Check out this song by Wah! “Jai Ma Love” 

It is very likely that if you have taken a yoga class at any point in your life that you have heard some of the more meditative and traditional styles of kirtan at some point. While I find the more traditional style beautiful and inspiring, I personally “vibe” more with a rock/pop/dance vibe and it was finding artists who express in this way that really opened my heart for kirtan.  I chose this song to share this month because I think it’s accessible for newcomers to enjoy. Even if you do not understand the Sanskrit words and have never chanted, you can still groove with the music.

 Kirtan (Sanskritकीर्तनIASTKīrtana) is a Sanskrit word that means “narrating, reciting, telling, describing” of an idea or story. A kirtan is a call-and-response style song or chant, set to music, wherein multiple singers recite or describe a legend, or express loving devotion to a deity, or discuss spiritual ideas. (Click here to read more about it on Wikipedia)

Similar to the hymns of Western cultures, kirtan is meant to be expressed together rather than just performed for an audience. The words of mantrs have very significant meanings and I highly encourage looking up what they are and what they mean so you can chant/sing along! Not comfortable chanting/singing? Dance! Or grab a drum and play along. It’s all about connecting – to each other, to higher beings, to earth, and the universe.

jai/jaya: Victory to! Celebration of. An emphatic “Hooray God!”

jagadambe: Mother (“ambe”) of the Universe (“jagat”)

mā/mātā: Mother.

durgā: Supreme Goddess, Devi, Divine Mother, Shakti… Durga’s name means “the invincible.”

Dance, groove, and heal!

Wah! is a world renowned musician bringing healing through sound and the teachings of yoga. She is known to be the first female to bring kirtan music to the West in the 1990’s. She hosts free live streams every week on her social sites!