Chanting 101

May 8 - 12, 2017

Chanting 101

Mantra | Myth:  Awakening the Heart

Spend a week immersed in the bhakti tradition of heart-centered practices, including chanting. We’ll explore the joyful and meditative journey of singing to the divine through call-and-response, which creates a bridge between the individual and the eternal, opening the heart and welcoming the spirit. By singing these prayers we unite our voices and join in a stream of consciousness and devotion that has been flowing for centuries.

Each day, we’ll chant, chant, chant and drink in the wisdom of guest musicians Girish, Nat Kendall, and Sita Devi, who will share their experience and interpretation of bhakti in the training and in Janet’s public classes May 6-13 (**see below). In addition, Jai Uttal will make a special guest appearance in Janet’s Tuesday evening class.

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We will explore

  • Mantra and meaning
  • How to lead chanting
  • Basic harmonium skills
  • Stories of the deities/aspects of the self we invoke through chanting
  • What devotion means in our own lives
  • Expression through sound and voice
  • English translations of Sanskrit chants
  • Intention and sound

Each day will include a morning practice with musical accompaniment, followed by discussion, sharing, and lots of chanting.

Training option

Teachers receive 40 hours of Yoga Alliance continuing education credit (25 contact hours and 15 hours of credit from assigned self-study). This program qualifies towards the Janet Stone Yoga or Yoga Tree 500- and 1000-hour Teacher Training programs.

Approximately 1 hour of homework or group work will be assigned after each session and follow-up reflections and writings will also be required.


$508 early, by April 25
$608 regular
*$408 for JSY and Yoga Tree teacher trainees (includes all public classes)

**Guest Musicians During Janet’s Public Classes at YT Castro
(Drop in: $19 or use your class pass)

Tuesday, May 9: Jai Uttal
Thursday, May 11: Girish
Saturday, May 13: Nat Kendall

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May 8-12, 7:30 am-12:30 pm

Yoga Tree Teacher Training Center
175 De Haro St, Second Floor
(one block north of Yoga Tree Potrero)
(415) 655-3936

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