"Sita" Miriam Zernis

Sita (lead vocals and harmonium) is an inspirational teacher and dedicated Bhakta who has been joyfully guiding a deep and heart-opening kirtan experience since 2007  in NY, CT, CA, Costa Rica, Europe, and Canada. She mystically and effortlessly transports a group into a place of inner peace and tranquility while making each event accessible for all levels of experience and curiosity. Her kirtans are a soulful and unique combination of traditional old-world and original chants and spiritual songs framed by eclectic instrumentals. She is joined by several talented musicians on the same mission of spreading peace and joy in the world. 

Sita has been practicing classical yoga since 1995 and teaching since 2001. She is an internationally certified Sivananda Yoga Acharya, Reiki Master, and a certified Holistic Health Coach.  She stepped onto the Bhakti Yoga path in 2006, retiring from a 21-year career as an ABC News editor/writer.  


Andrew Ciarlelli 

Andrew is currently the guitarist for Sita’s Light Kirtan, playing a twelve-string acoustic-electric guitar that brings an element of rhythm, texture, and chordal glue to the overall tapestry of the call-and-response chants that bring so many people back to their heart center and the present moment. He started playing music at the age of 12 when his parents gifted him his first electric guitar and it’s been 'game on' ever since. His musical journey has evolved over the past 2 decades exploring multiple genres, other stringed instruments, and percussion instruments, collaborating with a number of talented musicians at a multitude of venues, composing and recording on several full-length records, traveling across the country to perform, and finding his center in the spirit of music. 

    Lydia Smith

Lydia is a lifelong CT resident who has been drumming all her life and believes that everyone can benefit from the joy of rhythm. She is a certified Remo’s HealthRHYTHMS Drum Circle Facilitator serving all populations and conducts drum circles all over the state and also has degrees in Creative Arts Therapy, Liberal Studies (Music, Education, Psychology), and Early Childhood Education. When she’s not playing with Sita’s Light, you can catch her in the US and abroad in a variety of rock and jazz bands, drum ensembles, church services, conferences, and accompanying university and high school musical productions. 

  Premik Russell Tubbs

Premik Russell Tubbs is an internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist who has collaborated with a who’s who list for over 3 decades. He is a master of soprano, tenor, and alto saxophones, all genres of flutes, as well as lap steel guitar, and is renowned in all arenas from jazz fusion to traditional eastern music, to his own soul-infused improvisations. Premik’s unique approach brings both a cosmic and spiritual vibe to the sound he projects. Check out much more about this wonderful maestro here: www.premikmusic.com. 

Photographers: Cory Goldberg and Peter Polomski


Walter Zernis AKA Wally Das


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Kirtan for a Peaceful Mind

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Hummingbird Healing Center, 57 Main St., 2nd Floor, Westport, CT

Feeling overwhelmed and in need of a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life?

Kirtan - the joyful and easy practice of chanting mantras with music can help calm the mind, open the heart, and regulate the nervous system - freeing us from incessant thinking, worries, depression, and fears while allowing us to tap into our true essence which is loving and peaceful.

Join Hummingbird founder and sound healer Lisa Pak and Miriam Zernis of Sita’s Light Kirtan for a wonderful mid-week break that will uplift your heart and reset your mind and soul for the better.

Come as you are!

Kirtan is something that absolutely everyone can take part in. There are no beginners, and no experts. Just the fun of connecting in community to enjoy singing and relaxing together in a high vibration environment.

George Harrison famously said:

“ The response that comes from chanting is pure bliss, spiritual happiness, which is a higher taste than any happiness found in the material world. The more you do it, you don’t want to stop because it feels so nice and peaceful”

So why not give it a try?

Sign up today and discover the peace and joy that Kirtan can bring to your life.

Shine Your Light - Summer Solstice Celebration

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YogaSpace, Bethel, CT

Shine Your Light A Summer Solstice Celebration

Sita's Light returns to YogaSpace to celebrate the new season bringing both the joy of kirtan and the beauty of the Dances of Universal Peace to our sweet sacred space for all to enjoy!

Come chant and dance with us!

Kirtan is a transformative practice of singing mantras and sacred songs in an easy, call-and-response style set to the eclectic music of harmonium, guitar, woodwinds and percussion.

The Dances of Universal Peace are a spiritual practice in motion blending chanting and circle dancing that joins hands and hearts to create a living experience of unity, peace, and community.

All are welcome to come sing, dance, meditate, or just be in the high vibes with us.

This beautiful and unique evening of song and dance is absolutely NOT to be missed.

Come with an open mind, leave with a song in your heart!

No prior chanting experience necessary-words will be provided – and the dances are taught.

All are welcome!

$30 prepaid/$35 at the door

Please register in advance to assure your spot. Space will be limited to make sure there's room for dancing!

$30 in advance/$35 at door

Opening to Source - Healing Event

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Angel Wing, Ridgefield, CT

Chanting can help heal the body, protect the mind, and take you to the innermost places within to find peace, balance, and overall well-being. Scientific research shows that participating in kirtan may reduce anxiety, depression, and chronic pain among other things.

Please join Sita’s Light for this very special night focused on healing mantras, spiritual songs, and sound vibrations for all in need.

If possible, wear WHITE for this event to help raise the energies of healing, purity, divinity, and enlightenment in the group.

All are welcome – please bring a friend or family member who may benefit greatly from the healing energy that will be created.

Summer is a busy time so we'd appreciate it if you can let us know you are coming by 7/12 to help us best prepare for this unique experience.