Sound and Silence

As a Vedic Chant teacher I am transmitting sounds that reach back to ancient time. These chants have been transferred from teacher to student. 

The use of sound as a tool of yoga allows students to enjoy the benefits of yoga in a new way. Chanting can enrich a practice at both physical and mental levels. For some it is a form of deep meditation. It can be integrated into a practice through asana, or posture work, pranayama or breath work.

Alternatively it can be a discrete practice. The way it is applied will depend on the individual student's practice and their particular inclinations.

Chanting is especially useful as a tool for yoga therapy, where chants may be used when there is severe physical restriction or movement is limited. In some instances the most powerful form of chanting is mental or 'silent chant'.

The Potency of Sound

The use of sound within the tradition of Krishnamacharya originates with the Vedas, an ancient collection of Sanskrit works created over a period of time. These texts were the preserve of certain lineages and traditionally communicated down the male line. In the last century Krishnamacharya is credited with restoring the practice of chanting to women.

For those students who wish to explore chanting either as part of their yoga practice, or to delve deeper into Vedic chant, I suggest that one to one tuition is the most effective way to do this. 

Individual chanting lessons are available online using Skype for those who do not live locally. 

 

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