Course Material 

• gāyatrī mantraḥ

learn the bīja mantraḥ for the gāyatrī

learn the krama pāṭhaḥ and jaṭā pāṭhaḥin more depth

experience further practices with the gāyatrī

• learn the śiva sūtra ~ this is the chant that came out of śiva’s ḍamaru drum when he banged it 14 times, when re-enacting the creation of the universe in order to help everyone remember who they truly are. It is the chant that inspired ’the 8 meditations’ - recognised as the unsurpassed masterpiece not only of Sanskrit grammar but of all language. 

• Revision and deepening embodied knowledge of the 4 stages of speech, and the 4 padas, and how these relate to the yoga sūtras.

• Reading practice ~ a selection of sūtras from each of the four chapters of theyoga sūtras ~ making sure everyone is clear on at least c. 40 sūtras. This will also give everyone the tools required to feel confident about tackling other Sanskrit passages by themselves. 

• What do the yoga sūtrasmean, really!!! A closer look at some of the sūtras we learn to chant. 

• Revision and embodying of the elements and which one relates to which letter - both the consonants and the vowels. 

• Further āsana practice with sound.

• A look into the haṭha yoga pradīpikā

• learn about the philosophical significance of the anusvara (ṁ) and visargah (ḥ) in more detail

• candranamaskṛtya mantraḥ ~ the chant to the moon

• Furt chants that can be looked at dependent on the energy of the group:

ārogya mantraḥ ~ a healing chant

durgāsūktam ~ a powerful chant connecting with the energy of dūrga

śraddhāsūktam ~ to connect one with the substance our being

gaṇapati-prārthanā ~ a very joyful chant connecting with the energy of gaṇapati

sarasvatī-prārthanā ~ a chant to connect with the energy of wisdom and the creative arts

one of the 10 śānti chants ~ connecting with primordial peace!