Alana Grier is a musician, a mind-body coach and health activist. Alana is a songwriter, vocalist, and bass player with a world beat, eclectic sound. She wrote her first songs performing in Reggae bands in Hawaii, opening up for bands like Alpha Blondie in the mid 80’s. Her first vocal coach studied Hindustani classical voice India. She went to her first Kirtan at age 17 and music has been an integral part of her spiritual practice ever since.
Getting back to music professionally in recent years Alana released a CD of 10 original songs, Sweet Deal, co-produced by Grammy award winner, Larry Mitchell, in October of 2010. Her unique vocal style, engaging melodies and insightful lyrics are reminiscent of the breakout freshmen CD’s of Norah Jones (Come Away With Me), Sheryl Crow (Tuesday Night Music Club) and Corrine Bailey Rae (Corrine Bailey Rae).
She is playing in Taos with Gary Daniel Cook. Gary is a professional guitarist/songwriter/producer from Santa Fe, NM. Gary has recorded music for film and television, with credits that include Pawn Stars, ESPN, and many more. Gary also worked with Sting on the Brand New Day CD, Joni Mitchell, Neal Schon of Journey and dozens of other artists. Alana’s kirtan CD to be released in December 2018 is called “Give Peace a Chant”.
“Give Peace a Chant” is a practice CD of mantras and kirtan songs written by Alana Grier and Gary Daniel Cook. All of the songs have been chosen to express love for the Divine and to promote inner and outer peace in a call and response, or kirtan style. Bhakti Yoga is also known as ‘devotional yoga’ or ‘the yoga of universal love’ and is inclusive of all religions and spiritual paths. Kirtan is a very simple and powerful way to meditate and a non-denominational practice.
Alana began her studies in Eastern Medicine and Meditation in 1987 at the New England Shiatsu Center in Boston Massachusetts. She has been practicing as a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1989 and at that time began studying Iyengar Yoga at the Silent Dance Center on Oahu, Hawaii. Alana has been a dancer and Yoga practitioner for over 30 years and enjoys sharing movement with children and adults both therapeutically and as a personal trainer.
She studied dance at Florida Ballet, Chicago City Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Borovansky Ballet in Sydney Australia. At a young age she began exploring healthy approaches to movement including Yoga, Bellydance and the Alexander Technique. Alana teaches multiple movement and meditation methodologies including stress management/mindfulness and Yoga. She is a certified Pilates Instructor and a Yoga Alliance E-200-RYT® continuing education provider. She taught as a core teacher for the UNM-Taos Yoga Teacher Training from 2013-2017. She is currently the Director and Lead Instructor for 365 Well Yoga School offering a RYT® 200 Hour Dhvani Yoga Teacher Training in Taos, NM.