To request an interview with Anandra, please contact us by email. Below are some possible interview angles and sample questions, but the list is by no means exhaustive.
What is so special about Sanskrit?
Is pronunciation really as important as some people say it is?
Can you tell us about the metaphysical connections with Sanskrit (cakras, tattvas, body correlations)?
How did you get Sanskrit approved as the anatomy portion of your registered yoga teacher training? Explain!
Can you do mantra in other languages also?
What do you think about cultural appropriation, “white privilege,” and Sanskrit mantra these days?
Mantra for the Modern Yogī
Can you tell us a mantra for ___________?
How do you pronounce ___________ mantra correctly?
How does mantra affect your psychology? Can it help with depression and anxiety?
What is Ayurvedic psychology and why is it useful for modern people?
Does mantra work for modern, urban people?
What is single the most important benefit of mantra meditation for modern people?
I live with other people and don’t like my voice. Can I chant a mantra silently and get the same effects?
Why do you advocate 40 day practices? What’s so special about 40 days?
Why is 108X the standard for mantra repetition?
What is the difference between OM and AUM?
What does OM/AUM really mean?
Is one mantra better than the other? Is there one “best” mantra for everyone?
Why are there so many mantras to so many Hindu Gods?
Are mantras really “to” Hindu Gods? I feel weird praying to an elephant.
What would you say to a Christian (Muslim, Jew, etc.) about mantra meditation? Does it conflict with their religion?
What is more important, devotion or pronunciation?
Can you feel the effect of mantra even if you don’t know the meaning?
How many of the popular Western kīrtan artists are pronouncing the mantras accurately?
Why don’t you have an album?
What would your Indian gurus think of the growing festival style kīrtan scene in the US?
Do Indians like kīrtan – is it cool among young people?
What is it like to lead kīrtan on the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh, with thousands of Indians in the audience?
Has living in a holy city in India changed your perception of kīrtan?
What are the differences between modern American/Western kīrtan scene and traditional Indian practice?
What is the difference between sacred sound and ordinary sound?
What is the yoga of sound?
Is there a scientific basis for the yoga of sound?
How do other cultures (besides Indian) use sound for their mystic practices?
Can sound be used for healing? How?
India & the West
How do Indians use mantra today?
Why is mantra such a big part of the yoga tradition?
What kind of response do you (an American, white woman) get when teaching Sanskrit, mantra and Indian music in India?
What are some of the ancient sound-based practices of the Himalayan yogīs?
What advice would you give to someone wanting to go deep into study in India?
Do you have any practical advice for women travelers especially?
What is your hope for the future of yoga in India? In the world?
What is it like living in an international yoga hotspot like Rishikesh?
Singing and Vocal Health
How can a person discover their natural voice?
What advice can you give to secret singers who want to free their voices?
Are there any anatomical changes or breath/postural advice you can give that can affect a person’s enjoyment of the voice?
Is there any connection between being truthful and having a beautiful voice?
Has your own voice changed since you’ve been doing these practices?
Mantra in Japan
How did you (an American, white woman) become so successful teaching mantra in Japan?
How is mantra being used in the yoga community in Japan?
What is it like teaching mantra in Japan with translators?
How is teaching in Japan different than teaching in India, or in the West?
How did you get started on this path?
How long have you been teaching/doing music/singing/meditating?
How have these practices transformed your own life?