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Kirtan

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

7:00pm-9:30pm


This is a FREE event!
This event is for those who aspire to enjoy the fun and vibe of Kirtan and for those who wish to enhance their Yoga practice with chanting and music! Kirtan helps to open the voice and teaches us to love the sound that comes from our bodies.

*What is kirtan?
Originating with the medieval devotional practice known as Bhakti yoga, kirtan is in Indian tradition of call-and-response vocal music, often accompanied by a variety of instruments. Traditional accompaniments include the harmonium and tabla drums. Today, kirtan is still usually sung in Sanskrit.
What are kirtan songs like?

Kirtan songs are simple, repetitive chants. Some can last as long as half as hour. The artist leading the kirtan (the name also refers to the live music event) starts out. Then, the listeners "respond" to his or her "call." Songs often get louder and faster as the chant goes on. Most are based around mantras (sounds, words or phrases believed to have spiritual meaning).

What is the environment at a kirtan concert?

Some Western students might be surprised when they attend a kirtan event. Since each audience member participates in the chanting, distinction between performers and audience is minimal. You sit on the floor (on in a chair if you prefer). Many kirtan-goers contend that the experience of being at an event is like meditation, in that it is intensely peaceful and relaxing.

Going to a kirtan event is a great way to explore meditation from a different perspective. If you are social, love music, or both, this can be a good introduction to it.

*Definition from Answers.com 

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Level 1

June 9th, June 16th and June 23rd
1:00pm - 3:30pm
​Cost $80.00 for all three sessions
6 CEU's provided for this course

Taught by Joe Charsagua, E-RYT 200, RYT500, YACEP
and American Meditation Society Meditation Teacher

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Meditation training will include learning: 
~Basic breath and mantra meditation emphasizing 
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1:00pm - 3:30pm 
Cost $80.00 for the 3 part series
6 CEU's provided for this course


Taught by Joe Charsagua, E-RYT 200, RYT500, YACEP
and American Meditation Society Meditation Teacher
Prerequisite


An Enhance Your Meditation (Level 2) class series will be offered 
for anyone who has completed the Learn to Meditate (Level 1)
 workshop taught by Joe Charsagua.


An Enhance Your Meditation (Level 2) class series will be offered at Garden of Zen Yoga Studio 
for anyone who has completed the Learn to Meditate (Level 1)
 workshop taught by Joe Charsagua.
 You will learn new meditation techniques which will 
provide additional balance and expansion of your 
meditation experience.
The benefits that a regular meditation offers include: 

 Calm the emotions - experience tranquility 
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