Are you looking to put a spark in your yoga practice, and take your spiritual life to the next level?
Kirtan is the ancient art of singing mantras in a call-and-response forum, born in the 15th century in India.
The practice is a means for including the heart in what can become an academic and intellectual study of consciousness, void of feeling, void of compassion, but most of all void of joy.
The joy factor is a very big thing, it can be the difference between feeling like you are alive and feeling like your soul is dying life. Kirtan is not, however, primarily a place to come and recieve joy, feel light and inspired, feel generous of spirit (although all of that happens), it is firstly an opportunity to take the joy that is inside every cell of your being, and put it out as an offering to others and a vibe to the whole world or universe.
Science has proven over and over how powerful sound vibrations are, that everything we can see and touch and not see comes down to such basic sound and light vibes. If we are engaged in actively putting some joyful vibration into the world, not only does the world get the benefit, but we are avoiding the default alternative of unconsciously being driven by our deep and hidden fears. Two options at any given moment, create your inner life into some outer expression, or let your inner life in its unconscious state drive you out of your happiness.
Rehearsing with my amazing band last night (Keith Dyck on saz, Miriam Neuman on violin, Leane Koss on back up and response vocals, and drum maker-drummer, Bob Hanley), I was again filled with what a privilidge it is that we can work with these magic mantras, we can understand the meaning and feeling behind the growing power of the repetitions…over literally thousands of years.
If you`ve never experienced kirtan before, please do join us on January 8 for the kick off of a brand new year of kirtan, free if you sign up at the link above, at Moksha Yoga on Donald Street. Leave a message here, or email me at yoga at bethmartens.com.
We dance mantras around the demons
Are you looking for a new way to inspire your yoga practice, to connect with others that are doing deep mind-body work and want to enjoy using the power of your voice?
Kirtan might be for you…
And this upcoming event January 8 is the first of a really exciting new relationship for me, I’m so happy to announce, between the awesome folks at Moksha Yoga, thanks to Philly D & Ryann and I, the Beth Martens Kirtan Band is booked to chant on Donald every second Saturday evening, beginning with this free thank you celebration to all those who have supported kirtan in Winnipeg.
And help raise awareness for the Moksha Yoga Winnipeg Schools Foundation, for which all the kirtan events following will be raising 30% of it’s funds for. Holy cow, that’s with the generosity of Phil and Ryann at Moksha. I get paid, my musicians get paid and a foundation for bringing yoga free to all schools gets paid.
Moksha has opened their doors so wide for kirtan it’s breaking my heart, and making me hope this raises a lot of your support towards school yoga programs.
Title: Free Kirtan Kick-off at Moksha
Location: Moksha Yoga on Donald
Link out: Click here
Description: This free event marks the first of many to come out of Moksha Winnipeg on Donald, every second Saturday through the spring. Click on the link to book an advance ticket.
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00
Live Kirtan Is Coming To Moshka Yoga Winnipeg
Breaking news is in! Moksha Yoga Winnipeg is going to host a regular live kirtan concert every second Saturday in their Winnipeg, Donald Street location where I have been playing for their live music (hot!) yoga classes.
All the dates are….
Now in addition to using Hollow Reed Holistic as a kirtan hub, now Moksha will be giving kirtan in Winnipeg it’s next big injection of kickass energy and righteous vibes, amen.
Personally speaking, I have always avoided the big and popular thing, which Moksha Yoga has been in Winnipeg since it took off some years not that far back. Now they are nearly three locations strong, international and inspiring others to branch out.
But I’ve completely changed my mind and decided that if I got completely assimilated by Moksha Yoga, I’m o.k. with that, what a force, I can dig it!
I love meeting people that can take a huge risk in the service of others’ well-being and allowing their life to turn into the chaotic scene that running any business is, and the joy and bliss of sacred practices that are bringing this community alive, as are every great studio in this city.
I am loving the vibe of so many people in Winnipeg these days and feel like a thin veil of separation or disconnect has fallen, and there’s a growing inclination towards community.
That’s why it’s so important for us to actually get together….oh my Goddess: and in my opinion, sing, chant our brains out to beautiful sanskrit mantras that have become extremely powerful over sometimes thousands of years repetition. We do have the power as a species for peace, but we do not yet have the intelligence or soul… the soul is rather damaged, disconnected, neglected, abandoned, sloughed off and in need of care.
Kirtan is a great way to care for yourself, because you give yourself joy, a chance to chant and get the invisible joy that is in you, to manifest into awesome glory.
This is a concert event, but fully interactive, from beginning to end you are engaged in the process of creating a completely spontaneous eruption, driven I swear by the mantras and the bliss alone. I swear I’ve never been happier than singing kirtan, and surprisingly more so each time.
Musicians are coming forward one by one like kirtan soldiers showing up for their service,,,hmm wierd analogy, breakdown…getting late, happy for blogs, even though I have yet to alert a single person to the existence of this blog and the 65 million other things that I will eventually catch up with, or it will catch up with me and sit me down for a quiet tea.
The kirtan end, the kirtan beginning and the kirtan becoming…all one.
Kind love and