An Epiphany could come in any form and it changes the way you live …
When I signed up for a two week intensive vedic chanting workshop at Chennai’s Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram three and a half years ago , little did I know what I was getting into. Not only did the mantras fill me with positive vibes, but I found a huge difference in my breathing patterns.
After all chanting is an exhalation that requires supreme control over the breath. Also there’s an immense amount of concentration to get it. The correct pronunciation, which is called varna in sanskri , and the correct use of tones, or swaras are essential to ensure that the meaning of the mantra doesn’t change.
Even if you don’t understand Sanskrit , I feel that recognising the different qualities of the mantras is instinctive – they can be meditative , energising , heating , cooling or balancing.
The classical way of learning Vedic chanting is through the process of adhyayanam , which involves listening to the teacher and then repeating the mantras , promoting memory and focus.
For me, the everyday became a sadhana , a discipline that I maintain along with my yoga practice. Vedic chanting is a dying art and I am committed now to protecting it and spreading the message of the Vedas . So I followed up the workshop with a two year teacher training course , during which I also did a recording for the opening ceremony of the Common wealth games held in Delhi in 2010.
I now continue to teach and amalgamate the practice of yoga ,chanting and body work in different parts of India and overseas.