What is Kirtan?

Kirtan is ecstatic chant and  union through sound.  In Sanskrit Kirtan means “to repeat”; call-and-response chanting. In a typical Kirtan session, a mantra is sung and repeated over and over, sometimes 108 times. This refers to the ancient numbers in Sun Salutations; 108 is twelve times the number 9, which is the number of vinyasas (movements linked to breath) in a Sun Salutation.  Accompanied by musical instruments, this responsory chanting is meant to calm the mind and bring us back to our center.   The purpose of Kirtan is to get us out of our heads and into our hearts.

Chanting heals bringing joyful expansion in the heart as it uplifts the spirit,
rejuvenates the body and purifies the emotions.

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