:: Kirtan Training at Daya ::
led by Kevin Tobar & Doyal Gauranga
12/7- Friday- 6-9pm
12/8- Saturday- 2-9pm
12/9- Sunday- 2-9pm
Kirtan can be described as music of the soul and has become a fast-growing movement in NYC. Come learn how to sing, play instruments and lead your own Kirtan in a loving, supportive, and nurturing environment. You will have hands on practice with a harmonium, learn simple melodies and mantras, and have time to practice individually as well as with the group. Small groups sizes and multiple facilitators will ensure that each participant can receive individual attention and focused learning. Elements of the training will include movement and vocal exercises, understanding the different styles of kirtan, basic rhythm, overcoming stage fright, and how to hold space for others.
In addition to learning practical music skills, we will dive into the deeper meaning of Kirtan and its powerful spiritual potencies, as well as yoga lifestyle practices that can enhance our kirtan experiences. We will also explore the history of kirtan, connecting you to the ancient traditions and rich cultures in which this practice has been performed for centuries. By the end of the weekend, you will have a much more intimate connection to Kirtan as a personal practice and be equipped with tools and knowledge to share Kirtan with others.
Early Bird $350
Day Of $400
::ABOUT OUR FACILITATORS::
Doyal Gauranga is a lover of music and kirtan who finds his deepest spiritual connections through musical prayer. Having spent 10 years living in ashrams on both the East and West coasts, he now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and serves as a Program Manager at the The Bhakti Center. In 2017 he completed his 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training from Supersoul Yoga. He also studies Social Work and Mental Health Counseling at CUNY Hunter.
I am a lover of life and seeker of wisdom. That search started in the body through movement and quickly began to include the philosophical and spiritual. As a teenager I practiced and performed Martial Arts and studied Buddhism at the Shaolin Temple. After an injury, I turned to yoga as a healing aid and fell in love with the physical practice. In 2010 I lived in India for a year and began studying various schools of Vedanta. The experiences I had there launched a life-long passion for Vedic knowledge. After a lot of traveling I came back to New York in 2015 and was introduced to the path of Bhakti Yoga, which completely changed my life and the way I teach.
My intention is to make the Vedic teachings and Bhakti philosophy available to everyone. I endeavor to make this sacred ancient wisdom applicable to our everyday life. I teach to the body and spirit and create space for deep revelation. I lead monthly Kirtans at Daya and all over New York. Being fully engaged in the practice of mantra and chanting I often bring this element of yoga to my teachings. My hope is to bring light to the shadows of our existence. To remove the veils of ignorance and illusion so that we may connect to the soul. To create space and freedom in the heart so that we may move away from the things that hold us back, and embrace all that uplifts and connects us.
Hari Om Tat Sat