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Vedic Chanting/Mantra Yoga
 Freeing our Voice
as a way to experience
the Source of Vibration


   

In the practice of Asana and Pranayama, the attention is guided primarily towards bodily sensations and breath.
In Vedic Chanting, the focus of our attention is placed on breath and sound. The sounds we focus on are special and sacred sounds which 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. These sounds, which are called "mantras", are universal seeds of wisdom that can illuminate the path of all true seekers. 

In class, 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.                          

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.