April 2 – 6, 2024
Hridaya Yoga France
This course aims at deepening and refining the musical quality and spiritual understanding of the practice of chanting mantras, named kirtan or bhajan in Sanskrit.
While this practice in itself is simple and accessible to anyone, with no need for specific knowledge or training, its spiritual depth and spectrum of musical unfolding will benefit greatly from the guiding presence of one or several facilitating musicians with certain skills – and this might be you!
The workshop follows two main topics: on the one hand, to expand and to refine your musical vocabulary, improving rhythmic firmness, variety of rhythms, awareness of musical dramaturgy, tempo and dynamic variations. And on the other hand, to deepen your metaphysical understanding of the power of devotion, the use of mantras, and of the aspects related to each of the different Deities.
Music, and in particular devotional singing, is an important element in spiritual traditions around the world. Being an art form that transcurs in time, it has the natural power of binding the mind to the present moment. Singing happens by means of the breath. As air is the governing element of the heart chakra, the act of singing itself helps to open the Heart and to relate more intimately to its intrinsic qualities: love, devotion, tenderness, surrender…
In India, Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of Devotion, is one of the traditional main branches of yoga and is practiced widely, mostly in the context of the Hindu religion. Kirtan, the practice of devotional singing, has soon found its way into the hearts of many Western spiritual seekers and is now being practiced by yogis around the world.
During the workshop sessions, you will refine your musical skills and expand your knowledge through an integrated way of learning. There will be an emphasis on musical practice, with theoretical teachings blended in as much as necessary in order to understand the topic at hand and advance in the practice.
Teachings about the metaphysical background of Bhakti Yoga as well as daily Hridaya Hatha Yoga sessions will help you to sustain the awareness and purity that are needed to transform a musical performance into spiritual practice.
As the most common instrument in Western Kirtan circles is the guitar, it is essential that you have basic knowledge of playing guitar to fully benefit from the workshop. This meaning that you know the basic chords (C, D, E, F, G, A, Dm, Em, Am) and are able to change between them effortlessly while keeping a rhythm, and you know how to play a basic “campfire guitar” rhythm.
While the main musical focus will be on singing and playing guitar, basics of playing harmonium and percussion for Kirtan will also be covered.
The workshop will include:
- Comprehensive rhythmical training & how to integrate new rhythms: clapping, reciting, coordination, application on the instrument
- Application on the guitar: picking, strumming, damping
- Basic theory of chords & application on guitar and harmonium
- Creating refined beauty: chord variations, singing harmony etc.
- The art of guiding Kirtan: holding a band together, different moods of Kirtan, creating a playlist and an altar
Metaphysical and practical yoga teachings:
- Bhakti Yoga
- Exploration of Hindu deities
- Hridaya Hatha Yoga (specifically asanas for the Heart and Throat Chakras; Vowel Pranayama)
Thursday – Saturday
7:00-8:00 Meditation (optional)
9:00-12:00 Musical Practice
15:00-17:30 Hatha Yoga Practice & Metaphysical Teachings
19:15-20:15 Kirtan Rehearsal
20:15-22:00 Rest or optional activities
22:00 Mauna (noble silence)
20:00 Kirtan for the whole community
Accommodation: starting at 70.80€
Food: 103.75€ for breakfast, lunch and dinner
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