Bhakti Yoga: The yoga of devotion, or the way of love.

Kirtan: Call and response chanting, the heartbeat of Bhakti yoga.

Rob and Melissa are kirtan singers and yoga teachers devoted to sharing the heart-opening practices of Bhakti yoga and kirtan. Kirtan with Rob and Melissa is a fresh take on an ancient practice, where Sanskrit chants blend with modern, accessible melodies and lush harmonies to create an atmosphere that has been described as “joyful medicine,” "heart-opening bliss" and “love and devotion materialized!”

When Rob and Melissa first met, neither of them sang kirtan nor practiced bhakti yoga. By the time they married two years later, love and devotion had become the foundation of their partnership. As these seeds of devotion to each other grew, Rob and Melissa’s bhakti yoga practice blossomed as well, as did the desire to share this with others. Their music, teachings and storytelling create a space of comfort, discovery, and deep joy.

Rob and Melissa are based in the Pacific Northwest, but their music keeps them on the move, sharing kirtan as far away as India, Europe and Central America. When they aren’t on the road, the couple leads regular weekly and monthly kirtans in Seattle, WA. In addition to sharing their music at yoga studios and festivals (Bhakti Fest, Prana Fest, Samsara Fest, Northwest Yoga Feast), they teach Bhakti yoga workshops and modules for teacher training programs, provide live music for yoga classes and lead retreats around the world.  

They are currently working on their third kirtan album with award winning producer Ben Leinbach. (Jai Uttal, Deva Premal and Miten, Snatam Kaur and more).

Listen to their first two CD’s here

Read testimonials here

For booking info or any other questions, please email: info@robandmelissa.com 

ROB

The first significant marker on Rob’s Bhakti yoga journey was attending a Krishna Das kirtan in Los Angeles in 2002. Soon after, he found himself on a trajectory toward yoga and personal growth that has since been the driving force in his life. The next wonderful thing that happened was meeting Melissa.

Rob began sharing his music with the yoga community after a teacher heard one of his songs, “Breathe,” bought a CD and began playing it in her yoga classes. Then, the very same teacher asked him to sing kirtan at her studio, and he and Melissa have been chanting ever since. But it’s not only the mantras that grab his attention; the stories and philosophy of yoga are of equal interest. Drawing upon his past experience as a filmmaker, he revels in sharing the stories and adventures of the yogic deities, bringing passion and relevance to these ancient teachings. 

Rob has been an avid student of Bhakti yoga for over 10 years, and has been teaching since 2011. Some of Rob’s Bhakti teachers: Govind Das (Bhakti Yoga Shala/LA), Mataji Devi Vanamali (Rishikesh), Jai Uttal, Amber Tande (Sutra Yoga/Seattle), Michael and Rickie Beckwith, and his pug dog Humphrey.

MELISSA

Melissa began her practice of yoga over 15 years ago, but it wasn’t until she discovered kirtan that she began sharing her sweet, lyrical voice with others. Melissa experienced an immediate connection to chanting the names of the divine and it was through kirtan, Bhakti yoga and the grace of the many teachers along her path that she found access to her authentic voice.

Melissa has been teaching asana since 2012, and received her teacher training from 8 Limbs Yoga Centers in Seattle, WA. After a few years of consistent teaching and incorporating the spiritual aspects of yoga into her own practice, she completed the Bhakti teacher-training program at Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica, CA. Her teaching style, heavily influenced by her past experience as a dancer and aerialist, is playful, down-to-earth and inclusive. Whether teaching a physical class or leading a chant, Melissa’s fluidity, grace and joy are present in every breath.