LA Yoga: Other than Yoga and/or meditation, what types of practices do you use to
stay focused and balanced at home and on
AS: At home, as well as regular Yoga and
meditation, I try to fit in an hour of sitar
practice each day, it is a time to focus and
perfect my art as well as relax into the
sound of the music. Since the birth of my
son I try to spend as much time with him as
possible, I find playing with him and making silly noises is a great way to relax and
unwind at the end of the day. On the road I
seek out Yoga classes in each city or simply
practise in my hotel room.
LA Yoga: How has being a mother changed
your outlook on or the message you deliver
through your music?
AS: Becoming a mother freed me creatively,
and in a way that’s hard to analyse and explain. It has enriched my life experience to
the point that I feel my music has become
more expressive as there is a deeper well to
LAYoga: You’re in the midst of a world tour
that includes an upcoming visit to Los Angeles. What is your relationship with Southern California?
AS: Growing up I spent a lot of time in California, my parents still live there and it is
where a lot of my friends are, so I try to
visit as often as I can. I am looking forward
to catching up with old friends and seeing
To read more of LAYoga’s questions and
Anoushka’s answers, please read this article
online at: Layogaonline.com
Traveller’s US release is 20 March.
Anoushka Shankar will be performing
in the US in April.
20 Apr: Ravi Shankar Foundation Concert
at Balboa Theatre in San Diego.
21 Apr: Luckman Fine Arts Complex at
USC in Los Angeles.
22 Apr: Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine.
For more information, visit:
Marla Leigh is a flautist, percussionist, composer, and
educator who specializes in frame drum playing and leads
retreats, composes music for Yoga, film, and stage. She
received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California
Institute for the Arts and is working on her debut album,
Rhythms in Ahava: Marlaleigh.com