GAYATRI MANTRA, SOUND SADHANA
with Natasha Nandini
At – The Ananta Yoga Studios,5, Wentworth Place, Wicklow Town
On – Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd December 2017
Bookings – Booking is essential
Call/Text Liz Richards 086 8963425
Payment options will be given on registration as above.
We are delighted and honoured to welcome Natasha Nandini of Gandharva Yoga to our studios for the first time to facilitate these special workshops.
There will be three sessions over this weekend. Friday night can be taken on its own but both Saturday morning & afternoon sessions must be taken together. It is highly recommended for those participating in the Saturday workshops to attend also on Friday evening.
Details as follows –
Friday 1st December
This evening of music is open to all.
Singing is one way that we can gather our own personal power. While the aim of this gathering is to learn the powerful Gayatri mantra, it is also the aim, through music, to retain the information spontaneously in a delightful and enjoyable way.
There are two levels of well-being; the physical, and the mental. While the foods we take in address the first, it is through mantra that our mental or psychological healing is taken care of. Mantra can be seen as a way of harmonising ourselves with the power of that which is higher than us. Mantra is seen to be a manifestation of the cosmic vibration and so it has the potency of cleansing our psychic environment.
The Gayatri mantra is dedicated to the Sun Deity, Savitri from the Rig Veda. It is held in high regard with citations in many important texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and some Upanishads.
Mantra is a form of meditation (dhyana). It is in the intention and attention of its repetition that the true power of mantra is released.
In India students recite this mantra in order to acquire all aspects of knowledge. It is used to enhance memory, and take away deprivation. It is said that by chanting this mantra the face will shine bright, the eyes will sparkle, intelligence and concentration will grow, anger will be silenced, and fulfillment is acquired.
SOUND SADHANA & YOGA
Saturday 2nd December
10.00am -12.00pm Sound Sadhana
2.00pm – 4.00pm Yoga Practice
(while not essential, Friday night will be a good introduction/preparation for Saturday)
Sound, through energy, frequency and vibration prepares the mind and body for yogic postures on a subtle level.
The use of sound to elevate, relax and improve the body and mind can be traced back to the oldest sacred texts, the Vedas, c1900BC.
The instruction manuals of these works place much emphasis on sound, rhythm and correct placement of limbs to elevate the participant’s quality of being to a new dimension of experience.
It was believed that while the person who took part in the activity was to benefit the most from these practises, the participating audience would also profit, thereby extending the benefits to the welfare of the rest of the world. The Yajnavalkya Siksa states that sound is a nutrient and through the listening faculty it touches the five senses. It is known to have a direct link to consciousness, affecting the blood, the metabolism, the nervous system and one’s mood.
Please take some time to watch & listen to this beautiful work by Natasha Nandini in the link below.
Since 1997 Natasha has been studying yoga, Indian classical dance and Indian classical vocal as methods to cultivate the self.
In her spare time she studies Tantra, mainly non dualistic Kashmiri Shaivism and the Shri Vidya, with a focal point on srsti/samhara through sound.
She is currently re working a translation of a Tantric text attributed to Shri Goraknath, the first edition is available as a free PDF download on her website
She has been travelling to Varanasi, India for the last 20 years to deepen her studies and to host cultural tours with an emphasis on an inside look at the musical and religious lives of the local people.
She currently lives in London where she teaches Yoga and sound through song.
Her main teachers are Pts. Rajan and Sajan Misra and Prof. Ritwik Sanyal.