What is Kirtan?
Kirtan is the practice of call and response chanting. It is a form of Bhakti yoga – often referred to as the yoga of devotion. The root of Bhakti is bhaj- to share or to love. I often describe kirtan as meditation through music. The leader will call out a mantra – a short phrase in Sanskrit – and the group will call back. With the repetition of the words, one is able to lose themselves in the rhythm and the melody.
Much like asana practice gets us out of our heads and into the body, kirtan gets us into our voices, and into the body with the vibrations we create. Just as there are many different styles of physical practice, each kirtan leader will create their own energy, some funky & dance-able and others mellow & sweet. It’s a beautiful thing to let go of the self-consciousness of singing with people – some of whom you may have never met – and allow your voice to blend with the group.
Kirtan with Narada Wise at Yogaville, Virginia
Wednesday, March 28th at Yogaville
Kirtan in Kingston, Ontario
Sunday, April 8th at Janati Yoga
with Landon Chatterton on drums and guitar
Kirtan in Toronto
Saturday, April 21st at Ahimsa Yoga
Pay what you can
Kirtan at A Mindful Path, Akron
with Narada Wise
Friday, April 27th
$15 suggested donation
Kirtan in Toronto with Narada Wise
Sunday, June 17th at The Yoga Sanctuary, Danforth
$20 in advance, $25 at the door
Kirtan at Bhakti in the Woods Festival
August 17-19, 2018