Original air date: August 18, 2011
Wah!, a groundbreaking and trend setting yogini, joins Ramdesh on this illuminating radio podcast. Infusing eastern and western vibes, Wah! has 20 albums out; her CD Savasana has sold over 50,000 copies and she’s also the author of books for children and adults.
Ramdesh opens the show with “Om Namah Shivaya” from Hidden in the Name. This wonderful chant is a bow to Shiva who represents the destruction of the ego and all those things which might hold you back from bliss. Get in the groove and the vibe as you chant along and break through all those barrios that might be holding you back from joy.
Wah! recounts her spiritual journey; she was a sensitive child who from an early age was seeking an alternative life style. She became a vegetarian at the age of seven (“which didn’t go over too well at home!”), had some psychic abilities, and did a lot of traveling as a teen in Africa and Europe. In the early 80s she found yoga and meditation and knew she was home. There was no Internet back then, so Wah! and others learned from living gurus. She moved to an ashram and began practicing yoga and meditation on a daily basis. She also discovered Kundalini yoga and still incorporates it in her practice (her favorite kriya is Stretch Pose!) Listen next to “Guru Ram Das Chant” from her album Aquarian Sadhana.
Wah!’s exquisite journey has taken her to many places in the world, and she has also traveled deep within. Listening to her play live, says Ramdesh, is like attending a rock concert to God where God is the rock star and Wah! is an incredible support band.
Modeling herself after Amma, “the hugging saint,” Wah! allows her devotion to be expressed in a very emotional way through her music, which ranges from very upbeat, high-energy tracks to songs filled with desperate longing for God.
Next you’ll hear “Ganesha” from Love Holding Love. The track is not quite smooth jazz but definitely easy on the ears. “Instead of a rampaging elephant we have an elephant gliding into your life,” says Ramdesh. You can also find the piece on Wah!’s CD Yoga Revolution.
Listen in as Wah! and Ramdesh discuss what spiritual names mean. “Wah” is a sound that translates into just about every language: in Chinese it means bliss; in Korean, energy or Shakti; in Hindi it’s what you say before you leave your body; in English it means “Wow!” It’s a very powerful name that reflects Wah!’s dedication to a life of exploring or manifesting bliss in the universe.
Next you’ll hear “Hare Ram Sita Ram” from Hidden in the Name. The track is about the union of Sita and Ram, the union of opposites, and the magic that comes when people who are polar opposites unify and connect in their devotion.
Join Ramdesh and Wah! in this blissful podcast and get a front row seat at a rock concert dedicated to the Universe.