For millennia sages use mantras for self-realization. In Sanskrit, “man” means mind and “tra” – liberation. Trough contact with these spiritual sounds we receive extraordinary benefits.
Aloha and Namaste!
Maui Kirtan Yoga is a group that regularly practices Kirtan Yoga and Meditation in Maui and travels around to share it with others.
Please feel free to join us for Kirtan Yoga.
There is no charge. We like to share this experience with anyone.
What is Kirtan?
Kirtan is a form of Yoga. Yoga means union and Kirtan Yoga focuses on the union between the soul and the Supreme soul.
You do this by hearing and chanting spiritual mantras.
You can chant with or without music and with two or more people.
Kirtan Yoga is considered the easiest method for attaining self realization and is something everyone can add to their daily practices.
Yoga is the most ancient system for physical, mental and spiritual well-being in the world. The Sanskrit meaning of the word is union of the individual self with the Supreme Self (Original Cause) in a loving, harmonious relationship. The aim of the different yoga processes or schools is to ultimately help the individual achieve complete harmony. The different systems of yoga have techniques and practices ranging from physical postures (asanas), to the deepest stages of meditation, all aimed toward helping a person achieve optimum physical, mental and spiritual well-being. A brief introduction to some of the main yoga systems follows:
Is a preliminary physical system of exercises, beginning with postures or asanas, that aims to bring about harmony between the physical body and the breath. Asanas and pranayama clear the subtle energy channels enabling the practitioner to increasingly experience the life force within their body. It is the most well-known of all the yoga systems in the west.
(Raja Yoga) A yoga system practised in past ages consisting of eight parts:
1. Yama: Control of the senses, including the mind.
2. Niyama: Living a life of cleanliness, contentment, regulation, introspection, and reverence of and surrender to the Supreme Soul.
3. Asana: Physical postures and exercises.
4. Pranayama: Control of the breathing process and manipulation of the prana (life force) flowing through the meridians.
5. Pratyahara. Withdrawal of the senses from sense objects; detachment.
6. Dharana: The ability to focus one’s mind upon a chosen object.
7. Dhyana (meditation): One-pointed focusing of the mind upon the Transcendent.
8. Samadhi: Perfect union of the individual soul (atma) and the Supreme Soul (Paramatma or Bhagavan).
Is the cultivation of transcendental knowledge. The aim of jnana yoga is to bring about realisation of one’s spiritual essence, and therefore harmony (through understanding) between the individual atma and his mind, body, and the world. It is also meant to help the atma realise that he is part and parcel of the Supreme Atma and therefore needs to wed himself to, or get in harmony with the Supreme Atma.
Is yoga in action – work done in a spirit of selfless loving service. It is the path of real happiness and freedom. Karma yoga means serving the Whole rather than just living for oneself. Living a life of karma yoga means to see oneself as a servant, not master; as a caretaker of others and our environment, not an exploiter. It is meant to purify one’s heart so that one’s natural spiritual love for the Supreme Atma will blossom.
The apex of yoga and the ultimate goal of life is to achieve pure bhakti, or spiritual love. Such love for the Supreme Soul results in a state of harmony between the individual atma and the Supreme Atma. The process of yoga can be seen as a ladder, with the starting rung of the ladder being yoga asanas and postures and the top of the ladder being karma and bhakti yoga. Although yoga’s physical exercises and breathing techniques are not essential to the yoga way of life, they are extremely valuable in helping achieve optimum physical, mental and spiritual well-being. An individual can simultaneously apply all of these processes in their life in a holistic, integrated fashion. The aim of all these yoga practices is meant to help an individual achieve a life of harmony.
But the benefits of meditation go much deeper than relieving stress. Through the practice of meditation a person can overcome anxiety and depression and experience an actual inner spiritual fulfilment or happiness. The secret to gaining the benefits is to practice it regularly. By starting your day with 15 minutes of meditation, you will find that your whole day flows more smoothly.
The timeless art of meditation has been practiced by saints and sages since ancient times to bring about the joyful state of self-realisation. In this consciousness a person is free from temporary worries, anxieties and concerns and is immersed in a higher spiritual happiness and inner peacefulness.
Yoga philosophy speaks about the Original Cause or Source of everyone and everything. Mantras are spiritual sound vibration springing from the Original Cause that have the effect of reconnecting us with that source we have all come from.
Mantras have no material origin they are eternal and transcendental. They can be found in the Vedas or ancient yoga texts and have been passed down by the self-realised sages in the yoga lineages since time immemorial.
The word “mantra” is a Sanskrit word that has two parts; “Man” means mind, “Tra” to draw away from. In the practice of mantra meditation the mind and heart are drawn away from the material dimension with all of its hassles, stresses, worries, etc, that continue to burden us. In meditation you’re focussing your mind on the mantra and gradually the mind develops an attraction or a taste for the mantra, for the spiritual dimension itself, and finds comfort in it and relaxation in it and rest in it. So the mind gradually experiences restfulness or peacefulness in the mantra.
Meditation is a path of self discovery it is inseparable from the yoga system. The culmination and definition of yoga—is perfect spiritual love. Maui Kirtan Yoga’s purpose is to pass on the various yoga/meditation practices to help individuals move toward the transcendent (i.e., to achieve their optimum physical, mental, spiritual well-being).
The wisdom of the yoga texts teach that our actual identity is we are eternal spirit souls, part and parcel of the Supreme Soul. Meditation helps purify our consciousness so we come to understand our real spiritual identity.
An increasing number of people want a lifestyle which will help them achieve overall well-being physically, mentally and spiritually. Because this is what yoga offers, we find that people are naturally attracted to it and are interested in its practice and applying its principles and techniques to their lives.
For example, some people may be attracted to yoga because they want to relieve stress by doing some yoga asanas, a little pranayam (breathing), relaxation, and quiet meditative chanting (Kirtan). Others may be interested in studying meditation or yoga philosophy. Others, especially young people, mainly want to have a fun “rockout” Kirtan. Some people want to learn more about yoga diet, ethics, morals, etc.; so we offer classes covering all of these interests. Maui Kirtan Yoga offers classes, programs, and activities covering various yoga categories allowing individuals to learn and practice any of the “steps” or methods of yoga they want to.
– Psalms 54:1
Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
– Psalms 124:8
O God, my heart is fixed. I will sing and chant Your praise.
– Psalms 108:1