Kirtan: An Introduction to Chanting

Date & Time

282 days ago


South Slope


This workshop will introduce students to the yogic tradition of chanting in a group setting, called Kirtan. During a Kirtan we chant ancient Sanskrit mantras in a repetitive call and response manner. As we flood the space with our voices the vibration that is produced has the very powerful ability to calm the mind, open the heart and release fear and tension from the body. It can serve as a purifying and up-lifting experience and offers the benefits of a yoga class or meditation, without the struggle of concentration.

Lavinia Nannini will begin the workshop by offering a brief history of Kirtan. She will then introduce each mantra, followed by call-and-response chanting accompanied on the harmonium. The journey will end with a short meditation.

The workshop is free and open to all. No prior Kirtan experience is necessary. As you will be sitting, comfortable clothing is advised. Whether you are new or accustomed to the experience of chanting in a group setting, this session will immerse your senses and introduce you to its benefits. 

Lavinia Nannini has been practicing yoga for fifteen years and is a certified YogaWorks and Jivamukti teacher and holds a Restorative Yoga Certificate from renowned teacher Jillian Pransky, the director of Restorative Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Trainings at YogaWorks in NYC. Lavinia’s trips to India and numerous workshop and retreat experiences have augmented her passion for well-rounded, holistic and spiritual classes that engage the soul, mind and body, whether through dynamic vinyasa or restorative classes. She is a passionate teacher whose aim is to deepen her students’ yoga practice through lively, mindful and engaging classes that merge all aspects of yoga from meditation, pranayama and asana sequencing to chanting and yoga philosophy. Her creative classes focus on the breath and healing. Her teaching aspires to spread love and light while promoting peaceful change in the world.

tags: meditation, mindfulness, yoga, kirtan, chanting