The Yoga of Kirtan with Sri Prahlada

Saturday, 05 October 2019

Experience the magic of sacred rhythms & chants.

This kirtan course by the renowned kirtaneer Sri Prahlada, aims to prepare the students for a genuine kirtan experience, empower them to deepen their understanding of kirtan and give them the opportunity to enrich themselves in their chanting.

Kirtan is a form of yoga meditation based on sacred sound. Kirtan is mantra meditation as song. The Sanskrit word man means mind, while tra means to free. Mantra meditation calms your mind of fear and anxiety, and opens your heart to reveal your spiritual nature of eternity and bliss. The process of kirtan involves singing sacred mantras to the accompaniment of musical instruments. Generally, the mantras are sung a repetitive call-and-response style, where the leader sings a mantra and the audience chants in response. Thus, kirtan includes the audience in the performance. Kirtan is a culture where people can share spiritual meditation in a joint spiritual experience.

Sound is invested with great potency to influence human emotion. The Bhakti-yoga tradition recommend kirtan as the most effective means for penetrating the coverings of material identification, awakening the soul’s blissful spiritual nature, and reconnecting with the Divine. Such reawakening ends the cycle of birth and death, returning the successful practitioner to the spiritual world. There, according to the Bhakti tradition, the Supreme Lord is glorified with joyous singing and dancing – indicating that kirtan is an eternal spiritual principle.

What Will Be Covered:

  • Basic music theory
  • History, philosophy & culture of kirtan
  • Understanding the mood of a kirtaneer
  • The qualifications & skills needed to be a kirtaneer
  • Introduction to kirtan instruments and rhythms
  • Learning kirtan standards & etiquette
  • Seeing kirtan as a devotional service
  • Performing kirtan solo & in groups
  • Vocal care
  • Audience engagement

Course Details:

Facilitator: Sri Prahlada
Dates: Saturdays, 5th & 12th October | Time: 10.30am - 5pm | Location: Seminar Room
Course Fee: £25

Alternatively you can register at the Temple shop by visiting in person or calling on +44 (0)207 437 3662.

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