Evolving Byron

The Byron Bay Evolve Festival is on at the Byron Bay Public School all day this Saturday, January 21. It'll be a day of yoga and meditation and a transformative music celebration of all things yogic.

Kirtan is a form of meditation involving singing mantras to music in a call and response fashion. Byron Yoga Centre yoga teacher Lila Kirtana has been hooked on kirtan ever since she first heard it six years ago in Sydney.

"To not chant would be to deny my soul its chance to grow," Lila said.

Lila and the enCHANTed band have been holding kirtan with the hundreds of students from the Byron Yoga Centre, teacher-training courses, retreats and festivals over the last three years.

Joining the enCHANTed band at Evolve Byron Bay are some amazing musicians.

A practicing bhakti yogi since his first visit to India in 1990, Kevin James now leads chanting circles and workshops in yoga festivals and studios all over the world.

Tahir Qawwal is a passionate, highly skilled and worldwide performer, having trained with the highest masters of Sufi and Indian music. He will teach the Sufi Soul singing workshop at the festival.

Outside the yoga halls, Samjjana will be soothing the crowds with original compositions, soulful harmonies and chants.

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