Jim Beckwith (Hanuman Das) is an accomplished musician, songwriter and teacher. His love of music and yoga inspired him to focus on bringing live music to yoga classes. Jim’s music is soulful and evocative of healing and inner awakening. He mixes mantra chants and English lyrics with a melodic and accessible tapestry of sound, exotic instrumentation and undulating rhythms.
A compelling lyricist with a voice that soars from high to low with the greatest of ease, Jim is a devoted yogi and musician who focuses on Bhakti – the great yoga of the heart. Jim has played with many of the world’s top teachers including Sianna Sherman, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Desiree Rumbaugh, Amy Ippoliti, Janet Stone, Kia Miller, Silvia Mordini and Tommy Rosen, among others.
He has shared the stage with many great kirtan artists such as Saul David Raye, who he will be performing with at Bermuda Yoga Festival 2016, and Aykanna. He has performed with Jai Uttal, Bhagavan Das, Govind Das & Radha, Dave Stringer, Brenda McMorrow, David Newman (Durga Das), C.C. White , Kirtaniyas and Shantala. When not on stage Jim enjoys capturing images created in beautiful light. He spent years working professionally in photography, in photojournalism and in the commercial world.
Jim is inspired by travel to faraway places as well as seeking the extraordinary in the mundane. He’s a proud father and spiritual brother to many. His roots brought him from living in Florida, North Carolina, Nashville and Boulder to settling in southern California.
Mantra, Magic, Song and Stories: how following your dharma becomes a gift to yourself and others” | talk, music
What is your hidden talent? When will you accept it and give your gift to the world? Are you doing that or is fear holding you back? This workshop will lead you on a journey in learning to express your true self, the magic that shows up when you trust in the universe to provide. For Jim Beckwith, growing up in what felt like a barren cultural environment and feeling the need to find something more, he was moved to explore the healing and unifying power of sound and vibration. Following the path of music, he found his dharma, the essential character of his own nature, and his voice.
This mix of journeying and creative process combines for a rich experience in 90 minutes of sharing, including Jim playing and singing original songs, speaking about the lyrics, their meanings and inspiration, including tales of travel to Africa and its imagery; songs of Sufi wisdom, whirling dervishes and community; love and love lost, songs inspired by writings of others including Rumi and Joseph Campbell.