solo album Finding Water.

“I am so grateful to Paul and Jutima for their generosity and inviting me to share my music in such a magical setting. Thank you for making this dream a reality. It was an honor and a blessing to sit with Tiwariji and sing these mantras surrounded by our loving Samahita family. Special thanks to Gray Bashew for putting your heart and soul into this project”.

Jack HarrisonIrish folklorist and musician Jack Harrison celebrates the union of yoga and music with inspirational songs based on traditional roots. Jack is known for his first yoga album, ”Wind Across The Sea”, recorded live at Yoga Thailand. More recent albums include, ”The Enchanted Island”, and ”Sailing with Dragons”.

“Samahita is the birthplace of yoga music for me and I love coming back. Making this CD has been a complete joy from beginning to end. Recording music live can be challenging but in this case it all just seemed to flow and you can feel the special atmosphere through the music. It is a very special place.”

Samahita Live Extended Version

Discover the full length performances from Jack and Daphne, plus extended album extras and a chants from Elonne Stockton.

Wind Across the sea

Yoga and music come together in this compilation of Sanskrit chants and devotional songs arranged and produced by Irish folklorist and musician Jack Harrison. Recorded at the original Samahita Retreat, Yoga Thailand in 2007, with guest-participants from all over the world, Wind Across the Sea is a celebration of three great traditions – the yogic heritage of India and Her chants, the music of Ireland, and Buddhist meditation practices of Thailand – all of which have elements remarkably close to each other.

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In Loving Memory

This poem is dedicated to Jo, who brought joy and music to Samahita.

JO_tribute3edoDo not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

To listen to Jo’s music and her work with her husband Edo, please visit their website.

Listen to All I Ask of You, sang by Daphne Tse with Amy Arman and Samui musicians.

All I Ask Of You
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