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Chanting: Yoga of the Heart

Chanting: Yoga of the Heart

Overview

Fear. Anxiety. Anticipation. Longing. Love. Frustration. Hope.

Whatever you are holding, carrying, or feeling, I invite to bring it all. Every emotion is fuel for the practices of bhakti. We put them in the gas tank as fuel, to nourish our deeper intentions. So, let’s gather together, face in one direction (inward) together, and call to our infinite capacity of love, grace, fierceness, diligence.

Bhakti can be a solace and a window into the clarity so many of us are craving during this time.

Bring alive and learn the ancient mantras, purāṇas (myths),and deities all while chanting from the heart.

The practices of bhakti are the practices of loving what is, embracing it fully (even if our impulse toward it is one of aversion) and transmuting it—grief, ugliness, passion, grasping, joy—into a force for presence and being with what is.

We will explore

  • Mantra and meaning
  • How to lead chanting
  • Stories of the deities/aspects of the self we invoke through chanting
  • What devotion means in our own lives
  • Expression through sound and voice
  • English translations of Sanskrit chants
  • Intention and sound

Who This Is For

  • Dedicated yoga practitioners who feel the calling to go deeper, integrating the philosophy of yoga into their daily life & practice
  • Yoga teachers who want to deepen their practice of bhakti, and share it in their own teaching
  • Those who have trained to teach, but want to gain a more complete grasp of the heart of yoga before beginning to teach
  • Anyone who wishes who live from a sense of devotion and express that in the world

Course Content and Outline

The course includes over 6 weeks of guided study and practice that include:

  • Weekly recorded dharma talks and discussions about devotion, chanting, and self-expression
  • Chants and more chants, including written transliterations of the sanskrit and melodies
  • Asana and seated practices to support the breath and connect to your heart
  • Ongoing access to ongoing course updates
  • Questions for self-study and contemplation
  • Discussion and community connection
  • Bonus offering: A few chants will be taught on the harmonium
    *please note this is not a harmonium course. A few chord arrangements may be offered along the way, but the primary course focus is on bhakti.

Schedule

Each week, a new module of training content will be released. You can view the materials at your own pace during the week and watch them again and again.

  • Intro—Why we Chant. Explore why we chant and meet Janet and the guest teachers.
  • Module 1—What is Bhakti? Explore the meaning of bhakti, yoga of the heart.
  • Module 2—Variations of Chanting. Explore different kinds of chanting, including sanskrit, bija (seed mantras), chakra mantras, and more.
  • Module 3—Chanting and mythology. Explore chants to different embodiments of the divine, and explore how these reflect aspects of ourselves.
  • Module 4—Exploring the Voice and Music. Explore ways to tap into your unique voice, and explore the musical scales used in many mantras.
  • Module 5—Exploring Voice and Rhythm. Go deeper into explorations of the voice.
  • Module 6—Integration. Explore chanting in a class

Required Reading

Music and Mantras: The Yoga of Mindful Singing for Health, Happiness, Peace & Prosperity by Girish.

Certification Hours

Teachers receive 30 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credit. This program also counts as an elective for Janet’s teacher training programs.

Janet Stone

Janet Stone

Janet’s studentship began at 17 under the meditation teachings of Prem Rawat. His reverence for simplicity and finding joy in the rise and fall of life live on in her practice and teaching today. In 1996, she traveled to India, the birthplace of her grandfather, and became dedicated to the path of yoga. Janet blends the alchemy of her own practice with decades of studentship. She aspires not to teach but to allow the practice to emanate from her, letting awareness blend with movement and breath. Based in Bali and San Francisco, she leads immersions, retreats, workshops and more.

Girish

Girish

Girish is an eclectic artist with roots in jazz, world, and sacred music. His musical talents find expression in a wide array of instruments – including tablas, world percussion, guitar, harmonium, and voice. For as long as he can remember, Girish has created rhythm to accompany life. When he was eight years old, his parents gave him a little red snare drum as a bargaining tool to stop him from banging on everything else in the house.

Sita Devi

Sita Devi

Sita Devi is a yogini, kirtan artist, and ecstatic dance facilitator in service to the divine. She holds a BFA in dance from the University of California Santa Barbara, completed her 500 hours of training in Kona, Hawaii in 2007, and has been teaching yoga for 10 years most exclusively at Namaste Yoga + Wellness in Oakland, Yoga Tree in Berkeley, Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica, and at festivals and conferences worldwide. She teaches various modalities of Yoga including Vinyasa Flow, Bhakti Vinyasa Flow, and Restorative Yin. In 2015, Sita filmed a complete Bhakti Yin series for Udaya Yoga Online in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Nat Kendall

Nat Kendall

San Francisco based yoga teacher, world music recording artist and devoted student of yoga, Nat Kendall shares his wisdom of the teachings in a heartfelt and grounded way that will easily awaken beginners and re-inspire long time practitioners. Instantly accessible and relevant to our modern times, the grace of Nat’s teachings pour through in tangible practices, tools, techniques and insights that are sure to enlighten your spiritual path and yogic journey.

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