Embracing Meditation and Yoga to
Fuel her Latest Album
BY FELICIA TOMASKO
Many a yogi’s playlist has included a heartfelt composition by Grammy-winning
soul singer India.Arie since her 2001 Motown Records debut, Acoustic Soul.
India.Arie takes us right along with her with groovy beats and thoughtful lyrics in
songs like, “Beautiful,” “The Truth,” “Video,” and others. Her exploration of life
is definitely a spiritual one and it’s possible to sing along. In “I Am Not My Hair,”
she sings, “I am not my hair. I am not my skin. I am not your expectations. I am
the soul that lives within.” These are the attitudes we spend a lifetime cultivating.
In her own life, she’s been taking it to another level. After a four year hiatus from
recording and touring, 2013 welcomed her latest album, Songversation; a highly
anticipated release by those who follow her positive messages and powerful voice.
In a recent yoga class, when I turned on “Cocoa Butter,” the entire class sang
along to declare, “Your love is like cocoa butter on my heart....I show you my
burns. You show me lessons learned.” All the tracks here are filled with messages
of renewal, rising up like a luminous phoenix from the ashes of burnout leading to
PREPARING TO FLY WITH