Carrie Grossman (Dayashila), MA, is a devotional artist and lifelong student-practitioner of the mystical traditions.
At the age of 21, she first traveled to India where she was introduced to kirtan (call and response mantra chanting). The beauty of the practice inspired her to sing, but due to shyness and self-doubt, 10 years went by before the music within her emerged. It wasn’t until a difficult life period that she began to write songs and play the harmonium. She has since produced several albums, including Soma-Bandhu: Friend of the Moon (2010), The Ram Sessions (2016), and Pranam (2017).
For over 20 years, Carrie has immersed herself in contemplative practices and explored the connection between personal and social transformation. She began her journey as a scholar, earning degrees in Religious Studies from Brown University (BA) and Naropa University (MA), but ultimately she longed to experience the teachings directly. This desire led her to study with some of the world’s great masters and to receive further training and certification in yoga, mind-body medicine, and the healing arts. Carrie is deeply influenced by her longtime spiritual teacher Amma, and the many guides and mentors she’s had along the way.
Also a writer, Carrie spent eight years as the Senior Editor of Common Ground magazine. Her work explores the intersection of spiritual practice and social engagement, sacred sound, forgiveness work, and the wisdom of the feminine. She shares her love of bhakti (the yoga of love) through her heartfelt kirtans and workshops.