In order to use our precious time together for the direct experience, immersion and synthesis that can only take place in person, please complete the prerequisites prior to attending the course. They need not be completed prior to your application. In some Module 1 programs, you’re eligible to receive a $108 homework rebate if the reports are completed 30 or more days prior to your start date!
Shortly after your application and registration fees are paid, you’ll receive an email from us with the report forms to fill out. Enjoy your learning!
Please scroll all the way down for an important note about optional instrument purchase.
Prerequisites if you’re applying for Module 1:
- Read Mantra Yoga and Primal Sound, by Dr. David Frawley
- Read Ayurveda and the Mind, by Dr. David Frawley
- Read Non-Violent Communication, by Marshall Rosenberg
- Read the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali, sweet and simple translation by Chip Hartranft, available for free as a PDF at http://www.arlingtoncenter.org/Sanskrit-English.pdf
- Read Anandra’s e-book “Mantra Yoga” (available free from this website).
- Watch “Sanskrit: The Least you Need to Know” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgvN7e6cT_E
For your convenience, the prerequisite items for purchase are in an Amazon wishlist here: http://amzn.com/w/3SLKZQ22I9ZI7. (The 3 books are also available in electronic versions on GooglePlay.)
Homework due 30 days before Module 1:
- Reading Report: Ayurveda and the Mind, Ch. 2
- Reading Report: Ayurveda and the Mind, Ch. 3
- Reading Report: Nonviolent Communication
- Book Report: Mantra Yoga and Primal Sound
Recommended (Not Required before Module 1)
- Attend a 40-day Online Mantra Group with Anandra and successfully complete 40 days of mantra practice (included in your Module 1 fee – please email email@example.com for the next start dates.) – OR – Receive a private session with Anandra and do a custom 40-day personal mantra practice.
- Submit a completed Sadhana Observation Report.
Read The Mysticism of Sound and Music, Hazrat Inayat Khan
Read Vijñānabhairava Tantra by Jaidev Singh, or Radiance Sutras by Lorrin Roche
If you want to learn harmonium and are a complete beginner, you may want to take the basic lessons from Kirtan Central: http://www.bhaktibreakfastclub.com/harmonium101
- Watch Raga Unveiled (DVD) Gita Desai (with attention to the philosophical aspects and general introduction in the first section). Note that watching this DVD is important especially for those students wishing to incorporate the musical/nāda yoga elements of the course directly into their teaching work. For those students wishing to focus on transformation through mantra practice, it is not essential. (It IS inspiring, however!) A copy will be available for you to watch at Rishikesh if you would like to borrow it during the course.
- Read blog posts at: http://truefreedomcoaching.com/category/mantra/
If you’d like to attend Module 2 shortly after Module 1, please complete the following additional assignments:
1. First, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with
a. a cover letter explaining why you’d be a great candidate for taking Module 1 & 2 in close sequence.
b. a curriculum vitae style of list of your experience with Sanskrit, mantra, music, and teaching
c. two voice recordings: First, please record yourself chanting any Sanskrit mantra. Second, if you can chant the Sanskrit alphabet, please send a recording. If you can’t, just let us know so we can direct you to training resources or private sessions with Anandra or training staff. We learn the Sanskrit alphabet during the first 3 days of Module 1, but it’s very useful if you have some prior experience with it. (If emailing Mp3 files is technically challenging for you, you may also leave recordings on Anandra’s US voicemail: 1-808-440-0691)
Homework due 30 days before Module 1:
1. Complete all of the prerequisites for Module 1.
2. Fill out a “Sadhana Observation Report” while attending a 40-day Online Mantra Group with Anandra and/the Heart of Sound teaching team.
Homework due 1 day before Module 2 (to be completed during the week off):
1. Report: NVC buddy session
1) If the schedule is not convenient for you to participate in the group, you may have a private session with Anandra and do a 40-day sadhana on your own. (The $108 online group fee included in your registration will be applied to the private session fees.)
2) If you are registering less than 40 days before the course starts, you may emphasize your previous personal practice disciplines (mantra, meditation, or otherwise) to be considered in lieu of a 40-day mantra practice. In this case, you’ll be required to complete a 40-day mantra meditation practice after the course in order to get a signed 200-hour RYT certification.
If you’d like to attend Module 2 several months after Module 1:
- You may complete the 40-day mantra practice and “Sadhana Observation Report” in the interim.
- You may complete the NVC buddy session report in the interim.
Please contact stephanie @ truefreedomcoaching.com (or support @ truefreedomcoaching.com) for any questions about prerequisites, and we’ll be happy to help you!
Optional Instrument Purchase
It’s highly recommended that you have musical support for your chanting practice during the training, and in the interim between modules. We recommend the following:
- An iPhone app called iTablaPro (instructions are provided in your training manual, and we use it extensively during the course.) It’s about $30 USD and is indespensible! Everyone should download it before the course. iShala is an Android app that compares, but it sorely lacks the quality and versatility of iTablaPro.
- A shruti box is an inexpensive, small, portable drone instrument with simple reeds (it’s like a harmonium, but with no keys). It’s a useful background sound, but a harmonium is much more versatile.
- A harmonium is extremely useful for leading chanting experiences, whether you’re planning to simply lead Vedic style mantras (with 3 pitches), or whether you want to learn rāgas and lead the rāga-based kīrtan style we focus on in the Heart of Sound, and/or lead Western style kīrtan chants with chords. You can get small ones built for travel; models like those built by Heart of Sound alumnus David Estes http://ragamalapeti.com/ are more expensive, but usually well worth it. You can also get larger, stay-at-home models (which tend to be cheaper, and more prone to strange mechanical tics, buzzing keys, going out of tune, and breakage.
- A tanpura is a large stringed instrument that you’ll fall in love with! It’s not practical for travel, and can be difficult to tune, but if you’re you’re musically inclined and wishing to maintain a deep nāda yoga practice, it’ll be a precious investment you will be happy with every day. The electronic ones just aren’t the same!
For Rishikesh trainings, our contributing teacher Sudhanshu arranges purchases in advance to be shipped to Rishikesh prior to Module 1 start date and personally checks their quality. For trainings in other locations, you’ll have to arrange your own instrument purchase separately. For tanpuras and larger harmoniums, we can recommend reliable sources (or as reliable as possible, in India! ;0 ). For the portable harmoniums, we recommend http://ragamalapeti.com/.