Mantras and chanting are an ancient part of the yogic tradition. There are many traditional mantras—the Divine name encased in sacred sound structures—and they are powerful when repeated, creating a special vibration that provides healing benefits and profound transformation.
In the practice of kirtan, the spiritual singing and chanting of the Divine name, we musically repeat mantras together, to create a strong and positive vibration. This practice allows you to open your heart, voice, and hands to receive the benefits of kirtan.
Learn a little about Sanskrit pronunciation. Be introduced to the main deities. Try your hand at drumming or other percussion. Learn to lead a chant, if you like.
Each session will include pranayama (breathing exercises), a talk and chanting. Class will end with meditation.
After 18 years of teaching and service at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Los Angeles, Swami Sivasankariananda joined staff at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in May 2014. She has served as director of the San Francisco Center since February of 2015. She completed her TTC at the Yoga Farm in 1997 and ATTC there in 2008. She has been on yatra in north and south India and Mount Kailas. She loves to teach and is particularly fond of the Bhakti Yoga practices. She was initiated into sannyas in 2017 and is a certified yoga therapist. She is enrolled in the 800-hour Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training and a 350-hour Pain Care Mentorship Program.