Kirtan is a sacred and ancient practice of devotion. We chant the Names of Divine Love in a melodiously meditative call and response expression of song. This opens our hearts to a deeper connection to the Love that is our Truest, Purest Nature... and, oftentimes, a felt sense of that Love.
Kirtan is a devotional offering to the Divine Mother, Ma Kali Durga (or, as we usually call Her, Ma). Ambika is one of the original names of the Divine Feminine as an embodied form in ancient Indian culture.
Our founding members are Durga Dasi (Kirtan Wali, lead vocals and harmonium) and Gisela Valenzuela (percussion, vocals, preparation of Prasad). The intention of our collaboration is a heart-healing offering of our personal sadhana, or Practice, in hopes that all who hear these Names would draw ever nearer to the Love that they are. We find ourSelves in the Love that we sing.
"It's all about Love. We fall in love with ourSelves the minute we see our True Being. There's no other option, it's so beautiful! If we really believed that we were worthy of love... and that, in fact, WE ARE the Love that's waiting for us within our own hearts... every second of our day would be different. Every single second. Immediately."
-Krishna Das (emphasis added)
A portion of ALL of our proceeds goes directly to Ramana's Garden, a precious home for children in India that Durga Dasi has personally been honored to visit. We believe in giving back to the culture that has given so much to us.
Thur, August 15 | 8 pm| Live after 5 | Kevala Wellness | Long Beach
Fri, August 16 | 7pm | An evening of kirtan with Ambika & Pushpe
125 Solace Ct, Encinitas, CA 92024
Friday, August 23 | 7:30pm | Yoga Loft | Manhattan Beach
Friday, September 6 | 7pm | Kevala Wellness | Long Beach
Friday, September 13 | 7:30pm | Yoga Loft, Manhattan Beach
Friday, September 20 | 7pm | Satsang with Durga Dasi (Private Res)
*Durga Dasi also offers weekly yoga classes (Soul Solace) that incorporate kirtan. Please join us!
Soul Solace is a restorative yoga experience that integrates asana, meditation, mantra (kirtan), mudras, and pranayama. All levels are welcome.