What is Kirtan?

Kirtan is call and response chanting, usually in the Sanskrit language. It is one of the main practices of Bhakti yoga; the path of devotion and love. Bhakti yoga is a rich practice that arises after the Vedic era In India. Singing these vibrations typically coincided with story-telling practices and sometimes even in tandem with dance and/or visual arts. Singing and hearing stories focuses the mind, helps tension lift to the surface and allows it to dissipate; subduing the emotional storms. 


Why is Kirtan practiced?

We're constantly vibrating with some thought or sound with varying degrees of intentionality and/or unconscious patterning. Some vibrations allow for harmony and resonance. Others create dissonance, impeding our ability to vibrate authentically. 

Kirtan creates an uplifting vibration for the mind to swim in, enabling deeper states of peaceful awareness in our day to day lives. 


How is Kirtan beneficial to the modern yogi?

Collectively, we can benefit from utilizing more tools that transform our internal resonance by way of sublimating the raw emotional material that causes inner disturbance. Kirtan is one such tool, revealing directly our essential nature by way of sound. This practice clears the path from heart chakra to throat chakra, allowing our hearts and voices to shine authentically, expressing both confidence and vulnerability in cleaner and clearer ways.


How can I attend Kirtan with Allison?

Subscribe through Teachable and receive an email every week with the link to join live. If you can’t make it live, the kirtan will be available for you to view through the Teachable portal at your leisure.






Allison Dennis holds a BFA in Musical Theatre with a Minor in Music from ECU where she studied Sanford Meisner's acting technique. She sang in jazz, funk, and folk bands, recorded and performed as a singer-songwriter, and performed supporting and leading roles in a variety of plays and musicals. 

In NYC at the turn of the millenium, she acted and sang in Off Broadway shows, and ultimately flew in the wildly popular Argentine circus De La Guarda. A back injury during a show brought her to yoga in 2001. 

A herniated disc with nerve impingement made movement quite painful for the first three years of the injury, so her entry point to yoga was the philosophy of India, not the poses. She concentrated on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras for a decade while becoming a yoga asana teacher as therapy for her own physical pain. Once mobility returned, Allison was finally permitted by her physical therapist to take on an asana practice. Within months she had signed up for her first Yoga Teacher Training in 2005.

From 2010-2018 Allison owned and operated Heart of Yoga School out of Carrboro, NC where she designed and taught three distinct yoga teacher trainings, culminating in a full 800 hour YTT program. She led nineteen long-term trainings while managing the School, guiding curious seekers to become teachers and home practitioners. 

She also spends 2-3 months a year in India, deepening her understanding of the culture and wisdom systems.

Visit www.allisondennis.com for more info and to learn about her tours and retreats in India and Indonesia.

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