With Kirtan Artist & Grammy-Nominated Sacred Musician
Jai Uttal

New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
 

Can’t make it live? After each class, video and audio recordings are available to download and watch anytime.

 
 

Experience the power of kirtan to help you release your worries and concerns to the Divine... enhancing your spiritual awareness and awakening compassion in your daily life .

Kirtan is the calling, the crying, the reaching across infinite space — digging into the heart’s deepest well to touch and be touched by the Divine Presence.
Jai Uttal

In the midst of some deeply unsettling circumstances in today’s world, are you longing for something everlasting to hold on to?

A more profound sense of Spirit that dwells in your innermost being? A source of universal, unconditional love? A place you can return to time and again to find respite?

Bhakti yoga is the philosophy and practice of cultivating a personal relationship with Spirit. The primary practice of Bhakti yoga is kirtan — call-and-response singing of the ancient Sanskrit names of the gods and goddesses.

When you walk the path of Bhakti, you awaken and churn deeply buried emotions and thoughts... and channel them — through voice and song — into a mighty river flowing to the Source, while also purifying your mind and heart.

Join Grammy-nominated sacred musician Jai Uttal, a world-renowned kirtan artist, in a loving 7-week exploration into the sacred lake of emotions within you. You’ll discover how to use your voice as an instrument to release your anxiety and stress, and access your inner well of healing and devotion.

With a renowned record label executive for a father, Jai was born with music in his blood. He first heard Indian music at the age of 17 and says of it that it “touched his heart like sounds of home.”

He later traveled to India regularly and studied under his esteemed and much beloved guru Neem Karoli Baba. Kirtan and other Bhakti yoga practices helped Jai overcome addiction and other personal challenges.

Throughout his course, you’ll chant kirtan along with him and experience how it can reduce your sense of separateness as you connect your heart to Spirit and to the community of participants, through song.

When you chant, you enter the heart cave, the seat of the soul that’s the same within all beings. With enough practice and intention, chanting strengthens new neural pathways in the brain and allows you to embody what you truly are — truth, beauty, unlimited joy, and prevailing, compassionate love.

Jai will introduce you to some of the deities of India who’ve been most influential in his life — including Hanuman, Sita and Ram, Shiva, Durga, and Radha and Krishna — and then guide you in chants that invoke their energies and transform you into an instrument of grace, unconditional love, sacred service, and gratitude — exalting you to a life of joyful celebration.

He’ll also share stories of his own adventures with his guru... and with the different gods and goddesses.

Beyond his stellar musicianship and preeminence in the world of kirtan, there’s another reason that Jai is such a legend. You can feel, in every syllable he sings, in every word he says, what a loving and spiritually connected being he is. He radiates goodness, kindness, sincerity, and love, and it’s nearly impossible not to be moved by his presence and the passion with which he sings. It’s a transmission that’s deeply affecting.

The Power of Delving Into Your Emotions

Rishis of ancient India believed that all our emotions are vital to bring light to our whole being. These ancient seers developed Bhakti yoga as a way to harness the energy of our feelings — both positive and negative…

… to propel us back into connection with our divine source, as we cultivate compassion for ourselves and others and recognize the divine in everyone and everything. And, as we do, we become inspired to live in selfless service to others.

In this new gentle, yet powerful journey with Jai, he’ll lead you in beautiful kirtan practices in which you’ll discover how devotional chanting can help you put aside your analytical way of thinking so you can sing from the heart, unencumbered.

You’ll settle into full presence and learn to sing, dance, and live in harmony as part of your personal relationship with the Divine — an essential way of being in which you desire nothing more because you’re awake and complete in the moment.

At a time when so many of us have been living in a contracted state of fear and worry, you’ll learn the fundamental steps toward liberating your voice and emotions… enabling you to experience calm, joy, and expansion.

 
 
 

In this heart-centered journey, you’ll:

 
  • Explore the power of kirtan and devotional chanting, diving deep into the practice of Bhakti to dig into your heart’s deepest well of emotions and be touched by an exalted, heart-centered relationship with the Divine
  • Experience an abundance of stories, invocations, chants, ragas, and meditations to honor the deities you’ll learn about
  • Connect your unique voice to the deep well of feelings within you
  • Experience the healing power of melodies and sacred mantras
  • Remove stress and anxiety, while replacing them with positivity, love, awe, and a soul connection that provides respite in difficult times
  • Hear Jai’s personal stories about chanting in India
  • Dive deeply into love and wander into the unmarked territory of your soul’s journey to oneness
  • Create a temple inside your heart... a place of refuge, love, being, and sanctity
  • Understand the true meaning of guru
  • Set out on the path of the heart to feel unburdened and rejuvenated, with a clearer sense of your intuitive guidance and spiritual purpose
  • And much more...
 
 

Join Jai to awaken, embrace, and express your emotions as you sing mantras that stir your heart and open you to divine connection and abiding, unconditional love — so you can live in a state of calm, joy, and healing presence.

— Jack Kornfield, Spirit Rock Meditation Center Founding Teacher: “Jai Is a Magician of the Heart Who Offers a River of Love and Goodness”

— Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Spiritual Leader and Author: “The Power of Devotional Chanting Will Open Your Heart and Make It Blossom”

 

— Sharon Gannon, Co-Founder of Jivamukti Yoga: “When I First Heard Jai Uttal Over 40 Years Ago, I Was Convinced He Was a Celestial Being”

— Larry Brilliant, Internationally Renowned Epidemiologist and Philanthropist: “I Can’t Say Enough Good Things About This Wonderful Man”

 

What You’ll Discover in These 7 Weeks

In this 7-week transformational intensive, Jai will guide you through fundamental wisdom and practices to awaken, embrace, and express your emotions as you sing mantras that stir your heart and open you to divine connection and abiding unconditional love.

The Power of Live Streaming Video

 

 

You’ll connect with Jai and experience his teachings through live streaming video. This connection is easy to use and will enhance the impact of Jai’s transmissions. Or you can easily connect just via audio if you choose — through any connected device.

(Can’t make it live? No worries! After each class, the video and audio recordings will be available for you to download or stream in a high-quality format at your convenience.)

Course Sessions Tuesdays at 1:00pm Pacific

This course will feature LIVE teachings, interactive training sessions, Q&A, and experiential practices with Jai. Each session will build harmoniously upon the previous ones, so you’ll develop a complete holistic understanding of the practices, tools, and principles you’ll need to open to divine connection and unconditional love so you can experience calm, joy, and presence — and discover the power of selfless service.

Module 1: Enter the Mandala of Love — The Essence of Devotion & the Practice of Chanting (November 2)

 

With the name of Ram, the impossible becomes possible!
— Neem Karoli Baba

Jai will begin this first session with an invocation prayer to open the space and set your heart in motion. He’ll then guide you and your co-participants as you enliven your inner being and the external space with sacred sounds.

You’ll discover how to connect your unique voice to the well of feelings within you. As you soften your heart space and allow yourself to be vulnerable, you’ll begin to experience the healing power of the melodies and sacred mantras that Jai will teach you.

Your voice is desired and needed! So, come prepared to take a deep in-breath, open your mouth, and let your sound flow out with reverence.

By the end of the session, you’re bound to feel far less burdened — with a clear mind and an open, flowing heart.

In this module, you’ll also experience the:

  • Hypnotic Bija mantra — singing seed syllables that are filled with potent healing qualities
  • Japa mantra meditation, Ram Nam — a deeply moving meditation tool based on the repetition of sacred syllables
  • Power of singing ragas — alchemical melodic phrases that express a specific mood or quality and follow a traditional Indian scale of notes
  • Joy of the ancient practice of singing kirtan and how it can help you shed your inhibitions
 

Module 2: Invoke Hanuman Through Chanting — The Embodiment of Love & Selfless Service (November 9)

 

Kirtan is singing over and over the many names of God and the Goddess, the multicolored rainbow manifestations of the One. It is said that there is no difference between the name and that which is being named, and as the words roll off our lips in song, the infinite is invoked, invited, made manifest in our hearts.
— Jai Uttal

Jai will start this session with an invocation to help you connect with Source and contemplate the heart space.

Now that you’ve warmed up your voice and tended to the ember of love inside your heart, you’ll learn how to sing in a more expansive way, so your prayers can reach far and wide.

A hero of Bhakti, Hanuman is the embodiment of love and selfless service — a true ambassador of devotion. Through his devotion to Sita and Ram, he changed the course of destiny.

In this module, you’ll allow Hanuman to inspire you as you begin to explore the path of the heart. You’ll leave this session feeling rejuvenated, with a clearer sense of your intuitive guidance and spiritual purpose.

In this session, Jai will share:

  • About the divine personality of Hanuman, the monkey god, the “superhero of Bhakti,” and lead you in a mantra chant invoking his energy
  • Inspirational stories about Hanuman
  • A chant to invoke Hanuman 
  • The meaning of Karma yoga and the connection between karma and Bhakti yoga
  • A closing prayer and sweet lullaby to carry you into a deep and gentle place of remembrance
 

Module 3: The Journey of Sita & Rama — The Union of Love as Your Soul’s Path to Oneness (November 16)

 

These chants have been sung for millennia by sages, sinners, devotees, and the great primordial yogi alchemists of old. And, as we sing, we touch the spirits of the millions of people across the centuries who have sung the same songs and cried the same tears. As we sing, we immerse ourselves in an endless river of prayer that has been flowing since the birth of the first human beings, longing to know their creator.
— Jai Uttal

Love can’t be explained... it can only be felt in the confines of your heart. Through the practices of Bhakti, you can taste a drop of that divine nectar and learn how to share it with others.

In the Bhakti tradition, many teachings are passed down through the telling and retelling stories about the deities and the great saints. By listening to these stories with grace and receptivity, you immerse yourself in the inspiring energy of the gods and goddesses and absorb the teachings of the great Bhakti saints.

In this module, Jai will share the story of Sita and Ram, in which you’ll experience love, in union and in separation, and wander into the unmarked territory of your soul’s journey to oneness.

You’ll start to notice that, as you churn your song, you connect your body and heart… and experience a more colorful palate of emotions than you’ve previously known.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Extensive, energy-building call-and-response meditative singing in the scale of a sacred raga
  • A process of singing from the heart… connecting first your breath and then your voice to the river of emotions within — and singing them out
  • The powerful Taraka mantra — Sri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram — the raft that takes you across the ocean of suffering to the realm of light
  • The story of Rama and Sita
  • How your breath can be your prayer
 

Module 4: The Transformational Chant to Shiva — Cultivate Patience, Trust & Surrender (November 23)

 

Kirtan is a vessel that can hold love, longing, union, separation, lust, despair, mourning, anger, hate, sadness, ecstasy, and oneness. Powered by the fire of these emotions, the chants of Bhakti become like a ship, singing us to the other shore. In lightness, in darkness, in despair, in joy we sing the names — The Name — and turn our human hearts toward the One, who is closer to us than our own breath. Kirtan is food for the spirit, a life raft of song.
— Jai Uttal

Surrendering your personal will to the Divine will is one of the foundation stones of Bhakti. By setting the daily intention of “thy will be done,” your life and purpose can be transformed into one of inspiration and celebration.

At this central point on your Bhakti journey, you may realize that you’re carrying an unnecessarily heavy load. Jai will guide you as you learn to shake things up and allow yourself to feel lighter, more surrendered, and — with patience and faith — move toward new realizations.

You’ll honor Shiva as the Auspicious One, the remover of doubts, who gives us the fire of transformation and renewal, so you can walk away from this session feeling lighter, more awakened, and able to see your path a little more clearly.

In this module, you’ll experience:

  • Let Jai guide you through gorgeous chants to Shiva — a medley of celebratory mantras to the Lord of transformation
  • Learn Japa meditation — the quiet or silent repetition of the sacred mantra “Om Namah Shivaya”
  • An invocation to Shiva — a sweet opening prayer and lullaby
  • The story of Shiva... who he is and what he signifies
  • The qualities of patience and faith on the Bhakti path
 

Module 5: Invoke the Protection & Guidance of Durga — Find Sanctuary in the Arms of the Divine Mother (November 30)

 

Mother is higher than God.
— Neem Karoli Baba

Kirtan is for all people. There are no masters of kirtan, no experts, no teachers, no advanced students, no beginners. The practice itself is the teacher, guiding us to ourselves. Kirtan teaches itself by allowing us to enter into a mystery world — a world where all the logic of our minds, all the conditioning and learning are left outside… and we allow ourselves to expand into the mystery. And in this mystery, we create a temple inside of our hearts, a place of refuge, a place of love, a place of being, a place of sanctity.
— Jai Uttal

The Divine Mother takes many different forms and she’s present in the heart of all beings. She blesses us through her multitude of qualities and potentialities.

In this session, you’ll honor the protective qualities of Mother Goddess Durga and her immense capacity to hold, nourish, and love all her children. As she gives us life, and ultimately holds us in death, she offers us her boundless love, generous heart, and wise guidance.

By the close of this module, you’ll recognize the goddess’ name and mantra as a place to find solace and take refuge... a revitalizing spring from which to drink.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • One of Jai’s favorite melodies… a chant to invoke the Divine Feminine and the Mother Goddess of protection, Durga
  • A chant to the fierce goddess and great mother of compassion Kali Ma, which he learned in the very remote deserts of West Bengal in 1973.
  • The many names and moods of the Divine Mother
  • Stories of Siddhi Ma — Jai’s spiritual mother and an Indian saint 
  • The life of Sri Ramakrishna — a 19th century saint and devotee of Mother Kali
  • A song to Kali Ma, the great mother of compassion
  • A closing prayer
 

Module 6: The Divine Couple, Radha & Krishna — Discover the Multicolored, Multifaceted Power of Love (December 7)

 

Love is the strongest medicine. It is more powerful than electricity.
— Neem Karoli Baba

There is no right or wrong way to sing kirtan. Kirtan can be breathtakingly beautiful, the music can be stunning and masterful; and it can be cacophonous, dissonant, and almost painful to the ears. Aesthetics don't matter. All that matters is the spirit, the feeling…. We sing together and each person has a totally unique, individual experience. Yet by singing together we give strength, safety, and passion to each other, and give ourselves permission to sing and dance freely, releasing and expressing the emotions tightly locked in our hearts through our voices and bodies. The pain of separation is one with the bliss of union.
— Jai Uttal

How much can you love? How many colors does your love have?

The many colors of human love are so attractive that even the gods and goddesses want to experience it!

In this module, you’ll learn the story of Radha and Krishna and how these deities came to our world to show us the power of our human experience and the many moods of love. Their ecstatic relationship teaches us how to reach divine love through the experience of human love. They show us that the deepest jewel of love is multifaceted and multicolored.

By the end of this session, you’ll have a broader sense of how your love can color your life... and how your human feelings and emotions can enrich the colors of your love.

In this module, Jai will guide you through:

  • An invocation to open the circle — a Sanskrit prayer designed to open your heart to your personal, local, and global communities
  • Singing the Maha mantra — one of India’s most ancient and popular chants commonly known as the “Hare Krishna mantra”
  • Radha and Krishna’s stories of love and longing as an example of opening to love
  • Singing the Maha mantra, one of India’s most ancient and popular chants
  • The importance of tradition in Bhakti
  • Jai’s personal stories about chanting in India
  • Closing prayers
 

Module 7: The Shelter of the Guru — Receive & Shine the Light of Unconditional Love (December 14)

 

And finally, Kirtan is an offering... a gift to the great One who has given us everything, and to whom we can give nothing in return but our loving remembrance.
— Jai Uttal

Our goal as Bhaktas is to participate in life, seeing the divine in all forms. Taking shelter means arriving at a place where you’ll be seen, cared for, and fed in body, heart, and soul.

Like the Mother, the guru takes a form that’s appropriate to each seeker. The guru dwells in our hearts as the North Star… guiding us across the sea of suffering (or samsara).

In this final session, you’ll learn to open up and feel universal light shining upon and within you. From a receptive and humble place, you’ll pray and wait to hear... sense and wait to see... open to grace and express gratitude for what is given.

As the course closes, you’ll likely feel a sense of belonging and spiritual guardianship. The silken thread of divine connection has now become a great cord of love!

In this module, Jai will share:

  • A closing kirtan — call-and-response singing to celebrate and open to joy
  • The concept of the inner guru — and explain what guru tattva is
  • The story of meeting his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, in 1971 in India 
  • Thoughts and teachings on the path of love and service (Bhakti and Karma yoga)
  • Ancient Sanskrit prayers invoking the guru
 
 
 

The Healing Power of Devotional Chanting Bonus Collection

In addition to Jai’s transformative 7-week virtual course, you’ll receive these powerful training sessions to complement the classes and take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.

 

Solo Chanting Concert
Video Recording of Music and Chanting From Jai Uttal

In this beautiful offering from Jai, he shares his prayerful, heartfelt chanting and celebration. He begins with a classical raga for self-healing, and moves into a kirtan to honor the Goddess Durga — He Ma Durga He Ma Durga He Ma Durga Jai Jai Ma. Through song, breath, melody, and mantra, you’re sure to deepen your connection with your voice… and with Spirit.

 

Mantra Love: The Mother of the Universe!
Video Recording of Music and Chanting From Jai Uttal

In this sadhana (or spiritual practice), Jai leads you through an hour-long mantra-chanting practice with a prayer to the Divine Goddess Durga. Sing along with him as he chants Jaya Jagadambe, as well as the mantra Sri Ma Jaya Ma Jaya Jaya Ma. You’ll feel Jai’s heart flowing in this deeply moving, intoxicating session.

 

Appalachia Meets Himalaya: Jai on the Banjo
Video Recording of Music and Chanting From Jai Uttal

Jai doesn’t often share videos of himself playing one of his first beloved instruments, the banjo, which he began playing when he was 12 years old. Enjoy this unique take on the mantra Om Namah Shivaya. It’s extraordinary to hear this combination of two seemingly very different cultures — India and Appalachia. Sing along to this banjo-accompanied kirtan.

 

Maha Mantra: One Wonderful Interpretation
Video Teaching With Chanting From Jai Uttal

All the mantras we sing in kirtan have many interpretations. In this video, Jai offers one way of understanding the Maha Mantra, of one of the most popular mantras: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. It’s the interpretation of the Great Mantra of Love that resonates with him most deeply, and he shares it with you in great joy.

 
 
 

What People Are Saying About Jai Uttal…

 

— Kristin Flagg Kunhardt: “Jai IS From Love. He Teaches From Love.”

— Manizeh Rimer: “Jai Uttal Holds the Keys to Unlock the Heart”

— Ashoka Nalamalapu: “I Love This Man. He’s My Mentor, Friend, and Teacher.”

 
“Studying with Jai Uttal was life-changing!”

Studying with Jai Uttal was life changing! I started learning from him in 2003 and this training fully opened up the path of kirtan and bhakti for me. I give the highest recommendation to anyone wanting to dive deeper into kirtan and bhakti to take this training!
— Govind Das, owner of Bhakti Yoga Shala, Santa Monica, California

 
“... it was such an uplifting experience to see someone so committed, real, and open about their spiritual journey…”

Jai Uttal's music is all love and grace, and I can think of no one better to learn kirtan from and journey into the realm that is bhakti. Though I have a background in Hindustani classical music, I felt drawn to Jai's kirtan camp, especially so during the pandemic, and it was such an uplifting experience to see someone so committed, real, and open about their spiritual journey, ready to share their knowledge with others. Kirtan is all about devotion, surrender, and faith. You will find all of that plus a warm, nurturing community in Jai's kirtan camp, no matter your nationality or faith.
— Shikha Malaviya, poet and writer

“... the whole energy of the course along with the community has been a big blessing and a big help in opening my heart and voice.”

Studying with Jai has exceeded my expectations. I knew that Jai was going to transmit that joy and love, as always, with his music and his voice. But the whole energy of the course along with the community has been a big blessing and a big help in opening my heart and voice. Lots of gratitude.
— Gustavo Arcq

“Relaxing, meditative, and powerful, it feels like it is a totally natural blend of cultures and that really resonates with me…”

Jai’s beautiful music has inspired me for many years. Relaxing, meditative, and powerful, it feels like it is a totally natural blend of cultures and that really resonates with me as a yoga teacher, with Indian heritage and a cross-cultural background. Music for Yoga and Other Joys is one of my favourite albums. I remember during a workshop when Jai spoke about how mantra recitation plants the seed of bhakti, and this has stayed with me all these years. Whenever I need to reconnect, I listen to Jai’s music. Jai recounts the stories of ancient India with childlike enthusiasm, and his teaching of kirtan is truly a wonderful offering.
— Sejel Bodereau

“Deep bows, Jai, for all you have done to pave the way for so many!”

Studying with Jai was a wonderful experience. It helped me deepen my kirtan practice and inspired me to use my own voice to share these beautiful prayers with the world. It is something I cherish and will never forget. Deep bows, Jai, for all you have done to pave the way for so many!
— Marti Nikko, singer

 

Join the Global Community

 
 

Experience the Healing Power of Devotional Chanting With Jai Uttal offers some of the most advanced online teachings available, within a thriving, global community of learning and practice.

Join fellow students and practitioners to support and inspire each other as you integrate the teachings and practices Jean Haner will share in this powerful training.

You’ll be part of an international community that’s on the leading edge of a global movement of people manifesting a world grounded in principles of cooperation, harmony, and reverence for all of life.

 

Here’s What You’ll Receive

 
 
 
Seven 90-Minute Class Sessions With Jai Uttal
 

Experience a unique opportunity to be mentored by and learn from Grammy-nominated sacred musician and kirtan artist Jai Uttal from the comfort of your own home. Each class session includes a live streaming video option and guides you to discover specific skills and abilities to awaken, embrace, and express your emotions as you sing mantras that stir your heart and open you to divine connection and abiding, unconditional love. Course sessions are on Tuesdays at 1:00pm Pacific.

 
Seven Video Recordings of Class Sessions
 

After each class, the digital video will be available for you to download or stream in high-quality format. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can watch anytime and anywhere at your convenience.

 
 
Seven Audio Recordings of Class Sessions
 

After each class, the audio will be available for you to download in high-quality MP3 format. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can listen anytime and anywhere at your convenience.

 
 
Seven Transcripts of Class Sessions
 

In addition to the high-quality videos and MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription after each session is completed. You can then review, print, and highlight the most important insights and practices you were given.

 
 
Seven 30-Minute Interactive Group Practice Sessions
 

With live class attendance, there will be a 30-minute optional interactive practice session directly following each class. You’ll be placed in an intimate group with several other participants on the conference call to interact, share, and do additional practices with, to help further integrate the weekly lessons. Practice sessions are available for live attendance only, and are not recorded for playback. If you’re unable to attend the calls live, the Facebook online community group allows you to connect with each other and find alternative times to interact.

 
 
Interactive Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson
 

Between class sessions, you’ll have the option of completing related exercises, practicing new tools, and answering questions to accelerate your learning and integrate each week’s lesson.

 
 
Online Community
 

Our exclusive Facebook online community is the perfect place to continue your discovery process after each class. Here, you can continue the discussion about your course materials and interact with your fellow students to take your exploration to an even deeper level.

 
 
The Healing Power of Devotional Chanting Bonus Collection
 
  • Solo Chanting Concert
    Video Recording of Music and Chanting From Jai Uttal
  • Mantra Love: The Mother of the Universe!
    Video Recording of Music and Chanting From Jai Uttal
  • Appalachia Meets Himalaya: Jai on the Banjo
    Video Recording of Music and Chanting From Jai Uttal
  • Maha Mantra: One Wonderful Interpretation
    Video Teaching With Chanting From Jai Uttal
 

An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join the Experience the Healing Power of Devotional Chanting With Jai Uttal Online Training

 

We feel honored that Jai Uttal has chosen to partner with The Shift Network to offer this exclusive LIVE online training. This is a unique opportunity to interact directly with a Grammy-nominated sacred musician whose powerful insights and pioneering work are helping us heal and awaken ourselves and our world.

If you’re serious about awakening, embracing, and expressing your emotions as you sing mantras that stir your heart and open you to divine connection and abiding, unconditional love, then you owe it to yourself, your loved ones, and our world to take this one-of-a-kind training.

If you’re ready to take the next step in evolving yourself, click the register button below to reserve your space now.

 
 

About Jai Uttal

Grammy-nominated Jai Uttal is a kirtan artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist. He is a pioneer in the world music community, influenced by both Indian music and American rock and jazz. Jai has been leading, teaching, and performing world music and kirtan — the ancient yoga of chanting or singing to God — around the world for close to 50 years, creating a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices.

Growing up in New York City, he lived in a home filled with music. He began studying classical piano at the age of seven, and later learned to play old-time banjo, harmonica, and guitar. At age 17, he heard Indian music for the first time; two years later he moved to California and studied under the famous sarod player, Ali Akbar Khan. Jai later began taking regular pilgrimages to India, living among the wandering street musicians of Bengal, and singing with the kirtan wallahs in the temple of his guru, Neem Karoli Baba. He has released 20 highly acclaimed CDs, the latest being the double album, Roots, Rock, Rama!

Jai has emerged as a leading influence in the Western Bhakti movement. He considers Bhakti Yoga to be the core of his musical and spiritual life.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What’s a virtual course?
A: It’s a great way to engage live and pre-recorded teachings and each other from the comfort of your home! All you need is a computer, mobile device, or telephone. If there’s more than one person in your household taking the course, you’ll each need your own connection. We use Zoom video conferencing to make it just like an in-person event, where you can ask questions and deepen your exploration of the course themes.

There’s no additional charge for connecting to Zoom with your computer or mobile device. Please note that dialing Zoom from your telephone is a toll call; your telephone service provider will charge you according to your existing long-distance calling plan. International access numbers are available.

“I’ve never seen a course so well put together ever...”
I had never participated before in an online course. The packaging, presentation, inclusion, and Facebook postings created a wonderful, safe cocoon within which to participate. I’ve never seen a course so well put together ever — not in all the years of taking college classes — and I had my doubts about doing an online course. The wealth of organization and ease of learning materials and support made this fun as well.
Claudia F., Medford, Massachusetts

 

Q: Can I get benefit from the course if I miss the live classes?
A: Absolutely! You can download the recordings and transcripts of all course sessions from our online media archive, so you never need to worry about missing live calls. You can also engage the full community and leaders on our private online community group.

 

Q: Can you tell me about the private online community group?
A: We’ll have a private online community group for all course participants on Facebook that will support you in making connections with others, sharing insights, engaging in discussions, and completing homework assignments that can supplement your transformational journey. You’ll have the ability to share your experiences, projects, and growth throughout the course.

 

Q: Are there scholarships available for this training?
A: Yes, we always make a certain percentage of spaces available for partial scholarships, for those who otherwise would not be able to enroll at the regular rate. If you’d like to apply for a scholarship, please review our guidelines, which include a link to our online application form.

 

Q: What’s your refund policy?
A: Your satisfaction with The Shift Network and this course is our highest priority! We offer a satisfaction guarantee so that you can sample the course risk-free. The deadline to receive a full refund is November 16, 2021. To request a refund, please click on this refund request form and submit your request. Qualifying refunds will be processed within five business days and an email confirming the refund will be sent. However, we’d love to have a chance to address and resolve your concerns first. If there’s something we can assist you with, please email us at support@theshiftnetwork.com and we’ll be happy to help! (No refund requests accepted after the above date or with scholarship awards.)

 

Q: How can I reach Customer Support?
A: Please visit our Customer Support Center, where you should be able to find the answer to your question or the solution to your problem. And if you can’t, you can submit an online request form and we’ll get right back to you.

 
 
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