Music is central, the integral core of the Sat Nam Fest experience. Our magnificent musicians carry us along on the sacred sound current, continuously harmonizing and vibrating the naam in waves that wash over us in pure bliss.
During our concerts, and as live music during our yoga classes and workshops, our musicians take the Sat Nam Fest experience higher and higher…to Infinity and beyond.
Sat Nam Fest calls in some of the most inspired, most masterful Kundalini Yoga teachers in the world to guide you along your yoga journey. Together they add delicious depth and subtle sophistication to your practice. There’s something for everyone, whether just beginning or a seasoned yogi, transformation is yours as you elevate and celebrate with our brilliant teachers.
Yogi Amandeep Singh M.Sc(Aust), MA(UK), B.Sc Hons(UK) is a counsellor by profession and an accomplished yogi, having studied in depth many yogic traditions in India. He is a Kundalini Yoga Teacher, a scholar with Kundalini Research Institute(USA), Healer, Mystic & a teacher of Eastern Spirituality. He is a leading authority on philosophy & history of ancient yogic traditions. He brings great depth, accuracy, joy and spontaneity to his teaching. Being inspired by Yogi Bhajan, his master, he travels around the world sharing transforming wisdom.
Ajeet Kaur debuted her first solo album, At the Temple Door in 2014 and has been traveling the world to offer music and yoga. Her love of music has led her around the world to study traditional Indian and Irish music. Along with music, the love of Ajeet’s life has been her study of healing with her teacher Guru Dev Singh. Ajeet blends the healing power of ancient mantras with a fresh and unique contemporary style.
Akasha became a student of Yogi Bhajan at the age of 11. This initiation with his teacher sparked his life-long quest to grow, learn and experience life through his body, mind and spirit. At 18, and by the direction of his teacher, Yogi Bhajan, Akasha began teaching Kundalini yoga and martial arts. During college, Akasha studied Ayurvedic medicine under Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico. In his twenties, while living and working in India, Akasha began studying Ashtanga yoga w/ Pattabhi Joi’s nephew, Vish-wanath. His classes reflect his personal approach and include the traditions of Kundalini and classical Ashtanga for a heart-centered class that will leave students toned, stretched, centered and open, from the inside out. He currently offers workshops, retreats, teacher training and general classes throughout the year and is co-owner of Birmingham Yoga
Azita Nahai Ph.D.
Dr. Azita Nahai is a Kundalini Yogi, speaker and therapist. She is the founder of Trauma to Dharma™ ~an experiential method that integrates a holistic mind-body-spirit approach to healing trauma and transforming one’s pain into purpose. As a domestic abuse survivor turned thriver Dr. Nahai experienced a piece missing in her own recovery, and so, she created it. Her decades of research support the use of Kundalini yoga and meditation as a valuable therapeutic modality in post-traumatic growth.
As a change agent and trauma specialist, she is fueled by her passion to awaken and empower others to become conscious and active participants in their own healing. Dr. Nahai’s anticipated Trauma to Dharma™ book is now available. Go to azitanahai.com for more details on the book and future Trauma to Dharma™ Full Immersion Workshops and E-Course.
Crown of Eternity
Crown of Eternity is a duo consisting of guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, gong lover Harnek Singh (Mike Tamburo) and singer, pianist, gong lover Harnek Kaur (Gallina Tamburo). They live in Pittsburgh, PA where they both teach kundalini yoga and run their own yoga and vibrational healing center. They are an incredible force when they play their gongs and their participation at Sat Nam Fest is a true blessing.
Dharm is coauthor of the acclaimed book, Essential Kundalini Yoga – an Invitation to Radiant Health, Unconditional Love and the Awakening of Your Energetic Potential. He was an assistant to Yogi Bhajan, and the house piano player at Yogi Bhajan’s estate. He started practicing yoga at eight years old, learning hatha yoga from his mother, and has been teaching Kundalini Yoga for over 35 years. He has recorded five albums of sacred mantra music, including Angels of Awakening, and collaborated on many others. He is on the Board of Directors the non-profit corporation founded by Yogi Bhajan, 3HO Foundation. He is an ordained minister and counsellor, lives in the Mother Ashram community of Espanola NM, and travels to lead workshops, teacher trainings and concerts that are full of joy and experience. He teaches that by clearing energetic restrictions in our body and energy fields, opening our hearts, and surrendering to the love and grace of the universe, we can live with the profound beauty, bounty, love and connection that we were born to express in this lifetime. For more about Dharm please visit www.dharmji.com
Feather and Dot
GuruPrem & Simran
Simran & GuruPrem have been teaching together for decades in specialty courses and teacher trainings.
GuruPrem was named ‘Posture Master’ by Yogi Bhajan, and is an expert on body awareness in relationship to personal growth. He is a KRI certified Teacher Trainer and has been practicing and teaching Yoga for over 30 years. He has had an active practice at the World famous Khalsa Medical Clinic in Beverly Hills, as a teacher, structural, breath, Yogic and Massage Therapist for over 28 years. Guru Prem is the author of three books, Divine Alignment, The Heart Rules and Everyday Devotion. He is also a musician, producer and composer.
Simran Kaur Khalsa was born into a Kundalini Yoga family, she has done Yoga her whole life, the daughter of Sat Jivan Singh & Kaur: co-directors of Kundalini Yoga East in NYC, she is also mother to 2 young adults. In addition to teaching with her husband, she has taught Divine Alignment and The Heart Rules, all over the world. This includes the basics, bandhas, breathing and correct alignment applicable to easy and advanced Asana and Kriya’s. She has mastered many Kriya’s, including Kirtan Kriya and Bound Lotus. She is the voice of ‘Tantric Har’ and the new albums: ‘Heal Me’, ‘LoveLife’ & ‘Suite: Kirtan Soheila.’
Dr. Guru Singh, DD, MMS, is a yogi, teacher, writer, composer-musician, shaman, ordained minister, healer, and family man. Guru Singh’s teaching grew from an esoteric curiosity inspired by his family’s deep connection to the masters of India and being ready when these teachers appeared. His teaching style is a fusion of the eastern-mystic-spiritualism, and enough western pragmatism to be completely relevant.
GuruGanesha Band – Rock n Roll For the Soul
There are times when music becomes a truly transcendent experience, uniting performers and listeners in an ecstatic current of beauty and heartfelt emotion. When live music is at its best, the line between performer, participant, and the divine is dissolved and reassembled into one collective experience.
In the tradition of the sacred music artists of our time combined with some essential influences from classic rock ‘n’ roll greats, GuruGanesha Band embodies an entirely new music landscape and style that is conscious mantra based rock.
GuruGanesha Band effortlessly spans a multitude of musical styles, from deeply meditative musical compositions that unfold like lotus petals, to the spellbinding fusion of Indian raga and Western jazz, to full-on bhakti infused rock. The band expresses a universal musical language that transcends boundaries, cultures, and generations. Anyone who’s experienced the live juggernaut this is the GuruGanesha Band can testify to the fact that they’ve been part of an experience that is memorable and transformational.
When GuruGanesha himself experienced the groundbreaking musical adventures of the Grateful Dead in the ‘60s, he knew right away that he had found the seeds for his musical blueprint. The Dead’s loose but exciting melodies became something else when grace hit GuruGanesha in 1972. That’s when his life changed and his spiritual path was cemented by the meeting of his spiritual teacher, Yogi Bhajan. It was then that he was able to see that the path of musical alchemy could be combined with devoted spiritual service to create a union of love, melody, message, and rhythm in a way that hadn’t been done before.
GuruGanesha explains, “ As Yogi Bhajan strode the aisle from the back of the room, I could feel his presence. Amazingly, he stopped and spoke to me. With graceful eyes he looked down at me and simply said, ‘what took you so long.’ It was then, listening to Yogi ji, I laughed and felt joy for the first time since my own father had died. I was inspired.”
This inspirational musical mission took on many forms over the years, and has now culminated in the what is the ultimate expression of all the GGB members’ musical intentions. Part of the uniqueness behind the GGB is the different colors, textures, and ideas that each band member brings to this devotional sonic laboratory. GuruGanesha’s fluid lyrical lead guitar playing is complimented by the harmonic brilliance of Sat Kartar’s rhythm guitar, and then anchored to the groove by Guru Sangat’s brilliant jazz influenced bass lines and Fabio Pirozzolo’s world drum beats.
Like a magical breath of devotional grace each member can only barely put into words the effortless perfection that happens when the four of them plug in and exchange their musical vocabulary. Through improvisation, original composition and some traditional chant infusions the material for the upcoming GuruGanesha Band album People Of Love expresses exactly where they are at on this journey, at this moment in time.
And if it wasn’t for the joy of sharing it with the world out on the road the GGB would be in a barn somewhere in Vermont pounding out the sonic magic until all hours of the night and day.
Their open hearts encourage all to sing, chant, dance and meditate along with them. Those who have experienced the GuruGanesha Band live in concert already know that the group tears down the house while lifting the audience’s collective spirit to a higher plane. They are guiding the way towards a bold and blissful new direction for live mantra music that is perhaps more necessary now for the planet than ever before.
Gurujodha Singh is a Kundalini yoga teacher who began his studies with Yogi Bhajan in 1974. Gurujodha teaches yoga as a dynamic training method for martial arts and personal excellence. Gurujodha Singh Khalsa is a Sixth degree Black Belt and an instructor of Kenpo Karate at the Bryan Hawkins School of Kenpo Karate.
Gurujodha Singh was part of Yogi Bhajan’s personal security team from 1990 to 2003. He now serves as the current President of the Siri Singh Sahib Corporation. He is an attorney licensed in CA since 1979 and is one of four Chief Deputies in the Office of County Counsel, Bakersfield, Kern County, CA. He is the originator of a self-defense system entitled The Spiritual Warrior Training System and is a Sixth degree black belt Instructor of Kenpo Karate. He is a founding member of the Amritsar-Bakersfield Sister City Committee. His name means “Warrior of the Guru” and he regularly teaches martial arts to youth.
Dr. Haridass Kaur Khalsa is a Kundalini Yoga Lead Teacher Trainer. She emphasizes deep meditative practices combined with energetic yoga allowing students the space to process and witness their own evolutionary process of awakening. Haridass Kaur, PhD specializes in delivering the teachings with fierce precision and enthusiasm. She has a doctorate in Natural Health and focuses on biomechanics, diaphragmatic breath, and Kundalini Yoga to alleviate Chronic Pain. She is leads a dynamic team of international trainers in Level 1 Teacher Trainings in Mexico, Chile, Peru, and Bali.
Harnam Singh (Tony Zatzick), MFA, is a sacred artist, kirtan musician and dedicated Kundalini yoga teacher. He has lectured on painting at many top universities and shown in galleries throughout the United States. Harnam is known for his engaging teaching style and the beauty of his powerful art, which often incorporates nature, sacred geometry, mandalas and divine deities. As a sacred chant artist, he shares his soulful music on the albums “A Fearless Heart” and “All Roads”.
Hansu Jot is born in Hamburg/ Germany with a taiwanese mother and and german father.
Through the practise of his mother he very early came in touch with the values and various practises of Buddhism and the Chanting of Mantra and later decided as a young adult to dive into the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and Naad Yoga (Yoga of divine sound) to study its deep and healing impact on the human body, psyche and emotions.
Having finished the Kundalini Yoga teacher training in 2012 Hansu Jot is now traveling and touring the world to teach Kundalini Yoga workshops and share the Sacred Sound through Naad Yoga and Sacred Chanting events, has published three Sacred Chant albums with the the band Tera Naam and is about to publish his first solo album: ”To the stars and back” in the beginning of December 2018.
Since 2015 Hansu Jot is integrating the Art of Meditative Healing a KRI approved Healing Method into his teachings and personal consultations
Jai-Jagdeesh’s journey as a singer began nearly 25 years ago, in a temple in India. Spending her formative years in Northern India – and traveling as a musical representative of Yogi Bhajan’s foreign education program – set the foundation for a deep connection to the sacred texts of the Kundalini yoga tradition & the Sikh faith. Between then and now, her creative spirit has walked many artistic paths: actress, classical Indian dancer, photographer, and writer. With music now at the forefront, Jai-Jagdeesh is effervescently expressive: Her journeying as a spiritual nomad coupled with a devotion to mantra and meditation has resulted in the creation of several acclaimed studio albums and meditation CDs, each one full of deep, transformative resonance. With new music on the horizon and two books up her sleeve, Jai-Jagdeesh continues to inspire and connect with audiences worldwide, sharing songs and stories from the very center of her heart.
Jai Dev Singh is a yogi, teacher and practitioner of Ayurvedic Medicine. His innovative Ayurveda and Yoga courses have been attended and studied by thousands of people throughout the world. He is the creator of The Life-Force Formula, The Complete Course of Ayurveda and The Radiant Body Course. Jai Dev lives in northern California with his wife, Simrit Kaur, and their son.
Jamshied Sharifi is an American composer and musician. He has produced most of Mirabai Ceiba’s albums and plays with them in concert whenever he possibly can make time in his busy schedule. Born to an Iranian father and American mother, Sharifi was exposed to Jazz and Middle Eastern music as well as to European classical and church music. He began to study classical piano at age five and quickly developed a thirst for musical instruction and a desire to improvise. At age nine he began studying guitar and drums, and at age ten added flute.
Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda
Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda are Oregon based musical artists in the genre of mantra music. They offer kirtan, healing mantra music and Kirtronica (kirtan and electronica fusion). In their 6 years together, they have released 8 albums on Sounds True, Spirit Voyage and independently. They tour nationally and internationally holding their own events and retreats. In addition, they perform and teach at festivals and regularly offer Kirtronica at ecstatic dances.
KARENA VIRGINIA brings 20 years of experience as a certified healer and highly acclaimed Kundalini yoga instructor. Before her teaching career, she worked in the entertainment industry as an actress and model. Her work encourages us to connect and empower our own personal truth through love, compassion, inner beauty, and radiance. Karena conducts ongoing workshops in the United States and Europe. Karena believes deeply in synchronicity and miracles, and ever since her childhood she has been on a mission to bring light to others. Many people who work with Karena say through her warmth, humor, compassion, heart -centered awareness and healing presence, she has a transformative quality that enables them to move past fear and into the path of least resistance where miracles happen with ease. In 2015, Karena released the Amazon Choice DVD The Power of Kundalini Yoga with Sounds True. In 2017, she and her co-writer, Dharm Khalsa, released the highly acclaimed book Essential Kundalini Yoga with Sounds True. Karena is also the voice behind the IOS APP called Relax and Attract with Karena which has been helping thousands of people internationally to find peace in chaotic times. Karena is a member of Oprah’s Belief team and continues to use her voice for positive change. Karena will be featured on the cover of Yoga Journal this summer with featured blogs and videos sharing the powerful transformative qualities of Kundalini Yoga. Karena resides in the NYC area; she spends her free time relaxing with her husband and two children.
One of the most well-known Kundalini
Krishna Kaur, a dynamic, heart centered Yoga teacher, began studying with Yogi Bhajan in 1970 and has passionately taught the art and science of Kundalini Yoga and Self Awareness for 40 years. In her 70’s, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her teaching in Africa, Mexico, and inner cities throughout the United States. A master teacher trainer of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
S.S. Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa, D.C. Mahan Rishi Singh co-founded the Khalsa Healing Arts and Yoga Center in Yardley, PA. USA in 1989. He began studying yoga and meditation in 1973-4 and entered the Guru Ram Das Ashram in 1975 as a student and teacher of Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Having taught nationally and internationally, along with traveling numerous times to India, he seeks to bring the ancient wisdom and authentic devotional practices of yoga and meditation into everyday life. He has been leading retreats and yatras (spiritual pilgrimages) to India, Nepal and Tibet over the past 25 years. His experiences of the kundalini and subtle energy currents of the etheric body have led him to guide his students toward Self-realization and illumination through Universal love and understanding. His vision is for each student to have an experience of vital energy, great joy, and liberating peace.
Mahan Rishi is also a doctor of Chiropractic and Herbal nutritionist. He graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1988. Through natural healing practices and holistic health care he guides his client toward optimum health and well-being. Dr. Khalsa seeks to awaken the vital spirit and heart of each individual on their journey of wholeness and liberation. He graduated from the International School of Polarity Therapy in 1978 as a certified practitioner of Polarity Therapy………utilizing various techniques of energy balancing through bio-energetic synchronization, meridian balancing via pulse diagnosis using both Chinese and Auryvedic traditions, and auric balancing through breathwork and yogic practices he helps to enhance the vital life force of your body, mind and spirit….. Also trained in Reiki, Yogic subtle body, crystal and aromatherapy healing practices he releases deep emotional and vibrational blocks, unleashing your profound potential and vital energy.
Dr. Khalsa has studied with healing masters from around the world for over 30 years, including some of the oldest known yogi’s and dharma teachers, Swami Bua who still lives today at 119 in New York, and the world renowned Green Monk Bhante Dharmawara Mahatera who lived to 110. Dr. Khalsa’s knowledge of herbology and nutrition is valuable for anti-aging as well as rejuvenation. His experience over the past 20 years of tongue diagnosis and iridology give him deep insight into one’s internal bio-chemistry. By integrating herbology, and various orthomolecular therapies (vitamins and minerals) he is able to guide you toward optimum health. As a healthy vegetarian for over 30 years he is able to guide you toward creating healthy dietary habits which enhance your overall state of well-being. After thirty years of dedication Mahan Rishi was given the minister’s title of Singh Sahib by Yoga Bhajan ….to serve as a spiritual minister of Sikh Dharma officiating weddings and other sacred ceremonies. Sessions with Mahan Rishi are gentle yet powerful, energizing and calming, creating a deep sense of peace and vitality.
Mirabai Ceiba’s Markus and Angelika travel the world with their music while they lead lives devoted to their spiritual and yogic path. Their practice is deeply personal and in their workshops they share the experience of yoga and music that have transformed their lives and continue to nourish and enrich them.
Mahankirn is a world-renowned Kundalini Master Teacher and Healer. When she was 18 she became a personal assistant to the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan, and was appointed as his personal healer for 10 years. She has studied with the current Master of Sat Nam Rasayan®, Guru Dev Singh for two decades and has received the highest certification in this healing modality. She believes that everyone has the capacity to reach a deep healing state of stillness within. It is her passion to distill easy and user-friendly techniques from the teachings to share them with everyone. She is the author of two books, Mah Boundlotus and Three Minute Start. For information on private healing sessions and classes visit www.mahankirn.com
Born in New York, Normandie’s early career as a top model and beauty editor took her to London, where she enjoyed a life of celebrity. Her heart was always seeking more, which led her to study many of the world’s spiritual traditions.
After leaving London for Los Angeles on divine guidance, she found her home in Kundalini yoga and meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Normandie is now a KRI-certified Level 2 Kundalini yoga and meditation teacher. First and foremost always a mother to her son Finn, Normandie is also Khalsa Way Prenatal yoga and Mommy and Me yoga teacher trainer.
She gives back to the Los Angeles community by passionately serving the homeless, with whom she feels a profound spiritual connection.
After a life of being a model and it-girl,Normandie now uses her workshops to focus on breaking the masks of illusion, allowing women to step into their radiance and grace by finding radical self-love and acceptance. With an open heart and mind, she wishes to create a connection of love that weaves through all beings. She is passionate about bringing the extraordinary technology of Kundalini yoga to all.
Satwant Singh Khalsa has been teaching and practicing Kundalini Yoga under the guidance of the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan, for over forty years. Having also worked in the corporate world for over two decades, Satwant Singh is at home in both the sadhana room and the board room. A KRI-Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, he teaches at Raj Yoga Center in Sterling, Virginia and has been at Sat Nam Fest since our first festival. He serves as Executive Director of the Siri Singh Sahib Corporation, a non-profit organization which manages the family of organizations that Yogi Bhajan established to spread the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and Sikh Dharma.
There has never been any question in Sirgun Kaur’s mind what she should do “when she grew up.” From collecting nursery rhymes as an infant, to sharing her adolescent woes with a sympathetic piano, or touring the United States as a singer-songwriter in her early 20s, music has always been an anchor in Sirgun’s life. It was not until she discovered Kundalini Yoga, chanting, and mantra, however, that she understood the transformative and healing potential of music. Since then, Sirgun has released four albums of sacred chants: Reclaim Your Happiness, Dayaal, The Cosmic Gift, and The Music Within. Sirgun’s first two albums were funded entirely through the generous support of her global fanbase, for which she is infinitely grateful. She lives in Phoenix, AZ, with her husband and two sons.
Sukha is Southern California based husband/wife team Sukhmani and Sukhman. Sukha exists to help people fall in love with the power and magic of mantra. They play their own blend of “rock inspired” mantra music for classes, events and festivals and tour extensively usually with an eclectic mix of world-class musicians. Sukhmani teaches Kundalini Yoga & Meditation in Southern California and beyond and Sukha is often a part her uplifting classes. Their mantra concept album, Rise was released in March 2016 and the band is in post-production for their follow-up, Cusp which will be released soon. Sukha is known for their high-vibration delivery to allow people to experience singing, sound, and mantra meditation in an accessible format for all.
Tej is the Custodian of the Archives of the Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, and a recognized authority on the teachings. She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and for many years, worked on Yogi Bhajan’s correspondence during which she received extensive training from him on yogic counseling. Her classes are occasions to enjoy deep meditative experiences and to learn vast amounts of yogic knowledge.
Tommy Rosen is a yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert who has spent the last two decades immersed in recovery and wellness. He holds certifications in both Kundalini and Hatha Yoga and has 25 years of continuous recovery from drug addiction.
Tommy is one of the pioneers in the field of Yoga and Recovery assisting others to holistically transcend addictions of all kinds.
Tommy is the founder of the Recovery 2.0 Global Community, the Recovery 2.0 Online Conference series and the Recovery 2.0 Group Coaching Program. He leads Recovery 2.0 retreats and workshops internationally and presents regularly at yoga conferences and festivals.
Tommy’s first book, Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life, was published by Hay House in 2014.
Tommy and his wife, yoga teacher, Kia Miller, live in California where they teach yoga and grow organic vegetables in their backyard.
Wah Khalsa, daughter of Gurmukh and Guru Shabd was born into a lineage of yogis. Schooled in India, Wah is a true modern day yogi and global citizen. As a Kundalini Yoga teacher and student of Yogi Bhajan she uses the technology of yoga and its teachings to navigate through life. You can find her working and teaching at Golden Bridge or catch her on one of her soulful teaching treks around the world.
Sat Nam festival is a rejuvinating, inspiring event. The art, music, and yoga were a beautiful combination!Anadel
Sat Nam Fest is a true and wonderful journey for the soul- I left feeling whole, refreshed, loved, and looking forward to the next one!Alice