Kirtan is a bhakti yoga practice that uses musical chanting to alter a yogi’s energy. The repeated use of the chanted mantra reinforced by the energy of a group is a powerful tool for transformation and for bringing an immediate sense of well-being.
In this Kirtan, ISHTA Yogiraj Peter Ferko is joined by critically-acclaimed musician and yogini Idgy Dean for a unique, modern take on this traditional practice. Employing the instruments and style of 60s psychedelic surf rock and folk music, this kirtan will include a set of chants performed call and response, each one directed at a specific energy, to bring balance, insight, and wisdom into our lives.
This event is suitable for all levels of practitioner and does not require any special musical or other skill. Peter will give an introduction to the practice and explain each step along the way of this enjoyable sonic ride.
Peter Ferko is a Yogiraj, or master, of ISHTA Yoga who teaches classes and teacher trainings. He is also an artist in several media, including a lifelong participation in music. He has sung opera, jazz, rock, and pop, and performed in L.A., D.C., and NYC with various bands. Peter has recently turned his hand to combining yoga and the arts, authoring fiction with a yogic influence, writing an upcoming book on yoga for artists, and making music for a yoga-inspired theatre piece and for ISHTA kirtan. His presentations are known for being easy to understand, light-hearted, and full of humor. Peter is the host of Peter’s Podcast, where he talks about real yoga, actual happiness, and deep living. Listen to the recent episode where he and Idgy Dean discuss art, music, and yoga.
Idgy Dean is the musical moniker of ISHTA-trained yogini Lindsay Sanwald. A one-woman psychedelic rock band, Idgy Dean has been composing DIY music for nearly 20 years, playing various instruments in multiple bands, performing solo as a looping artist across the country, and producing critically-acclaimed records and music videos from her home base in Brooklyn, New York. Her full-length record, OMINOUS HARMINUS, was released in conjunction with a 2-month residency with the A.O. Movement Collective—an avant-garde queer feminist dance company. Last fall, Idgy Dean was one of 70 hand-picked artists selected from around the world to attend the Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal for two weeks of mentoring lectures and studio workshops with musical luminaries including Bjork and Pauline Oliveros. Idgy Dean discovered yoga eleven years ago while living abroad in Italy and Argentina, and has been practicing, studying, training and working at ISHTA since early 2009. Hatha practice and tantric philosophy continue to radically inspire her life and artistic work. WWW.IDGYDEAN.COM
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