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and moving closer to Spirit

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In the practice of Asana and Pranayama, our attention is gently brought towards bodily sensations and breath.
In Chanting, the focus of our attention is on listening and reproducing sacred words which are regarded as universal seeds of wisdom which can illuminate the path of all true seekers.

In classes, our first intention is to impart correct pronunciation and intonation of these sounds called "Mantras". It is said that only when these sounds are properly repeated in the exact form they were received in, will they serve to purify our system at a deep level. 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 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. The best way to understand what Vedic Chanting is like is to experience it. If you think the class might be of interest to you, please contact Martine at info@upstateyogainstitute.com to arrange to observe a class for free. You can just listen to the chants and we understand that this free trial is not a commitment on your part.                           

Teachers' background and qualifications: Martine Burat and Kerry Koen were introduced to Yoga, Chanting, and Mantra practice by their yoga mentor, Mary Louise Skelton. After their teacher's passing, they have continued their studies with Vedic Chant teacher Sonia Nelson from the Vedic Chant Center in Santa Fe. Martine was introduced to Sanskrit by Vyass Houston, founder of the American Sanskrit Institute. Kerry is an accomplished piano player and teacher and an accompanist at Colgate University.