Jan 15 – 17, 2018. Static Practice and Vedic Chanting Retreat

Who Can Attend, Target Audience:

  • Open to all except Complete Beginners to yogasana practice.
  • Students should have a minimum of 3 months practicing yogasana to ensure that they have a positive experience exploring the static asana sessions.

Workshop Specifics

  • 4 Sessions of Chanting
  • 2 Static Practices

What is Vedic Chanting? What are the benefits of chanting these mantras?

  • Vedic Chanting is a combination of sound, breath and rhythm that helps you channel your energy.
  • Chanting of Vedic mantras have both psychological and physiological effects on your body.
  • Chanting Vedic mantras diligently and systematically with full concentration will lead you to a state of complete positive energy.

Static Asana Classes

  • Options will be given for static practice, allowing for the possibility for development.
  • Key points will be given to allow practitioners to participate at their own level.
  • Possible asanas to be explored: Sukhasana, Tadasana, Urdhva Namaskarah, Tulasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana, Uttanasana, Trikonasana, Virabhadrasana 2, Ardha Chandrasana, Ardha Navasana, Ardha Bhujangasana, Supta Padangusthasana, Paschimottanasana, Savasana.
  • Development of a static practice allows practitioners to explore aspects of physical body and mind that might not be needed with a more dynamic practice. It will encourage a transition from dynamism to stillness, which is the essence of all practices.
  • Different kinds of physical strength and flexibility will develop when staying longer in asanas, as well as a calmed mind to focus and ground in the seat of the asana. In this way, a static practice can help grow awareness and advance the practice.

Connection between Static Practice and Vedic Chanting

  • Vedic Chanting will help settle the posture. Through this relaxed effort, each asana can become a true seat.
  • Vedic Chanting will energize your spine and activate subtle energies.
  • Subtle energies allow the practitioner to unlock the secret and sacred inner pathways that lead you to the body’s natural healing mechanisms.
  • Thus the body will regain its natural relaxed state and one is able to hold the postures with ease.
  • Continuous practice will support the practitioner to journey beyond the body and experience eternal happiness and wellbeing.

The sound of the Vēda mantras activate our subtle energies. The sound also affects the atmosphere, resulting in individual and collective well-being of the world. Collective well-being does not refer to Humanity alone.”
– Sri Chandraśhēkhara Sarasvatī of Kāñchī Kāmakōṭi Pīṭham