Chanting the night away at Esprit

Esprit Rafting hosted their first ever sunset Kirtan on the shores of the Ottawa River on July 11. Associated with yoga and the Hindu tradition, Kirtan is a series of call and response-style Sanskrit chants, featuring musical accompaniment.

CALEB NICKERSON
DAVIDSON July 11, 2018
The waters of the Ottawa River in Davidson rang with music and ancient Indian mantras on Wednesday evening, as Esprit Rafting hosted their first ever sunset Kirtan.
Organized by Esprit's owner Jim Coffey and Lynn Jones of Ottawa Valley Kirtan, around 10 participants took part in the inaugural session. Associated with the Hindu tradition, Kirtan is an important part of “bhakti”, a form of devotional yoga.
“It's a yoga practice,” explained Jones. “Its really good for centring, very meditative … That's my feeling after doing it for 20 years, my experience is that it's really good for bringing positive energy.”

 

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