12 Days of Kirtan, with Bradford Smith
Day 7 is hosted at Blue Sky Yoga , Fri, Dec 28, 7:30 – 9pm, 3525 Watson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63139 a series of 12 Kirtans during the holiday season, hosted at yoga studios and the homes of fellow yogis.
The 12 Days of Kirtan came to me when I asked myself what would bring me the most joy this holiday season. It was easy, Kirtan, I always feel great afterwards. And when I realized that I had the entire holiday season free, then why not fill it up. Though some may think there are a lot of Kirtans in a short time, there is never a bad time for a Kirtan, and this will give everyone a chance to find their time to attend. We will be acoustic, sitting in a circle, focusing the energy, and singing from the heart.
Kirtan is a call and response singing meditation that reminds us of the peace and compassion in our hearts. Singing, as we focus on the rhythm and pitch of the music, helps us stay present in the meditation, pushing out the distractions of the chaotic world. Kirtan is sung in Sanskrit, the poetic language of the ancient yogis, takes the practice to a deeper level as we focus on the sound and vibration instead of the meanings of words. Singing in a group brings everyone’s intentions together as we create a space of respect and compassion. There is an improvisational nature to every chant, we never really know how it will develop and finally end. We perform chants recorded by Krishna Das, Dave Stringer, Jai Uttal, Bhagavan Das. Kirtan sound uses traditional and modern instruments to find the meditative, and also celebrate the rhythm and joy of life. The Bhavantu band has performed at Bhakti-Fest Midwest, Bradford has performed at and Bhakti-Fest West, and has been sharing Kirtans in St. Louis for over 10 years.