Bhakti Yoga: The path of Devotion
Talk and Chanting
with Jyoti (Jody Kessler) & members of One Love Chant
Friday October 20, 7:30-9 PM
Take your yoga practice beyond the mat and into the heart, with call-and-response chanting (kirtan), mantra practice, inspiration from the Bhaghavad Gita, and a simple puja (devotional prayer) ritual. In this workshop, we will explore ways to deepen and expand our practice by tapping into the power of the heart. You are welcome to bring a sacred object and/or photo (from any spiritual tradition) that inspires your devotion.
What is Kirtan?
Kirtan is a Sanskrit word that means “to communicate, to celebrate, to praise.” It is an ancient yoga practice of call-and-response chanting, repeating the many names and attributes of the Divine. It is a joyful and uplifting practice. Each repetition of the Name is a sip of that sweet nectar that is the Divine Presence. The interesting paradox is that through chanting the Names, we deepen into the experience of the Nameless.
Jyoti (Jody Kessler) has been practicing yoga for over 40 years, and she is a 500-hour certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. She is also a performing songwriter and recording artist, a leader of devotional and ecstatic chant, and an ordained Interfaith Minister. A former schoolteacher, she holds a Master’s Degree in Education. Jyoti has led transformational workshops in spirituality and music at retreat centers and faith communities, and has been on faculty at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. She regularly leads Kirtan and global ecstatic chant with her band, ONE LOVE.
ONE LOVE weaves together ancient and contemporary ecstatic chant from across cultures and spiritual traditions,
combining beautiful vocal harmonies with infectious energy. Be prepared to be moved and transformed by this uplifting and participatory musical celebration of global prayer! One Love was chosen in 2014 as the most outstanding emerging band by BhaktiFest, the most popular yoga and chant festival in the US.