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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Kirtan (Sanskrit: "to repeat") is a call-and-response chanting performed in India's devotional traditions. A Kirtan practice involves chanting hymns or mantras to the accompaniment of instruments such as the harmonium. The melodical repetition of mantras in a kirtan can carry us effortlessly to a place of quiet and stillness; making this a great method to explore meditation, specially for those of us for whom closing our eyes and being still for long periods of time feels like an impossible task. Meditational practice is very beneficial to training the mind to achieve better concentration and focus and cultivate feelings of peace and contentment; not to mention the countless benefits of communicating with your inner-self.  There are serval yoga centers and studios throughout NYC offering free or donation based Kirtan events which are ideal for whether your interested in exploring Kirtan for musical pleasure or meditation or both.  Check these out and sing to your heart's content.

Sonic Kirtan (next date: Sun 8/22)  Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM (
Raise your voice and vibration and illuminate your heart with our monthly Kirtan. Includes call and response chanting, original music and perhaps if inspired some spontaneous dance! Bring shakers, drums and any musical instruments you like as well as your free spirit. By Donation! Every 3rd Sunday of each month.

Dharma Yoga Center (next date: Wednesday 8/4) Time: 8:45 PM - 9:30 PM (
Community Kirtan with Devadas - Join a special night of spiritual singing. Everyone is welcomed, just come! Suggested minimum contribution $5-10.

Kirtan at Jivamukti  (next date: Wednesday 8/11) Time: 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

841 Broadway, 2nd Fl. btw 13th/14th Sts. at Union Sq.
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