One- to-One Meetings for Chanting as Practice, Study, Inquiry
What are the Arts of Sounding, Yoga Sūtra Chanting and Veda Mantra Chanting?
The Arts of Nāda Yoga or Sounding, Yoga Sūtra Chanting and Veda Mantra Chanting are oral learning and meditative practices from the rich tradition of Indian Spiritual and Psychological teachings on Sacred Sādhana for personal development.
Traditionally Yoga and Veda chanting was called Adhyayanam and is the art of listening and learning to recite with attention and care and a deep involvement of head, heart and body in the outcome.
Paul was taught the Art of Veda and Tantra Mantra, Indian Textual Chanting 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.
“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
Chanting as a practice aligns body, voice, mind, emotions and awareness in the quest for unity with the source from which sound originates. The benefits also include learning to remember how to recite India’s teachings on Spirituality and Psychology from the inside, hence learning by heart, rather than from the outside following from the senses.
Plus we learn how to enhance our sense of attention and reflection and refine the ability to learn to listen, thus improving memory as well as personal confidence around the use of our voice.
Arising out of Sounding, Yoga Sūtra Chanting and Veda Mantra Chanting as a Sacred Sādhana is the possibility of a deeper reflection on the meaning, significance and transformative message of the teachings being chanted, plus a sense of inner stillness, both during the practice itself because of the degree of involvement required and in the vibrational silence that follows its practice.
What are the unique advantages of learning Chanting within a 121 dialogue?
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 – Live or Online 121 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, one’s 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 one-to-one students as an adjunct between meetings, especially where there were long distances involved in terms of direct access. This point of contact offered opportunities to discuss questions, or clarify interpretations, or observe how the student’s practice mirrored the teacher’s 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, one’s 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 £58 for a personal lesson of up to one hour or pro-rata if online 50′ of £48, with the option, subject to need and situation, of £29 for a practice review meeting of up to 30′.
Live or Online 121 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.