kirtan at triyoga
free your inner voice + plug into your power with Nikki Slade
weekly at triyoga chelsea on fridays from 7.00 - 8.00pm
+ camden on saturdays from 6.30 - 7.45pm
What is kirtan?
Kirtan - call and response chanting - can seem a bit strange initially, but just like yoga, skydiving and falling in love, it's one of those things you need to experience to truly understand what it does, and how good it feels.
Kirtan refers to chanting - one of the main practices of yoga. Classic Indian instruments such as the harmonium and drum accompany the chant, whilst simple Sanskrit mantras are repeated in a call and response fashion, from the leader to the group, building in energy and tempo. There's no need to be shy, as everyone's voices blend together alongside the rhythm from the drums and the melody from the harmonium.
Most people find it challenging to sit and meditate, but with Kirtan the struggle of ‘turning off' or ‘emptying' your mind melts away as you focus solely on the singing, the sound, the music and the mantras. A stilling of the mind is an easy, welcome effect of this practice, as well as a natural feeling of joy, upliftment and inner peace.
What are the benefits of chanting?
Chanting is a timeless practice that is as relevant today as it was centuries ago in ancient India... the benefits are there for us all to enjoy.
- It releases stress:
Chanting is amazing at releasing stress and pressure - mentally, emotionally and physically. Just think how great it feels to belt out a tune in the car or sing in the shower! The vibrations of each chant move through our body, giving us a rush of revitalised energy to replenish and rejuvenate us.
- It cultivates connection:
Through chanting from our heart, we can better connect with the infinite supply of energy within us, sometimes described as our inner self or ‘source' within. With a regular chanting practice we can begin to feel more open, more receptive, more energised, and naturally connected to others around us.
- It is empowering:
Chanting opens up the power of our natural voice, helping us find inner freedom and full self-expression. Many people who are anxious about public speaking or singing, or feel shy in social situations, say that chanting has improved their confidence and released their inhibitions, leaving them more empowered and better able to express themselves.
- It has a positive effect in daily life:
Since chanting uplifts us and brings a sense of inner peace, it naturally helps us be more productive and creative in all areas of life. It can help us feel much brighter, warmer and calmer; thereby creating more harmony and peace at home, at play and at work.
So do I have to sing or have any prior experience?
Not at all! You voice is perfect just the way it is, and everyone is welcome. Often non-singers are surprised that chanting comes very naturally to them! It is a simple, easy practice. Plus, you will not be exposed in any way in the practice, as we sing as a group and all our voices blend together. All are welcome.
About Nikki Slade
Nikki Slade is one of the leading Global pioneers in the field of voice, chanting and sound. Nikki is the founder of Free the Inner Voice and Chemistry at Work. She has inspired corporate groups to chant including MC Saatchi, Deutcshe Bank and Cisco, and she is the Resident Kirtan leader at triyoga, London. Nikki has recorded three highly acclaimed CD's: Nectarine, Monsoon, and Soundscape.Nikki's cutting-edge approach to working with ‘the voice' has also been experienced at Wandsworth Prison and at The Priory Hospital in north London where she has impacted the recovery of hundreds of addicts for over 10 years. Visit http://www.freetheinnervoice.com/