Friday, March 1st
6:30 – 8:00 pm
In-person at Himalayan Yoga and Meditation.
Kirtan combines music and mantra — words and sounds that vibrate at the highest level of awareness. It is an effortless and joyful way to meditate. We simply allow the music and mantra to do its magic. This magic is the Yoga of Bhakti or devotion!
Mantra healing is the practice of using a combination of sound, vibration, visualization, and our own unique healing instrument –our voices– to heal the body and the mind. The practice of chanting (and singing!) mantras can tone the body, alleviate depression and anxiety, calm the nervous system, restore health, and increase cognitive function. It’s a very potent practice.
Singing kirtan is not about singing “well” or perfectly, but about the sacred act of using your own voice to connect with the divine. It’s a very liberating practice for those who are uncomfortable with their own voices.
Music bypasses the thinking mind, the worried mind, and goes straight to that part of the brain where the emotions reside. The musical meditation of kirtan soothes the nervous system. Kirtan calms the mind without struggling to concentrate.
Because kirtan has its roots in India, many of the songs are sung in Sanskrit or Gurmukhi, the language of ancient India, the language of mantra. David leads the chants in a call-and-response style. He calls out a line and the participants respond back.