Yoga Teacher Training Module

Anandra contributes a special focus on mantra, Sanskrit,

and yoga pose pronunciation for yoga teachers-in-training.

                             

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Sanskrit Pronunciation - The least you need to know

-Learn and internalize 5 tongue placements

-Transliteration System, so students can pronounce any mantra, or any pose name accurately.


The Yoga Poses

-Practice transliteration skills by pronouncing the pose names correctly.

-Demonstrate poses with common word parts (ardho, parivritta, mukha, pada, hasta, paschi, purva, anga, etc.) so they don’t just pass the test, but know it in their body.


Your Authentic Teaching Voice

-The Throat chakra as a vehicle for manifestation, projecting your essence. A calm, confident voice (neither weak nor aggressive) invites students into their own experience of yoga. For the teacher, it’s an opportunity to practice inner yoga and balance their own polarities in the midst of teaching. A weak voice elicits sympathy (students want to take care of the teacher), and an aggressive voice projects ignorance (forcing energy causes students to retract).

-Voice exercises based on the chakras, to open, clear, and beautify your voice.


Creating a Healing Environment for your Yoga Class

-The dynamics of the physical and energetic space affect the students’ experience. Chanting mantra together harmonizes the group energy as well as consecrates the physical space as a sacred location for the practice of yoga. It raises the vibration and increases the likelihood that the student will experience inner yoga, beyond the preparatory performance of asana.

-How to guide an opening “AUM” with your class.

-How to chant an opening invocation mantra for your class. (By yourself, or call and response style.)

-How to chant during savasana for your students.

-How to close the class with group mantra.


Mantra Basics

-What is a mantra?


Why Sanskrit?

-Correlation between letters and petals on the chakras

-Tongue positions and nerve center stimulation (a language for meditation)

-Consonants/vowels, idea/energy, shiva/shakti


Practical Application

-How do they work? How can they help you with everyday life? How spiritual practices can either strengthen duality or lead you out of it, based on a fundamental assumption of separation vs. unity.

-Mantras work on “You,” not for you.

-Examples to unravel particular patterns:

    Remove Obstacles (in life and spiritual growth)

    Abundance/Finances

    Transform Negative Personal Qualities

    Depression

    Relationship Harmony

    Clarity Life purpose/Service


FAQ on Mantras:

-The different classes of mantras for different outcomes (with examples): liberation, seed, with form, without form, planetary, to stop harm, etc. 

-Who “wrote” the mantras? Where do they come from?

-Are they to Hindu Gods? Clarify anthropomorphism and the many unique facets of the One God. When understood esoterically, there is no conflict between mantra chanting any any world religion.

Why are there so many versions? (The difference between Vedic mantra chanting, lay chanting, kirtan, bhajan, and mantras used in popular music.)

How important is pronunciation?


Developing a mantra practice:

-How to use a mala

-Where/when to practice

-Practicing mantra during/before/after your asana practice

-Using Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras as mantras to help you in your yoga asana practice.

-Choosing your mantras  - primary for spiritual practice and supplementary particular temporary issues

-With sound, quietly, or silently? Explain the three levels of speech.

-40-day spiritual disciplines for specific effects


Pronunciation and meaning for most common mantras

Tailored to each teaching group to include mantras from their own teaching lineage, in addition to universally common mantras.



Includes handouts, diagrams, and voice recordings of each mantra in Sanskrit, transliteration, with detailed meaning and pronunciation. Contact Anandra for referrals from 200-hr and 500-hr Teacher Trainers and details on pricing.



More on Mantras


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Personal Mantra Sessions

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Come to a Mantra Class/Retreat/Workshop

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Read and Self-Study

How Mantras Work

Mantra FAQ

Practical Applications of Sanskrit Mantras

Tips for Practicing Mantras

Further Resources on Sanskrit and Mantra



My humble thank you to the many teachers I’ve learned from over the years... Given that whole field of Mantra Yoga, Nada Yoga, Sanskrit, kirtan and chanting is an infinite field of study leading one directly to Source, I readily admit that the more I know, the more I know I don’t know. I happily share what I can, in hopes it’ll expedite your own discovery.

 

Mantras for Yoga Teachers