what to expect

  • relaxed, encouraging, loving learning environment
  • everyone gets to sing and play instruments
  • mostly floor seating / chairs can be made available
  • group and individual practice sessions
  • group kirtans

Doyal Gauranga is a lover of music and kirtan who finds his deepest spiritual connections through musical prayer. Having spent 10 years living in ashrams on both the East and West coasts, he now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and serves as the Program Director at The Bhakti Center. Doyal also serves as an Event Chef for The Bhakti Center and hosts regular cooking classes at Stanton Street Yoga. In 2017 he completed his 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training from Supersoul Yoga. Alongside his services, he studies Social Work and Mental Health Counseling at CUNY Hunter.


learning kirtan together

with Doyal Gauranga

dates –

saturday, december 16 – SOLD OUT

saturday, january 6 – SOLD OUT

time – 2:00 – 5:00pm

location – the bhakti center / room 2w

admission – suggested donation $35 (see donation policy below)

capacity – 12

all students must register and donate online

for more information, contact: doyal@bhakticenter.org

Kirtan Camp is a monthly gathering for helping beginners learn about kirtan. It’s a small group setting with a relaxed atmosphere. Participants learn to sing and play instruments, as well as lead kirtan, without fear of being on stage or messing up in front of others.

Discussions on the history and meaning of kirtan are integrated throughout. Various styles of kirtan will be covered, always with an emphasis on singing from the heart as a devotional offering.

Kirtan Camp is also a great way to make new friends and connect with fellow kirtan enthusiasts.


The Bhakti Center’s Donation Policy

The principle of bhakti is to do for others without motive. In yoga’s spiritual culture a teacher shares the wisdom of the sacred texts as an act of devotion rather than for profit. This is especially important in the Bhakti tradition where teaching and learning are essential ways bhakti is exchanged in daily life. It also keeps affordable for all this most important activity, sharing knowledge for upliftment.

At The Bhakti Center we honor these important principles of education: that teaching is done purely out of love, and that it is kept affordable. Therefore, for all of our classes on the sacred texts we don’t charge a set price.

So how do teachers survive? The answer is that pure teachers depend on God and good students honor that by sharing a donation from the heart and according to their means. Gratitude and generosity from student to teacher is also part of the yoga tradition.

For the workshop “Kirtan Camp” we suggest a donation $35, although all donations will be welcomed.

All students must be registered online for this class.