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Vedic Chanting: a Yoga of Sound


In the practice of yoga, we place our attention primarily on bodily sensations and breath. In Mantra Yoga, the focus of our attention is placed on special sounds called "Mantras". Mantras are universal seeds of wisdom that can illuminate the path of all true seekers. These special and sacred sounds have been passed down through generations in the exact form they were originally received in. When chanted in their original form, they serve to purify our whole system at a deep level and 

In Introductory Mantra Yoga classes, our first intention is to impart correct pronunciation and intonation of mantras. This is done collectively through call and response in a supportive group setting. Your own voice is supported by the voice of the group. The meaning of the mantras is presented in a gentle and universal way. Along with the art of Vedic Chanting, you also learn how to use mantras as a support for meditation. This may help you start identifying or refining your personal intention for meditation.

The practice of Mantra yoga does not require prior knowledge of music or sanskrit. Vedic chanting only uses three notes. It is a joyful practice which brings us closer to spirit.

                           Introductory Level Course

A new five week Introductory course will be offered, on Wednesday Evenings 7:15 to 8:15 PM, starting November 4th. Tuition for the five classes is $25.

                            Monthly Vedic Chant Classes

           This is an ongoing class for people who have learned the basics
           of Vedic Chanting. Dates TBA.

Teachers' background and qualifications: Martine Burat and Kerry Koen were introduced to Yoga, Chanting, and Mantra Practice by their yoga mentor, Mary Louise Skelton. Since Mary-Lou's passing in 1995, they have continued their studies with Vedic Chant teacher Sonia Nelson from the Vedic Chant Center in Santa Fe. Martine has also studied the practice of mantra meditation with another of Desikachar's senior teacher from Belgium, Claude Marechal. She studied sanskrit with Vyass Houston, founder of the American Sanskrit Institute. Kerry is an accomplished piano player and teacher and an accompanist at Colgate University.