The Power of Kirtan Chanting

Original article by Ragani on 17th March 2017 on www.thoughtco.com

Meditation doesn’t come easy for many people. And that’s where kirtan (an ancient participatory music experience) offers another method. Without the work of mentally quieting the mind, kirtan can carry us effortlessly to a place of quiet, to stillness. One of the oldest sacred music traditions of the world, the kirtan call-and-response chanting genre comes to us from India. Using ancient Sanskrit mantras, the kirtan calls upon sacred energies which serve to quiet the mind, remove obstacles, and bring us back to the centre of our being.

Freedom from the Daily Chatter

By repeating simple mantras over and over, faster and faster, the kirtan is an easy way for people to experience some freedom from the daily chatter of the mind. And while it is true that we can sing these chants in the solitude of our own home, there is nothing like the magic of chanting live with musicians and hundreds of participants from kids to seniors all adding their energy to the chant. People often say they feel “buzzed” for days following such a chanting experience.

Absorb the Vibrations, Ignite the Spirits

So what gives us that buzz? Something about the kirtan experience goes beyond the music itself, goes to a deeper experience of vibration. We all resonate at different frequencies, and these frequencies change according to what we are doing and thinking. So when we are all doing the same thing-chanting, breathing, and moving to the same rhythms-our vibrations begin to synchronise and the resulting experience is very powerful.

The laws of vibration help us out here because vibrations align themselves to stronger vibrations, so even if you’re having a truly rotten day, it may be difficult to hold onto those feelings during the chant experience. If you were only to sit in the room without participating, the idea is that you could still feel the shift.

Something happens the energy begins to activate the spirit that exists within us all.

It’s the Heart, not the Art

Although the kirtan involves music, the underlying art of kirtan chanting is not actually about musical ability or training it is about the heart. Everyone can participate, regardless of age or cultural background. The purpose of this music is to get us out of our heads and into our hearts. Typically, the songs can last for 20-30 minutes each with a few moments of silence in between each song so you can soak it all up. The longer songs allow for the deeper experience of the effects, and with the simple, repetitive lyrics (it’s a chant, after all!) we really don’t have to think much about the words.

Quiet Your Mind, Feel Your Self

Kirtan helps the mind become quiet, and when the mind quiets, we can begin to perceive the mystical things, the sacred experiences, that are around us always. In the silence between the songs, when the song stops, you can feel something. And that something is you. There is no greater experience than the experience of one’s Self. And that vibration is always within you, that vibration is you. That’s the beauty of any chant experience with little or no effort we can experience and enjoy the vibrations of peace, energy, healing and inspiration that are always within us.

Join us for Monthly FREE Yoga 6.15pm and Kirtan 7pm on the third Friday of every month.

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FREE Friday Night Yoga & Kirtan- 18th May 2018- 6.15-8pm

Join us for an evening of free yoga and musical meditation on Friday 18th May.

We’ll start with 45 minutes of yoga, open to all levels including beginners and then move on to Kirtan.

Kirtan is an ancient form of meditative chanting accompanied by traditional Indian musical instruments. This uplifting meditation can help to clear the mind and will leave you feeling happy and stress-free 🙂

The event is free of charge but we would suggest a donation of £5 for those wishing to contribute. Please message us on Facebook or email BhaktiYogaLeeds@gmail.com to pre-book your space in the yoga class.

You are welcome to just attend the Kirtan if you cannot make it to the yoga.

Parking is available outside the studio and costs £3 after 6pm.

Hope to see you there!

March Newsletter

Good bye snow, hello spring 😀

We’ve made it through ‘The Beast From The East’ and i’m feeling positive that spring is finally on its way!

It’s my favourite season.

I love noticing the mornings getting lighter, shoots and greenery appearing. The classic spring flowers starting to bud and the days getting that little bit longer. It’s time to emerge from the darkness of winter and really embrace the joy of living.
Start the manifestation of all those seeds planted in the winter.

Seeds of intention.

Use your yoga practice as a place to recognise the subtle changes, as a place to find balance and a fertile ground for those seeds to grow.

March brings inspirational Jyoti for a beautiful women’s circle over four Fridays evenings and meditation and connection is back <3 come celebrate spring with us.

Womb Circle – Journey through Sisterhood
Starting Friday 9th March 7-9pm

4 weeks ~ 4 directions ~ 4 circles

Our womb journeying circle will meet every Friday evening for 28 days
We’ll work our way through the medicine circle over our time together, embodying the energy through our sacred womb space
Our circle begins in the direction of East, we will explore what it means to read more

44 pounds energy exchange for the 4 week programme
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Meditation & Connection
Saturday 24th March
12.30pm-2pm

Join us for a guided meditation and then a chance to share food and conversation.
Bring a vegan dish to share (or cake…I will never say no to vegan cake!)

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Much love

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OM: What Is It & Why Do We Chant It?

 

Om is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. Coming from Hinduism and Yoga, the mantra is considered to have high spiritual and creative power but despite this, it is a mantra that can be recited by anyone. It’s both a sound and a symbol rich in meaning and depth and when pronounced correctly it is actually AUM.

Aum actually consists of four syllables: A, U, M, and the silent syllable.

The first syllable is A, pronounced as a prolonged “awe.” The sound starts at the back of your throat and you stretch it out. You will start feeling your solar plexus and chest vibrating.

The second syllable is U, pronounced as a prolonged “oo,” with the sound gradually rolling forward along your upper palate. You’ll feel your throat vibrate.

The third syllable is M, pronounced as a prolonged “mmmm” with your front teeth gently touching. You will now start to feel the top of your vibrate.

The last syllable is the deep silence of the Infinite. As intelligence rises from the deep silence, you have to merge your chant from the ‘M’ to the deep silence.

Symbolically the three letters embody the divine energy (Shakti) and it’s 3 main characteristics: (1) creation, (2) preservation and (3) liberation.

Why do we chant it?

Everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating – nothing is really standing still! The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature.

As such AUM is the basic sound of the universe; so by chanting it we are symbolically and physically tuning in to that sound and acknowledging our connection to all other living beings, nature and the universe.

In addition the vibrations and rhythmic pronunciation also have a physical affect on the body by slowing down the nervous system and calming the mind similar to meditation. When the mind is relaxed, your blood pressure decreases and ultimately the health of your heart improves.

Finally it is also a way to delineate the time of our practice from the rest of our day and signify that this is a special time in which to care for ourselves and practice being mindful

All in all, beginning and/or ending your yoga practicing with AUM helps to connects us to our practice in a deeper way than just with physical postures.

#meditation #fitness #wellness #personal growth #yoga #mantras #chanting

Original article by Sam Saunders on MindBodyGreen

Sam Saunders lives and teaches Yoga in Dubai. Contact her at sam@loveyoga.ae