Rocky Blumhagen – Yoga Instructor & Professional Singer
San Francisco, California & Gleneden Beach, Oregon
A Note From Rocky
Life is an ever moving target and thankfully, I learned long ago the importance of following my passion. You may have observed my increasing focus on Yoga and less on vocal performance. This was happening long before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our lives. I have loved practicing Kundalini Yoga every day and in the initial six months of the Covid shut-down, taught 165 classes to a dedicated cohort of Stanford students. Yoga has given me balance, awareness and an appreciation for my life-force and how to best use it. As we approach the one year mark of the Covid pandemic, my daily Kundalini Yoga practice and teaching schedule has continued. I encourage those who are curious about what makes it a good fit for so many new practitioners to read what some the current students have to say… READ MORE
Rocky as Yoga Instructor
Rocky Blumhagen – Spiritual Name: Akal Teja Singh
Rocky has been a yoga practitioner for over 25 years completing over 400-hours of teacher training with Martin Scott, Union Yoga and Kathleen Holm’s studio Yoga Flow, including multiple workshops with Janet Stone and Darren Main here in San Francisco. In November, 2016 Rocky studied Pranayama privately with Guruji, BNS Iyengar in Mysore, India. Rocky (Akal Teja) recently received his Kundalini Yoga certification through KRI, taught by Gurmukh and Gurushabd and Seva Simran Singh, September 2019.
Rocky teaches Hatha Vinyasa Flow and Kundalini Yoga with a concentration on breath work. He is also a professional singer allowing him to focus on Pranayama and the singing of chants with the Harmonium, an east Indian hand pump organ. “Our breath is the connector between the postures, and yoga is about connecting the body, mind and spirit, our breath is the key.”
Rocky lives between San Francisco and the central Oregon coast and was a graduate fellow/partner at Stanford University for the 2019-2020 calendar year. He is certified with the National Yoga Alliance.
Rocky’s Journey in Three Acts
Rocky has pursued three main interests throughout his life: Sales & Management, Music Performance, Yoga & Mindfulness.
Act I – RADIO SALES & MANAGEMENT – Rocky Blumhagen was born in Walla Walla, Washington and raised across the Oregon state line in Milton-Freewater. Upon graduation with a BA in Vocal Performance from Lewis & Clark College, Rocky immediately began performing in Germany, England and the West coast of the US for the next seven years. After returning to school to study radio and television broadcasting, he launched a 20 year career in commercial radio in Portland, spending fifteen years in advertising, sales and management at KGW, KINK and KKSN am/fm. Ultimately, as station manager of KGON/KNRK, Rocky launched the popular “94/7fm” an alternative rock station still going strong today.
Act II – VOCALIST – ACTOR – FUNDRAISER – Realizing his first love, he returned to his singing roots, performing for several years in the Palm Springs area including his own cabaret shows, Musical Chairs concerts, the Coachella Valley Symphony and the Stover All Star Big Band shows at the Annenberg Theatre. More than a cabaret performer, Big Band singer and symphony soloist, Rocky has won two acting awards and a number of nominations for his live performances. In his years as a performer, Rocky has given over 1500 nightclub performances and recorded three albums. Rocky has also created exciting musical programs and revues that are as unique as they are entertaining, all while pursuing acting roles in the Bay Area.
Around the turn of the Millennium, Rocky set to work on a lofty goal. His aim was to apply his singing and acting chops in order to raise one million dollars for charity with his performances. Over the next two decades, Rocky and his collaborative partners created multiple shows of the Great American Songbook featuring Cole Porter, The Gershwin Brothers, Irving Berlin, and more. Rocky recorded his Cole Porter CD, “Easy to Love” with the Portland Chamber Orchestra.
“Through my performances, it is my intention to be a part of raising 1 million dollars through the development and performance of small-venue cabarets, lush, fully orchestrated shows, and other musical entertainment tailored specifically to charity events. To date my performances have raised over $825,000… A great start! What can I do for YOUR wonderful cause?” ~ Rocky
Act III – TRANSITION TO YOGA – Rocky has been a Yoga practitioner for over 25 years with a focus on teaching the last seven years. The practice of Yoga coupled with a lifelong interest in spirituality has given his life added meaning and purpose. He is passionate about the integration of Body, Mind and Spirit, especially in older adults. Rocky is a nationally certified Yoga instructor in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga.
Most recently, Rocky has participated in the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University, a fellowship program that seeks to improve the life journey, building purpose, community and recalibrating wellness, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
More details can be found on Rocky’s Backstory.
View Rocky’s Calendar of Shows and Performance Archive.