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CD Reviews

November 1, 2010

CD’s in our mailbox.

We regularly receive CDs from a number of producers, read what they are about and what we think:

Union by Sada

Sada has teamed up with award winning producer Ben Leinbach. The result is a sweet musical elixir. An eclectic mix of instruments, melodies, devotion and mantra enough to lighten and uplift any heart. Sada is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and melody maker who loves to write music for yoga, for healing, for love, faith and devotion, to comfort or for sheer pleasure. Her musical offerings have the right ingredients to guide the listening ears towards a peaceful and passionate place alike.

This is one of my favourite CDs at the moment and plays all day long! It is ideal for gentle yoga classes and background music. Sada has an exceptional voice and the beautiful traditional mantras are sung with such love and dedication which can be strongly felt. She definitely is one of my favourite singers and songwriters and brings about a sense of peace and love.  “It is organic music from the heart; it is food for the soul” /

CDs retail for R140. Orders can be placed with YAA via our shop.


Sharanam by Sharon Gannon, produced by Ferenz Kallos – Jivamukti Yoga

“Sharanam” by animal rights activist Sharon Gannon, is a CD that gives the listener the direct and powerful experience of healing our emotional, spiritual, psychological and ecological disconnection with ourselves and with the world through Sanskrit Mantra. Mantra is a Sanskrit word that translates to: Man (mind), Tra (to protect or to cross over). Sharanam means “Refuge.” By listening to and singing with Sharanam’s mantras, we can take refuge, strength and inspiration to change our perception of our ability to create positive change in our world. Sharanam is a healing mantra and prayer offering for all beings- especially animals.

This is a beautiful CD, easy and enjoyable to listen to. It is great background music to listen to and chant with when practicing your vinyasa based yoga. The upbeat mantras give you more energy to continue moving dynamically from posture to posture. Beautiful sounds and we love that Sharon is using her talents in both yoga and singing to give the animals a voice.

To buy the CD – visit

To see the interview on Sharon Gannon and David Life when they visited SA this year, buy the latest edition of YAA which is on sale now!


Yoga presented by Putmayo

A soothing collection of songs for yoga, meditation and relaxation

Yoga is Putumayo’s first CD release featuring songs selected to accompany yoga practice and serve as a relaxing soundtrack for daily life. Rooted in ancient Hindu, Buddhist and Jain traditions, the practice of yoga has evolved over the past 5,000 years. Adopted by millions of people around the world, yoga provides a vehicle for greater health and spiritual awareness. Music has long had a close relationship with yoga, particularly in the Bhakti tradition, which incorporates musical chants into its practice. With his extensive background as a yoga instructor and musician, Sean Johnson, founder of Wild Lotus Yoga studio in New Orleans, collaborated closely with Putumayo on this project. Combining songs used in his classes with Putumayo’s global research, Yoga creates a musical flow that works as well during yoga practice as at home for meditation or relaxation. Sean’s expansive liner notes, which include a glossary of yoga terms, will help people better understand the practice of yoga and its relationship to music.

We are a huge Putumayo fan, so to hear that they now have a yoga CD out was quite exciting. For those who like the Putumayo range, you won’t be disappointed! A variety of mantras by different artists at different paces from all over the world has been beautifully put together, weaving in that wonderful Indian flavour throughout the whole CD. Great one to have in your yoga studio collection.

CD’s retail for R120. Orders can be placed with YAA via our shop.


Spirit of Natural Birth by Sada

The Spirit of Natural Birth was created to assist any woman preparing for birth and is suitable for first time mothers, VBAC or any birth.  The Visualisations are to be used during labour to assist with pain management, the meditations and healing music are to help the pregnant woman relax, heal and prepare for birth.

This is a wonderful CD for all moms to be to help guide you through a calm and relaxing pregnancy. Lovely guided visualisations and beautiful mantras. /

CDs retail for R140. Orders can be placed with YAA via our shop.


Send CDs and Books to be reviewed to Yoga AA, PO Box 31646, Tokai, 7966, Cape Town.

To purchase the above CDs click here to visit our online store


And don’t forget to get your very own copy of YAA Intuition – Ideal background music for your yoga practice.

YAA Intuition Music CD, produced by Johann Kotze, is an ideal CD to be listening to while reading the latest edition of YAA. Johann has produced music that is beautiful to listen to and can be used during your class or yoga practice as well as for yoga nidra when focusing of Ajna chakra.
Cost: R100

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