Bhakti Yoga and Kirtan

Kirtan is for all people. There are no experts, no beginners.

Bhakti Yoga and Kirtan

Amanda’s musical roots are  in Jazz and R&B. She enjoys weaving her musical roots into the ancient traditions of Kirtan to offer a soulful, yet traditional vibe to her music. Kirtan is a true bhakti offering for her, and she is eternally grateful for every opportunity she has to share the love that arises from a devotional heart space.

What is Kirtan?

Kirtan is a form of devotional chanting rooted in the sacred music of ancient India. It is a form of Bhakti Yoga (yoga of devotion).  Kirtan invites the audience to come together in a call-and-response fashion in the chanting of ancient mantras.  It has the ability to create a space inside your heart that connects you with the divine within. Its effect opens you to the resounding truth of your being — you are LOVE. Kirtan is not about religious backgrounds or musical ability. It is about the the yoga of revealing the heart and that is the divine in each of us.  Yoga is the process of connecting to the divine.  Kirtan is the verbal and audible call to the divine/supreme. Chanting utilizes the body, mind and emotions.  But here is the mystery: what we experience as the longing for the divine, is really the divine pulling us from within, pulling us into Him/Herself (KD, One track heart).

“The yearning in the voice that touches your heartstrings helps you recognize that the longing such singers express is the same longing we all feel in our hearts.  It is the universal plea of the soul.” Jai Uttall 

“Kirtan is for all people. There are no experts, no beginners. The practice itself is the teacher, guiding us to ourselves. Kirtan allows us to enter into a mystery world – a world where all the logic of our minds, and all of the conditioning are left aside. With Kirtan, we create a temple inside the altar of our hearts, a place of refuge, a place of love, and a place of just being.” -Jai Uttal

“Kirtan is singing of God’s name with feeling. Such singing and prayer has a benign effect on both the physical and subtle bodies. It is an excellent method of soothing the nerves and directing emotions to a positive goal. Kirtan Mantras are in Sanskrit, the most ancient of human languages. It is also known as “Devanagari” (language of the Gods). Sound, made up of vibrations, is energy. A Sanskrit Mantra is a mystical energy encased in a sound structure. To release the energy from the sound, we learn to repeat it at a certain rhythm. When you start repeating a Mantra, it creates a specific thought pattern. The energy literally manifests itself.” -Swami Sivananda

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