Yoga — Marti Nikko
Yoga classes, workshops, and kirtan with Marti NikkoDJ Drez on Zoom are available as pop-up events. Marti is a genuinely brilliant instructor who is well-known for encouraging her pupils by sharing her own enthusiasm with them. As a Yoga and Pilates instructor who has worked in the health industry for the past 15 years, she brings a thorough grasp of movement dynamics and the human body to her classes. She is also a qualified Pilates instructor. Her workshops, which foster attention and concentration by including innovative tweaks and changes to the standard repertoire, keep students engaged and interested.
Yoga has a powerful therapeutic effect on her, and she believes in it.
If you’re a lover of wonderful music that lifts your spirits, you’ve almost certainly heard the enigmatic, seductive voice of Marti Nikko on hundreds of the albums, singles, and remixes she’s produced during her artistic career.
A natural richness acquired and reinforced through years of performance and living this human experience is highlighted by her soul-soaked vocals that move and play in the spaces so expertly structured.
Her great love is dedicated to the spread of the healing power of yoga, mantra, and music to all people.
It is an investigation of the sound of Jamaican and British Reggae Dub music from the 1970s and early 1980s. Good Crush Dub Sessions is a compilation of songs from the 1970s and early 1980s. DJ Drez 2021 was in charge of the recording, mixing, and production.
Dreaming in Sanskrit Verse TwoDynamic combo Marti Nikko and DJ Drez return with the highly anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2015 album “Dreaming in Sanskrit.” “Dreaming in Sanskrit 2” is an emotionally evocative masterpiece of the mantra music revolution, a dub-heavy affair chock full of experimental electronic vibrations. “Dreaming in Sanskrit 2” is an emotionally evocative masterpiece of the mantra music revolution. In each of the album’s tracks, Nikko’s golden voice is addictive and enchanting as she weaves ancient Sanskrit chants and the Holy Names together.
“Dreaming 2” is a lush sonic soundscape saturated with Bhava, devotional mood, and sentiment.
Musically, “Dreaming in Sanskrit 2” is a continuation of Drez’s taste-making, genre-defying, auditory seduction that began with “Dreaming in Sanskrit.” With influences ranging from the hip hop genius of his younger days to the jazz vibes of the Moon Bay Sessions and Nikko’s roots, from Eastern influences of the Jahta Beat series to more recent electronic exploration and always reggae, the new album contains elements of each while remaining completely original.
- The dub champion sound begins with the opening notes of the record and continues in varied degrees of production subtlety until the very end.
- When the echo chambers, drum and bass, horn section, and organ are introduced on the latter track, a sense of freshness permeates the air and everything seems to be completely in harmony with the environment.
- Dreaming in Sanskrit 2 is music that you pray gets stuck in your brain – a wonderful soundtrack for the awakening of our awareness as well as for getting groovy here on Mother Earth in a celebration of love.
- – “Sweet Storms,” DJ Drez’s new solo CD, is an expectation-defying and genre-defying mystical study of music and life.
- An audio window into the late-night diaries and thoughts of the Sound Ambassador, this follow-up to his 2015 album “Alpine Swift” is a rare opportunity to hear directly from the man himself, who usually prefers to let the music speak for him.
- “Storms” is very experimental.
- “Feel it All” serves as the album’s mission statement and, perhaps more importantly, its musical and emotional culmination.
Ez drones, “We’re here to live so that we might experience it all,” in an unsettling, faraway voice with a distorted pitch and tone.
While a psychedelic marimba with a psychedelic sustain blends into piano and symphonic strings, an almost imperceptible fuzzy synthesizer runs in the background.
The words in EZ’s song “Feel It All,” as well as the rest of “Sweet Storms,” move in and out of the limelight, sometimes as an accent, other times melting into a purposefully undistinguishable mind melt, and yet sometimes being clearly heard in the forefront.
When it comes to song structure and production, “Storms” is wonderfully unexpected, occasionally evoking non-linearity and always conveying a textured multidimensionality from a textured multidimensionality, much like life itself.
Through the mixing of The OG Innovator, the track and each of Drez’s and Nikko’s individual verses are brought together to create a cohesive overall sensation of oneness.
“Girl,” a lyrically seductive tune with an atonal synthesizer, simple clicks, and minimal bass, propels the listener deeper into the album’s dream-like atmosphere.
The violin then joins in with the rest of the original music to bring the piece to a close.
Repeated listens reveal even more amazing nuance and amazement, as what once appeared to be incredibly basic and sparse gradually exposes itself to be rich and deceptively complicated.
The listener can experience a feeling of urgency and seriousness at moments, as well as relaxation, lightness, and even amusement at other times.
“On My Own,” a piece that plainly ventures into the ultimate realm of spiritual emancipation, is perhaps the most striking example of musical alchemy in the album.
There is an almost eerie vocal bending effect, minimalist piano as both lead and bottom, and subdued dub-like accents that add to the overall psychedelic vibe.
He leaves us with a very profound instruction as well as the germ of suggestion, exposing to us the nature of oneness and normalizing mysticism through the medium of sound. -John Smrtic Storms is a service that is provided. oniTunesandSpotify
How This Eminem-Approved DJ Developed The Ultimate Yoga Program With His Wife
DJ Drez and Marti Nikko have provided the music for this video. Yogic exercise might be a frightening experience, especially if it’s your first or second time participating in the practice. It eliminates the need to feel self-conscious and uncomfortable in front of a large group of people because this software allows you to work at your own speed in the privacy of your hotel room. When DJ Drez and his wife Marti Nikko created the Rock Om program for the legendary Hard Rock Hotel, they had all sorts of yogis in mind.
- It’s a one-of-a-kind strategy that includes everything from in-room yoga lessons to calming spa treatments that incorporate music.
- Isis Briones (Isis Briones): What is your finest piece of beginner’s advise for someone who is just getting started with yoga?
- Participate in a minimum of five lessons with a variety of instructors to determine what works best for your mind and body.
- Keep in mind that this is a learning experience, so proceed with caution.
- DJ Drez: It’s a pleasure to be here “Yoga, on the other hand, does not necessitate the use of a lot of equipment.
- Having said that, a good yoga mat is a good investment.
- MN (Minnesota): “Begin slowly.
Consistency can be improved by the use of a home practice that is supported.
One will discover that the desire and urge to practice will build organically and effortlessly over time.” IB: On the other hand, do you and your partner have any New Year’s resolutions?
It may surprise you to learn that we don’t all eat at the same time.
In addition, we would want to spend more time with our pals.
When we are at home, it has transformed us into genuine homebodies.
Is it more important to start with the music or the routine?
We do this on a daily basis all over the world, and from our years of experience, we have learned that it is critical to remain flexible and receptive to the music and yoga offers.
To force pupils to follow a rigid lesson plan, choreography, or music selection is to do them a disservice.
We pay attention to the expressions on people’s faces and their body language.
Generally speaking, we may have a notion of what we would like it to be, but it is seldom precisely that or the same as we had hoped or expected.” IB: Drez, we are looking forward to seeing you perform at the Envision festival.
DD: I’m sorry, but I don’t have a lot of time “People may anticipate to hear new, old, unreleased, remixed, classic, and obscure fantastic music, as well as classic and obscure music.
Prepare to party until the wee hours of the morning with me.” IB: What about you two as a couple?
MN (Minnesota): “We are now working on our next mantra album, which will be released later this year.
That is expected to be released sometime next year.
In addition, we will continue to tour the world, both teaching and playing in various venues. Keep an eye out for exciting developments with Hard Rock Hotels, as well as other exciting projects.”
The Rock Om Yoga Experience w/ Marti Nikko and DJ Drez
It was the perfect partnership when Hard Rock International reached out to Marti Nikko and DJ Drez, the dynamic husband and wife team who have made it their mission to share their love of music and yoga with as many people as possible around the world. The result was the creation of Rock Om, an in-room yoga experience that takes you on a musical journey while also providing an opportunity to re-center and refocus. Guests at Hard Rock International’s 24 hotels can choose from three different yoga videos: “Zenith,” which focuses on calming meditation and tranquil breathing exercises; “Zeppelin,” which directs guests to strike a pose and perspire to the beats and rhythm of high-energy Vinyasa flow; and “Zen,” which allows guests to recharge their bodies and minds with the traditional movements of classic flow.
- In addition, visitors may purchase an in-room yoga package with Manduka items, which can be picked up before to arrival, during check-in, or while on the premises.
- Throughout each video, Nikko and DJ Drez can be seen practicing each of the motions.
- Samantha Hunter (interviewer): Yoga represents something to you?
- What role does it play in your life?
- Marti Nikko (Marti Nikko): As a process and method of connecting more profoundly to oneself and to other human beings, yoga provides a chance for you to broaden your awareness of this life-affirming journey we call life.
- It assists me in decluttering not just my physical body, but also my mental and emotional state.
- SH:Can you tell me how long you’ve been doing yoga?
I began by enrolling in a beginner’s class at a tiny neighborhood studio.
It was absolutely necessary to return time and time again in order to really appreciate the genuine advantages and how favorably it was impacting my life.
MN: When he was younger, my husband fell and shattered his neck while skateboarding.
I had a sneaking suspicion that yoga would be a viable option for bringing some relief to my body.
It was quite beneficial!
In many ways, the practice of yoga has become an integral part of our identity.
MN: Yoga teaches you to be present in the midst of discomfort.
That there is no such thing as a perfect or fixed creature.
To keep one’s eyes on the road ahead!
As my spouse puts it, “the river keeps clean by continuing to flow.” SH:Do you think it’s appropriate to encourage women to do yoga?
Despite the fact that it originated as a male-dominated discipline in India, the vast majority of modern practitioners are female.
Underserved populations, some of whom may even believe that the practice is not for them, should be made even more available to me, as I believe it should be.
It’s not only the slender white rich girl on the cover of your favorite yoga magazine that has a problem.
Tell us about your experience with the development of that particular software.
Drez and I have been teaching yoga all around the world at various festivals, retreats, and yoga studios for the past year.
It was Drez who composed the music, while I designed the lessons.
It felt natural to us since we have always combined music with yoga, so this felt like a natural progression.
Also important to us was making the lessons entirely accessible to everyone, not only the seasoned practitioner, but also to the complete beginner.
MN: To be completely honest, it’s us.
We are actual professors and musicians who put our work into practice on a daily basis.
It just worked out to be something different and unusual, and definitely not something you’d find at any other hotel in the same area.
MN: Loving compassion on a daily basis.
Parenting is one of the most difficult, but also one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
With all of the sleepless nights with my new baby, as well as stewarding my 13-year-old, I require the skills of yoga to keep me grounded.
When I am practicing on a regular basis, I am able to achieve that level of proficiency.
It has unquestionably improved my ability to be a better parent.
SH: What is your favorite yoga style, and why do you like it?
Vinyasa yoga can be performed in a peaceful or a rigorous manner.
What has been particularly beneficial for me is the connection between breath and movement, which is the cornerstone of Vinyasa yoga.
There will be periods in one’s life when a new practice will be required to help one maintain mental stability while also supporting the heart.
Mantra chanting and learning to use mantras to concentrate and calm the mind, as well as to assist the heart, may be equally as effective.
See the Hard Rock International website for more information about the Rock Om experience. Follow DJ Drez and Marti Nikko on Instagram @djdrez and @martinikko for additional information.
It was the perfect partnership when Hard Rock International reached out to Marti Nikko and DJ Drez, the dynamic husband and wife team who have made it their mission to share their love of music and yoga with as many people as possible around the world. The result of this collaboration is Rock Om, an in-room yoga experience that takes you on a musical journey while also providing an opportunity to re-center and refocus. Hard Rock International’s 24 hotels offer a selection of three yoga videos: “Zenith,” which focuses on calming meditation and tranquil breathing exercises; “Zeppelin,” which encourages guests to strike a pose and perspire to the beats and rhythm of high-energy Vinyasa flow; and “Zen,” which allows guests to recharge their bodies and minds with the traditional movements of classic flow.
- Nikko choreographed the dance moves for all three videos, which were all set to original music by DJ Drez.
- In this interview, Nikko talks about her passion of yoga, her cooperation with Hard Rock, and what makes Rock Om so distinct and unique.
- How does it contribute to your life’s objectives?
- As a process and method of connecting more profoundly to oneself and to other human beings, yoga provides a chance for you to broaden your awareness of this life-affirming journey called life.
- It aids me in decluttering not just my physical body, but also my mental and emotional state of being.
- What is your experience with yoga?
- For the past 18 years, I’ve been practicing.
I wasn’t even sure what it was or what I was doing at the time, but I knew after that first savasana that I was witnessing something unique and unforgettable.
SHL: Why did you believe it was vital to introduce your spouse to yoga, and what was your husband’s reaction to the experience?
The persistent pain he had as an adult was mostly in his neck and shoulders due to the original injury.
Even though it took some persuading, he eventually agreed.
It truly was life-changing.
SH: How has yoga helped you and your partner to build your bond?
MN: Life is a delicate balance of all of these human emotions and bodily sensations, and this song serves as a gentle reminder of that.
It teaches you how to be an observer, not just of your partner’s actions and responses, but also of your own actions and reactions in the grand dance of love.
I’ve gained a bit more patience, compassion, and ability to listen as a result of this experience.
The fact that more women are doing yoga is not something that I think I should promote.
Whenever you walk into a yoga studio, you will notice that women predominate.
There are no limitations on who may practice yoga.
SH: Can you tell me about your collaboration with Hard Rock to produce Rock Om.
MN:Hard Rock was able to locate down where we were hiding out.
The concept of Hard Rock bringing yoga to their hotels piqued Drez’s interest and we were excited about the prospect.
Musicians and yoga instructors, we are a team.
Yoga should be enjoyable, but it also should incorporate the deeper parts of the practice, which is what we aimed for with our lessons.
Rock Om, in your view, has a distinct and particular quality that helps it stand out from the crowd.
We don’t teach the typical fluffy or exercise hotel yoga that you may be used to learning.
The band Hard Rock deserves a lot of credit for taking the risk of hiring professional musicians who also happen to be excellent yoga instructors.
SH:How has yoga benefited you as a mother?
Equanimity… Whether or if I should continue on is a question.
To be able to experience this amount of love while also having a portion of your heart that lives outside of your own body without routinely freaking out is a rare occurrence.
It has a significant impact on my ability to remain clear and present for these two who are counting on me to assist them on their journey.
Yoga is a blessing, thank you so much.
I’m a more responsible mother.
MN: In my own practice, the forms of Vinyasa yoga and Bhakti yoga have emerged as the most prevalent.
Asana practice may be tailored to meet the needs of the individual on a given day.
Despite the fact that it is the most popular aspect of yoga, it cannot always be about the physical practice / asana practice.
In comes Bhakti yoga and meditation, which are both based on devotion to the divine.
Find DJ Drez and Marti Nikko on Instagram using the handles @djdrezandmartinikko for additional information on the Hard Rock International Rock Om experience.
Producer DJ Drez Takes His Spinning from the Club to the Yoga Mat for Hard Rock’s Rock Om Program
In Davos, Switzerland, the Hard Rock Hotel celebrated the debut of their new Rock Om wellness program with a party at their new Hard Rock Hotel. In the event that you’re a DJ, the last thing you want to see is your complete crowd sitting silently on the floor in front of you. DJ Drez, on the other hand, is quite accustomed to the sight — and he embraces it. In addition to years spent performing in clubs, touring the world, and collaborating with superstars such as Eminem and the Black Eyed Peas, the multi-talented producer has brought his mixing skills to yoga classes, performing live mashups that incorporate everything from John Lennon and the Eagles to contemporary sitar jams and classical Sanskrit melodies.
Rock Om, an innovative in-room yoga program, is the duo’s most recent collaboration with Hard Rock Hotels, which was launched earlier this year.
It doesn’t matter whether you prefer blissed-out meditation, energizing vinyasa yoga, or a more traditional approach; Rock Om is ideal for experienced yogis who want to keep their zen on the road — or for first-timers who want to experiment with the practice at their own pace in the privacy of their own room.
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Drez and Nikko assisted with the program’s premiere in the autumn, which took place at Hard Rock’s new hotel in the Swiss ski resort town of Davos, which is located among the genuinely stunning Alpine peaks.
While not sampling the Rock Spa (a rejuvenating massage accompanied by musical pulses pumped from above), admiring the treasure trove of rock and roll memorabilia, or living out theirSound of Music fantasies in the nearby countryside, guests were treated to a live version of Rock Om in a converted chapel that serves as the centerpiece of the hotel.
- DJ Drez spoke with PEOPLE about his transition from the recording studio to the yoga class, as well as the many ways that yoga has enhanced their lives and the lives of others.
- In contrast to most DJs, you’re attempting to calm us down instead of getting us hyped up.
- Yoga allows you to be both fired up and mellowed out at the same time in a single session.
- Marti and I first met through music more over two decades ago.
- It only seemed logical to bring everything together one day.
- I’m trying to figure out how I can meet them all where they’re at in terms of energy.
- The teacher’s words and offerings are also related to me on a deeper level.
If we need to slow things down and welcome a bit more grace, I use music to promote the flow in the right way.
That is what distinguishes it as a one-of-a-kind adventure.
cc-4227DJ Drez mingling with other students during a yoga lesson at the Hard Rock Hotel Davos.
Image courtesy of PRCO Studio Do you have any go-to songs that you can listen to at any time of day and they always put you in the correct frame of mind?
All of these songs, including “Naked” by Anoushka Shankar, “Memory Gospel” by Moby, and “Ridin’ So High” by Good Crush, find their way into my shows on a regular basis.
As a DJ, you must be extremely alert and present at all times, interpreting the energy of the room and reacting appropriately in the moment.
What do you think about yoga and dancing?
Music has an impact on the mind, body, and soul when it is created and listened to.
They completely overlap and may be used together to produce practices that move and pleasure the human experience in a variety of ways.
An email, a phone call, and finally a request for an in-person meeting were all received by me.
After that, Marti and I went back to the lab and added our own vision and flavor to the mix.
Rock Om was born into the world!
We always recommend that you begin slowly.
Some will be excellent and exactly what you’re looking for at that point in time.
You should take your time, be interested, and be open to exploring.
In fact, if you show up, the teacher will be there as well!
I understand Marti was instrumental in getting you engaged.
I was adamant in my refusal.
I went into the yoga studio with preconceived notions and preconceptions about what was going on.
Despite the fact that I did not enjoy my initial encounter, I realized that there was something to it at the conclusion of the lesson.
What benefits does yoga provide to your current way of life?
It is, in fact, our spiritual style of thinking and navigating through this life experience.
It aids in the balancing of your daily decisions and, as a result, can aid in the restoration of greater tranquility.
cc-4750 Yoga on the Davos Alps is a great way to unwind.
Image courtesy of PRCO Studio We know that you and Marti have toured the world together, teaching yoga at festivals all over the world.
Marti and I have a great deal of fun working together.
One particular encounter does not stand out in our minds.
All you have to do is turn up and see for yourself.
I have, in fact, done so.
My other artists are intrigued by this and express their interest. I am delighted to share the teachings with others and to expose them to what has been successful for me. They are aware that something positive is taking place, and they want to be a part of it.
DJ Drez and Janet Stone on Music and Yoga – Wanderlust
Music in yoga class is a topic of dispute that, in some circles of the yoga community, can get just as intense as a spirited political argument in the same vein. Legendary yoga DJ Drez and master instructor Janet Stone dared to speak out on the subject at a Speakeasy talk at Wanderlust Whistler last month. As Janet mentioned in her discussion, music arose out of dedication, and it is possible for it to continue to exist in devotion. The ancient teachings of yoga, however, according to Drez, were not intended to oversaturate the senses in the same way that a sweaty, sensuous hip-hop session appears to accomplish.
- Drez and Janet provided a number of recommendations for instructors who choose to play music in the classroom and for students who prefer to practice to music in order to ensure that the use of music is both important to the practice and incorporated into it as a whole.
- 1) Be conscious of the type of music you choose to listen to.
- For those who are concerned about the controversy about spinning modern rhythms, Drez has confessed that when he initially began DJing for yoga courses, he made the vow that he would never play a song with English lyrics.
- Drez recommended playing instrumental versions of well-known songs to musically engage yoga students without causing sensory overload for teachers who are searching for a comparable impact without the time-consuming work of making mash-ups.
- An instrumental version, which may be easily acquired online or on iTunes, is sufficient to get pupils into the beat without taking them off of their practice.
- Any yogi who has practiced to music is aware that a good beat may be a strong current for a transformational flow, and this is true for everyone.
- Drez and Janet proposed that teachers learn how to gradually increase and decrease their volume levels in order to achieve seamless and natural transitions.
Music can infuse life into a classroom, but not only via the use of sound.
This brief period of quiet allows the mind and body to assimilate and appreciate what they have received from the ether, or the infinite expanse.
In their interview, Drez and Janet acknowledged that music can easily become a crutch for both teachers and their pupils.
Teacher shouldn’t try to create a festival-like atmosphere in all of their lessons, Drez argued, because that would be unrealistic.
5) First and foremost, be a teacher.
A teacher’s ability to engage his or her pupils comes second to whether or not he or she plays a music with vocals in the class room.
The song a teacher plays is significantly less essential, Drez and Janet agreed, than being attuned to the pupils themselves and their practice.
Approximately one month after graduating from college, she embarked on a journey to explore Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand with her journalism degree.
She is a writer at heart, and she relishes the moments when a wonderful tale comes to her in the middle of savasana — especially when it happens during the practice. In addition to practicing yoga, she works as a ski instructor, and she enjoys the sun just as much as she does the mountains.
DJ Drez takes you on a journey through sound. He is in high demand as a producer, a musical director, and a sound ambassador for the music industry. Drez is a master of his profession both in the studio and on stage, cutting and composing highly innovative songs that support body movement practice in all forms—whether it’s dance, yoga asana, or after-hours intimate/ecstatic movement practice. He has the ability to completely alter the atmosphere of every scenario in which he performs. Drez’s roots are in underground L.A.
He intelligently integrates elements of hiphop, world music, soul, funk, jazz, and reggae into his trademark sound and production, resulting in music that is truly universal.
In the midst of a non-stop world tour schedule, Drez has prepared another solo effort (Alpine Swift, which will be released on June 7 via Nectar Drop Music), while also working on a Sanskrit mantra album with his wife, vocalist Marti Nikko, and a straight-up hiphop album with longtime collaborator, Zaire Black, both of which are expected to be completed by the end of 2016.