Eddy

Mesmerizing gypsy guitar and incredibly soulful vocals create the unique and highly celebrated music of Eddy Nataraj. His kirtans create a sacred space for intuitive knowing to thrive and true interconnectedness to be revealed, quickly establishing this brilliant kirtan artist as a pillar of yoga in the West. At 20 years old, his journey in the world of kirtan music began when a small, elderly woman pulled him aside after his stand up comedy routine in Seattle, WA, to tell him he had a beautiful voice and should pursue music. He went out, bought a guitar, and embarked upon his yogic path through sacred sound.

Shortly after he began playing the guitar, he moved to Hawaii where he lived for 7 years, mostly homeless in the jungle, with Mother Nature as his greatest teacher. While living in the jungles, he studied nature, yoga, buddhism, meditation, music, and himself. He spent entire days practicing his guitar and writing song lyrics. As time went on his song lyrics transformed into mantras, which he found energizing and useful for inducing deep meditative states.

When he returned to the main land, he immediately became a spark in the kirtan world. His kirtans have been called a “high-bhav …nonstop rolling joyride from Ganesha to Krishna.”

He has played Bhakti Fest, Ahimsa Yoga & Music Fest, Montreal Yoga Chant Fest, and the 20thAnnual Yoga Teachers Conference at Kripalu. He has had the great honor of playing his guitar with Snatam Kaur, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Andy Aledort, Nina Rao, Shimshai, Durga Das, Mike Cohen, Adam Bauer, and many other great artists.

He is humbled that the Universe guided him to this sacred path of kirtan and bhakti, and is inspired to follow in the footsteps of Shyamdas, Ram Das, and Krishna Das in making bhakti yoga and mantra music a fundamental element of the Western Yoga world. He is a new and exciting member of the yoga music revolution, and is making quite a name for himself with his infectious joy and dynamic gypsy flamenco kirtan style.



Eddy instructs the following:
  • Kirtan
  • “Kirtan” is the ancient practice of call and response chanting. Each syllable and vowel has a vibration, and when you string them together you get names/words. The chants are called “Mantras,” which means “to cross over the mind.” The mantras represent universal energies in the form of sounds which already lie within us and within all things. When we awaken and stir these energies, they purify our mind and subtle body (the space between the atoms), cross over the disturbances of the mind, and leave one feeling clear and refreshed. A person does not need to know about yoga or meditation or kirtan to receive the benefits of mantras. Eddy Nataraj brings this ancient practice into the modern world with a fresh and innovative style of kirtan that is a fusion of traditional harmonium-based kirtan and the dynamic colorings of Spanish-flamenco guitar.
    Eddy has been leading kirtan and facilitating healing through music for close to a decade. His music creates a sacred space for intuitive knowing to thrive and true interconnectedness to be revealed, quickly establishing this brilliant kirtan artist as a pillar of yoga in the West.

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