Carrie Grossman (Dayashila) is a devotional artist whose offerings explore the wild terrain of the heart. A lifelong student and practitioner of the mystical traditions, she brings a modern, feminine voice to ancient wisdom. Many years ago she received the name Dayashila from her longtime spiritual teacher Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma). In Sanskrit the word means "one whose nature is compassion".
At the age of 21, Carrie first traveled to India where she was exposed 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 her life descended into a dark and difficult period that she began to write songs and play the harmonium. At the altar of her instrument she called out from the depths and unburdened her heart. This process was profoundly healing and, the more she did it, the more she felt drawn to share her work. She has since produced three albums: Soma-Bandhu: Friend of the Moon (2010), The Ram Sessions (2016), and Pranam (2017).
For over 20 years Carrie has immersed herself in the contemplative and creative dimensions of diverse traditions. She began her journey as a scholar, earning degrees in Comparative Religion from Brown University (B.A) and Naropa (M.A), but ultimately she longed to taste the truth of the scriptures directly. This desire led her to study with some of the world’s great masters and to receive further training and certification in yoga, massage, and mind-body medicine.
Also a writer, Carrie spent eight years as the Senior Editor of Common Ground magazine.