What is Kirtan?
Kirtan is raising your voice to God. Some have negative attachment to the word God. If this is you, think of Kirtan as raising your voice to the “source”. Source is a higher power, or the one-ness or connection amongst all living things. Kirtan can also be thought of as singing to and for yourself. It’s singing to open your heart.
We at Shanti Yoga School dedicate time at the end of every day to sing, raise our voices to a higher power, and share stories and talk as a group before saying goodnight. This is always our last session of the day during Yoga Teacher Training.
Kirtan songs are in Hindi or Sanskrit – ancient languages where the sounds of words are imbued with powerful energies. These songs create mystical universal sounds that resonate with our chakras and remove negativity.
It is important to sing so we benefit from this powerful healing energy. It’s not about our ego or our sense of self. We chant to express our devotion to something higher. Singing opens our hearts.
We open our hearts so we can live in peace and compassion with all. Kirtan is the fastest, easiest, and most joyful way to achieve peace of mind.
What is Satsang?
We check in with each other in the last session of the day. This is called Satsang.
Satsang is Sanskrit for “associating with truthful people”. It’s about being around good company, being in touch with how we are feeling, and talking about truth.
Shanti Yoga School defines truth as that which does not change. You’ll realize few things qualify as truth on this Earth. Still, there is plenty of truth to be found when we get together as a group and speak our truth.
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