What is the Art of Sound and Yoga Chanting?
The Art of Nāda Yoga or Sound and Yoga Chanting are oral learning and meditative practices from the rich tradition of Indian spiritual and psychological teachings and practice. Chanting is called adhyayanam and is the art of listening and learning to recite with attention and care and a deep involvement of head, heart and body in the outcome.
“To share Chanting is to share an experience of silence through listening,
a process of healing, and a link with nature, the deeper self and the divine.”
- TKV Desikachar
It integrates body, voice, mind and emotions in the quest for unity with the source from which sound originates. The benefits include learning to remember how to recite Yoga teachings from the inside rather than the outside and refining the ability to learn to listen, thus enhancing attention, memory, patience plus confidence around the use of our voice.
Arising out of Sound and Yoga Chanting is the possibility of a deeper reflection on the teaching being chanted, inner silence, both during the practice itself because of the degree of involvement required, and in the stillness afterwards.
In a similar way to other Yoga practices a regular Sound and Yoga chant practice can lead the student to:
- Experience more the intimate relationship between our body, breath, voice, mind and heart.
- Develop a state of attention that allows space for reflection and self-inquiry.
- Access a therapeutic support for our sense of well being and mental focus.
The Introductory Art of Sound and Yoga Chant Workshop Programme is based in Bristol and offers a two day intensive of Sound and Yoga Chant practice and study for Yoga teachers, trainee teachers and interested students. Through a weekend workshop the basic principles and practices of learning and teaching Sound and Yoga Chant are explored and experienced.
Sep 27 2014
Foundational Module One Sound and Yoga Chant Study - Programme no 4 - Places Available
Develop Sound and Yoga Chant skills for Personal or Professional application. Two Day Workshop September 27/28th 2014
Jun 27 2015
Foundational Module One Sound and Yoga Chant Study - Programme no 5
Develop Sound and Yoga Chant skills for Personal or Professional application. Two Day Workshop June 27/28th 2015
The Introductory Workshop aims to offer an Introductory Course in learning the Art of Sound and Yoga Chant through:
- Gaining confidence in finding your chanting voice and developing your breathing through Sound and Yoga Chanting.
- An appreciation and familiarity with the principles which inspire Sound and Yoga Chant practice.
- Learning how to read and authentically vocalise Sound and Yoga Chant in Romanised Saṃskṛta.
- Learning how to link and join Romanised Saṃskṛta to enhance our use and understanding of Sound and Yoga Chant.
- Discovering Sound and Yoga Chant as therapeutic support and meditation.
- Learning skills for teaching Sound and Yoga Chant in general Group Yoga Classes
They introduce the core principles in the Art of Sound and Yoga Chant as well as providing training options for teachers who wish to teach this in group classes. They are offered for interested students, Yoga teachers and trainee teachers who wish to study for personal development and/or for professional teaching skills.
They are also a pre-requisite to further training through the Art of Mantra and Veda Chant Foundation Course.
Nov 07 2015
Foundational Module Two Mantra, Veda and Yoga Chant Study - Programme no 2
Four weekends to develop Mantra, Veda and Yoga Chant skills for Personal or Professional Application. From November 7/8th 2015 to November 12/13th 2016
Introductory Workshop Training Overview
The Arts of Sound and Yoga Chant are oral learning and meditative practices from the tradition of Indian spiritual and psychological teachings and practice. As well as being a key way to learn Yoga teachings through absorption, they integrate body, voice, mind and emotions in the quest for unity with the source from which sound originates. It is the art of learning to listen and recite with confidence.
The role of this workshop is to offer a course for students and teachers interested in learning the skills for themselves and for others in the art of Sound and Yoga Chanting through:
- Appreciating the core principles which inspire the use of Sound and Yoga Chanting practices.
- Application of Sound and Yoga Chant respecting differences in cultural background, vocal ability and musical experience.
- Learning techniques to help students find their chanting voice and develop their breathing with and for Sound and Yoga Chant.
- Being able to choose appropriate postures according to the energy and application of the Sound and Yoga Chant.
- Integrating Sound and Yoga Chanting into existing Āsana, Prāṇāyāma and Meditational (Dhyānam) practices. practices.
- Experiencing how teaching Sound and Yoga Chant can be a tool to lead the student towards silence as a natural outcome.
- Exploring the possibilities for the use of Sound and Yoga Chant as a therapeutic tool for improving health and well being.
- Discovering how Sound and Yoga Chant can be used as a tool for learning Yoga teachings on psychology or spirituality.
- Understanding the value of teaching Sound and Yoga Chant in Saṃskṛta.
The Introductory Sound and Yoga Chanting Study Course topics total over 10 hours
1. Indexing Sound and Yoga Chant Material
2. Origins and context for Yoga Chanting
3. Guidelines for Sound and Yoga Chant
4. Saṃskṛta alphabet and pronunciation of the Sound and Yoga Chant
5. Saṃskṛta grammar and Saṃskṛta Sound and Yoga Chant rules
6. Sound and Yoga Chant and Āsana Practices
7. Sound and Yoga Chant and Seated Prāṇāyāma and Meditational (Dhyānam) Practices
8. Guidance for Sound and Yoga Chant home practice
The Introductory Sound and Yoga Chanting Workshop Weekend Schedule
- 9.30 – Onwards for refreshments
- 10.00 – Prompt Start introducing the days theme
- 10.15 – Sound and Yoga Chant Study and Practice
- 11.15 – Break
- 11.30 – Sound and Yoga Chant Study and Practice
- 12.30 – Yoga Practice
- 1.00 – Lunch
- 2.15 – Sound and Yoga Chant Study and Practice
- 3.15 – Break
- 3.30 – Sound and Yoga Chant Study and Practice
- 4.30 – Break
- 4.45 – Yoga Practice
- 5.30 – Departures
- 9.00 – Onwards for refreshments
- 9.30 – Prompt Start introducing the days theme
- 9.45 – Sound and Yoga Chant Study and Practice
- 10.45 – Break
- 11.00 – Sound and Yoga Chant Study and Practice
- 12.00 – Yoga Practice
- 12.30 – Lunch
- 1.30 – Sound and Yoga Chant Study and Practice
- 2.15 – Break
- 2.30 – Sound and Yoga Chant Study and Practice
- 3.15 – Closing and Review
- 3.30 – Yoga Practice
- 4.00 – Departures
All are welcome irrespective of any Yoga background or tradition though some prior experience of Chanting would be helpful.
A total of 15 hours (10 hours tuition over two days plus suggestions for 5 hours guided home study and practice directions).
Support and advice will be offered on the students’ progress and on the possibilities for further development after the course.
The Introductory Sound and Yoga Chant Study Course Certificate of Completion is awarded to successful students with 100% attendance. The IMS can count for 10 BWY CPD points for BWY Accredited Teachers.
Fees & Booking
The dates are all Saturday and Sunday and the Introductory Sound and Yoga Chant Study Courses are for any Yoga teachers, trainee teachers and all students except complete Yoga beginners.
The 2014 course fee will be £150 for the two days.
The 2015 course fee will be £155 for the two days.
The full fee is payable at the time of booking and includes a 50 page Sound and Yoga Chant colour manual, tuition, delicious vegetarian lunches each day and all refreshments.
The full course fee is made payable to Paul Harvey and sent to Yoganjali, Princes Place, Bristol BS7 8NP. Confirmation will be sent. All Fees are non-returnable and non-transferable. In the case of Yoga courses not running an acceptable alternative or a full refund will be offered.
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