Yoga Vacation Program
November 18 — 20, 2022

Gospel Music Makes Me Feel Alright!

Ken Whiteley

Experience the joy and release of singing gospel music! Award-winning musician, performer, songwriter, record producer, and Sivananda Yoga teacher Ken Whiteley will share his extensive experience and great love of traditional gospel music in an open and inclusive way.

  • All audience members are encouraged to sing from the heart as Ken plays various instruments and displays a wide vocal range.
  • With easy-to-understand lyrics, people of all backgrounds can rejoice in the high-energy sounds of gospel music.
  • Whether you are an experienced singer or someone reluctant to open your singing voice, you are welcome to join in this soul-stirring form of devotional singing.

Offered as 3 satsangs and 2 workshops (subject to change)


Why partake in singing gospel music?

Partaking in singing or listening to gospel music shares the same benefits as most forms of activity or therapy involving the voice, music, and melody. You will experience profound positive effects for your body, mind, and spirit, elevating you to a space where stress ceases to exist and pure focus, light, and joy are yours. On top of experiencing a much-needed retreat mentally and emotionally, this program will help you connect with other like-minded individuals who are here to destress, discover themselves, and make lifelong friendships with other Vacation Program-goers.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to release emotions through chanting
  • How to foster concentration and create one-pointedness in the mind
  • Stress management through devotional singing
  • Increasing positive mood, feelings of relaxation and focused attention
  • Promote internal self-healing on spiritual, mental, physical, and intellectual levels with communal and individual chanting practices

Ken Whiteley has made 30 recordings and performed all across North America over a long and varied career. He has won a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Genie Award for Best Song in a Canadian film and Lifetime Achievement Awards from Folk Music Ontario and the Mariposa Folk Festival. He has lead gospel singing workshops at countless festivals and across Canada. Ken has been coming to the ashram for over a decade, always creating blessed music.

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