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"Meenakshi's open-hearted chanting soothes the heart and frees the spirit."
~Krishna Das


"SWAHA's Salutations is soft and sweet and full of heart."

~Jai Uttal


"Swaha has a sweet Deva-Premal-like quality, which reflects the purity of Meenakshi's voice and Ron Reid's production and keyboard work."

  Kirtan Artist

About Swaha

Swaha's newly released digital album "Gone Beyond"
is available for purchase!

Kirtan excerpt of Swaha
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2012 Holiday Celebration at Downward Dog: Swaha plus special guests perform Mangala Mantra to close out an evening of celebration.


Meenakshi and Ron SWAHA performs music that is both inspired and uplifting. It is an enticing blend of ethereal Sanskrit vocals soaring over rich earthy rhythms. The songs are composed by Meenakshi and Ron Reid. Swaha invites the soul to sing, and Meenakshi and Ron and the grooves of the band are contagious!

Meenakshi's experience with chanting began in 1988 on her first trip to India to study in the Himalyas yoga philosophy and meditation. Her background was in the performing arts, but her Bhakti (devotion) for God came through her experiences of meditation and chanting. She recorded her first CD of Sanskrit chants in India in July 2000 entitled "Prayers". Since then she has been leading kirtan, chanting workshops and classes, meditation, yoga philosophy, Sanskrit and Ashtanga and Restorative Yoga in Canada, the U.S. The UK, Europe and Asia. She also teaches Sanskrit and yoga philosophies in many Teacher Training programs. Her voice has a sweet, ethereal and open-hearted quality, full of devotion and surrender.

Ron Reid is co-owner and director of Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto, Canada (www.downwarddog.com). Prior to the Meenakshi and Ron Reid opening of Downward Dog in July 1997, he spent many years in the music business performing and writing music for performance, film and dance. His music influences are vast, and his connection to the spirit and soul of music is seen in his deep understanding of Yoga both on a physical level and etheric level. He bridges Hatha Yoga and Nada Yoga (the Yoga of Sound) effortlessly.

Currently travelling internationally sharing their love of music and the art of yoga, Meenakshi and Ron enjoy the opportunity to dive into the depths of a complete practice with people, filled with Bhakti, laughter, the beauty of the physicality of the yoga practice as well as the deep philosophical basis for it's existence.

Please see the "CD" page for Swaha's CD's entitled "Salutations", "Vishnu's Dream", "Bolo!", and their latest download "Shanti Pulse" for Yoga class...

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