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.
Fairlawn Community Kirtan, Akron, Ohio
Saturday August 25th
Join Lana and Narada for a night of call and response chanting. Sing, listen, dance, or lie down as we create and hold sacred space through music and mantra.
Kirtan at Bhakti in the Woods Festival
**Sadly Narada and Lana are no longer able to make it to Bhakti in the Woods,
but please still go and chant your hearts out!!**