Martijn from Netherlands (recently completed his online 200hr training) talks why he's continuing with the 300hr course. We promise you'll smile! ;)
"Your online course is beyond amazing and has been such a lifeline during the pandemic!"
"It was such a life-changing moment when I realized this training is everything I could have wished for (and then some 😁)! I have really found it to work surprisingly well online. The practice has already changed my life in such deep ways, and I have no doubt that it will continue unfolding in both my internal and external life. I can't wait to share the therapeutic power of sound with my clients."
Featuring 200 - 300 - 500 hour courses in a hybrid LIVE + self-study format with extensive multimedia resources.
Our daily practices are nourishing, challenging, and gradually build in intensity. 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.
A deep Heart of Sound practice with nāda yoga and mantra meditation
Sanskrit and musical skills practice under teaching assistant supervision
Guided yogāsana and self-massage to tune your body instrument especially for our penetrating sound-based practices
Dynamic conversations with Anandra on the yoga of sound, transformation, and the art of chant leadership.
Experimentation leading different types of chant experiences in a playful, mistake-friendly online environment!
Ask anything! This is your chance to let us help you clear up your questions and obstacles to learning.
"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."
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Anandra is joined by guest Indian classical music teacher Sudhanshu Sharma and a team of worldwide rotating teaching assistants for this online course.
The Heart of Sound family tends to gather real, down-to-earth, good people who are smart, motivated to serve, and committed to authenticity, integrity, and empowerment. We love to laugh, find poetry in the madness, and sing our hearts out!MEET OUR COMMUNITY
"This online training was the answer to my prayers. As a business owner who had to pivot online with four children at home during the lockdown phase of the pandemic, I jumped at the chance to attend! The structure helped me maintain a practice that grounded & nourished me even with the chaos of a busy household. (Truthfully, I sang the alphabet while washing dishes!) It was a balm to my soul, a source of inspiration... and as an Indian American, it provided much-needed connection with a modern, global family of mantra lovers!"
We've been offering online courses for almost a decade, but when we had to pivot to an all-online teacher training due to Covid-19, we were worried that the quality would suffer. WE WERE SO. VERY. WRONG. Honestly, we have been blown away by the results and trainees' positive response. Both the personal transformation AND the skill development ended up being the same *if not better* than in the in-person format!
Privacy for your inner experience
No comparing your voice to others
Easier to listen to your own voice without the cacophony of other voices
More safety to explore and improvise
Freedom to engage at your authentic pace and intensity
Empowerment to manage your personal sound environment
Smoother integration into daily life
No travel expense or schedule disruption
Don't miss a thing - review the material as many times as you want
No pants required! Puppies welcome! ;)
No live acoustics
Social interaction feels different online
Occasional technical issues
No physical hugs :(
until we can meet at a retreat somewhere, sometime soon!
Here's what the online format looks like!
Between pandemic-related uncertainty, the deep unraveling of racism and patriarchy through the #BLM and #metoo movements, the rise of "conspirituality" dividing the global wellness community, and more... we're in an unprecedented opportunity to cultivate a musical response.
Holding an empathetic space of deep listening in the midst of life's dissonant tension points might just be the superpower of the decade!
At a time when most of us are undergoing profound change, we'll be applying the sound-based yoga skills right where they count most; our own fears and blind spots, our close relationships, and the reverberation into our larger sphere of influence.
We’re committed to staying in our lane and focusing on the benefits of sound as a nervous system self-regulation practice, and mantra as a traditional mental health aid, with the potential outcome of renewal and resilience. The practices support our ability to stay grounded, clear, discerning… and ultimately fuel the creativity necessary as we pivot in grounded service within a changing world.
Our heartfelt prayer is to navigate this time together... to make our voices instruments of peace, harmony, rhythm, and right action.
See Anandra's blog post, Is the Yoga of Sound Relevant for Today's World? for more on this subject!BLOG POST
Registration is now open for a return to the Himālayas in February/March 2023.
If you plan to attend in-person in 2023, you can get started NOW on the online teacher training material.
When we gather together the focus will be on ENJOYING our practice time together. No foundational lectures or basic skills classes will be offered during the retreat training. The core curriculum for the Heart of Sound training is much more effectively offered online, where trainees can absorb at their own pace. This retreat offers an opportunity to attend group practices and count those towards your teacher training hours. There will also be time in the schedule to fulfil other certification requirements if you wish to self-motivate to do so. We envision a rich environment of learning as trainees try out their leadership skills on each other!
Want to join us?
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Choose the payment option that works best for you and secure your spot. Please note that submitting payment indicates you agree to our cancellation policy (in FAQ below).
People from countries with undervalued currency (i.e. Nigeria, Indonesia, Panama), or from historically underprivileged backgrounds, or for those that will be putting the training to good use especially in typically under-served or unique communities (i.e. hospice, refugee camps, inner city schools, prisons, etc.) are encouraged to apply for full or partial scholarships. Those with COVID-related cash flow issues may also request deferred or extended payment plans.
Many of our online 200hr students regret not signing up for the 500hr program from the beginning! We've got next-level training to refine your chant leadership, skills, and repertoire... for when 200hrs feels like just a tiny step towards an infinite journey into nuanced mastery.
"I've done lots of online courses and I've never seen anything like the Heart of Sound 500hr teacher training! The quality and quantity is amazing. I have a lifetime of learning at my fingertips, and the regular schedule of live classes, practices gives me a real feeling of community."
All sales are final for the Online Teacher Training course. No refunds are issued for online courses once payment has been submitted.
Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any concerns before you make your payment.
With teachers: Throughout 2022, we host plenty of regular LIVE sessions led by Anandra and the Teaching Team. Usually there are 5-10 different kinds of sessions on the calendar per week. They're scheduled at staggered times, so our global family can have an equal chance of attending.
With fellow trainees: You're required to meet with your cohort in live meetings and do study sessions with buddies. There are a variety of open study buddy times with your fellow students in the schedule, or you can meet up anytime! Social elements include (optional) "chai times," chant experiments, etc. In order to get your certification you'll have to teach your practicum classes in front of a live audience to get 360-degree feedback.
Your cohort groups are assigned according to time zones. For instance, Europe + Middle East trainees are in one cohort because there's only a 3-4 hour time difference, while Australia + India + Japan might be in another.
Note: Classes are sprinkled across time zones - of course not all times will work for all students, and that's fine! Everything is recorded, and a large portion of the course can be self-study if you prefer that.
Here is our schedule from June 2021 to give you an idea (with the calendar settings on Hawai'i time):
If you don't have great internet access, or the live group practice schedule doesn't always work for you, don't worry!
The entire course is available via recordings online. You can start anytime, and go at your own pace!
All of the important content delivery & practice sessions are available online. (Office hours, buddy sessions, chai time chats, or other highly specific, personal connections are NOT recorded.)
However, when it comes time for the practicum (you teaching) you'll be required to attend those meetings with your cohort if you are pursuing the Yoga Alliance certification.
(If you don't care about the certification, attending those meetings is optional. However, if you choose not to attend the LIVE sessions you're choosing to not take full advantage of the value of the course.)
You'll have access to the online course for as long as we're in business. :)
The phased learning approach allows you to work at a pace that suits you.
📿 Personal Practice: We expect you to spend 30-60 minutes daily, or several times per week, doing your personal practice of the Heart of Sound skills (Sanskrit alphabet, mantra chanting, vocal toning, empathetic listening, playing and chanting rāga-based songs).
🤓 Study: In addition to your personal practice, you will spend 2-5 hours per week attending classes, reading, studying, watching video course content, and doing your homework, if this works with your schedule.
🌺 We often like listening to class recordings while walking or stretching on the floor. All of our class recordings are uploaded to the course in video and audio formats.
🎤 Don't tell Sudhanshu, but some of us even do our sargam voice exercises along with his recording in the shower!
Practice Teaching: When you've gotten about halfway through the course material, you'll start slowly with the teaching practicum part, and you'll have a variety of cohort group assignments related to that.
Since this is a self-paced course, there's really no "falling behind". If you need to take a break, you can return to the course whenever you like and pick up where you left off. Or, if you have a lot of time on your hands, like during an enforced lockdown, you can dig through the pre-recorded materials much faster.
The online format allows for a self-paced, phased learning approach. We have put together an easy to follow self-study map which guides you through the course materials, allowing you to tick off your progress as you go, meaning you can work at a pace that suits you and your life.
Many students who signed up in November 2020 completed their 200hr and received their certification by April 2021. Many have gone on to register for the 300hr Advanced teacher training!
With ongoing enrolment and students at different phases of the course, it means whatever phase of the self-study map you are on, there will be someone at the same place as you. This makes our live group sessions rich and diverse and means there is always the opportunity to have buddy sessions or cohort meetings with people at the same phase as you.
Know that you can continue to join us at any time and work at a pace that is perfect for you ❤️.
Yes! Registration is now open for a return to the Himālayas in February/March 2023.
If you plan to attend in-person in 2023, you can get started NOW on the online teacher training material.
When we gather together the focus will be on ENJOYING our practice time together. No foundational lectures or basic skills classes will be offered during the retreat training. The core curriculum for the Heart of Sound training is much more effectively offered online, where trainees can absorb at their own pace. The retreat offers an opportunity to attend group practices and count those towards your teacher training hours. There will also be time in the schedule to fulfil other certification requirements if you wish to self-motivate to do so. We envision a rich environment of learning as trainees try out their leadership skills on each other!
Email us for package deals on the online teacher training + India retreat.
Yes! We are now offering a 500hr Advanced Online Teacher Training. You can take the full 500 hours at once (the 200hr Teacher Training is included), or you can take the 300hr Advanced Teacher Training after you have completed the foundational 200hr Teacher Training.
We are also now offering the option for Heart of Sound graduates to re-take the training online and get additional certification credits.
If you're interested in *only* the Sanskrit, or *only* the music (nāda) training, visit those shorter courses on our Course menu. (Both are also available as continuing-ed training courses with certification.)
We have so many free courses and resources! The TT Prep course would be a great place to start if you're serious about the training. Check out the Course menu and sign up for as many as you'd like. :)
Yes! The 200hr training is offered entirely in Japanese by Ayana Dake in Tokyo, and soon to be offered with German translation for the LIVE portions with Aleah Gandharvika. (The German version requires self-study in English, but the Japanese version is entirely in Japanese, including the written material.)
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 course materials with Heart of Sound, you can send request to YA for the certification.
You're welcome to take this and any Heart of Sound training solely for your personal growth and to be part of the practice community, whether or not you seek certification.💓
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.
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.
Yes! If talking about our unique programs and their impact on your life is natural to you, and you can think of people in your network who would benefit, we've got a partner program structure that offers generous cash bonuses (or even more in tuition credits) when people you refer buy courses.
Check out the Partner Program!
PS. It's not spammy, it's just our way of saying "thank you" for helping spread the word about something you love.
If you still have questions beyond the FAQ above, please 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
If you've already browsed the FAQ & preparatory course and would like to schedule a talk with a teaching assistant, we'd love to chat! And/or join us for the next free Yoga of Sound event, and hang on afterwards to ask Anandra any questions you have about joining a course!
Last but not least, let me introduce Buddy, who deserves special acknowledgment for his perfect attendance record at our first all-online 200-hour training in 2020. You can look forward to meeting him in the videos! ;)
Buddy was awarded an honorary certificate of accomplishment in a private Hawaiian-style graduation ceremony. He keeps it above his water bowl. #truestory
Your furry friends are welcome to join us, too.