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Rob & Melissa Lundsgaard

Rob & Melissa
Seattle, WA

Rob and Melissa are bhakti yogis, teachers and kirtan singers devoted to celebrating the divine through the practice of kirtan (call and response chanting).

When Rob and Melissa first met, neither of them sang kirtan or practiced Bhakti yoga (the yoga of devotion). By the time they married two years later, the foundation of their partnership was a mutual desire to place love and devotion as their number one priorities. As these seeds of devotion grew, Rob and Melissa naturally gravitated toward kirtan and Bhakti yoga. 

Rob and Melissa’s kirtan is a fresh take on an ancient practice. Their heart-filled songs blend Sanskrit chants with modern, accessible melodies and lush harmonies. Their music has been described as “heart-opening bliss,” “joyful medicine,” and “love and devotion materialized!” 

Rob and Melissa are eternally grateful for the transformative yoga practice of kirtan, devotion and singing from the heart. Their personal mantra of “Be Nice and Have Fun” has become the foundation of their life philosophy, and their gift is sharing this joy through mantra and movement.

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 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. 

In addition to sharing their music at yoga studios and festivals, they teach workshops, lead retreats and provide live music for yoga classes.