Kirtan is one of the central practices of Bhakti yoga, or the yoga of devotion. It is a meditative spiritual practice that involves singing or chanting mantras or names of divinities and music. The words are often in sanskrit, particularly those mantras which are sourced from the vedas, but can also be in Hindi or other devanagari languages.
One of the practices from the Kainchi Ashram of Neem Karoli Baba (Ram Dass’s Guru) is the practice of Kirtan. This ashram was seminal for western kirtan, having attracted devotees who have become some of the most famous kirtan artists including Krishna Das, Jai Uttal and Bhagavan Das. If you go to a Ram Dass retreat in Maui, you will experience kirtan every night.
This workshop will consist of 1 hour of workshop on the practice, philosophy, and history of kirtan and provide context for the practice and a deeper understanding of its cultural context and roots. After this we will participate in a group kirtan.
Ram Dass has spent a lifetime making the deep wisdom of Eastern Spirituality accessible to those in the west, and this workshop focuses on Kirtan, a technique embraced and endoresed by Ram Dass as part of the tradition of devotional yoga.
This is a free 2 hour workshop as part of a series to be held every fourth Sunday evening (once a month). This workshop will be led by Miko Matsumura RYT-200, Ram Dass Ambassador for SF and the South Bay and recent attendee of the Ram Dass week long retreat on Maui.