Swaha! Living through music provides peace of mind at your fingertips. Swaha!, Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon Swaha! Living through music provides peace of mind at your fingertips.

Portland, Oregon Swaha! Living through music provides peace of mind at your fingertips.

Welcome to Swaha!

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Swaha! is a way of living through music that allows us to feel our way into becoming the person we are meant to become.

How do you FEEL right NOW? When we are out of alignment with our natural flow, we feel tension in one form or another. Sometimes it is subtle, sometimes it is grossly obvious. When we are in perfect alignment, we feel whole, expansive, at ease…we feel good. When we make choices from that place of effortless alignment, that harmony, that "perfect fit," our lives flow with peaceful grace. When we make choices from tension, or misalignment, our lives can feel stressful and painful. Swaha! shows us how to use music and sound as a way to practice feeling, at the most subtle level, the vibrations of tension and release. As we practice, we become aware of and begin to simply accept that these subtle energies are constantly shifting within us, around us, and through us. Once we are aware, Swaha! guides us toward consciously flowing with all frequencies instead of resisting them. After all, we want the tension and release in music, yet we often resist it in our lives.

As we learn to use music as a practical, universally accessible tool, we begin to live a life of profound peace and effortless mastery.


Swaha! Summer 2016 Offerings.

(06/11/2016) HAPPY SUMMER TO YOU ALL!!!I love love LOVE this warm, bright, beautiful, flip-flop-filled time of the year. I love hearing about all your upcoming vacations and planning my own. And before summer gets in full swing, I want to make sure you get some fun Musical offerings so you can keep Music alive all summer long.  My main goal in these summer sessions is that they are as convenient and fun as going to the pool, and that you leave wondering how you could ever live without Music in your daily life. :)So here you are...pick and choose the offerings that light you up, get you curious, and maybe even stretch you a bit...and email me your choices, and best days and times so we can get you on the calendar. I will be in Alaska July 18-31st, so other than that, I'm here and ready to play play play!Private Sessions (weekly)Choose 30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes for your usual, personal, one-on-one music instruction, including technique, theory, improvisation, and songwriting on cello, piano, guitar, or voice.Family Jams (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly)This one is quickly becoming my personal fave...Choose 2-4 hours on any Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and come on down to Swaha! Studios or I'll come to your house! Invite moms, dads, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and pets. Sessions typically include rhythm jams, blues-style jams, pop, country and classic rock covers, and can certainly be specialized to your Musical desires. Total beginners, intermediate and advanced players welcomed.Park Play (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly)Think private music session meets summer camp. Come solo or bring up to 4 friends and we'll head to a shady spot in a park and dip our toes in the art of nonchalant performance art. Choose 2-4 hours on any Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. And yes, a potluck picnic can be arranged!Jam Class (weekly) (21+)Join us Thursday nights at 7pm for some serious silliness. We are rockin' out to all kinds of jams and covers and just about to start a new endeavor of songs from every decade from the 20's through the 2000's...like, 100 years of music!You can sign up in-person with me, email me your requests, and as of next Monday, you can sign up at www.swahastudios.com! (In fact, please go check out the new website and tell me what ya think!)Did I mention, HAPPY SUMMER?!?!~kendra

Swaha! Mission, Vision, Values and Culture

(12/07/2015) The mission of Swaha! is to offer the possibility of bringing peace of mind to the world through music. The vision of Swaha! is that mankind harnesses the power of oneness to align with the Tao. The guiding values of Swaha! are: - Oneness - Love - Possibility - Clarity - Acceptance - Gratitude. The culture of Swaha! has these attributes: - Heart guided - Empowered - Playful - Creative - Free Within Frameworks - Students of Music and Life - Everything is "figureoutable."

Who Is Kendra...really?

(12/03/2015) I am just a girl. A girl who loves to play the piano and the cello. A girl who loves to sing…LOVES to sing. A girl who loves to travel, to philosophize, to learn, to eat, to play, to struggle (yes, sometimes I love it), to relax, and to drink in life in dainty sips and then giant gulps. I am nothing special while I am totally unique. I am ultra-loving and judgmental. I am brave and afraid. I am energetic and lazy. I am genuinely happy and deeply sad. I am everything and nothing. And I have an incredibly interesting way of looking at life; a rare way of assimilating information in a way that unites the profane and the Divine; a powerful approach to living life in a way that is awake and all-encompassing. If I were a resort, I’d be all-inclusive-with-moderation. If I were a buffet, I’d be all-you-can-eat-until-75%-full.  If I were a cocktail, I’d be a virgin long island iced tea that gets you drunk on love. 

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