New Orleans mantra musicians Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band (Alvin Young and Gwendolyn Colman) are celebrated as one of the leading voices in western kirtan music, known for their dynamic sound that merges mantras, rock, funk, and world grooves. The band is a favorite headliner at festivals and conferences worldwide and they are the first kirtan band to ever play The New Orleans Jazz Festival. Their music has appeared on Nettwerk/Nutone Records, White Swan Records, Sounds True, and Putumayo World Music. The band tours the U.S. and abroad playing music festivals, yoga studios, retreat centers, concert halls, and celebrations year-round.
Musician and yoga teacher Sean Johnson is the founder of the band. He’s been leading kirtan for the last fifteen years. His voice is equally influenced by his roots in New Orleans, vocal exploration of his ancestral Irish heritage, as well as study in Indian vocal music and love of the path of bhakti yoga– the yoga of the heart. In addition to creating kirtan music, Sean is also a respected yoga teacher, founder of Wild Lotus Yoga, and a Yoga Journal contributor and presenter. He is also the creator of Soul School, an interdisciplinary yoga and spirituality teacher training program that focuses on bringing soul and imagination to the art of teaching yoga. Sean also specializes in helping yoga teachers bring more depth through bhakti yoga into their teaching. He seeks to weave the emotional power of bhakti yoga with the sensuality of hatha yoga to free the spirit and bring more love, creativity, and meaning to our lives. His classes, often accompanied by The Wild Lotus Band, focus on opening the heart through ecstatic chant, storytelling, mythology, creative vinyasa flows, mystical poetry, and enchanting music. He has taught at many conferences and festivals, and is also the co-curator of the Putumayo World Music yoga music compilations. Sean opened Wild Lotus Yoga a decade ago. The studio, with locations in uptown and downtown New Orleans, has been voted “Best Place To Take A Yoga Class In New Orleans” by Gambit Weekly readers for 10 consecutive years.
Bass and guitar player and New Orleans’ native Alvin Young spent years on the fabled Crescent City music scene playing with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, local legends James Booker and James Black and many more. His voice on bass and guitar weaves the jazz, rock, classical, and folk styles he’s been immersed in for the last 35 years. The hallmark of Alvin’s exp