Mercedes Bahleda is an artist and performer originally from New York City and a recent graduate of The Royal Central School of Speech and Dramas Classical Acting Masters Program in London, England.
As a singer she has performed her music in over 32 countries giving concerts and teaching voice. Mercedes has three kirtan chant albums including the best-selling “Mercy Songs” and “Path To Bliss” with White Swan Records.
She has studied Classical Indian music, yoga, meditation and Buddhist Philosophy extensively in monasteries in the Himalayas and South India for over a decade and has spent over a year combined in solitary silent retreat.
As an actress and dancer she has worked with Award Winning Directors and Theater Companies; Big Dance Theater/P. Lazar (N.Y. Bessie Award) Black Lips/Antony Haggerty (National Endowments of the Arts Award & The Mercury Music Prize) Maureen Flemings Butoh Dance Company, Alex Porter Presents, (New Swiss Artist Award) and had the honor to originate the role of Saint Dymphna created for her by J. Stephen Brantley (New York Innovative Theatre Award) and The Gas Heart in which she appeared was filmed by The Lincoln Center Archives.
She has produced several instructional yoga and teaching DVDs as well as guided meditation and world music CDs. She is in the process of recording a new album featuring the 21 Praises to Tara, and publishing a book of her translations on the teachings of the Wise Woman Sutra, a conversation between the Buddha and a woman in India over two thousand years ago.
○ M.A. The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England
○ B.F.A in Performing Arts, New York University (Honours), NY
○ Voice, Charles Kellis, Julliard School of Music, New York, NY
○ Certified Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher 300 Hrs
○ Asian Classics Eighteen Level Advanced Teacher Training Series
○ The Yoga Studies Institute Advanced Philosophy Trainings
(The Yoga Sutra, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, The Bhagavagita)
○ University of Virginia, Tibetan Translation Immersion summer course
○ Basic Sanskrit Immersion and Fundamentals of Sanskrit Chanting, Mysore India,
Certification: Certified Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher 300 Hrs. Asian Classics Eighteen Level Sutra Series, Asian Classics Eighteen Level Tantric Series. The Yoga Studies Institute Advanced Philosophy Trainings; The Yoga Sutra, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, The Bhagavagita, The Yoga Studies Institute Eight Level Tibetan Yoga Asana Training.
Publications: The Yoga of Lady Niguma, Yoga of the Ancients, The Path to Bliss, Mercy Songs & UMA (with Ferenz Kallos), The White Tara Mantra Album (with Klaus Hillebrecht) , Meditations for Peace.