12 Days of Kirtan, with Bradford Smith,

a series of 12 Kirtans during the holiday season, hosted at yoga studios and in the homes of fellow yogis in St. Louis Missouri.

The 12 Days of Kirtan came to me when I asked myself what would bring me the most joy this holiday season. It was easy, Kirtan, I always feel great afterwards.  And when I realized that I had the entire holiday season free, then why not fill it up.  This will be acoustic, sitting in a circle, focusing the energy, and singing from the heart.   For many of the nights musicians from the Bhavantu band will sit in along with me, and each night will have its own special energy.

Bradford Smith and the Bhavantu Band

Developing a Kirtan sound with influences from traditional Haidakhan chants along with original songs, Bradford and the Bhavantu Band are creating a unique and accessible sound that will inspire the beauty and joy of Ecstatic Kirtan and Bhakti music.

After discovering the world of Kirtan, or Bhakti music while touring performing his Native American Flute music he put his heart and energies in creating the connection with the audience that magically happens during a Kirtan.  Performing mostly in the St. Louis Missouri region he recently returned from Bhakti Fest Midwest performing with the Bhavantu Band.  

Performances

May 17, 2019
  • Kirtan Baptiste Power Yoga St Louis
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: May 17, 2019 - 9:00 pm

    Location: 935 S Kirkwood Rd, Kirkwood, MO 63122, US


May 18, 2019
  • Sing and Flow to the Moon
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: May 18, 2019 - 9:30 pm

    Location: Peace Tree Spirituality Center, 5718 N Hwy 67, Florissant, MO 63034, USA


    Description:

    Sing & Flow to the Moon
    with Bradford Smith & Rhonda Mills

    May 18, 2019
    6:00-9:30pm

    at Peace Tree Spirituality Center,
    5718 N Hwy 67, Florissant, MO 63034
    directions here: https://bit.ly/2Ute3i0

    6:30pm Gentle Flow Yoga & Movement with Rhonda
    7:30pm Gayatri Mantra: Learn/Practice with Rhonda
    8:00pm Kirtan with Bradford
    9:00pm Labyrinth Walk with Bradford on Tibetan Bowls & Native American flute

    Join us to sing and flow to the moon on the labyrinth at Peace Tree Spirituality Center to reconnect with yourself, each other, and our shared experience of time's passage.

    In ancient cultures, people gathered together to commemorate special events and rites of passage, life cycles, and seasons. Anthropologists recognize that singing and moving together in community connected people to each other, and to the flow of life. Today many of us have lost this sense of connection with the earth, with the flow of life through us, and with each other.

    What to Expect:

    You will be guided in a simple yoga practice, including a lovely flow as well as restorative postures, open to all.

    You will learn and practice an ancient prayer, the Gayatri Mantra, an energy of surrender: softening fear-based efforting and “small-mind” to love, light, and expansiveness.

    You will be met in a joyful circle as we sing together in a Kirtan, songs of inspiration and devotion, which connect our consciousness together as we rise to inspired states.

    The evening will culminate with a meditative walk on the Labyrinth accompanied by Tibetan Bowls and Native American flute.

    Note - the Gayatri Mantra, and other mantras in the Kirtan practice are from the yogic tradition, and can co-exist with any religion or personal spiritual practice.

    What to Bring:

    Layers to wear
    - Water to drink
    - Your Yoga mat, plus extra padding (such as a 2nd yoga mat, and 1-2 blankets under your mat as we will practice on the stone labyrinth)
    - 2 Yoga Blocks and 1 Strap (if you have these supplies)
    - Pillow or Bolster for the Kirtan, if needed. (Or, you might sit on your folded up yoga mat and blankets)

    Registration & Fees:

    To reserve your place, Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming, and either make your donation in advance or upon arrival. We suggest a range for donation as follows:

    - $30 standard
    - $20 budget
    - $50 supportive

    No one will be turned away due to lack of funds, nor will your donation be supervised. Please come if you are inspired, regardless of what you can donate, and contribute whatever you can that's in integrity for you.

May 19, 2019
  • Full moon dance
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: May 19, 2019 - 9:00 pm

    Location: Big Bend Yoga Center, 88 N Gore Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119, USA


    Description:

    Full Moon Dance: A Community Movement
    Sense ... the presence within your physical body.
    Feel... the connection with your heart of compassion.
    Awaken.... with the subtle circuitry of consciousness.

    Facilitation: by Rhonda Mills
    Music: by Bradford Smith

    May 19, 2019
    Sunday (day after) May's full moon in Scorpio

    Presence, Connect, Play: 7 -- 7:30pm
    Dance: 7:30 – 8:30pm
    Complete: 8:30 -- 8:45pm (ish)

    Location: Big Bend Yoga Center, 88 N. Gore, Webster Groves

    Registration: Drop-in

    Fee - Donation, self-selected based on your resources:

    $10 Budget; $20 Sustaining; $30+++ Supportive
    Proceeds Support the Facilitators and the Yoga Center
    At the door: Cash / Check; Paypal button on website.

    Description:

    Dancing in community is an ancient practice, and people throughout time have moved their bodies to connect with themselves and each other, to celebrate, grieve, discover and create.

    Our bodies are the sacred anchor for consciousness and life energy which dances through us with every breath. We can intentionally connect with our physical sensations, feelings and subtle awareness, which we put in motion through improvisational dance, attuning with compassion, and expressing in a friendly way.

    The lunar cycle reflects a birth, death, and rebirth process through which life continually renews itself. Through tuning into this cycle, we can know ourselves more deeply as intimately connected with nature. The full moon is like a flower in full-bloom, a culmination of energy within us. This is a wonderful time to dance in community, to connect, to collaborate with our energies and movements, and to embrace the polarities and opposites in our lives, cultivating self-acceptance, expression and a sense of freedom.

    You are invited to join the dance -- dancing your aliveness, your life and the turning of the wheel; dancing to honor your rhythm and the rhythm of the season. Join us to participate in this community event – open to all who would like to connect and move.

    Rhonda Mills will facilitate the presence-connect-playshop at the beginning and lightly guide the improvisational movement.

    Bradford Smith will DJ the dance set, including some live music and vocals.

June 22, 2019
  • Kirtan at Blue Sky
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: June 22, 2019 - 9:00 pm

    Location: Blue Sky Yoga Stl's address St. Louis MO 63139 United States


June 23, 2019
  • Kirtan at A Holistic Approach
    Starts: 7:00 am
    Ends: June 23, 2019 - 8:00 am

    Location: A Holistic Approach, 88 S Main St, Glen Carbon, IL 62034, USA


June 28, 2019
  • Kirtan at Baptiste Power Yoga
    Starts: 6:30 am
    Ends: June 28, 2019 - 8:00 am

    Location: Baptiste Power Yoga St. Louis 935 S Kirkwood Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63122, United States


June 30, 2019
  • Kirtan at Urban Breath
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: June 30, 2019 - 9:00 pm


July 21, 2019
  • Kirtan At Urban Breath
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: July 21, 2019 - 9:00 pm

    Location: Urban Breath Yoga, 2812 Sutton Blvd, Maplewood, MO 63143, USA


August 25, 2019
  • Kirtan at Urban Breath
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: August 25, 2019 - 9:00 pm

    Location: Urban Breath Yoga, 2812 Sutton Blvd, Maplewood, MO 63143, USA


October 6, 2019
  • 21 Suns Downs Syndrome Event
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: October 6, 2019 - 12:00 pm

    Location: World's Fair Pavilion, 1904 Concourse Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA