Kirtan Yoga | Chanting with Indian Musical Instruments

Published: Jan 4, 2022 | Updated: Mar 7, 2022

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Kirtan Yoga | Chanting with Indian Musical Instruments

Kirtan is the Hindu Sanskrit word for “chanting,” which is one of many Yogic techniques and considered a type of Yoga in itself.

Nevertheless, Kirtan is more than just chanting. It’s chanting that is accompanied by classical Indian instruments while the Mantras (or Chants) are repeated in a call and response i.e. question and answer fashion.

The idea behind Kirtan Yoga is to calm and still the mind and to devotionally open the heart. It’s typically done in a group setting.

Closely related to Kirtan is the practice of Bhajan. Kirtan and Bhajan have the same goals and are of a devotional nature (Bhakti Yoga), but Bhajan has a rather free style.

For instance, Bhajan can be done without a musical instrument, and it doesn’t need to follow a structured form such as a call and response performance.


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