Join Merry, Trevor, Misty & friends as we join voices and instruments in a joyful outpouring of love and devotion in celebration of the divine presence within us all!
Come sing, dance, and enjoy laughter and community. Nothing brings out your most authentic self like Kirtan! Join in the exploration and passionate practice of chanting the divine names from the Bhakti Tradition! Kirtan is a form of interactive musical mantra meditation! No experience is necessary, all are welcome!
The divine names clean our hearts and clean our minds and awakens our divine potential.
Please bring what you’d like to sit on (Meditation pillow, blanket, etc.)
Cost: Sliding scale ($15-$40)
What is Kirtan?
Kirtan is an ancient sacred practice centered around call-and-response chanting, in which a leader calls out a mantra or phrase and the participants respond. Kirtan is a group practice, and the lines between caller and responder blur as the chanting proceeds, often escalating into an ecstatic crescendo where music and voices merge. It is a primary practice of bhakti yoga, the yoga of love and devotion, which originated thousands of years ago in India and is being resurrected around the world in step with the rise in popularity of yoga. Kirtan is a giving and receiving of love and devotion to each other, self and the higher.
Participants experience the effects of kirtan in diverse ways, from deeply meditative to ecstatically blissful.
Merry trained with Govind Das’s kirtan training at Bhakti Yoga shala in Santa Monica, and with local Bhakti musician and music therapist, Sita Rose, and is excited to share the ancient healing of mantra and singing with you. Her joy for Bhakti yoga started with her first visit to The Soul of Yoga, in 2012 with Soul Talk hosted by Tom and Trisha Kelly, the founders.