pranapiloga believes in giving back to our commUNITY. We have donated $3,362 to the charities below through our teacher’s and student’s efforts. If your organization would like to partner with us, please reach out.
Greater Piedmont Trauma Informed Community Networks
The Greater Piedmont area will be a community where children and families are safe, healthy, cared for, and educated. GPTICN will raise awareness on the causes and consequences of trauma, and work to support resilience through coordinated, comprehensive community effort.
Jameson Price and Laney Sullivan make up Lobo Marino, a Richmond-based duo whose elegantly eerie chant-like intones soar over drone-vibing world-fused folk music built primarily on harmonium, bass drum and various other unique instruments and voices.
Named after the enormous Pacific Sea Lion, their brand of halcyon, experimental folk draws from a rich palette of international influences. Chaotic yet harmonious, their infectious hooks and intoxicating vocals are both hypnotically spiritual and deeply soulful.
Singer-Songwriter, Hug Dealer and Pioneer Yoga Musician, Kevin has toured the world playing over 1,000 shows independently. Based in LA after living in Brazil, South Africa and all over the US, Paris’ feel-good music has grown into an “off the beaten path” fusion of folk-reggae-acoustic-electronic influences. In a single listen, one can hear the roots of artists like Jack Johnson, Bob Marley, Ben Harper and Kygo. He has played for thousands of yogis in classes alongside renowned teacher and fellow musicians at venues and festivals like Wanderlust, Yoga Journal Live, Hanuman Festival, Gaia and Yogaglo.
Singer, songwriter and renowned fingerstyle guitarist Christie Lenée is more than a musician – she’s an experience. Symphonic compositions flow from her fingertips effortlessly, with sound ranging from transcendental folk-pop to virtuosic instrumentals. Christie is often described as ‘Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews,” integrating melodic pop lyricism with catchy hooks and percussive, harmonic textures. As an Official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International consistently logging a number of major festivals, events, opera houses and theaters nationwide, Christie Lenée performs with radiant joy that awes crowds and inspires fellow musicians.
Sean Bendula is an indie/folk singer songwriter now living in Asheville, NC. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Sean now spends his summer months playing music on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and his winters in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
Through the soulfulness of his voice, a rasping blend of gravel and honey, Sean writes evocative lyrics with folk/pop driven melodies, inspired by songwriters like David Gray, Ben Howard, and Damien Rice. Sean’s voice has transformed over the years into something he can call his own, truly a unique and original sound that stands out from the vast amount of singer songwriters in the region.
Good Vibes We Like
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Teaching was Tara’s dharma long before she realized it. She grew up with a bow and arrow in her hands, learning to pull back with just enough aim and control to send her arrow into the abyss, knowing and trusting it would weave its way into the provided space and landing wherever it is intended. When you practice with Tara, you get more than a teacher on the mat; you gain guidance for your daily life. Inside the studio, no two classes or workshops are ever the same. Students are not told what to do, they are empowered to listen to their own bodies. Tara recently moved to Asheville from Richmond, VA, and is ERYT200, ERYT500, RCYT, YACEP and a Certified Coach and Mentor.