Mercedes Bahleda is a White Swan Recording Artist from New York City and an honors graduate from New York University Theater Department.
As a singer she has performed her music in over 23 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 music, yoga, meditation and Buddhist Philosophy extensively in monasteries in the Himalayas and South India for the last decade and has spent over a year combined in solitary silent retreat.
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.
As an actress and dancer she has worked with Award Winning Directors and Theater Companies such as Big Dance Theater/P. Lazar (N.Y. Bessie Award) Blacklips/Antony Haggerty (National Endowments of the Arts Award & The Mercury Music Prize) Maureen Flemings Butho 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 her performance in The Gas Heart was filmed by The Lincoln Center Archives.
B.F.A. New York University (Honors)
Acting Intensive, American Conservatory Theatre
Voice, Charles Kellis, Juliard School of Music
Advanced Buddhist Studies Degree, Asian Classics Institute
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.