Then there are those Āsana that you learn solely for practices other than Āsana.

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Then there are those Āsana that you learn solely for practices other than Āsana.

Bhakti Dhyānam uses Japa to build a bridge….

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Bhakti Dhyānam uses Japa to build a bridge,
over the fear bringing streams of the mind.”
– Personal Commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

A day without Gāyatrī is like a day without Sun.

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A day without Gāyatrī is like a day without Sun.

Nyāsa – The Art of drawing the Mantra into the Heart through the Body.

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Nyāsa
The Art of drawing the Mantra into the Heart through the Body.”

The Art of Sacred Chanting – Monthly Veda Mantra and Chant Saṅga

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The Art of Personal Sādhana aims to reflect the fundamentals of Śrī T Krishnamacharya teaching, namely transmission occurs through the direct experience of the teacher with the student’s personal Practice and Study Sādhana through 121 Lessons and Small Study Groups limited to a maximum of five students.

Monthly Group Veda Mantra Chanting Saṅga in the Cotswolds 2017-2018

As well as the Individual Lesson, Weekend Workshop and Longer Course intensive study options through:

A Free Monthly Veda Mantra Chant Class is offered in the Cotswolds as a support for all interested in exploring, learning and experiencing the ancient Art of Veda Mantra as a Sacred Sādhana.

Each monthly meeting will introduce the student to the primary principles and teachings from T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar on the Art of Sounding and authentic Veda Mantra Chanting.

Each meeting will focus on developing the principles of Veda Mantra Chanting and authentic Saṃskṛta Mantra practice through practical experience along with theory teaching on Chant and Saṃskṛta.

“Sound is something that takes you in the direction of its origin.”
– TKV Desikachar

Veda Mantra Chanting in small groups allows interested students from all backgrounds to practice with the added support of others and benefit from the group dynamic. Small group classes can also support developing or enhancing a personal practice.

“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

The Art of Veda Mantra Chanting Class is limited to a maximum of five students to allow for a personalised approach, interactive teaching and in-depth transmission between student and teacher.

Meetings will be at Paul’s home studio, near Stroud, monthly on Wednesdays from 6.45 – 8.00pm.

Upcoming Dates. Please contact Paul to discuss dates and places.

The Monthly Veda Mantra Chanting Class is free and all are welcome to join, though a consistent commitment would be helpful for both student and teacher.

As the group will be limited to a maximum of five students please contact Paul to confirm a place is available. The meetings will be free and there will be no fee for the ongoing sessions.

Yoga Sūtra Chanting for the Mind……

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Temple Chanting in Ansuyadevi on Pañca Kedar

Yoga Sūtra Chanting for the Mind.
Veda Mantra Chanting for the Soul.

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Chanting is a practice that uses language to experience ‘That’……

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Chanting is a practice that uses language
to experience ‘That’ which is beyond language.

Learning to Chant the Four Chapters of the Yoga Sūtra

Learning to Chant the Four Chapters of the Yoga Sūtra

This post is a kind of addendum to a longer post last August on ‘The strength, depth and potential of Krishnamacharya’s teachings around practice Sādhana“. In this post I talked about the long term development and refinement of the different aspects that constitute a Yoga practice.

These many different aspects of formal practice fell into two general groups:

  • Firstly Bahya Aṅga Sādhana through Haṭha Yoga and the practice of Kriyā, Āsana, Mudrā, Prāṇāyāma and Bandha
  • Secondly Antar Aṅga Sādhana through Rāja Yoga and the practice of Dhyānam and Bhakti Adhyayanam or the chanting of the Veda or Jñāna Adhyayanam or the chanting of the Yoga Sūtra

In this post I also used the analogy of raising a family and how to accommodate the “the emerging of other issues we have to contend with, such as the impact on our time, energy and priorities around additional commitments”.

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Experiencing the Yoga Sūtra through Chanting

Experiencing the Yoga Sūtra through Chanting

Over two years ago I offered a short post around Making a start in learning to Chant the Yoga Sūtra, an extract from which is quoted below:

“Mostly we come across the teachings of the Yoga Sūtra through a group class situation or by coming across a book. This is fine as a starting point, however longer term the Yoga Sūtra needs to permeate from the inside rather than just be read and thought about from the outside.

A good starting point for initiating this psychic process is to learn how to chant as a process in itself and then how to chant the Yoga Sūtra specifically. As well as offering a deepening of contact with those special Bhāvana that arise from Chanting, this can also be extremely helpful for the memory processes involved.

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A Mantra is that which shapes space through vibration of sacred syllables.

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A Mantra is that which shapes space through vibration of sacred syllables.
In the art of Mantra Saṃskṛta is a sacred tool for shaping sacred form out of space.
Sounding the Saṃskṛta according to the precisions of pronunciation and vibration
manifests the sacred form inherent in each Mantra out of universal space.
The ancient seers understood this process and left us sacred phonemes
to guide our journey into and beyond the self.

The more I chant the more I remember what my teacher taught me.

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Temple Chanting in Ansuyadevi on Pañca Kedar

“The more I chant the more I remember what my teacher taught me.”

I feel the importance of taking personal responsibility for correct pronunciation of Saṃskṛta…..

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I feel the importance of taking personal responsibility for correct pronunciation of Saṃskṛta should not be compromised by learning laziness and with it the sloppy pronunciation so apparent today, even amongst Yoga teachers of many years.

There is a vibrational power inherent in these powerful Yoga concepts in Saṃskṛta that can only be realised through correct pronunciation. Or at least learn how to pronounce the word Āsana as it is meant to be heard.

Make friends with a Mantra and you have a friend for life.

Make friends with a Mantra and you have a friend for life.

Making a start in learning to Chant the Yoga Sūtra

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Mostly we come across the teachings of the Yoga Sūtra through a group class situation or by coming across a book.

This is fine as a starting point, however longer term the Yoga Sūtra needs to permeate from the inside rather than just be read and thought about from the outside.

A good starting point for initiating this psychic process is to learn how to chant as a process in itself and then how to chant the Yoga Sūtra specifically.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 4 – The Yoga Sūtra become as if metaphysical Mantra when……

“The Yoga Sūtra become as if metaphysical Mantra,
when they can be an internal intonation,
as well as an external edification.”
– Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

Link to Series: 108 Sutra Study Pointers

Learning the Art of Mantra and Vedic Chanting

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with Paul Harvey in the Cotswolds

Paul was taught Mantra and Vedic Chanting privately within 121 lessons by his teacher TKV Desikachar over 20 years. As well as studying Chanting, he also studied Indian singing through 121 lessons in Chennai within both the traditional Indian Carnatic and Hindustani music systems.

Paul also explored the application of Indian voice work in the West with some of the leading proponents of Indian Rāga singing and movement fusion workshops and Indian Rāga 121 vocal skills lessons.

Originally it was during Pauls continuing visits to study the Arts and Practices of Yoga from 1979 with Desikachar in India that he became exposed to the Art of Mantra, Veda and Yoga Chanting. It was taught by his teacher both as a method of transmission for sacred texts and teachings and as a personalised Sādhana through which one became deeply focused as well as facilitating access to the profundity of an experience of the Sacred.

This experience and the other benefits such as a deepening confidence in the message of the heart, improvements in memory through the teaching and learning processes, confidence and power arising in the sound of our own voice, led Paul in 1985 to begin nearly 20 years of formal study with his teacher.

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