Vanessa Harris

About Vanessa Harris

Vanessa Harris is graduate of Pepperdine University who completed her teacher training in India. Her experience includes writing, making malas or prayer beads, serving as an associate producer at Bhakti Fest, and contributing as the Editorial Coordinator at Bliss Network.

Chapter of the Forest music review

Chapter of the Forest, a tranquil musical exploration of respite for the soul. (Vanguard Records) There comes a time in every musician’s life when retreating is not only crucial for one’s creativity, but essential for survival. Some of the things that can arise from this much-needed respite for the soul include: a sincerity that can’t be [...]

By | June 2nd, 2015|Books & DVDs|0 Comments

Shakti Sweat DVD Review

Krisna Khalsa takes the Shakti Sweat DVD Workout Challenge. Are you fierce? Are you strong? Are you awakened? According to celebrity trainer and Buti Yoga founder Bizzie Gold, the quickest path to feeling fierce, strong, and awake is by making sure your workouts are all of these things. This is the inspiration for Bizzie Gold’s [...]

By | February 23rd, 2015|Books & DVDs|0 Comments

Keith Mitchell: From NFL Linebacker to Mindfulness Coach

One moment, Keith Mitchell is a linebacker on a football field, wearing a jersey emblazoned with the number 59. In the next moment, he’s taken the hardest hit of his career. One moment, he’s an alpha male gladiator playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars, in the next moment, he’s in a hospital bed with a spinal [...]

By | January 29th, 2015|Teacher Profiles|1 Comment

Book Review: Conversations with Ram Dass

Interviewed by Sridhar Silberfein Love Serve Remember Foundation/Bhakti Fest Since Bhakti Fest’s inception, Ram Dass has made an annual appearance through exclusive interviews with founder, Sridhar Silberfein, who travels to Maui each year and films their conversations. Known for their humor, inspiration, and unmasked devotional attitude, these videos have been a highlight of the festival [...]

By | August 25th, 2014|Books & DVDs|0 Comments

A Tribute to S. N. Goenka

Satya Narayan Goenka (January 30, 1924 – September 29, 2013) Vipassana is a method of meditation in which the mind and body is understood by turning awareness to the senses. Holding that sensation is the gateway to our understanding of the world, the systematic exploration of physical sensation leads to equanimity and the cessation of [...]

By | October 10th, 2013|Yoga in the World|0 Comments

On My Nightstand by Chaka Khan

Ten-time Grammy-winning songstress and well-respected Queen of Funk Chaka Khan’s megahits include, “Tell Me Something Good,” “Ain’t Nobody,” “I’m Every Woman,” and “I Feel For You.” Her latest single, “It’s Not Over” (featuring LaCrae), was released in February, 2013. This mother, grandmother, long-time vegan and one-time front woman of the legendary funksters, “Rufus,” is still [...]

By | October 2nd, 2013|Books & DVDs|0 Comments

Morning Family Smoothie by Elisabeth Röhm

My favorite way to start the morning with my daughter is with a healthy and hydrating smoothie. It's a great way to infuse us both with electrolytes, potassium, beta-carotene, and antioxidants. Ingredients: 2 cups coconut water 1 cup mango 1 cup pineapple 2 cups spinach Directions: Combine ingredients in your blender or Vitamix and puree [...]

By | October 1st, 2013|Recipes|0 Comments

Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness, and the Divine

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa Conscious Living, LLC At first glance, saffron-robed Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, a Hindu monk born in India and raised in America, appears to be the typical monastic hermit. As he regales us with the story of his journey in Urban Monk, we discover that he's as gregarious as they come. His was a [...]

By | September 12th, 2013|Books & DVDs|0 Comments

Tabla Mantra by Daniel Paul featuring Gina Sala and The Kirtan All-Stars

Tabla Mantra Music   Tabla Mantra welcomes the listener to a sublime dream world of sound and intricate rhythms woven together through the heart. This album is unique with its base in the Indian style of singing called tarana. It features an underlying slow and prosaic love song to god, followed by lyrics that are [...]

By | September 11th, 2013|Music|0 Comments

On My Nightstand: Rickie Byars Beckwith

Rickie Byars Beckwith is the Music and Arts Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center. As one of Los Angeles’ most revered contemporary singer-songwriters, Rickie plans to expand the impact of music and arts as a catalyst for transforming lives through her latest project: Rhythm and Joy Festival. A Thousand Names for Joy by Byron [...]

By | September 6th, 2013|Books & DVDs|0 Comments