This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a day retreat hosted by Namaskar Retreats. Throughout the day we practised different styles of yoga to include Vinyasa, Yin and Kirtan as well as Pilates.
Kirtan music is based on ancient chants. Everyone experiences Kirtan differently, the chants contain powerful renewing and transformative energy that helps us to connect in the divinity that resides within all of us. As Kirtan has roots in India, many of the songs are in Sanskit.
I didn't really have any interest in Kirtan in the past, I didn't want to sing in front of people and the chanting looked like something hippies do. Since it was part of the retreat I thought I would give it a go, it looked like it could be fun.
The teacher started to play an instrument that looked like a version of an accordion. She would sing and the class repeated after her. I closed my eyes and sung the mantras. Through my closed eyes I could feel tears welling up, I don't know why I was crying and couldn't stop, the tears overflowed. I was wondering if anyone else was crying. I can't even name the emotion that I was feeling, it wasn't negative at all.
When we finished with an OLM, I looked around to see other people deeply moved by the Kirtan and more importantly we allowed ourself to be moved by it. As it turned out we were all novices and had no expectations of what was going to happen.
I'm looking forward to learning more about Kirtan, I love making new connections through the yoga community and moving out of my comfort zone to try new things.