121 Live or Online Lessons in the Art of Yoga Sūtra or Veda Mantra Chanting

Desikachar and Paul Chanting in 1999

The aim of individual tuition is to reflect the fundamentals of Krishnamacharya’s teaching, namely, transmission occurs through the direct experience of the teacher with the student’s personal Yoga practice and study through one to one meetings.

Paul was taught the Art of Veda Mantra, Indian Textual and Yoga Sūtra Chanting as a personal Sādhana through one to one lessons with TKV Desikachar over 20 years. As well as studying Chanting, he also studied Indian singing through one to one lessons in Chennai within both the Carnatic and Hindustani music systems for 5 years.

Initially, it was during Paul’s visits to study the Arts and Practices of Yoga with TKV Desikachar in India that he became exposed to the Art of Sounding, Sūtra and Mantra Chanting as a Sacred Sādhana. It was taught by his teacher to facilitate transmission of sacred teachings and as a personalised Sādhana through which one can become immersed in the profundity of an experience of the Sacred.

“To share Chanting is to share an experience of silence through listening,
a process of healing, and a link with nature, the deeper self and the divine.”
– TKV Desikachar

Paul also worked with one to one lessons with Desikachar’s own senior-most Chanting students including Sujaya Sridhar and Desikachar’s wife Menaka Desikachar. Through these many one to one resources to refine both Veda Mantra and Yoga Sūtra Chanting, Paul’s interest in this ancient art and practice flourished.

Paul further explored voice work in the West with some of the leading proponents of Indian Rāga singing and movement fusion group workshops, as well as one to one Indian Rāga vocal skills lessons.

What are the unique advantages of learning Chanting within a 121 dialogue?

  • Individual meetings offer an individualised and developmentally progressive pathway
  • Personal support specialisation for a practice intensity and in-depth presentation
  • Exclusive one to one learning environment supporting attention to the student
  • Traditional transmission between teacher and student to optimise absorption
  • Relevance to the individual’s situation through dialogue facilitating interaction
  • Studying practice and theory with a personal rather than teacher training priority

Furthermore according to T Krishnamacharya Chanting for adults needs to be taught within a one-to-one collaborative relationship between teacher and student, as one might work with an Osteopath, or Medical Herbalist, or Homeopath, or Physiotherapist, or Psychotherapist, or Acupuncturist, or even Personal Coach.

Personal Chanting Practice – 121 Live or Online Meetings

However, it is only through personal transmission within one to one lessons that the individual student’s chanting learning needs can be truly met in terms of Saṃskṛta pronouncing, musical pitch, Saṃskṛta timing, vocal strength, ones ability to sustain a note and maintain continuity of breath and sound.

We will meet for lessons of up to an hour through which we can explore your interest and propose a home practice that identifies your needs and offers a structured developmental home practice. The frequency of meetings will also be determined and live personal lessons may be supported by Skype sessions discussing progress and exploring obstacles or problems that may arise.

Increasingly I have found this medium helpful as a means to offer follow up practice support reviews for live 121 students as an adjunct between meetings, especially where there where long distances involved in terms of direct access. This point of contact offered opportunities to discuss questions, or to clarify interpretations, or observe how the students practice mirrored the teachers intention.

Online Personal Chanting Practice – 121 eLesson Meetings

Requests to explore your personal Chanting practice options solely through a virtual medium are a further option. However any choices are also dependent on circumstances, needs and possibilities around the student and the virtual medium.

There are also many practical and theoretical aspects that need to be learnt as underpinnings to the practice of chanting. Thus, as with any aspect of the Viniyoga of practice, it is only through personal transmission within 121 lessons that the individual student’s chanting needs can be truly met in terms of Saṃskṛta pronouncing, musical pitch, Saṃskṛta timing, vocal strength, ones ability to sustain a note and maintain continuity of breath and sound.

So, given these considerations, I am open to discussing options with interested students but would need to look at each situation and the options available. For example, I feel extending into the area of refining a personal chanting practice from a developmental viewpoint also needs to be linked to chanting theory or textual study such as can be developed through the Art of Chanting eStudy Module One.

Live or Online Fees for 121 Lessons or Review Meetings

Chanting sessions will be £56 for a personal lesson of up to one hour or pro-rata if online 50′ of £47, with the option, subject to need and situation, of £28 for a practice review meeting of up to 30′.

Live or Online Free Meeting for your Questions

A free half-hour is offered in the spirit of engaging and attending to your questions and offering, as an experienced guide, what I can from my long studies with my teacher. These one-off meetings are free of any future obligation and are merely a means to yatter around Yoga for me to understand your questions better in order to respond more clearly.

If you are interested then please do contact me and from there we can set up a meeting to chat around options or discuss your needs and requirements regarding one to one lessons. Follow this link for further information on Free Personal Online Meetings or to arrange an online meeting please use the contact page or email me.