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Mantra Workshop

The path of mantra connects us with the universal vibration that lies underneath all forms, and thus shows us in a deep and practical way the sound code of the universe. This allows us to discern between the vibrations that darken and bring our consciousness down from those that raise it and make it brighter. In this way, mantra yoga constitutes an extraordinary technology both for therapy and for meditation (the ultimate form of therapy) through which we can grow in self-responsibility and empower ourselves to effectively transform our lives, opening our heart to love and devotion, to healing, to the expansion of awareness, and to the maintenance of our energy positively oriented.

 

 

from thousands of years ago...

 

mantra yoga

heals our body,

cleans our mind,

protects our path,

pacifies our emotions,

balances our polarities,

awakens our intuition,

develops our attention,

calms our thoughts down,

purifies our karmic knots,

illuminates our dharmic purpose,

gives rise to the opening of our hearts,

empowers us for carrying out right actions, 

brings about the expansion of our listening and consciousness,

facilitates the meeting and emergence of our natural voice and expression,

guides us towards the recognition of our higher self, our true inner nature.

 

The power of word. The power of sound. The power of devotion.

 

It’s not necessary to “believe” on anything or anyone.

It’s all about practicing… and perceiving what comes.

 

Contents: 

 

This course constitutes a detailed practical and theoretical introduction to mantra meditation. Fundamental tools are offered to the students for their personal practice, as well as an exposition of the key theoretical aspects to understand and experience the ancestral depth of the mantra tradition in yoga.

 

  • General introduction: what is mantra and why practice it?

  • Description of the three complementary pillars for a complete and effective practice of mantra yoga: word, sound and devotion.

  • Practical and theoretical introduction to the six aspects or rules in mantra chanting according to the taittirīya upapaniṣad:

    • Varna (syllables, articulation: the phonetic factor).

    • Matra (duration of the recitation of vowels in each syllable: the time factor).

    • Balam (force of enunciation in each syllable: the dynamic factor).

    • Santana (punctuation, pauses: the rhythmic factor).

    • Svara (note, tuning: the sound factor).

    • Sama (melodic continuity in the successive linking of the svara: the musical factor).

  • Introduction to the devanāgari alphabet (the alphabet of sanskrit, as well as of sanskrit-derived languages like hindi and nepali) for the correct and accurate pronunciation of the syllables (varna), duration (matra), force of articulation (balam) and punctuation (santana).

  • Chanting with natural voice: how to be aware of and open our natural voice in its full potential according to mantric voice culture; how to develop  a clear, free and stable soundthrough the dhrupad techniques (a musical derivation of mantra chanting which constitutes the most ancestral and meditative tradition of Indian Classical Music) 

  • Singing with a drone: what is a drone sound? how to generate consonance (samvad) between the voice and the drone, thus obtaining the characteristic effect of accurate micro-tuning for each sound (svar), as well as their melodic continuity (sama). 

  • Introduction to the theory, practice and evolution of the different melodic forms in mantra chanting:

    • Monotonal chanting: one constant note.

    • Tritonal chanting: alternation of the three “magical notes” (udatta, anudatta and svarita).

    • Politonal chanting: development of the rāgas (“modal scales”), which emerged from the chanting of the sāma veda.

  • Different types of mantra, different ways of practicing them and specific applications.

  • What is a japa mala and how to use it. Different types of mala and their properties.

  • Experiential integration of all these contents through an in-depth instruction and extensive group ritual-practice comprising some of the fundamental mantras for the yogic tradition​

Teacher: साक्षिन sākṣin (Víctor García Cruz) 

Practical information

  • Date: 

    • Wednesday 11th of September 2019, 11u - 18u​

  • Free pick-up from the station in Tongeren can be provided. 

  • Price: €75​

  • Tea, water, meditation cushions will be provided

  • For more information or subscription you can use the reservation form. 

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