Monday, 25 September 2017

Spring Kirtan October 1

 Kirtan Caravanserai in Spring

Thank you everyone to everyone who has contributed to Kirtan Caravanserai thus far and now it is Spring. Spring heralds joy, new growth and the burgeoning of  new breath and life into this journey.

Where Castlemaine @  The  Forge Yoga 341 Barker st

From the peaceful heart felt chanting to the divine exuberance of soaring ecstacy. Space limited secure your spot come 10.50
First Sunday Monthly 1100 -1330  Cost $5 Chai $2

How to practice Yoga Kirtan

1 The space where Kirtan is practiced ought to be quiet and free from clutter, have fresh air and aromatic.

2 When singing focus on the breath and the vibration of the sounds on the body.

3 Feel the emotion of the vibration coming from the body.

4 Feel the effect of the sounds of the dieties on the chakras or energy centres as you sing and allow the diety to flow freely with via the sound. For example Shiva will enter via the stomach region chakra and vibrate  within.

5 Allow the feelings and joy from from the lower chakras flow up the body into the heart and head region.

6 After singing sit quietly for some time and allow the prana to open the heart and flow freely throughout the mind and body.

7 Musicians ought to play for the music not oneself. Play as a spiritual practice, become an instrument of the sound in order to facilitate the expression of the love and joy within the sound of the bajaan. 

Kirtan Caravanserai Terms & Conditions

By asking to play with Kirtan Caravanserai you automatically agree to the terms & conditions.

1 To apply for a place to play contact the management one month before you are available and agree to a screening process to gauge your suitability and musicianship.

2 The aim is not for profit but any minor profits will be collected firstly for the management and secondly the running of future events, equipment, hire, office, advertising, one off sub contractor costs and any charity chosen by the management.

3 Kirtan Caravanwerai has all rights to media coverage of the venue and contents. Media will not be  forwarded for profit to a third party. Media may be used for advertising  & the internet.

4 Any dispute or disagreements will be taken to the management first by email. They will be attempted to be resolved within 30 days.

5 The management may cancel without with due notice at any time posted on the internet via the wildlotus web portals.

6 Musicians volunteer their practice and play time except on agreement in special once off events.


Friday, 28 April 2017

Bajaans; Saraswati and Hari Krishna

The Forge Yoga Monthly Kirtan Preview for May 2017
11.00 Monthly the Forge 231 Barkly st (Gardens side end) opp The fish shop
Come and join in a spiritual singing community for 2 hrs Free Chai Door Cost $5 entry
This Month we sing to Saraswati and Krishna
Saraswati (Sanskrit: सरस्वती, Sarasvatī) is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning worshipped throughout Nepal and India.[3] She is a part of the trinity (Tridevi) of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati. All the three forms help the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva to create, maintain and regenerate-recycle the Universe respectively.[4]
The earliest known mention of Saraswati as a goddess is in the Rigveda. She has remained significant as a goddess from the Vedic period through modern times of Hindu traditions.[5] Some Hindus celebrate the festival of Vasant Panchami (the fifth day of spring) in her honour,[6] and mark the day by helping young children learn how to write alphabets on that day.[7] The Goddess is also revered by believers of the Jain religion of west and central India,[8] as well as some Buddhist sects.[9]
Saraswati who is revered as a goddess of knowledge, music and arts is also found outside Nepal and India, such as in Japan, Vietnam, Bali (Indonesia) and Myanmar.[10] (wikipedia)

Hari Krishna and George Harrison

George funded the first Krishna centre in London and was a huge follower of Krishna.
His autobiography tells it all.

Jagjit Singh does a nice Krishna version as always

Monday, 24 April 2017

Taoist Chi Qong for Lower back

Taoist Chi Qong for the lower back

full length 30 min

To see full video get the youtube link by emailing Gerard and paying Aus $15

For the full video contact Gerard
61 0407734479

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Spirituality Music and bajaans workshop

Ravi Shandar & George Harrison

Spirituality Music Devotional Bajaans 
1st Sunday of Month 14.00-1530

Where; The Forge Yoga 341 Barker st Castlemaine

 Gerard 0407734479   Cost $15 / $12  When;May to October (6 times)

How to enrol Go to Fill in the form
Mob 0407734479  Co ordinator Gerard Menzel Yoga teacher and Tabla player

The workshop will be an exploratory one looking at the way sound “Nada”and Yoga work as a spiritual force and we look at the theoretical and practical ways music works as a powerful spiritual practice. We will also try to have guest musicians /Yoginis etc in the different areas and will you inform monthly.

This will be the first of a series of 6 planned if interest is shown

Areas of study will include

Prana breathing

Deities, shakti
Harmonium, Tabla
bajaans types and devotion
Bhakti tradition
Guru lineages
Surrender in yoga
Ghandharvas & music high spirits
Gurus & historic masters; Mira Bai, Thyagaraja,Tansen
Music instruments
tradition & culture
The Nada music path and tradition
Indian tones Sa Ra Ga Ma Pa....
Healing with sound
Liberation of the mind
Vibration theory
The Kirtan as Yoga
The ego’s liberation

Who and why?  If your interested in yoga and meditation and also love music and the wish to further enter the bhakti tradition of song, music and meditation join in.