Kirtan with Alys

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9th January — 13th February — 12th March


Kirtan, by definition call-and-response singing of devotional songs or mantras, has a rich and multifaceted Indian devotional history and is practiced within various secular music and community venues.


Kirtan & Mindfulness Practice ~ Alys

Chanting (Kirtan) is a part of the path of Devotional Yoga. God or Guru is an endless ocean of love, truth and presence. First we may hear the distant roar of the crashing waves of the ocean and we're drawn to that sound.

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Krishna Das on Why We Chant

“The way I sing, I try to let the mantra do the work.

I simply pay attention to the prayer and repeat it with as much of my being as I can. I don’t try to manipulate emotions, I don’t try to manufacture any kind of feeling at all, it naturally arises. My understanding is that these mantras, these names, come from within us, they come from that place within that is deeper than the mind, deeper than thoughts, deeper than emotions. So, by turning our attention in that direction toward our soul, we move deeply into our true nature.” – Krishna Das

Narayani and Mat Baker are a husband and wife team, who share a love and a passion for devotional music, kirtan and the practice of Bhakti Yoga. They travel throughout the UK and Europe offering their music and voice workshops wherever they are invited. Narayani is known for her powerful devotional singing and for facilitating voice work that opens the heart and encourages our highest expression. Mat is a singer and multi-instrumentalist. He brings a gentle, transformational quality with his soulful voice and powerful percussion and Bouzouki (like a mandolin) playing.

This this article explores this question via one particular mantra called the mahamantra that will be familiar to any readers who have attended kirtan, been to a Vaishnav temple, or heard popular songs like George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord”:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna

Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare

Hare Rama, Hare Rama

Rama Rama Hare Hare

This is why so many religious traditions pray, sing, or chant as a prelude to silence. They understand that the repetition and absorption of sound leads to sacredness itself. ~ Deng Ming-Dao