This October we will be hosting Wisdom of the Heart – a Kirtan and Jivamukti workshop alongside Andy Nathan and Rādhikā Dāsa.
The workshop will take place on Saturday 12th October 2-5:30 with earlybird tickets at £29 available until 17th August (full price tickets priced at £35 thereafter). To book your space click here.
We wanted to let you know what to expect at this heartfelt workshop with two leading yoga practitioners.
Both Kirtan and Jivamukti yoga are lineages of Bhakti yoga which is the yogic path of compassion and love.
Kirtan means to cut through the busyness and anxieties of the mind with sung mantras which is also a great way to create a sense of community among a group of people. This particular kirtan will be provided by Radhika Dasa from Kirtan London. Kirtan London hosts Kirtan events regularly in London (and around the world) and also organises a regularly sold out weekly Friday evening event called Mantra Lounge – and have released 3 very popular albums of the same name.
Kirtan was popularised in the 80s and 90s with artists such as Krishna Das and Jai Uttal, Wah! Deva Premal etc. Even if you think you don’t know Kirtan, if you hear Sanskrit songs in your yoga class you are listening to this! And to tie this into Jivamukti Yoga – most of these Kirtan singers got their breaks and introduction into yoga classes at the Jivamukti Yoga Centre in NYC.
The mantra meditations practiced in a kirtan help to uplift us, and ease anxiety and heaviness. So you can expect to exercise your vocal chords and leave behind daily worries and the mundane to be replaced with a feeling of uplifted spirit and more in tune with yourself and your sense of community.
This will all be complemented by a Jivamukti Yoga practice with Andy Nathan an experienced teacher who is passionate about helping students gain confidence and feel empowered by yoga.
The yoga will energise and motivate and the Kirtan and philosophy will uplift and enlighten. Vedic philosophy is the origins of all yoga philosophy and the workshop aims to give practical tools and tips, rooted in ancient wisdom for how to live a more happy, meaningful and loving life. Who doesn’t want that?
Many neuroscientific studies have proven the health benefits of Mantra mediation and singing in groups – reduction in stress hormone production, increased self-confidence and happiness, better cardiovascular health, a sense of community and belonging, reduced anxiety, better concentration and focus and deep relaxation.
Most of us have connected with the way in which music can uplift us and help to change our own vibration and how movement can be medicine for the soul.
Come along to feel this for yourself.