What is Vedic Chanting?

In the practice of Asana and Pranayama, our attention is gently brought towards bodily sensations and breath. In the practice of Chanting, the focus of our attention is on listening and reproducing specific sounds which serve to purify our system at a deep and subtle vibrational level.

These special sounds, called “mantras”,  need to be imparted with correct pronunciation and intonation, in the exact form they were originally received. This is done collectively through call and response with your own voice is supported by the voice of the group.

This form of chanting is called “Vedic” because the mantras come from the Veda, which is a body of universal seeds of wisdom which originated in India but can illuminate the path of all true seekers. In class, the meaning of the mantras is presented in a gentle and universal way.

Along with the art of Chanting, you will 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. During class, you can chose to just listen to the chants and we understand that this free trial is not a commitment on your part.     


Our 4 week Beginner’s Course gently introduces participants to the art of chanting, a joyful group practice accessible to all. Chanting was widely used in Vedic times to help people open to the presence of spirit and as a means to transmit wisdom. Passages from the Upanisads as well as Yoga sutras will be used to familiarize participants with the basics of chanting. This group class cannot be offered right now due to Covid but you can write to Martine at info@upstateyogainstitute.com if you are interested in some private zoom chanting classes.   


This class is currently offered on Wednesday evenings on Zoom and requires prior experience.

Teacher’s background and qualifications

Martine Burat was introduced to Chanting and Mantra practice 30 years ago by her yoga mentor, Mary Louise Skelton, founder of Upstate Yoga Institute. Around the same time, she was introduced to Sanskrit by Vyaas Houston, founder of the American Sanskrit Institute. For the last 25 years, Martine continued her studies in Vedic Chanting and Philosophy with Sonia Nelson from the Vedic Chant Center in Santa Fe. 

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