It was a night of chanting, music, and blissful hypnosis.

A local yoga studio, tapas yoga shala, invited me to its first kirtan. In Sanskrit, this means repeat, and repeat we did of various words and phrases led by Dharmashakti, a yoga instructor and musician in New Mexico, along with his assistant Christian Patrick. The two had been traveling across the country and stopping at various yoga studios to hold kirtans along the way.

A handful of people came last week to the one they held in the Quad Cities at the shala – about 2 hours of call-and-response chanting that was both hypnotic and therapeutic.

Click here to check out more photos from this slideshow, accompanied to one of the chants called Svaha, which means “Amen. Shalom. Inshallah. So be it. It is so.”

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