IN PERSON L1 Sanskrit & Kundalini Chant Class

  • Tuesday, September 17, 2024
  • 6:00pm
  • Jeanie Manchester's Yoga Studio, Boulder, CO
IN PERSON L1 Sanskrit & Kundalini Chant Class

This six-week IN PERSON Level 1 Sanskrit & Kundalini Yoga Chant Class is a perfect INTRO for those looking for fun and practical guidance around "How to" launch their own home CHANT practice!

Within a safe supportive space, Mike Cohen, Dawnia Dresser & Michele Heaphy offer a fun program that guides & supports beginning chant fans to launch their home chant practice.

This beginner-friendly program is designed for chant fans, total newbies, harmonium explorers, and anyone seeking an accessible, entry level immersion into Western Kirtan. 

Weekly classes (90 minutes long) create a perfect structure for learning. You be guided to learn how to sing and play (on the harmonium) six gorgeous chants by Krishna Das & Snatam Kaur, connect with an amazing community, have big fun, and step into this exquisite heart-opening practice in a new way!

Click HERE to listen to the gorgeous chants we will learn in this class. 

You will:
* Learn 7 beautiful chants from the Sanskrit and Kundalini Yoga lineages you can chant for yourself or others
* Connect your voice with your heart and deepen your personal path of devotion
* Gain confidence in playing basic harmonium chords while chanting songs/mantras
* Connect with a vibrant community of kindred spirits
* Gain mythic + energetic understandings of beloved mantras and deities
* Access guidance and support from our amazing KLI instructors -Mike Cohen, Dawnia Dresser & Michele Heaphy.

* Attend a live Kirtan by Mike Cohen & the Shakti Groove on October 22nd (details coming soon) and see professional Kirtan artists in action!
* Have lots of fun stepping into an amazing spiritual practice!

You will emerge with the confidence and skill to step into your own home practice and perhaps even gift your community with the blessing of sacred chant.

PROGRAM HOURS: Tuesdays 6-7:30pm
September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22 (Kirtan event), 29

Held at Jeanie Manchester’s Anjaneya Yoga Shala – 1480 Violet Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80304. Please park out front and to the West of her house.

To participate you will need to borrow, rent, own or purchase a GOOD harmonium, which you will bring to all classes. We have good harmoniums you can rent & take home for the duration of the six week class ($75), and great harmoniums you can purchase (starting at $900). Learn more about harmoniums at

Got questions? Email Mike at

Early bird price of $299 runs through Tuesday, September 10th. General admission pricing of $399 starts Wednesday, September 11th. 


Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed thousands of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe, from total beginners to dozens he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

A life-long musician with 20+ years experience developing and coaching leaders, Mike meets students where they are and guides them forward. He has created a curriculum that supports total newbies in quickly and easily learning to play chants from their favorite Kirtan artists (like Krishna Das and Snatam Kaur) while avoiding the obstacle of needing to understand or learn Western or Indian Classical music (Sargam).

Mike has released four critically-acclaimed full length Kirtan albums, the most recent with Grammy Award-nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For 15+ years Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. In 2014 he opened for Krishna Das at Bhakti Fest Midwest. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he leads Kirtan and trains Kirtan Leaders to share the exquisite practice of sacred chant. More at and

Since 2017 Dawnia Dresser has taught at KLI (vocals, harmonium and guitar) and served as lead singer with Mike Cohen & the Shakti Groove. Based in Boulder, CO, Dawnia is an Anusara inspired yoga teacher and lifelong vocalist/musician who released her debut Kirtan album (From the Soul) in 2019. During her 19 years in Los Angeles, CA Dawnia co-created three albums of original folk-rock music and contributed extensively on albums & movies as a vocalist and voiceover artist. 

Michele Heaphy’s diverse career spans music education, pottery studio ownership, and leading Kirtan. Her unwavering passion for education has spanned all levels of age and experience. Since 2021, she’s shared her expertise as an instructor at the Kirtan Leader Institute through online group classes, personalized mentoring sessions, and in-person intensive workshops in Boulder, CO. She has been a member of Mike Cohen & the Shakti Groove since 2021. Her deeply moving and inspiring compositions have been delighting live audiences since 2015, with a global reach thanks to a series of singles released from 2022 onward.

"I loved learning to play the harmonium and I am so excited to have one now!! I’ve been playing everyday and I am hooked. It’s amazing how great I feel every time I chant, it’s like the express way to bliss. I’m feeling so much gratitude for this practice and want to go deeper."
— Heather Harris, dance/yoga instructor and choreographer

"After just one session in your Learn to Lead Kirtan class I felt brave enough to take my Bhava Mini harmonium into my yoga classes. I played it for students in Savasana and to "Om" at the end of class. Since then, I’ve had at least one student in tears at the end of every class. It’s incredible, the sound is so powerful! I even had the chance to lead a small Kirtan for a teachers workshop last weekend – so fun! Again, tears! Thanks!!"
— Morgan Schmidt, MA, RYT-500

Class size will be limited to 20 participants to create a high-touch learning environment. This program runs six weeks with a total of 9 hours of instruction in how to launch your own home chant practice and perhaps even share with others!

TERMS OF SALE: Customer assumes all risk or danger incidental to the training or event(s), whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to, the actual program(s).

NO REFUNDS: All sales are final. No refunds will be granted. However, funds may be applied to future programs.

LIABILITY AND PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE: I grant permission to Kirtan Leader Institute and Shiva Datta Music, LLC to use any/all photos or videos taken of me, the participant, for any Kirtan Leader Institute and/or Mike Cohen Kirtan event promotional purpose, including but not limited to the website, brochures, Facebook events, newsletter, photographer/videographer owned footage or other promotional items.

HEALTH DISCLAIMER: I certify that I, the participant, have consulted my physician and am in good health and have no physical or other impediment that would endanger me while participating. I hereby acknowledge that I understand all of the risks associated with this activity and knowingly agree to release, indemnify, discharge, waive and relinquish Shiva Datta Music, LLC (or its agents, employees, volunteers or parent companies or affiliates) from any and all liabilities, claims, or actions for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death which may arise out of my participation.

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