Many yoga students ask me, what is Kirtan all about? and what does it have to do with my yoga practice, anyway?
Kirtan (to participate) is a part of Bhakti yoga, the yoga of love and devotion, using sound, singing and dancing we allow ourselves to let go and feel uplifted through music and singing of sacred mantras.
Renowned kirtan artist Sean Johnson sums it up well, “One of the most essential practices of Bhakti Yoga is chanting simple, sacred mantras in a practice called kirtan. Kirtan is a way of releasing emotional energy, from anger to love, through the vehicle of vocal sound. It is a deceptively simple practice which involves pouring emotional expression into the singing of repetitive melodies which has the effect of washing away the chatter of the analytical mind.”
The mantras quiet the mind, and the music frees the heart. Ecstasy is both the process and the product.
This Friday we host the amazing Dave Stringer, his kirtan concert will be a heart-stirring performance, in which you have a chance to sing your heart out, lose yourself in the music and feel the blissful effects from the yoga of music.