Cat Matlock and Japa’s CD release party, Kirtan Music for the Sacred Journey to Motherhood, at the White Horse in Black Mountain on Oct. 16, wasn’t your typical barroom show. An altar with offerings to Hindu deities took center stage, and Matlock led the band with Sanskrit vocals. Audience members ranged from seniors to newborns. Many of the women in the audience were introduced to Matlock's music in her prenatal yoga classes.
It was the mothers who inspired Matlock, owner of West Asheville Yoga, to record the album. “It felt so powerful to bring that into my yoga classes with pregnant mamas to support them in their journey,” says Matlock. “I started getting a lot of requests … to make a CD for them so that they could continue to sing at home, to sing to their new babies or to use the music for their delivery.”
For many Asheville yogis and spiritual seekers, Kirtan — the singing of Sanskrit mantras — is a regular practice. “You are honoring and giving your heart over to the energies that you’re calling in,” says Matlock. “Ganesha is the energy that removes obstacles, and Lakshmi is the one that showers us with blessings. We are chanting these mantras and we do the same ones over and over again to help us to clear our hearts and help us to actually become a channel for the energies that we’re singing to.”
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