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Kirtan-Chanting

As part of the Shakti Shuttlez Kirtan Band we regularly do Kirtan/Mantra evenings at Airyoga Zürich. You are welcome to join us for singing and dancing or just being silent and enjoy the circle of friends!

 

 

Next dates @ Airyoga Oberdorfstrasse (2018):

March 24, April 14 and June 9... and to put also in your agenda: Sept 15 with Punnu Wasu

 

Secretly I enjoyed singing since forever. Of course, when I was in school, I was the icehockey goalie who couldn't sing! Slowly I gained more confidence with my voice and when I was singing next to a Harmonium in a workshop in Vancouver 2006, I knew immediately that that's what I want to do when I grow up!

Watching our 5 year old son, I'm every time amazed. He doesn't stop singing while he plays. It's clear to me that with his still open and free heart, singing is the most natural expression of life energy flowing through him! It's part of our true Nature. Everybody can sing! Once the fear of not being good enough and the fear of not being loved drops away and the heart opens, singing is a absolutely normal and natural thing to do. 

And a "scientific" word: Why does our brain shower us with good feeling after singing? Kirtan, or in general singing, enhances the level of certain neurotransmitters responsible for feeling well like oxytocin or seretonin. A thesis I like very much says that our brains actually developped together with singing and music as a survival strategy. Before there were governements and states, tribes and groups used songs and dance to build loyalty to the group, transmit vital information, and ward off enemies. Those who sang well survived.

And before there was the written language, important stories and critical teachings were passed on with the oral tradition of song. Greek myths as well as the Yoga sutras were sang before they got written down. So when we sing, we tap into something that is one of the most ancient of human practices (also see Daniel Levitin, "This is Your Brain on Music" or "The World in Six Songs").

Singing helps to by-pass the rational, conceptual mind and bring the message directly into your heart, understand it with your heart-mind. Spontaneous joy and compassion are gushing forth from our heart!

The devotional tradition of Kirtan is a call and response chanting. You don't have to learn a text, it's simple and accessible for everybody. You can just repeat without thinking!

 

 

June 22-24, 2018: Yoga & Meditation at the Summersolstice with Adrian Wirth and Paola Deprez.

At the beautiful yurts of Balmeggberg. Far away from the hectic city life we practice and deepen our Yoga and enjoy Nature and the circle of like-minded people.

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May 25-27. 2018. Yoga & Temazcal (Sweat Lodge) with Paola Deprez and Adrian Wirth

Yoga-Asana, Deep Breathing Meditation, Singing and Temascal ritual: Experience the heart connection with Nature & the people in the circle! It's healing and an energizing reboot for your soul!

 

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