Sat, 19 Dec|
The Yoga Space Hastings
Hare Christmas Kirtan
Our traditional Xmas edition of devotional chants
Time & Location
19 Dec 2020, 4:45 pm – 7:00 pm
The Yoga Space Hastings, 208 Heretaunga Street East, Hastings 4122, New Zealand
About The Event
With Christmas on the doorstep, give yourself the time to drop from the busy mind down into the Heart and let your soul express through singing.
No previous experience necessary, no singing abilities required, as we will sing not to perform, but to experience the profound effects that Kirtan, YOGA OF SOUND, can bring:
- Inner peace
- Meditative states of absorbtion
- Happiness and joy, springing from within
- Opening of the heart with feelings of love and compassion
- Connection with the Divine and other kirtan participants
- On occasion, goose bumps and tears as the heart jumps with joy :)
WHAT IS KIRTAN?
Based on ancient chants, Kirtan has the ability to quiet the mind and bring us into the Heart, a space of no-thought and beyond reason. Everyone experiences kirtan differently, and it doesn’t have to be a religious experience. You can think of it as a sing-along. The wallah (leader) sings the mantra, and the audience sings it back or together with them. A single chant can go on for up to ten or twenty minutes. As you sing with each other you experience a deep connection with the musicians, the other audience members and yourself. And when the music stops, your mind is quiet.
Because kirtan has roots in India, many of the songs are sung in Sanskrit. If you’ve ever chanted responses in Latin or Hebrew in your religious tradition, then you know how powerful singing in an ancient, holy language can be. You can be completely immersed in the sound, with no words to distract the mind. The magic of the chants can then carry you within.
Kirtan is non-denominational, the Universal language of Spirit, the song of the Soul.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Literally everyone, as the practice of kirtan doesn't require a specific belief system or lifestyle, everybody's welcome - any age, culture, gender
This is an OPEN community event!
WHAT SHALL I BRING ALONG?
Cushion to sit on, a water bottle, comfy clothing.
If you play an instrument, feel free to join us with a song
And a special treat to make that special Chrismas feel even more authentic - a cup of spiced CHAI prepared with Aroha ♥
PLEASE COME ON TIMES as doors close at 5pm
We believe in the incredible value of this practice and still want to make it accessible for all. Bringing yourselves is the most important part - and feel on the spot what contribution this gathering has been for you.