with Govind Das
December 8 - 10, 2023
Step into a world of bhav and devotion, join Govind Das of Bhakti Yoga Shala for this special Kirtan Training at Yogaville.
Immerse yourself in a weekend of heartwarming connections and kirtan! Learn the basics of harmonium or take your skills to the next level, this training is for all levels of kirtaniyas! In addition to learning mantras, enjoy other Bhakti practices like aarti, japa meditation, inspirational readings, stories of the gods and goddesses, and so much more!
Remember the essential love of who we really are as we engage in the practices of Bhakti Yoga which serve as gateways to clarity of mind and the profound love that resides within each of us.
Through shared satsang (community) and collective sadhana (practice), we’ll find ourselves drenched in the fragrant love of Bhakti Yoga.
*Please note, a harmonium or keyboard is needed for this training.
Govind Das will perform a special concert on Saturday night at Yogaville as part of the Kirtan Training. For those unable to attend the full weekend training, please join us for an intimate Saturday Satsang Concert. All are welcome.
Question: Do I need any experience to participate?
Govind Das: No musical or keyboard experience is needed! This training is for you, and you will leave playing and chanting kirtan! We will help you learn the basics, and get you started playing and singing kirtan! We will teach you the mantras at a perfect level for newbies.
Question: What if I already know how to play my harmonium?
Govind Das: All are welcome to join! For those who already play harmonium – this training will help you take your skills to the next level. While new students are learning the basics, you will be guided to learn the mantras using notes, drones, and a mixer of notes, drones and chords! Students will find this training very helpful in building their skills, and making them better players!
Being together in Bhakti Satsang is a blessing, and so important in our lives. Even if you already know how to play, you will learn new mantras to add to your kirtans, get dedicated bhakti & kirtan practice in a loving and supportive group, and have fun!
Question: What if I don’t have a harmonium?
Govind Das: A keyboard is a good alternative! You can purchase an inexpensive one before you dive into buying a harmonium. (All of the chords we provide work on other instruments, too- guitar, ukelele, etc… However, the training is specifically for harmonium/keyboards)
Please note that all participants must provide their own instrument. If you’d like to join the training and are interested in buying a harmonium, email us for recommendations.
Question: I have already taken a few Modules with you. Will these be new songs?
Govind Das: YES! We teach new mantras during every Module! Many of our students enroll in all of the Modules to keep their practice & learning going!
Question: What will we be doing in this training?
Govind Das: In addition to learning to play the mantras on our harmoniums and keyboards, we’ll enjoy other beautiful bhakti practices together like: learning the meanings and melodies for kirtan songs, stories of the Gods and Goddesses, prayer, Japa meditation, Aarti (offering light), satsang and group discussion, and much more!
Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities
- Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 7 contact hours.
You can input your contact hours using your YA login information.
- Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members.) For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Govind Das is a California-based Bhakti Yogi and Kirtan singer and his spiritual name suggests “servant of the divine”. He is the co-director and owner of Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica, CA. Govind Das’s commitment to Bhakti Yoga and the ideals of love, service, and devotion is the essence which is reflected and transmitted through his music and teachings. His intention is to share kirtan in the spirit of celebrating life and developing a personal and intimate connection with the Divine. He leads evenings of kirtan and Bhakti Yoga workshops, presents at festivals, and leads transformative retreats throughout the…
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