Anandra teaches Sanskrit mantra workshops internationally at yoga studios, retreat centers, and the world’s largest yoga and chanting festivals such as BhaktiFest, Yoga Fest Yokohama, and the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh.
The events below are a small taste of The Heart of Sound 200-hour RYT course, and are accredited as Continuing Education courses with Yoga Alliance. Please see the Schedule, or sign up for the Free Resources and opt in to get email notice when events happening online, or near you!
Nāda Yoga: Fall in Love with Sound
Kīrtan with Anandra is a heavenly experience of call and response mantra chanting set to Indian classical rāgas. We begin the saturation in sacred sound with call-and-response rāga singing on the Sanskṛt vowel of ānanda śakti (bliss), Ā… then sing mantras in simple melodies, gradually building to ecstatic intensity. When the mood has reached its fullness, we dissolve the sound back into the stillness of the void. Join us… Discover the worlds within worlds of each musical mood, within each mantric syllable, and release the nectar of your own uniquely sweet devotional voice.
2 – 2.5 hours
Sanskrit: The Body of Mantra
Experience the 50 letter vibrations of the Sanskrit alphabet, which correlate to the 50 petals on the chakras, energy points (marmas) in the body, and the primary energies and elements of creation (śaktis and tattvas). Learn to chant the alphabet, using the 5 precise mouth positions for Sanskrit, which will enable you to pronounce any Sanskrit word accurately in the future. WARNING: This workshop will supercharge your mantra/chanting/kīrtan practice with transcendent bliss, beyond the point of no return!
Peace Mantras from the Heart of Sound
Join Anandra and friends for a transformational evening of kīrtan! Experience refined Sanskrit mantra chanting set to Indian classical rāga melodies. We’ll explore meditational vocal techniques, the living energy of Sanskrit sounds, and the co-creative power of community harmony joined with the ancient technologies of sound and mantra. As we align our hearts, thoughts, words, and musical deeds in a precisely-tuned celebration of peace, we become instruments for that resonance to reverberate through all the worlds!
2 – 2.5 hours
Mantra for the Modern Yogī
In this information-packed workshop, learn the essential practice of mantra repetition for maintaining profound inner connection in the midst of modern life. We’ll cover the history and origin of the different types of mantras for different effects, how to work with the 4 levels of mental function according to Ayurvedic psychology, how to gracefully dissolve habitual negative thought patterns using mantra, and most importantly, how to create a transformational practice for your own life.
2.5 – 3 hours
Vocal Bliss Nāda Yoga: The Self-Shining Voice
In this intimate meditative toning experience, we’ll explore subtle sacred sound through core Indian vocal techniques and rāga call-and-response. You’ll understand – and better yet – experience the tantric philosophy connecting sound and creation. Learn yogāsana and breath practices for the yoga of sound, to remove common mechanical obstacles to your most resonant voice. It’s designed as a training, so you can continue to reveal your unique, devotional voice at home in a fully supported, blissful daily singing practice.
Evolving your Wheel of Karma through Mantra
One of the most useful lectures from the Heart of Sound 200-hour RYT course, this inspiring material makes people consistently write back and say “I finally got free of ____ pattern!” Guided by Anandra’s signature blend of penetrating practical philosophy and humor (which somehow makes deep self-exploration fun), you’ll gain clarity into the inevitable cycle that emerges from your core belief systems. Before your mental, neurochemical and emotional reactions hijack your life to go down a familiar road you’d rather not visit again, empower yourself! We’ll cover specific ways to use specific mantras for changing the pattern at every stage. You’ll leave feeling inspired with the concrete knowledge and tools to start turning the wheel towards where you want to go.
Sound and the 5 Kośas
Did you know you actually have a “bliss body”? Yes, the infinite awareness that is expressing as YOU has a covering made of nothing but ānanda! In the yoga world today, we mostly focus on the “meat suit” and somewhat on the breath. The beauty of the yoga of sound is that the practice directly affects, purifies, and harmonizes all 5 layers of your being. Anandra will guide us through an experience of all 5 bodies, and share practical sound-based yoga tools (mantra + Indian vocal meditation techniques) that help every aspect of your being to be radiantly, resonantly alive.
Exclusive Resources Include:
- Kīrtan lyrics in proper transliteration, Hindustanī vocal toning exercises and rāga practice notes.
- Sanskrit alphabet chart with tattva, chakra, and body point correlations.
- Mantras in hard-to-find properly transliterated Sanskrit and word-by-word meanings.
- Detailed handouts for all training subjects, from mechanics to philosophy.
- MP3s of the alphabet and mantras.
- Access to private instructional videos
Want to host Anandra? Or one of the Heart of Sound RYT graduates living near you?
Please contact us.