Mercedes is a professional singer, yogini, and artist from New York City, she is dedicated to helping others radically transform their hearts and minds through wisdom, meditation, and music.
Release Date MAY 5th, 2017
Uma features singer Mercedes Bahleda and composer Ferenz Kallos offering of Indian chants, Tibetan prayers, and the secret Jesus Mantra. Cradled by the lush strings of cello and violin, Mercedes’ heartbreaking vocals evoke an ancient time. Opera singer Jenna Karl guests on a 20-minute sadhana, Om Shanti, rich with airy flutes, deep strings and rolling harmonies over the steady drum of a heartbeat – opening a landscape of hope through this grand prayer of peace.
Mercedes Bahleda is a teacher and yogini originally from New York City who is a dedicated practitioner of Yoga, Meditation, Voice, and Buddhist Philosophy. She traveled extensively throughout India and Ladakh studying Eastern disciples and spent over a year total in solitary silent retreat. Mercedes is best known as an engaging teacher of the principals of karmic management and travels internationally offering seminars to corporations, groups and individuals.
As a popular musician and kirtan singer she has toured the world giving concerts and artist workshops. Mercedes has three kirtan albums including the best selling Mercy Songs and Path To Bliss under White Swan Records.
A student of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois (Mysore, India), Ana Forrest, David Life, Darren Rhodes, Maureen Fleming, Geshe Michael Roach (USA) and Charles Kellis, (The Juilliard School of Music) she is dedicated to helping people use the voice, body and mind as a path to realisation and happiness —relating ancient teachings of the east to the modern world. She has produced several instructional yoga and teaching DVDs as well as guided meditation and world music CDs. She is in the process of recording a new record and publishing a book of her translations on the Teachings on the Wise Woman Sutra, a conversation between the Buddha and a woman in India over two thousands years ago.
Certification: Certified Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher 300 Hrs. Asian Classics Twelve Level Sutra Series, Asian Classics Twelve Level Tantric Series. The Yoga Studies Institute Advanced Philosophy Trainings; The Yoga Sutra, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, The Bhagavagita, The Yoga Studies Institute Eight Level Tibetan Yoga Asana Training. Mercedes holds an honors degree in Performance from New York University where she has also served as faculty.
Publications: The Yoga of Lady Niguma, The Diamond Cutter Institute Level One Retreat Seminar, Yoga of the Ancients, The Path to Bliss, Mercy Songs & UMA (with Ferenz Kallos), The White Tara Mantra Album, Meditations for Passion.