Kirtan

Kirtan is the singing and chanting of sacred sanskrit mantras, usually accompanied to music and drums. It is a form of Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of devotion.)

At Derekthedog we hold regular Kirtans, usually once every two months. We are joined by Barry Kristadas and his Kirtan band 'Gopi Gita.' This is a great opportunity to get together in a friendly supportive atmosphere, meet new and old friends. You dont even need to be able to sing very well! Children are always welcome. We usually serve a modest spread of healthy vegan and vegetarian snacks and drinks.

This is a charity event and proceeds go to supporting yoga charities: Birthlight and the Yoga Biomedical trust.
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Such singing and prayer has a benign effect on both the physical and subtle bodies. It is an excellent method of soothing the nerves and directing emotions to a positive goal. Sound, made up of vibrations, is energy. A Sanskrit Mantra is a mystical energy encased is a sound structure. To release the energy from the sound, we learn to repeat it at a certain rhythm. When you start repeating a Mantra, it creates a specific thought pattern. The energy literally manifests itself
Swami Sivananda