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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 (first half 2020):

January 25, March 7, April 4 (we will try to live stream this Kirtan evening from home), May 2, June 6 and July 4.

Hopefully on of the dates will be transformed into the CD-release Party!!

 

Summersolstice 108 Gayatri Mantra: June 28th @ Airyoga Oberdorfstrasse.

 

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!

 

 

 In this challenging times it is important to take more time than usual for maintaining good health. Fresh air and sunshine and walks in Nature are important, even though the order is to stay home. Meditation, Pranayama, physical Movement practices and chanting or praying are very good ways of keeping the spirit up. I will soon offer a live-stream class through zoom and also a Yoga Nidra class through the Airyoga channels.

Let me know if you are interested.

On Saturday, April 4th, we also will stream a Kirtan evening!

Wishing you all the best!

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March 14 & 15, 2020 at Airyoga ZH. Healing Breathwork & Yoga with Adrian Wirth and Guido Lenz.

Cancelled and moved to June 6 & 7!

Every half a year, a classic since 8 years. This spring a bit earlier than usual... Experience the simple and powerful connection to the mysteries of life through your breath! Dive deep into altered states of consciousness where healing and transformation is possible! Expect the unexpected. (in German!)

 

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