Kirtan is a form of Bhakti Yoga, The Yoga of Devotion.
Its roots go back over many years to India and has the power to open the heart and to quiet the mind.
A form of call and response singing, the Kirtan Wallah, or leader, sings the mantra, and the assembled group sings it back. As you sing with each other you experience a deep connection with each other and with yourself. When the music stops, your mind is quiet.
Kirtan is not exclusive to those who follow an Eastern religion or philosophy, or to those who practice yoga. Anyone can join in and joyfully sing along, clap their hands and become a participant in this age-old spiritual practice.
You may already follow your own spiritual or religious path, or none at all, the only requirement is a willingness to join in the Kirtan.
Accompanied by the music of the Guitar, Harmonium and Shruti the singing and chanting opens the door to a connection with your higher self or source energy bringing a sense of peace, harmony and balance.
Monthly Kirtan evenings are currently held at 2 venues in the Swansea area. One in the Clydach in the Swansea Valley, and one in the UK's first Area Of Outstanding Beauty, in Gower
Kirtan in The Church
Yoga Place Abertawe
St John's Church, High Street, Clydach, Swansea SA6 5LN
SUNDAY 11th AUGUST
SUNDAY 29th SEPTEMBER
SUNDAY 27th OCTOBER
SUNDAY 24th NOVEMBER
SUNDAY 22nd DECEMBER
we begin chanting at 5.00 pm and end around 6.30 pm.
Chai and biscuits are available before and after, with chance to talk and mingle.
You can book online for these Kirtan sessions by visiting http://www.yogaplace.co.uk/an-evening-of-kirtan/ Cost is £10
The Sunday night Kirtans at Clydach are followed at 7.30 by a Group Gong & Sound Bath for those who want to stay. Booking is necessary
Kirtan In The Temple
Temple Wellness Centre
Gower Heritage Centre, Parkmill, Swansea SA3 2EH
Tuesday 3rd SEPTEMBER
Tuesday 8th OCTOBER
Tuesday 19th NOVEMBER
Tuesday 3rd DECEMBER
We begin chanting at 6.30 pm and end around 8.00 pm.
Tea and biscuits are available before and after, with chance to talk and mingle.
There is no need to book for these sessions, but it is helpful if you could send an email, or telephone if you are intending coming.
A suggested donation of £10 is welcome for these evenings, in order to cover costs.