Descriptions

Mantra Chant Intensives

DeviIan is currently leading foundational intensives that are intended to familiarize students with the basic theory and practice of mantra as a personal, spiritual path. The full intensive requires 12 hours to complete, divided into 4 sessions of three hours each. The sessions are usually spread out across three days, allowing for plenty of down time in between for students to integrate the energies they are working with. The structure of the sessions begins with the physical elements of mantra chanting, then progressing to the intellectual, the energetic and beyond. It is necessary for the intensive to occur in a specific order to allow the students to absorb both the information and the vibrations in the most logical manner. The full intensive of four sessions will provide everything that the student needs to have a functioning mantra practice. In addition, students who are unable to attend the entire intensive due to time or financial constraints may sign up to take the first 2 sessions only. The first 2 sessions are an absolute requirement, since they lay out the technical and theoretical basis for the practice, and students may not sign up to take any other combination of sessions. If the student must miss either of the first 2 sessions, the coursework may be made up in a private session with Ian, for an additional fee. Participation in the first 2 sessions of this intensive is an absolute requirement for taking any future workshops at Level 2 or beyond.

The following is a general outline of the topics which will be covered in each session of the Level 1 Mantra Chant Intensive:

Session 1.

Basic definitions of Mantra and sacred language. An introduction to Sanskrit pronunciation. Mantras for Gaṇeśa and Sarasvatī.

Session 2.

Mantras for Lakṣmī, Durgā, Śiva and Viṣṇu. Explanation of mālās (counting beads) and how they are used. Preparatory practices and an explanation of daily sādhana. Understanding deity vibrations and the nature of conscious energy. How to interact with deities on a personal level. The role of mythology and storytelling in spiritual practice.

Session 3.

Gayatri

Lectures on the underlying theory behind mantra, using information gained from texts of the yoga tradition as well as practical experience. Major topics include the nature of śakti (divine energy), prāna (life force) and kundalinī (evolutionary energy), a detailed examination of the cakra system and the relationship between that system and the Sanskrit language. Discussion and practice with bīja mantras (seed sounds) that encapsulate the basic vibrations of reality.

Session 4.

Advanced topics in mantra practice. The gāyatrī and mṛtyunjaya mantras (it will probably require 2 hours just to go over these 2 mantras, and even then we will only touch the surface!). How to develop a specific mantra sādhana to achieve a particular goal. The structure of deeper practices. Discussions about the students' personal practices with a Q & A session.



Streaming Mantras
Weekly Chanting

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The Bodhisattva Path
to Liberation


Mondays at 7:00 pm

at Vista Yoga

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Medicine Circle

Healing Chants
from the Buddha Dharma

 

Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

at Candler Park Yoga

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