Shiro Nada Yogi

Los Angeles Urban Yogi

External and Internal Sounds

Posted by nadayogi on May 15, 2009


Nada Yoga is one of many ways to connect to Source. Living in the city creates a lot of distractions for the urban yogi’s of the world. We have to practice tuning into source by meditating on all the distractions of the urban landscape. One of the greatest times to meditate is at 1am-3am, the time of Lord Shiva. Energetically this is an amazing time to meditate because  Shiva’s energy is accessible for us to tap into and the city is really quiet at that time. But for the urban yogi that can’t meditate at that time because you have to get up and go to work early in the morning. Here’s where Urban Nada Yoga Sadhana (sanskrit: practice) come into play. Sit in full lotus, half lotus or in a chair with your spine straight.  If you live in an area that has lots of traffic like my place in Los Angeles I use the sound of cars to tune into source, everything has a rhythm… connect with the rhythm and use it to go into a meditative state. Once you go into a deeper state of meditation the sounds of the cars will start sounding like waves of the ocean. Next focus on the internal sounds of the breath,  the inhale will start to sound like Sat (Sanskrit: Truth) and the exhale will sound like Nam (Sanskrit: Identity)… bask in this energy for awhile and you’ll start to tune in to your souls symphony.

The Symphony of The Soul

Before you awaken The Kundalini energy you’ll start to internally hear the music of anahata (Sanskrit: Heart) Put your thumbs in your ears, this is called shanmukhi mudra. When you are fully relaxed you will begin to hear The Souls symphony of ten sounds through the right ear:

  • Chini: (as the sound of the word chini)
  • Chini-Chini:.(as the sound of the word chini-chini)
  • Ganta-Nada:(sound of bells.)
  • Sanka Nada:(sound from the blow of  a conch shell.)
  • Tantri Nada: (sound from the Vina instrument.)
  • Tala Nada:(sound from cymbals.)
  • Bansuri Nada: (sound from one flute.)
  • Beri Nada:(sound from one drum.)
  • Mritanga-Nada:(sound from a  double drum.)
  • Megha Nada: (sound of thunder.)

Once you absorb the energy of the anahata sound and  return back to your conscious self, this state is known as krama mukti or gradual liberation. Hearing these mystic sounds is a sign of of purification of the nadis.

Stay focused and enjoy your souls sounds.


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It’s Saturday… Saturn’s Day

Posted by nadayogi on May 2, 2009

The Rings of Shani by: Shiro Fujioka


This composition is based on the Hindu deity/ energy channel of  Shani also known as Saturn.

Shani is one of the Navagraha which are the nine primary celestial beings in Hindu astrology.He is known as the greatest teacher who represents patience, effort and endurance. Shani is also known as the greatest trouble giver as well as the greatest well wisher. He is depicted dark in color, clothed in black; holding a sword, arrows and two daggers and variously mounted on a black crow. This composition was created with the following instruments:

Hang Drum

An instrument created in Switzerland around 2000
it sounds similar to a steel drum but it’s played with the hands and
produces a warmer sound than it’s distant cousin the steel drum.


An ancient instrument that is in the cymbal family used in devotional music of India.


An East Asian musical instrument that takes the form of a flat metal disc which is hit with a mallet.

The sound it emits creates pressure waves that vibrate the energy meridians in the body and brings them into balance.

The sound of the gong is know for pulling negative energy out of you like a vacuum.

I highly recommend experiencing a Deep Gong Meditation your body will thank you for it.


A stringed instrument that has been used as early as 4000 BC in Egypt to heal.

The vibrations emitted by the harp possesses unusual power both to calm and to energize humans and animals.

Other instruments:

Acoustic Guitar, Upright Bass, synths and drum machine were also used.

This composition is good for urban yogi’s to use for morning kiyas to get your chakras spinning before you get out the house and face the world. Or you can just relax and let the vibrations penetrate you and still the water within.


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Urban Nada Yoga

Posted by nadayogi on May 2, 2009

What is Urban Nada Yoga?

Let’s begin by breaking down the words:

Urban – City or densely populated area

Nada (Sanskrit) – Sound

Yoga(Sanskrit) – Union

Urban Nada Yoga is union through sound from an urban perspective.


AUM or Om is the one sacred sound/vibration from which the Universe was born.

Shiva and the beating of the damaru produced the first sound (nada) in the void of nothingness. The pulse generated a rhythm to which Shiva began his dance of creation. From his dance, the world came into being.

trishul and damaru

The Nada Yogi experiences the macro cosmic universe as a projection of sound vibrations that generate, operate and destroy everything in existence. The universe evolved from sound, therefore the fundamental structure of the universe is based on nada or sound vibrations.


Hip Hop  culture and music is based on the drum and repetitive rhythm, the common thread between hip hop and Indian music is that they are both cyclical in structure with heavy emphasis on rhythm. Vibrations, sound and rhythm can be broken down into mathematical equations, math and music are universal languages that need no translations. This is the foundation of the vibrations we call music.

This is a video of me playing the vintage AKAI MPC60II drum machine that has 16 pressure sensitive squares. Critics say electronic music is killing heat and soul of being a musician because we’re not disciplined in mastering an instrument.  All instruments are machines, a saxophone is a wind powered machine made of brass. The musician playing the instrument gives it life.  A sampler or drum machine is an electricity powered instrument that is given life through the energy of the musician.  This is a short demonstration of me playing the MPC like the instrument it is.

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Aum Gam Ganapataye Namaha

Posted by nadayogi on May 2, 2009


Aum Gam Ganapataye Namaha!

This is my new blog where I’ll discuss my philosophy, views and opinions on

divine energy and spirituality in vibrations, sound and music from an urban yogi’s perspective.

Stay tuned for more.


Shiro Nada Yogi

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