Mantra chanting and Kīrtan
Connecting hearts through devotional mantra chanting
What is Kīrtan?
Kīrtan, known as the Yoga of the heart, is a call and response style of singing in community. Kīrtan involves repeating sacred mantras to create a high-energy vibration in the body and mind, to reach a heightened state of awareness, returning us to our innate, loving presence and a deep connection to the heart. Instruments often accompany kīrtan as a way to focus and absorb ourselves in the sound and vibration.
Rachel offers private chanting and harmonium classes. She is currently a guest offering free chanting at Soul tribe yoga studio once a month on a Sunday.
The word mantra comes from the Sanskrit root word manas & traṇa = mantra. Manas refers to the mind and traṇa means to uplift or to protect, or set free. Therefore, mantra can be explained as that which both protects and sets us free from the thinking mind.
Sanskrit is the language that the yogic teachings were passed down from student to teacher, hence it's called an oral tradition. Teachings in the form of mantras were chanted and memorised. Sanskrit is a language of vibration meaning by chanting the sounds accurately, we will experience the energetic quality.