11.45am – 1.00pm Sunday 8, 15, 22, 29 April 2018.
With a head and heart full of new chants learnt at the KYM (Krishnamacharya yoga Mandarin), Fiona Hardie is running chanting series through the year.
In the April series of classes the main chant we are learning is Gurvastakam. This a chant that refers to a concept that’s central to many ancient traditions – the importance of a teacher (guru). Gurvastakam is a smrti (not a vedic) chant, and like most smrti chants is quite musical and has a lot of repetition, that not only makes it instantly familiar but builds feeling and meaning. The chant honours your teacher, who shows you a path but doesn’t travel with you – you have to travel it yourself.
As time permits we will also start to learn the ‘forgiveness chant’, Ksama-slokah.
Smrti chants do not have their ‘notes’ marked on them – we have to make them ourselves by listening to the teacher. There are only three notes, so this is not difficult, but if you want to join this class and are a beginner, please contact us as soon as possible, so we can arrange for a one-hour introductory lesson.
We encourage you to attend all four classes so that you can learn the whole chant and revise it sufficiently so that you can chant it at home on your own. However, you are welcome to just drop in to one or a few classes.
Learning the chant in a group, you will experience not only the power and resonance of the sound coming from inside you; you will also be supported by the teacher and the group.
Cost: $80 for 4 class chanting pass (non transferable to other classes) or $25 per class. Introduction to chant (if required): $25
Bookings are essential: Minimum 5 students required to start the program.
Contact: E: Agama Info and Bookings or M: 0439 358 021