“The much-beloved band evoke, conjure and celebrate that universally felt yet impossible-to-define essence that lies at the heart of all things, what Bob Marley once called ‘a natural mystic, flowing through the air.’ ” – Alan di Perna (Rolling Stone, Creem, Billboard)
Seán Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band merge conscious lyrics, sacred chants from the spiritual traditions of yoga and beyond, and roots, rock, gospel, and global grooves to create a universal style of cross-cultural spiritual music.
They are known for creating interactive, soul-stirring songs to dance and sing along with as well as to grieve and heal. Their music has appeared on Putumayo World Music, they are the first mantra music band to play The New Orleans Jazz Festival. Their latest album Mystery was named one of the best albums in Louisiana music by Offbeat Magazine, and they have over 125,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.
The band includes Seán on vocals and harmonium; Alvin Young on 6 string fretless bass & electric guitar; Gwendolyn Colman vocals and percussion; and Narada Wise on drums.
In addition to being a musician, Seán is also a respected yoga teacher, teacher trainer, and community leader who teaches at conferences and retreat centers internationally. He is the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga in his beloved hometown dubbed “New Orleans’ Home for Heart-Centered Yoga,” and Soul School, an interdisciplinary yoga teacher training program that focuses on teaching yoga with skill, heart, and imagination, and is also the new director of The Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC.
Seán has a Master’s degree from The Naropa Institute-Oakland with focus on teaching chant as spiritual practice, apprenticing there with south Indian musician and teacher Russill Paul, author of The Yoga Of Sound. He is the co-curator and coordinator of Putumayo World Music’s yoga music series, and a co-founder of The Auricle Collective – a global community of chant and spiritual musicians. Seán is passionate about his Irish roots and ancestry, a pillar of his spirituality. He co-leads online Celtic Spirituality gatherings and retreats in Ireland each year with his friend, Ireland native Mary Meighan, founder of Celtic Journeys. In all these roles, Seán relishes creating a playful, tender, brave space for people to open their hearts and voices, and embrace their innate creativity.
Events with Seán Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band
April 5 - 7, 2024
Sing from the depths of your soul. Revel like a child in playful storytelling. Mend your heart through music. Deepen your sense of devotion through ritual. Feel asana as a poetic dance of the heart. Float into mellifluous lullaby, supported by the enchanting sounds of Seán Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band. Bhakti is a Sanskrit word that points to the universal human experience of connecting to the mystery of life through the depths of the heart. Many of bhakti’s practices are devotional folk arts like singing, dancing, storytelling, poetry, and ritual that are meant to be accessible for all.…
April 6, 2024
Join Seán Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band for an interactive musical experience. The group will perform a special concert for the Saturday night Satsang as part of their weekend workshop at Yogaville. End your day with an evening of soul-stirring ancient mantras given a new voice through dynamic songs that merge conscious lyrics with New Orleans roots, rock, gospel, and world grooves. All are invited to come chant, dance, and share in the heart-opening practice of kirtan (call-and-response chanting). If you would like to explore the practice of kirtan and Bhakti Yoga more deeply, you can participate in the…