The focus of Module 2 is preparation for active service sharing the yoga of sound!
We break down the “how to” of leading chanting experiences in great detail and each trainee gets numerous opportunities to practice teach the various methods. Since the yoga of sound inevitably stirs up deep transformation, we address how to artfully facilitate the student’s process with integrity and care. To ground it all into into reality, we support trainees to design professional-level workshops & classes, and address the process of designing your own life to make a living doing what you LOVE!
See more about what our trainees are prepared to teach after graduation!
“I feel empowered, equipped and ripe to offer the Yoga of Sound in my work as a service to the world. I am humbled, grateful, inspired, expanded, stretched, nourished, and ready to lead!”
-Dipika Delmonica, Australia ~ www.amritaayurveda.com.au
Module 2 Learning Objectives
Expanding your Skill Repertoire:
- Chanting Group Dynamics ~ Inviting, building, peaking and integrating a call-and-response chanting session
- Healing Mantras (Part 2) ~ Detailed consideration of using mantras for healing at various levels: elemental, archetypal, ayurvedic, mantra puruṣa.
- Case Studies ~ An empathetic approach to addressing student and client needs with appropriate sound-based practices for their empowerment.
- Next-level practices ~ Sanskrit alphabet and mantra chanting refinement, meditative vocal toning, Indian rāga improvisation, an strategies for leading kīrtans, and much more.
The Teaching Arts:
- The Guru Principle Within ~ Tantric teaching practice that focuses on the student’s empowerment and self-revelation through self-practice.
- Students & Client Assessment ~ from an Ayurvedic psychology perspective
- General Group Dynamics ~ using empathetic listening skillfully to diffuse potential student/client dramas.
- Ethics of Teaching Mantras ~ The principles of sāttvic, rājasic and tāmasic usage and deep integrity is interwoven throughout the training.
- Giving Constructive Feedback ~ By learning how to objectively observe fellow students’ practicums and give detailed feedback, we exponentially improve our own teaching practice.
Making a living doing what you LOVE:
- Extensive support for professional-level workshop planning and preparation.
- Extracting your unique life experience to serve your unique target market.
- Inclusive language to describe the benefits of the yoga of sound in the modern world (including atheists, fundamentalists, and other “unlikely” candidates for learning)
- The business of teaching and seeing clients: resources for branding, social media & traditional marketing, and administrative/organizational strategies.
- The Art of Repose ~ prioritizing self-care as a fundamental aspect of your service.
At the end of Module 2, every trainee should be able to:
- Teach the 5 basic placements of Sanskrit sounds, and guide students to proper production of the 50 Sanskrit alphabets (implications: pronounce any Sanskrit word accurately including mantras, kīrtan lyrics, and yogāsana pose names)
- Guide a meditation using the mantra puruṣa, cakra, or tattva correlations to the Sanskrit sounds
- Lead Sanskrit mantras call and response with a harmonium, in the Vedic chanting style (3 pitches)
- Develop a detailed mantra research project to provide quality information for your upcoming workshops
- Recommend a japa mantra meditation practice to students & clients, including a detailed consideration of their needs and sound-based practices to support those needs, and troubleshooting common obstacles.
- Lead a meditative vocal toning meditation and/or free singing experience based on a simple rāga.
- Infuse a deep understanding of the sympathetic & parasympathetic nervous systems into your teaching, to empower students and clients to evolve knee-jerk habits and find safety in sound
- Explain the human body as an instrument for the self-shining voice; including deep breath awareness and moving from self-connection rather than forcing oneself into an external picture of perfection.
- Use non-violent communication to diffuse negative self-talk and connection with others, including navigating challenging student interactions.
- Apply basic Ayurvedic psychology principles for managing classroom experiences and student interactions.
At the end of Module 2, musically-oriented trainees should be able to:
Note that all students will enter the training already possessing the basic musical literacy that would enable them to lead kīrtan in public or confidently play instruments by the end of the training, but all students will be supported to develop those basic skills!
- Leading public kīrtan, including musical direction, mic setup, supporting musician dynamics, and other professional-level detail.
- Play and tune a tānpūrā to accompany singing and chanting.
NOTE: We’ve learned that with enough practice, miracles are possible! We’ve had students who had never sung in front of others before day 1 of Module 1 lead a rāga-based kīrtan while playing the harmonium by the end of Module 2!
LINKS OF INTEREST:
- Prerequisites for attending Module 1 & 2
- Extensive Multi-Media Learning Resources available to Trainees
- Community & Ongoing Opportunities with the Heart of Sound
- Reviews from Trainees and Graduates