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Event Post Title: Brandon Kirtan July 19th at Sacred Tree Yoga with Beth Martens and the Kirtan Calling

Is For:  People who Want to Raise the Energy that Lives at the Base of the Spine to New Heights and Could Use a Little More Inspiration

Location: Sacred Tree Yoga

Book NOW! Book it NOW!  Just DO it.  YOU know it’s good.

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Kirtan concert – fully interactive live chant music that will rock your spirit roots to the ground and your .

This is an acstatic yoga meditation for your breath and voice, and will the raise energy  and give you great peace and joy while you total rocking.  This is not recommended as a bed time practice, there’s nothing sleepy about it.

Start Time: 19:15 – 21:00

Date: 2011-07-19

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Cloud 284

January 31, 2012 6 – 10 PM

Cloud 284 Winnipeg, MB

Kirtan concert in the temple devoted to employing five awesome musicians – Keith Dyck, Miriam Neuman, Leane Koss, Phoebe Man – and myself to record our group project.


Finding Your Voice Group Yoga Coaching for Women in Winnipeg

Six Weeks Starting February 2012 7:30 – 9:30 PM

Cloud 284
284 Arnold Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
7:30 – 9:30 PM

An intimate group coaching for women only.  Spaces are limited, early bird until September 8 only.

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Finding Your Voice is for you if you are…A singer looking for her real voice

A speaker who wants to chant

A writer who needs to get out of her head

A woman who is ready to get out of bed every day and fulfill her creative life purpose.

Done all this?  Could be for you too if you are now trying to have a voice in your personal life too.

Do you want to be part of creating something that doesn’t need you to join?  And won’t kick you out…

The Meaning of Kirtan

In the words of Dave Stringer

Kirtan is consciousness-transformative, directing the singers to vanish into the song as drops merge into the ocean. From a linguistic perspective, Sanskrit is the mother tongue of many modern languages, and a kind of periodic table of elemental sound -meaning.

The mantras are primarily recitations of the names given to the divine. But perhaps the true understanding of the mantras can be found in the sense of unity, well-being and timelessness that they elicit. The mantras quiet the mind, and the music frees the heart. Ecstasy is both the process and the product.

The primary musical feature of kirtan is the use of call and response, a figure that also deeply informs bluegrass, gospel and jazz. Kirtan is not a piece of dusty ethnomusicalogical taxidermy, it’s a living, breathing organisms spreading its genes out into the world.

The Bhaktis had no use for orthodoxy. They saw the expressions and form of the divine in every direction they looked. From this perspective, even music that cannot be characterized as traditional can still be expressive of the Bhaktis’ original intention.

Inquiring into the origin and nature of the universe, both Western science and Eastern philosophy arrive at the obstacle of the mind. How can the mind come to see beyond itself? Is it a matter of spiritual practice, or sadhana, or is it simply a problem of chemistry?

Everywhere you look, the mysteries deepen in unexpected new directions. Isn’t it amazing that you can now look at an MRI of someone’s brain, and see how chanting changes it? Singing, we move ourselves into a field out beyond questions and answers. Encountering bliss, the mind is still.”

Kirtan…sparks the joy in you and your voice through Sanskrit mantras and meditation – said to be the perfect cure to murky waters.

No experience is required to thoroughly enjoy oneself.”

Shiv Sitting

For Singers, Speakers, Writers and Women Who Want to Find Their Creative Life Purpose

Kirtan was a rebel movement in the 15th century of India and grew as part of India’s Bhakti tradition.

Today kirtan  has been adopted by many musicians worldwide as part of the modern-day yoga movement that is connected to living life with good health and an eye on human potential.

Traditionally a Sanskrit call-and-response chanting practice, the rhythmic and experiential quality of is sheer joy to share.  The voice is a vibrational sound healing ‘instrument,’ and it never fails to soothe the soul, help with grounding, ‘centering,’  and can lead to a profound state of meditation.

My style of live Kirtan music was born of eight trips to India, and embraces the traditions I experienced as part of spiritual journey I took in the Himalayas while at the same time allowing me to fully express my artistic and aesthetic self – it was a rebel movement after all, and remains a tool for me to be uniquely myself.

It is more accurate to describe a live Kirtan event as an experience rather than a performance because Kirtan depends upon the particpation of the audience.  If you have a desire to find your own voice, then you might know what a thrill it can be to feel the confidence, good self esteem and ease that can come from getting fully self-expressed.

If you feel that you have to find your voice, it’s because there’s so much tied up in this zone.  It is the key to unlocking the mysteries of the fifth chakra – the abilities to speak, sing, stand up for ourselves, align with divine will and get to the heart of how to play skillfully with our creative life purpose.   It’s not the easiest thing in the world to do, many people fear public speaking, for example, more than death itself.  I stand for guiding people through experiences for exploring this unchartered territory that many never fully realize.  If you are curious about how simple it can be to develop a voice practice that will spill out and nourish all of the fifth chakra elements, then…

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