Module 1 is a deep immersion into the transformational power of sound. The focus is on direct experience of mantra, nāda, kīrtan & bhakti yoga, and attainment of sound-based yoga skills which will prepare you to do your personal practice with awareness and refinement. Then, you’ll be able to share and teach from your authentic experience before the service-focused Module 2!
“WOW, what a life-changing journey into the magic of Nāda Yoga! To be sure, you have to be ready for the depth of this training to receive the full flow of grace; it is by no means an average yoga teacher training.
-Kadambari Maa, Australia & India
Module 1 Course Subjects
Falling in Love with Sanskrit … and Mantra
- Tantric Sanskrit ~ The Delightful Creative Play of Consciousness; Revealing and Concealing Grace
- Origin & History of Mantra Part 1 ~ The progression from silence to sound, sound to alphabets, alphabets to mantra, mantra to epic poems
- The Body of Mantra ~ Mantra Puruṣa for Healing Physical & Energetic Levels
- Your Mantra Toolkit: Bīja (seed), Tāraka (liberation), Saguṇa (with form), Nirguṇa (formless), Navagraha (planetary)
Transformation through the Yoga of Sound
- Mantra for the Modern Yogi ~ The Stages of Mantra Meditation, from “Life Jacket” to Divine Life
- Tapasya with the Yoga of Sound : the Grace of burning what is not Real ~ principles, case studies, and personal exercises
- Evolving Your Karma through your Citta Vṛtti ~ As you Think, So you Create!
- Ayurveda & the Mind ~ Cultivating Thriving Balance and Proper Use of the Mental Apparatus
- The Yoga of Sound and the 5 Kośas ~ Experience how sound-based practices harmonize and refine all levels of our being.
- Tantric Empathetic Listening ~ Integrating a deeply musical non-judgmental listening awareness into our daily speech habits to self and others; sourcing fulfillment of your needs from the infinite fullness; moving towards embodying Ahimsā Vāk, non-violent compassionate communication.
- Yogāsana for Sound-based Practices ~ Moving from authentic feeling rather than an external goal of perfection, breath and “body instrument” support for ideal vocal production
Music as Meditation in the Indian Tradition
- Svara: The Self-Shining Voice ~ Discovering the optimal resonance of your voice is a fundamental part of our daily practice, and we provide a variety of invitations to help everyone uncover obstacles (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual!)
- Sargam ~ Singing the scales the Indian Classical way
- Harmoium 101 & Tanpura 101 ~ How to set up musical instrument support to create great chanting experiences
- Nāda Yoga: Daily morning class is call and response in rāgas, setting a foundation for personal improvisation practice.
- Bhakti Yoga: we offer many round-robin kīrtan opportunities where everyone can lead a portion, providing a safe and nurturing space to let the heart voice out! Optional evening “Family Kīrtan Hours” are an open forum for trying out new skills!
After Module 1, trainees will be able to:
- Read and accurately pronounce any Sanskrit word from its transliterated form, using the accurate mouth position. You will also be able to hear the difference between Sanskrit pronunciation and (the commonly less precise version) common chanting.
- Experience the elemental vibrations of the Sanskrit alphabet for further exploration and healing applications.
- Chant Sanskrit mantras in the Vedic style of chanting, playing along with the 3 pitches on a harmonium. Rather than simply memorize a repertoire, you’ll be able to sight read (slowly, at first!) any properly transliterated mantras with Vedic pitch marks.
- Create a home nāda yoga (singing) practice – Set up a background drone using a iTablaPro app and/or a hārmonium, sing meditative vocal toning exercises for improving voice culture, sing basic Indian vocal scales, and improvise in simple rāgas for endless joy!
- Create a home mantra practice – Understand how to use a mala, where and when to practice, how to choose mantras for practice, and when and why to practice silently, quietly, or with full voice.
- Musically-oriented students with prior experience may be able to sing alāp in the microtones of Rāga Bhairav, and sing a simple composition in Rāga Bhūpālī.
- Musically-oriented students with prior experience may be able to sing or play several devotional songs (of their choice) for practice in the interim between modules.
- Extensive support materials are provided for self-study between modules, including enrichment activities, practice outlines, mantra Mp3s, instructional videos, and optional teaching assistant led practice groups on ZOOM online video.
NOTE: Neither singing ability nor musical experience are required in order to attend this training. Emphasis is placed on your direct experience of the power of sound itself, not on musical or singing skill. All students will be invited to participate in the group chanting, and to demonstrate their understanding of the material.
Students taking the course as an immersion only may opt out of leading chanting sessions; students taking the course as a teacher training and preparing for Module 2 may be invited to sing solo or lead group chanting sessions as they feel ready.
LINKS OF INTEREST:
- Prerequisites for attending Module 1
- Extensive Multi-Media Learning Resources available to Trainees
- Read Curriculum Outline for Module 2 ~ Sharing the Heart of Sound with Others
- Reviews from Trainees and Graduates
“I have been practicing every day with maybe missing two days since we all gathered for Module 1 four months ago. I am still, if not more, incredibly grateful every single day for the knowledge and insights of this practice. It literally feels like coming home.”– LauraLynn Jansen, www.theyoke.yoga