In 2017, Anandra and a team of volunteers from the Heart of Sound 200-hr RYT started offering the Sacred Sound Stage at the world-famous International Yoga Festival Rishikesh. It has become such a favorite for many festival-goers to nourish their subtle “sound bodies” that often our classes are full with a line outside the door!
With Pujya Swamiji’s blessings (the spiritual leader of Parmarth Niketan Ashram), we create an opportunity for the yoga of sound to be showcased among the other aspects of yoga. Since sound is the yoga that affects ALL of the bodies (including and beyond the physical), the Sacred Sound Stage offers many aspects of a sound-based practice, including:
Because it's just after our annual Retreat Training into the Heart of Sound, often students return year after year to volunteer at the festival, present workshops, and sing in our "Soul Food Family Kīrtan Hour" during the festival.
Applications are currently open for 2023. First, please submit your information in the form below, then you will be directed to the application. Please carefully read and fill out the application if you'd like to be considered. The opportunity to teach at IYF is all volunteer; presenters travel entirely at their own expense and no payment or stipend is given; all proceeds from the festival benefit Parmarth’s charitable projects. If you're not approved for an official workshop on the schedule, and plan to come to the festival anyway as a participant, we host nightly open mics and you're welcome to sing a devotional song!
Volunteers from the Heart of Sound global family created, curate, and manage the Sacred Sound Stage. We're doing a 10-day deep-dive yoga of sound retreat training right before the festival. Care to join us?