What is Kirtan?

(Borrowed from Mike Cohen’s Kirtan Leadership Institute website)

Kirtan generates happiness. Kirtan quickly calms your mind, opens your heart, drops you into your body and illuminates a profound connection to yourself, others and the Divine. A fun and accessible social practice, Kirtan is sacred call and response chanting from the yoga tradition that requires no prior experience.The leader chants (calls) and the audience responds (response).

Eastern spirituality is represented by Sanskrit mantras that dutifully and reliably connect with you Divine energy. The music which carries these mantras (ancient words that carry an energetic force) is frequently familiar to Western ears, with influences from jazz, funk, soul, rhythm and blues, and rock music.At its highest, Kirtan becomes a form of collective spirituality where each participant serves the group, bringing Love, Freedom and Healing into each person’s life.

We at Thrive Yoga Crested Butte believe in the healing powers of Kirtan and are pleased to be hosting the following individuals and groups throughout the Summer:

June 29th – Kundalini Yoga + Kirtan with Dana Hersh & Bachan Kaur

  • CB South Studio (310 Elcho Avenue)

July 18th- Mantra Music Concert with Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band

  • Elk Avenue Studio (326 Elk Avenue)

September 16- Katie Wise & Bhakti Explosion

  • Elk Avenue Studio (326 Elk Avenue)