A 7-module deep-dive online course with Anandra George, internationally respected teacher, musician and Heart of Sound founder.
Are you a chant leader who wants to uplevel your kīrtan skills?
Are you a yogāsana teacher or yoga therapist who hasn't yet discovered the full potential of mantra?
Do you have a mantra practice but sense something is "off" with your mantra practice, and you don't know how to tune it up?
Do you want to learn how to play mantras on the harmonium, with proper pronunciation and melody?
"I’ve been chanting mantras for 25 years and I can’t believe that no one ever taught me this! After only the first lesson on the 5 positions my experience changed RADICALLY. Becoming a Sanskrit scholar never attracted me but chanting is my deepest love, my life’s anchor… Anandra’s teaching is brilliant and is exactly what I’ve been waiting for all these years!"
Anandra has studied in India extensively since 1997 and shares Sanskrit sounds, mantra meditation, and Indian music with global audiences at the behest of her beloved gurus.
After chanting Sanskrit mantra with devotion but *no precise tuning* for 13 years, finally someone told her! After the initial sting of shock and embarrassment, she focused her passion and dove into re-learning Sanskrit sound vibrations from a Tantrik perspective...as perhaps only a chant lover could. Part intimately devotional singer, part nerdy perfectionist, and part compassionate teacher, Anandra is in a unique position to help you embody the full potential of your mantra practice.
She created the Heart of Sound, the world’s first yoga teacher training based entirely on the transformative power of sound. She also founded the Sacred Sound Stage at the prestigious International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh (India), as well as the global Mantras for Peace subtle activism project. She has taught and sung at the world’s largest yoga festivals, and has been featured in Hindi, Russian, Japanese, German, and English press for her pioneering work with sound and mantra.
Anandra is based in both India and Hawai'i and has helped tens of thousands of students from more than 100 countries connect to the transformational power of sound and mantra over the past decade.
"Anandra's mantra chanting goes straight to the heart. She is one of those rare souls who has the "Divine Touch" when she shares the essence of the great Indian yogic tradition. She is a bridge to share the blessings of the holy Ganges and Himālayas with the whole world."
"Having studied Sanskrit at the tertiary level, I was craving the connection and vitality I knew was possible from mantra but which is missing in the more intellectual, academic approach that a university framework requires. Anandra's careful practice instruction allowed me to access and become intimate with the vibration of the sounds within myself and to embody the sonic foundation of this magical language. It is nourishment for my soul! I was also really impressed with her knowledge, her commitment to authenticity in sharing that knowledge, and her transparency about its limitations."
Why is this course special? Anandra speaks about the sensual experience of chanting and how it helps us commune with the elements of creation.
"My God! This course is incredible! If I was not already interested in Sanskrit I’d be signing up in 3 seconds. Very practical. Beautiful. As a teacher of Sanskrit for 20 years, I feel deeply gratified that my student [Anandra] has fulfilled a wish I've had for a long time: to create a great online course."
This 7-module online course takes you on an in-depth exploration of the 50 Sanskrit vibrations in an embodied, sensual approach. Then we learn how to chant with the prescribed "Vedic" melody, using a curriculum that even total music beginners can enjoy!
Experiencing the 5 primary vowel sounds in your own body is the first step towards revealing any mantra’s full potency, understanding the brilliant sonic architecture of creation, and is the crucial prerequisite to accurate pronunciation.
Train your tongue and breath into a coordinated enunciation of Sanskrit’s refined beauty as you learn the formula for making the precise sounds of Sanskrit’s 25 consonants.
Learn the remaining alphabet sounds and their special transliteration marks in the most widely-used system.
"I was never good at languages, but my brain seems to resonate with Sanskrit. I can almost feel the new neural pathways growing! I certainly feel the effects of correctly pronouncing the mantras in my body, soul and mind."
If you were excited before, this module is where the full potential transformation of your sound-based practice comes alive!
Catapult your personal chant experience into heightened bliss as we layer on the musical skills. Our approach, developed and tested over 5 years of Heart of Sound teacher trainings, is easy enough for total non-musicians to painlessly implement!
Join us in promoting the profound benefits of chanting while maintaining authenticity and respect for the source culture.
I have an unfortunate-for-me 13 year mantra practice history before I learned Sanskrit, which is now totally fortunate-for-you. #yourewelcome
"Wow...just listened to a (former) favorite kīrtan artist...first time since starting this course and...MIND BLOWN. In the past I did have a pretty good ear from being Indian-American, but now being able to pick out the exact letters being mispronounced is a GIFT!"
Our 55 page course handbook is eager to be your new chant practice BFF! See below:
Most people choose the long-awaited, much-requested full online course for their own development... but if you want to be able to teach these skills in your own professional sphere, you'll want the certification.
We've got you covered! Remember, proceeds get cycled back into perpetuating Indian traditional practices for future generations. If you also wish to defer your first payment for a few months until the economy gets going, contact us.
People from countries with undervalued currency (i.e. Nigeria, Indonesia, Panama), or from historically underprivileged backgrounds, are encouraged to apply for full or partial scholarships.
Continuing Education: If you're a Yoga Alliance registered teacher, this online course is eligible for 40 hours of continuing education. Select the "Certification" option (above) if you'd like to receive credit.
Prerequisite: If you're considering the Heart of Sound 200-hour teacher training, this online course is one of your prerequisites and will be a resource for your teaching for years to come.200HR TEACHER TRAINING
Once you are registered and have paid for the course and at any time during your participation in the course, there are no refunds given.
No. Anyone and everyone is welcome to experience this practice with no prior mantra or Sanskrit knowledge necessary.
If you're just starting off with mantra, congratulations! This course gives you a solid, practical foundation for igniting the potential of your practice from the start.
If you (like Anandra) have had a long history with mantra, congratulations! This course will re-train your ear and tongue so you can access a profoundly new level of depth in your practice.
Either way, we're so excited to help you tune your chant practice to its full potential!
You'll have access to the course materials for as long as the Heart of Sound is in business = years and years to come.
We'd say "lifetime access" but that seems like too long to promise! ;) LOL!
No. This is not a 40-day mantra practice group. Please visit our course page to sign up for one of those.
However, this Sacred Sanskrit Sounds online course IS part of the online teacher training, and has been a pre-requisite to our in-person teacher training.
If interested in joining the teacher training, this will be a great preparation for you.
This is a bonus feature for those who are Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. Once you've completed the course you can login to your YA account, search for the course in their registry, and add the course and your hours. Once Heart of Sound has received a confirmation request, we can confirm your CE hours.
We offer regular online Sanskrit Skills Sessions and Office Hours for students of this course. These sessions are usually with Anandra and are an opportunity for invaluable live feedback and skill support! Students will be invited by email to upcoming sessions.
If you're eager to help the global chant community uplevel their skills and demonstrate maximal integrity and respect for the source tradition, YIPEE!!
Join the Partner Program and help us help get this training (designed for chant lovers, by a chant lover) to more influencers.
WIN - WIN - WIN - WIN ! ! !
You earn a bit of $, your friends get a profound upgrade in their chant experience, proceeds go towards perpetuating Indian culture in India, and the mantric vibrations resound with maximum effect!
Everyone who is chanting, singing, or recording Sanskrit mantra, kīrtan devotional songs, or speaking Sanskrit vocabulary words at least knows how to chant the Sanskrit alphabet, produce the sounds accurately, and identify accurately transliterated resources.
That's the least we can do to help perpetuate the precise vibrations of the great mantra tradition!
Yes, most likely.
You'll want to double-check with your tax preparer, but if you are in the wellness industry this course would probably be considered continuing education for professional development and be 100% deductible.
Since Anandra started teaching mantra globally in 2009, she has been living extensively in India. When profits exceed expenses, funds have been used to directly support numerous educational and social service projects in India. The Heart of Sound teacher training was also designed as an instrument to perpetuate legacy: it supports her music Guruji and his senior students to continue their musical tradition (both financially and via new student referrals).
After factoring in annual basic business expenses and modest admin + teaching salaries, our end-of-year statement usually works out to show a very small profit. (For instance, in 2019, it was $7,329.). However, we're grateful we've been able to continue to serve due to a combination of frugal management, barter, and extensive volunteer support.
Our hope is that the new online era of teaching will enable us to share the sound-based practices with more students worldwide and increase our ability to offer more scholarships as well as grow our service projects like Mantras for Peace and the Sacred Sound Stage. (To get involved, contact [email protected] to volunteer)
In each course, there's a Pay it Forward section where you can go to find out more about the specific India service projects.
If you'd feel safer to have more detailed financial transparency, you're welcome to contact us.
Please email [email protected] for any other questions.
"Anandra's teachings on how to make the Sanskrit sounds have revolutionized my chanting practice! I am one of those many chant lovers who didn't know what I didn't know... but after learning the alphabet sounds with her Tantrik approach, the mantras I loved dearly before have come alive in profoundly awesome new ways!"
Do you know the mistakes that almost every (non-Indian) kīrtan leader, recording artist, and yogāsana teacher make with mantra?
These easily corrected mistakes dull the mantra's potential and signal an embarrassing degree of cultural ignorance. (I should know... I did it myself for 13 years, and I LIVED IN INDIA!)
First of all, let me clarify that refining our Sanskrit pronunciation is not about becoming the Sanskrit police... it's about setting your chanting practice on fire!
Avoiding the yuck factor of cultural appropriation by respecting the language is also a healing side effect, and is a worthy motivation to stop perpetuating our blunders.
The one sure way to both:
- maximize the resonant potential of your personal practice, and
- reverently align with the lineage transmission of the ancient mantras
is to tune up your Sanskrit sounds!
I've prepared a cheatsheet on the Top 3 Sanskrit Blunders just for you. I wish someone would have told me before I memorized hundreds of mantras incorrectly and started teaching publicly! From my heart to yours, I'd like you to at least know what you don't know!GET TOP 3 SANSKRIT BLUNDERS PDF
We invite you to apply for a full or partial scholarship If you come from a country with undervalued currency (i.e. Nigeria, Indonesia, Panama), or from historically underprivileged backgrounds.