If you're ready for a profound immersion into sound-based yoga in vibrant, mystical India, join us! Watch the full video below to learn more:
Our teacher training retreat is held at two very special traditional communities on the banks of the holy Ganges river in Rishikesh and the higher Himālayas.
These holy places cannot be described adequately in words... suffice it to say that several millennia of continuous prayers resound in a vibrant flow of auspiciousness.
Our India training schedule prioritizes deep practice and skills training. We enjoy delicious shared meals and community connection, and there's also plenty of time for rest, integration, self-care and play!
"The depth of the Heart of Sound practices really blew my mind. To have such a supportive course structure and community creates a phenomenally safe space. I have the tools I need to develop a practice to exist more mindfully in the world."
Featuring sound-based communion practices and extensive multimedia skill learning material.
Our daily practices are nourishing, challenging, and build in intensity each day. The personal transformation we experience consistently exceeds our expectations.
Skill is devotion, in the Heart of Sound. You'll gain a practical foundation in voice culture, Indian musical scales, harmonium, and Sanskrit mantra as you prepare for leadership.
Regardless of your musical ability, you'll be trained to lead a chant experience that invites participants to experience communion through sound. It's not about performance, it's a service.
7:00 – 8:30
Deep morning Heart of Sound practice with nāda yoga and mantra meditation
8:30 – 10:30
Breakfast and your own exercise – yogāsana on a rooftop or a hike up the hill to a temple
10:30 – 12:30
Heart of Sound skills training and lecture time
12:30 – 3:00
Lunch, personal skills and instrument practice, and rest
3:00 – 4:00
Guided yogāsana and self-massage to tune your body instrument especially for our penetrating sound-based practices
4:15 – 6:00
Skills practice under teaching assistant supervision, study time, and student-led chant experiments
You're free to do what best helps your mental digestion; attend evening prayer ceremony at Ganga, explore the area with a walk, rest in silence, or connect with classmates over dinner
Anandra (Heart of Sound Founder) leads our morning chant experiences and offers the primary course content.
Our Heart of Sound teaching faculty will lead the afternoon yogāsana and integrative skills practice sessions. To learn more about the teaching faculty, take our FREE Preparatory Course.
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In case you're nervous about the India adventure, rest assured. Anandra has been coming to India for 22 years, and the team has organized dozens of retreats and trainings. We've curated the perfect mix of deep practice, fun, and once-in-a-lifetime encounters with holy people and private places.
Take the FREE Preparatory Course and you'll see just how detailed our planning is. In the prep course, check out the detailed FAQs so that you can prepare to relax and enjoy the training fully!
The next step is to take our FREE Preparatory Course for a fun, informative visual / video journey into the Heart of Sound Teacher Training. You'll learn everything you need to know before, during, and after the course.TAKE THE PREP COURSE
There is a non-refundable $500 administrative fee for all applications. If you wish to cancel for any reason, you will receive a 75% refund of remaining tuition if requested 90 days or more before the course, and a 50% refund if requested after 90 days. No refunds will be issued less than 30 days in advance.
Yes! If you plan to use what you'll learn in the Heart of Sound training in service to your community, you're welcome to apply for a full or partial scholarship for the tuition portion of the course. We have already awarded our scholarships for 2020, but can apply for the 2021 Teacher Training.
Attending a 5-day Retreat into the Heart of Sound is a prerequisite to taking our teacher training. Please visit the Retreats page to find one that suits your schedule, location, and budget.
If you haven't already, please take our FREE Teacher Training Preparatory Course to learn about additional requirements.
For the first part of the training taking place in Rishikesh: Please contact Parmarth Niketan Āśram by emailing their reservations and make sure to tell them you are a part of Anandra George's Heart of Sound Retreat and you will have a room. You can pay once you check out.
For the second part in the high Himālayas: double room accommodation is included in your tuition and will be reserved by the Heart of Sound team.
If you want to stay a few extra days after the course, that can be arranged after you arrive. You can pay cash for any extra days when you check out.
Yes. This is a Yoga Alliance qualified 200 hour Teacher Training. You must register and pay for membership with YA, and once you complete all prerequisite and course materials with Heart of Sound, you can send request to YA for the certification.
Also, once you register, we will email you a highly detailed FAQ that will explain how to get to Rishikesh, options for housing, what to pay, etc.