Monday, December 21, 2009

Introducing our Artists - Danny Paradise

This is our final installment of "Introducing our Artists", and we are pleased to introduce Danny Paradise and his album River of the Soul.

“…a rare journey of diverse beauty and inspiration. Learn and enjoy!” - Sting

“Danny Paradise reflects his life through his music. An avid traveler, ashtanga yogi and teacher, his music tells the tales of mystical sunrises and houses made of bamboo. River of the Soul is organic, folky and interesting, with well-crafted circular melodies. Danny met his band while teaching Yoga in Nepal. Members from Nepal’s Karma and Prastar record six of the album’s tracks, accompanying Danny’s nylon string guitar with flute, violin, sitar and tablas. Other songs were recorded in Cairo with Dominic Miller, a multi-instrumentalist who works with Sting.

Speaking of Sting, Danny Paradise’s yoga students include Sting, Madonna, Eddie Vedder, Paul Simon and Mickey Hart! Paul Simon, Edie Brickell and Sting add a little bit of their magic to several tracks. The lyrical content is poetic, spiritual, even trippy! Portions of the CD’s proceeds go to Witness, a human rights organization that provides video cameras to document human rights abuses around the planet. Danny Paradise is a luminous citizen of the world, a traveler fully connected to the Source.” - Yoga Chicago

Danny has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since May 1976 and teaching publicly (and occassionally privately) worldwide since 1979. He teaches all levels of students and teachers and was in one of the earliest groups of westerners to learn all the classical sequences of Ashtanga Yoga.

His first teachers were David Williams & Nancy Gilgoff. David was the first western Ashtanga adept. He began teaching with David Williams in 1979 and was asked to assist him at that time.

Danny introduces the forms to beginning students, experienced/adavanced practitioners and teachers. Many people he has taught are now themselves teaching and have their own schools. He’s also introduced the Ashtanga forms to many people who were Yoga teachers in other traditions and styles.

He’s taught numerous well known artists, musicians, dancers, sports champions and studied with K. Patabbhi Jois in 1978 in Hawaii and 1980 in Hawaii in the USA. This included K.P. Jois’s first advanced series public classes in 1980 which were in Maui, Hawaii.

He’s also studied and practiced with numerous teachers of other Yoga forms as well as various martial arts including Karate, Kung Fu and Tai Chi. His influences in Spirituality have come from Krishnamurti, teachings of Buddha, Jesus, Shiva, Yoga, as well as numerous Shamanic traditions of Native North and South Americans, from indigenous cultures of the Pacific, Tibet, Africa and South East Asia. Some of these traditions also include Mayan, Egyptian, Hawaiian…

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