Friday 24th of March 2017 from 7.15 to 8.45 pm
Once again we are delighted to host our friends Narayani and Mat for a joyous evening of kirtan!
Kirtan is chanting or singing, a form of yoga for the voice done in a group accompanied by music. It requires no background or training, and is easily learnt. Repeating Sanskrit mantras creates a meditative and uplifted mental state, and helps to melt inhibitions that can suppress your voice and expression. You add your voice to those around you, creating a sense of harmony. Some people feel a sense of calm, others a sense of elation- it’s a great way to unblock emotions and a sense of being stuck. The words and melodies are simple and repeated so that you can get into a rhythm and enter a more meditative state conducive to letting go.
Bhavana’s kirtans are unique throughout the world for their dynamism, creative use of the ancient mantras, range of sounds, and ability to access so many routes to the calm place within.
Price: £10 pre-book, £12 at door
Narayani and Mat Baker are a husband and wife team who share a love and passion for devotional music, kirtan and the power of sound. They travel throughout the UK and Europe offering their music and voice workshops wherever they are invited.
Narayani is known for her powerful devotional singing and for facilitating voicework that opens the heart and encourages our highest expression. Over the last 10 years, her journey of yoga led her to discover her own resonant voice. Leading her first Kirtan had such a profound and transformative impact on her life that she chose to offer that same gift to others through Kirtan and voice workshops around the world. Narayani studied voice work with Chloe Goodchild and the Naked Voice and has learnt yoga and trained as a teacher in the lineage of Krishnamacharya and the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.
Mat is a singer and multi-instrumentalist. He brings a gentle, transformational quality with his soulful voice and powerful percussion and Bouzouki (Mandolin family) playing. His passion for devotional music began in his childhood in South Africa. His discovered Bhakti Yoga and Kirtan on meeting his wife, Narayani and it quickly became a very natural and integral part of his life and music. Mat also performs solo, singing devotional folk with his Bouzouki, as well as collaborating with a variety of inspirational World & Devotional musicians. Mat has studied with a number of master percussion teachers including Glen Velez and Reinhard Flatischler.
More information on Bhavana website.