Kirtan is a form of mantra practice with roots from the devotional (Bhakti) practices within the Vedic traditions of India. Translated as narrating or describing in English, beautiful hymns, legendary stories, spiritual ideas, and devotional love are expressed through song in a communal performance of call-and-response style chanting. It is a shared heart-opening experience and rewards participants with a deep spiritual satisfaction. YwN is honored to host professional Kirtan musicians such as Prabhu Nam Kaur, Mata Mandir Singh throughout the year as a part of our ongoing yoga program.
Look for upcoming Kirtan events with local Bay Area favorites on our workshop registration page!
Prabhu Nam Kaur
Prabhu Nam Kaur is one of the leading ragis (musicians) in the Sikh community of the West and a teacher of the Gurmukhi language and its musical form Gurbani. Prabhu Nam Kaur evokes a deeply sacred space with her devotional singing and profound understanding of the sound current. She is a teacher of Kundalini Yoga and Kirtan, and has been singing sacred mantra and shabad from the Kundalini Yoga and Sikh traditions for more than 35 years.
Prabhu Nam Kaur is married to Sat Santokh Singh and is the co-director of Hargobind Sadan, a 3HO ashram in San Leandro. She is the mother of Snatam Kaur (one of her 6 children), who she says continually inspires her by traveling the world sharing sacred music. You can find Prabhu Nam Kaur music and mantra online at Spirit Voyage www.spiritvoyage.com
Mata Mandir Singh
Mata Mandir Singh has dedicated his life to the practice and teaching of Naad Yoga, the yoga of sound. A skillful guitar, mandolin, harmonium and cittern player, he is a pioneer of the yoga music genre, having recorded more than 28 CDs and cassette tapes since the late 1970’s. He is passionate about teaching the science of Kundalini Yoga and continues to teach and play mantra concerts around North America, Canada, Europe and China. You can find his work online at: www.yogaofsound.com