Welcome! I am so thrilled to share with you my music!
Please, feel free to listen to the songs on my album, The Longing, or new song Healing.
The selection of pieces on my debut album released in December 2011 is about a topic that I was reflecting on for some time … this sensation of longing so characteristic of the human heart. What does this longing mean and where does it take us?
It seems to me that we all long for something … for riches, for fame, for knowledge, for love, for safety, for happiness, for a sense of belonging, for world peace …we all share this longing! This makes us united in our search and that in itself makes it exciting for me to share my perspective with you gleaned from sacred writings and inspired poetry through the wonderful vehicle of music.
These musical meditations have touched my heart and my hope is that they will also touch the hearts of my listeners with their messages of peace and unity. Maybe the object of our longing is closer than we ever imagined.
I would love to stay in touch more regularly and update you about my music, so:
I recently blogged about new music, well here it is! I am so thrilled to share with you my new single “HEALING”. It was entirely produced in Beijing, China at Prosoul Studios! What a joy it was to create this piece with my new producer, Jarome Matthew. I hope you all enjoy it and share it. Here are the words of “Healing” (Baha’i Writings): Thy name is my healing, o my God and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to me is my hope and love for Thee is my companion. Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come. Thou verily art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. So it’s a Tucson sound, sung by an Iranian-Austrian girl, who lives in China, produced by a Canadian guy and accompanied on the guitar by a guitarist from Cuba . . . It’s a small world indeed ☺ It is dedicated to the healing of all humanity from the illness of greed, violence and love for power; to all the children in the world whose hearts are broken from the loss of their parents to war, illness and starvation; to all people with devastating diseases and their families, to all those who live in states of being, not worthy of human dignity and to each and every one of you who desires the betterment and works for the healing of this world we live in. CREDITS: Words: Bahá’u’lláh, Baha’i Writings Vocals, Music: Nasim Anayati Ma’ani Guitar: Isam Herrera Quintero Cover Art: Ann Tracy-Lopez www.anntracy.com Graphic Design: Amelia Ma’ani Production, engineering, and additional keyboard & percussion: Jarome Matthew, Pro Soul Studios, Beijing www.prosoul.com With all my love, Nasim Share...read more
Living in a radically new place, as I have been doing with my family this last year, has invited me to see things very differently. Many previously automatic decisions have been replaced by new strategies. And so I have also decided to take a fresh look at how my music is being published. Instead of a whole album, I’m going to come out with music . . . one single at a time! This first single is titled: HEALING. I am really excited to share it with you on 12 November, 2014! There were a few songs left in my heart from our Tucson days and somehow they still needed to be shared, even though I am physically far away from that place. This new single is one of those. So it’s a Tucson sound, sung by an Iranian-Austrian girl, who lives in China, produced by a Canadian guy and accompanied on the guitar by a guitarist from Cuba . . . It’s a small world indeed The melody was inspired by my sweet husband, who himself is a wonderful healer. He is also a dedicated fan of Country/Western music, pleading for years for me to write/sing something in his favorite style, so one day I thought to myself: it would have to be a healing song! To add to the whole picture, a beautiful artist friend, on her own healing path, gifted me her artwork to be used for the music cover. I feel so blessed to have her beautiful work as part of mine. As much as the musical style is particular, the content is universal and common to all of humanity. It is about the yearning to heal. It is about the yearning for wholeness and how that wholeness lies in our spiritual essence, our connection to the Divine! This piece is a dedication to all those who yearn for healing. Whether dedicated to our whole planet that is struggling on so many levels, or groups of people and individuals, this prayer was sung with the full conviction and passion that healing IS possible. I dedicate this song to the healing of all humanity from the illness of greed, violence and love for power; to all the children in the world whose hearts are broken from the loss of their parents to war, illness and starvation; to all people with devastating diseases and their families, to all those who live in states of being, not worthy of human dignity and to each and every one of you who desires the betterment of the world. With all my love, Nasim #new music #healing #countrywesternsound #tucson #beijing #birthofbahaullah #coverartanntracylopez #prosoul Share...read more
What do YOU think of, when you think of China? You probably think of green tea and the delicious, exotic foods that are prepared here, the detail-oriented, ancient architecture like that of the Forbidden City, the varied landscapes of this vast land, the smiling faces of its hardworking and beautiful people . . . the amazing juxtaposition of ancient culture and highly shiny modernism in this beautiful city of Beijing! And you would be right on all counts! It is ALL that and much, much more! I wish you could see Beijing with your own eyes today, when it has been washed clean by a generous downpour of heavenly rain. It is gorgeous! It smells wonderfully fresh, the trees are full of leaves and I feel so very grateful to be here in this moment! And yet if I had only had one word to describe to you my experience of living a new life these last few months, it would be: “humbling”. The last 10 months have just been rich in humbling experiences. You could see “humbling “ as a state of embarrassment, to be avoided at all cost. Not an uplifting sensation, surely nothing one desires on a daily basis. My ego certainly doesn’t like being humbled at all. It doesn’t like speaking Chinese like a 3 year old, after memorizing over 600 pieces of vocabulary. My ego doesn’t enjoy reinventing itself for the fourth or fifth time; it is weary of the energy it takes to get to know your neighbors all over again, and it is feeling hurt that no one, absolutely no one knows what this obscure job is that you say you can do. Yoga therapist? What is that? And why on earth, would you want to live in a place where you have to stand in line to pay for each utility separately with cash in your bag??? This is what my ego likes to say ☺. And yet I’m learning that humility is not humiliation. I’m learning that every humbling experience is a teacher, even if it hurts. I’m in need of every one of those teachable moments. Even the silly ones, like: being thrown out of a taxi, because the driver just doesn’t want to go that far anymore. Or not having running water the very week that you have visitors come to stay with you for a few days. And then there is also this sensation of being humbled by the kindness of total strangers. It puts you in awe of God’s creation, the purity of the human heart, no matter where you are on this planet! We are human. We are not meant to be perfect, but we are perfectly able to give our best, to learn the lessons of life in seeing other views and other ways of living life. It is knowing, that there are opportunities just waiting to be uncovered, never imagined plans to be thought of. It is this seeing ourselves as small and insignificant in a sea of billions of people (in China this is not just a metaphor), in this Universe, and yet knowing that we are unique. There is no one else just like us. We are meant to play a part and we will. It will all unfold...read more
Since moving half way across the globe 8 months ago, from laid back, cacti-filled Tucson (of just barely 1 million people) to one of the most populous and complex cities of the world, BEIJING (with a population of over 21 million people), I find that I have more time to myself and yet . . . I’m busier than ever. Every minute is used up – used to absorb the new, the unusual, the surprising, to digesting never-before-sensed images, sounds and smells and trying to make sense of them all. Every action and every interaction is new and different, and an opportunity to learn – all the while taking a tremendous amount of energy. Here in Beijing, I sit in taxis a lot. A lot. It’s called: da chu zu qi che. In Tucson I used to teach people yoga and move gracefully through a yoga studio and even life it seemed Now I sit in taxis. Sitting in a taxi doesn’t require much energy, you would think? TAXIS are now my new mode of transportation (remember my cute red car?), my new office (great views, but unfortunately not enough space for yoga or singing), as well as the place where I study and practice most of my Chinese. After months I can actually tell the driver where I really want to go and how to get there. Being able to say the right words with the right tones took weeks and months! And yet it seems that no taxi driver has ever heard of the street that we live on, in this city of 16 thousand square kilometers (6 thousand square miles). But 460-some taxi rides later, there have been 3 drivers who knew where to go. I cherished every moment of those 3 rides . . . not having to worry about the next turn and how to say it in Chinese, in the correct tones, without confusing or inadvertently insulting the driver, without stress to body and mind. I could write pages about the TRAFFIC in this city. You have to see it to believe it, how fluidly these millions of differing vehicles (cars, buses, bicycles, tricycles and trucks of varying shapes and sizes) AND people weave in and out of each other at the very SAME time. It’s nothing you could ever imagine, having seen only Western world traffic. You have never seen such skill, such speed in reaction and such coolness. No one ever wastes time getting upset. There is such an acceptance. Yes, we are all here and we all have places to go, all at the same time, AND it’s all ok. And even when there is an accident, which is very rare, they stay calm and smile. Their calm and their smiles in the most challenging times have been such a ray of hope to me and I am grateful for the kindness of the Chinese people. These beautiful people are always happy to share their little space, which stands in stark contrast to the strong sense of ownership over a piece of dirt in other places of the world that I have lived in. Every day 3 million people take taxis in Beijing and yet there is no such thing as competition in getting one...read more
INTEGRATIVE YOGA THERAPY tools for balance and healing Nasim Maani, BArch, E-RYI 500, PYT W i n t e r 2 0 1 3 Dear friends in yoga, Wishing you a belated very very happy New Year 2013! Firstly, let me thank you for your support this last year and the many kindnesses you extended, the smiles you gifted and the lovely energies you have brought to class every week. I am filled with true gratitude, as you are my true teachers! May this new year bring you health, joy and the coming closer to your heart’s desire! How wonderful it is to open ourselves to listening to our hearts more closely this year… our hearts possess a particular intelligence and yet most often we allow our minds to lead. At this time of new year’s resolutions, I invite you to explore the concept and tremendous value of reflection … of letting things arise from the deep recesses of our hearts and souls. And so I decided to share with you quotes on this topic for you to reflect and meditate on. Together let’s find the courage to clear our heads and go inward to listen to our hearts! Have a fabulous 2013! “The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” -Caroline Myss “Take up one idea. Make one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, and every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” -Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) So long as the thoughts of an individual are scattered he will achieve no results, but if his thinking be concentrated on a single point wonderful will be the fruits thereof… Once the sun shineth upon a concave mirror, or on a lens that is convex, all its heat will be concentrated on a single point, and that one point will burn the hottest. Thus is it necessary to focus one’s thinking on a single point so that it will become an effective force. -‘Abdu’l-Bahá (1844-1921) Here is where you can find us: PRIVATE SESSIONS Healing Pathways [map] www.healingpathwaysaz.com/yoga By appointment through Nasim at (520) 360 4013 or through the Healing Pathway website above for a time and a practice, that works for you! Stone Canyon Fitness [map] www.stonecanyon.com By appointment through Stone Canyon Fitness Center. If you are a member, there are 2 classes a week available to you, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 -10 am OR a time that works for you. PUBLIC CLASSES Alive Fitness [map] www.myalivefitness.com Only $8/class Soulful Yoga Mondays 10:00-11:15 am Hatha yoga with a focus on meditation and personal transformation. Exploring qualities like peacefulness, fearlessness and vitality through postures, breathing and meditation. Please, bring a blanket. The Yoga Tree [map] www.theyogatreeaz.com Yoga Nidra Mondays, 12:00-12:45 noon Yoga Nidra can be best translated as “The Sleep of the Yogi”. It is a practice, similar, but far beyond, a guided mediation that allows you to systematically bring about physical, mental and conscious relaxation. Yoga Nidra can help you learn how to relax, develop self-awareness, change deep-seated habits, allow you to experience positive changes in your sleep patterns, develop a positive and...read more
Dear friends, honored to let you know that I’ll be performing this Sunday, December 23rd, 2012 at the Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference ( www.grandcanyonbahai.org ) in between the two keynote speakers! It’s a wonderful venue, as several hundreds or even thousands of people are assembled, wanting to learn and share experiences on how to change the world through community building and focus on our own spiritual growth! Great energy! Hope to see many of you there!!! Share...read more
Hi, I’m sharing with you the work I have been involved in for the last year … it is very similar to my music as it is all about peace and healing. This work is truly fascinating and I hope to hear what you think. At the end of the newsletter you will also find an updated list of my class schedule. INTEGRATIVE YOGA THERAPY your path to balance Nasim Maani, BArch, E-RYI 500, PYT F a l l 2 0 1 2 Dear friends in yoga, What a joy it is to share this newsletter with you for the very first time!! My intention is to share with you my personal journey as a student and teacher of yoga as well as to aid us in exploring the healing discipline of yoga therapy. In addition you will find out about classes, and workshops I teach in Tucson, and about my private practice in yoga therapy. Thank you for being part of my journey and my learning and I look forward to our path together starting right now. This is what you will find in this newsletter: • What is Yoga Therapy? – a very short personal summary • What exactly happens in a Yoga Therapy session? • Overview of classes with brief descriptions – new class ! I. What is Yoga Therapy? You are all students of yoga and very much aware of the benefits that yoga has brought into your life. Next to the physical benefits of greater flexibility and strength in your body, you have probably become aware of other more subtler sensations within you, like a sense of peacefulness and relaxation after practice, the awareness and connection of breath in lessening the effects of stress, the concept of equanimity and balance that we can draw upon in difficult times in our lives, and the reality that our essential nature is spirit. All of these insights bring us closer to the understanding of ourselves, that we are so much more than just this physical body, much more than just our thoughts and feelings, but a sum of different elements culminating in our true essence. Little by little, the lessons of yoga class begin to show up in our lives, and more and more and we see the healing effect of these learnings on ourselves and the people around us. So when I heard about the discipline of yoga therapy, I became very intrigued. As I began this journey and started to use the tools of yoga therapy on myself, I was very touched by the approach of Integrative Yoga Therapy that teaches the therapist to empower the individual to seek out their own healing, their very own path towards balance without having to rely on outside sources. Yoga is in fact one of the oldest forms of healing therapy, having been practiced for 5000 years now. It is only in recent decades that medical science has started to catch up on the healing capacity of yoga and has verified yoga’s healing effects through scientific study. So yoga therapy is a discipline that has evolved out of combining yoga principles and western medical science. Its methods are tailored specifically to the needs of the person who is perhaps suffering from physical or mental illness or just going...read more
Hi, just letting you know that my new music video, titled “True Lover”, is out! You can check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZJ0ka_1hZc The powerful words of this piece are taken from the writings of Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith and the beautiful music was written by Grant Hindin Miller (New Zealand)! The song was lovingly arranged by Daniel Rubin (Austria). The video was filmed in the gorgeous city of Budapest, Hungary, a country I was lucky to call my home for a year. It was filmed and edited by a very talented Nadji Hedjazi and thoughtfully directed by Ajang Farid (Hungary). I look at it as a meditation on mystical love, the journey to the true Beloved. Below you will find the text again and its translation into German. A Spanish and Hungarian translation will follow soon Enjoy and feel free to share! “O SON OF JUSTICE! Whither can a lover go but to the land of his beloved? And what seeker findeth rest away from his heart’s desire? To the true lover reunion is life, and separation is death. His breast is void of patience and his heart hath no peace. A myriad lives he would forsake to hasten to the abode of his beloved.” – Baha’u’llah “O SOHN DER GERECHTIGKEIT! Wohin kann ein Liebender gehen ausser ins Land seines Geliebten? Und welcher Suchende fände Ruhe fern der Sehnsucht seines Herzens. Für den aufrichtig Liebenden ist Vereinigung Leben und Trennung Tod. Seine Brust kennt keine Geduld, sein Herz keinen Frieden. Tausend Leben gäbe er hin, um zur Wohnstatt seines Geliebten zu eilen.”- Baha’u’llah Share...read more