Kirtan is the practice of singing the profoundly healing sounds of sanskrit mantra, which effortlessly drops our awareness out of our busy minds and into our hearts. Kirtan is from the path of Bhakti Yoga (pure love and compassion) and responds to where you are it and what you need in that moment, whether that is to bring you to a space of calm or elation.
It can be deeply moving and incredibly joyful.
The harmonium is a common instrument used to support this practice, and it is quite a simple one, with a piano-like keyboard. In our exploration, we will look at the basics of playing the harmonium and practice playing and singing so Kirtan together.
Please bring your own harmonium, if this is not possible, let us know so we can see if we can source you one.
This exploration is aimed at people in the beginning of their journey with the harmonium.
ABOUT SIVANI MATA FRANCIS
Sivani Mata is an artist who is blessed to be a student of Bhakti (the yoga of love and devotion) and began her journey with this practice through attending various Kirtan evenings in London and on her travels. She is grateful for the many teachers and traditions that have influenced her journey, and is particularly inspired by the teachings of Babaji: to live in Truth, Simplicity and Love. She began to share Kirtan in her local London community in 2009 and has continued regularly ever since, there and around the UK and Europe. During this time Sivani Mata has released four Kirtan albums, the most recent titled Jasmine Garden which blends Kirtan with her passion for mystic poetry.
Sivani Mata organised the UK’s first ever Bhakti Music Festival (in August 2011), and subsequent BE LOVE Bhakti Immersion days in London, which have brought devotional musical practices from various traditions together as one, in the spirit of universal love and devotion. Inspired by her Bhakti practice, Sivani Mata also shares responsive yoga practice honouring naturally arising internal rhythms, including yoga nidra, nourishing asana and dance predominantly for woman, and co-teaches on Uma Dinsmore-Tuli’s “Well Woman Yoga Therapy Teacher Training”.
Sivani Mata is also currently working on an exploration for ancient Goddess traditions from around the world through drawing, and is writing a book on this theme called “Faces of the Feminine”.
Image Credit: Yoga & Photo by Cecile