The ancient teachings and stories, on which modern Yoga practice is based, were handed down for centuries in verbal form, through precise methods of chanting in Sanskrit, the ancient learned language of India. Chanting has a deep resonance, which many find healing, and chanting can itself be a meditation. It can improves your voice, giving it more depth and resonance, and helping you be more genuinely convincing in whatever you say. Chanting opens your ears to music and singing since, being based on just three notes, it is much more accessible than most modern music. By chanting Sanskrit, an ancient language much more strongly articulated than modern languages, you will improve your diction, and it will even tone the muscles of your face!
When chanting in a group with a teacher one has an appreciation of the manner in which Yoga was learnt traditionally, which is hard to experience any other way. Much of the content of the Classical Texts can be better appreciated if understood with the heart, through chanting, rather than with the head, through study. Chanting is another aspect of Yoga, another path to finding space within, another way of focussing, of developing clarity and concentration, and leaving one feeling awakened and refreshed.
My background in chanting comes not only from the Vedic chanting revealed to us by Sri Desikachar, but from annual four-day immersions in Tantric chanting with Muz Murray from 1993-2006 and further therapeutic voice-work. I have just returned from further intense personal training in Vedic Chant with the internationally renowned Radha Sundararajan in Chennai. Currently, I offer one-to-one tuition in chanting and my student Jacqui Morris is kindly organising a monthly chanting group at the Clift Meadow Pavilion, off Minchens Lane, Bramley, near Basingstoke RG26 5BH - please enquire with Jacqui: firstname.lastname@example.org
Next dates are:
Sunday 28th October
Sunday 18th November
Sunday 2nd DecemberClick here to download a flyer for the last Mantra Seminar on Sunday 23 September (.pdf file 27kb) (this gives directions). Click here to hear and repeat Vyasa's Chant in Praise of Yoga 'Through Yoga, Yoga is Known' (.pdf file 27kb) Click here to download a copy of the chant (.pdf file 473kb)>