Kirtan is a voice meditation practice.
It is a part of the Bhakti Yoga tradition, the Yoga of devotion.
This practice is open to and accessible for EVERYONE.
You do not need to be a 'yogi' or a 'singer' to join us!
Children 10-18 years old are free of charge with an accompanying adult. No need to book for them.
Benefits of Kirtan
Everyone's experience is different and perhaps the following will happen for you....
Experience the freedom of expressing yourself through the voice
Relaxes the body, shifting you into the parasympathetic (rest/digest) nervous system
Supports you to quieten the mind
Coming together to meditate as a community
Learn more about the myths of the Yoga tradition
Enjoy some truly beautiful mantra and melodies
Explore a path of Yoga that isn't traditionally practiced in the West
I have personally have some truly ecstatic moments whilst chanting.
What to expect
Together, we will be chanting simple, yet powerful mantras accompanied by the harmonium and drum.
The chants will be led in traditional call and response, and other times we will chant as a collective group.
During our time together we will explore 3/4 different mantra, with pauses in between for poetry and storytelling.
Some enjoy sitting, others lying down or even standing and dancing. It is entirely your experience and all is welcome.
This is an all faiths and beliefs practice, including no faith and belief that the body simply returns to the Earth.
You are very welcome to get in touch in advance if you have any specific questions:
I have the utmost respect and honour for this practice. I am always a student.
With sincere thanks and love to the people of India for this practice.
I have previously led Kirtan at:
BoCo Yoga and Pilates Surbiton
Kingston Yoga and Vegan Festival 2018
All Love festivals 2018, 2020 and 2021
Heart Twickenham Yoga Studio 2019
Bhuti Richmond 2022
And alongside my wonderful teacher Nikki Slade at:
World Yoga Festival
Tribal Earth Festival