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Yoga Vacation Program
April 8 — 10, 2024

Sound Tantra and Bhakti Chant

Align with the Divine Vibration

Gina Salá

Just as the trees, swaying in the coastal breezes, grow strong roots, so we need strong roots when challenging winds come our way. With warmth, humor and devotion, Gina Salá offers empowering, clarifying practices in Bhakti chant, sound tantra, and mantra (with careful pronunciation) to help us feel the pure, loving Divine within. She will also offer fun, empowering voice exercises, and guide us in embodied practices of aligning with Divine vibrations for healing and joy.

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

The presentations associated with this Yoga Vacation Program begin with an 8pm satsang on the first day of the program and conclude with an 8pm satsang on the last day of the program.  Click here to read more about the Yoga Vacation Program details and view the ashram schedule for yoga classes and meals during your stay. We suggest you arrive at least one day prior to the start of your program for the optimal experience.

 

What is kirtan?

What is kirtan? Kirtan is derived from the Sanskrit root meaning to call, recite, praise, or glorify. Put simply, it is the act of praising and glorifying some form of divinity. Kirtan involves joyous chanting often performed in a community environment with the accompaniment of instruments such as the harmonium, tabla, and cymbals.

The resurgence of kirtan in the 20th century in the East coincided with a renewed zeal or focus being placed on Bhakti yoga, the yoga of self-surrender and devotion. Swami Sivananda, one of India’s modern sages, did much to reignite the fire of kirtan in India by going from town to town and vigorously leading the entire town’s population into chants that lasted days. Since the mid-20th century, kirtan and the chanting of mantras has found its way to the West. Many find the chanting of mantras appealing because it doesn’t require intense focus and is often done in a collective environment that is supportive and uplifting.


What are the benefits of kirtan?

Chanting mantra has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, dependencies and many mental ailments. The Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation recommends the chant Saa Taa Naa Maa for improving memory, developing greater attention, concentration, and focus, and bettering the mood. Other research studies also showcase the benefit of chanting for chronic pain conditions.

The practice of kirtan or chanting mantra regularly has been shown to bring our bodies back into balance, promoting holistic wellbeing: mental, intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Chanting helps us regulate our sleep, energy input and output, and, thanks to the stimulation of the vagus nerve, the “rest and digest” response of our bodies which is also responsible for regulating breathing, heart rate, muscles, digestion, circulation, and even the vocal cords. Simply put, chanting helps slow down the heart rate, lower blood pressure, relax different muscles and produce slow, regular, and deep respiration.

 

Gina Salá has been chanting since her early childhood living in an ashram. Her repertoire spans 23 languages and her performance credits include Cirque du Soleil and the United Nations. With warmth, humor, and devotion, she shares Indian classical singing, Sanskrit, stories, and sound Tantra through online classes, kirtans, retreats and her year-long Awakening Voice Power of Love Sound School.

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