"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 sound-based communion practices and extensive multimedia skill learning material.
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 90-minute 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 your cohort 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
We've been offering online courses for almost a decade, but when we had to pivot to an all-online venue for our RYT training due to Covid-19, we were worried that the quality would suffer. WE WERE S0. 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
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.
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: When there's an active group of trainees, we'll have twice-monthly half-day LIVE classes led by Anandra and the Teaching Team. They'll be scheduled at staggered times, so our global family can have an equal chance of attending.
With fellow trainees: You'll be required to meet with your cohort in live meetings and do study sessions with buddies. Social elements include (optional) "chai times," open mics, 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 will be assigned according to time zones. For instance, Europe + Middle East trainees will be 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.
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. :)
Anticipated Time Commitment: We'd expect you to spend 30-60 minutes per day doing your personal practice of the Heart of Sound skills (Sanskrit alphabet, mantra chanting, vocal toning, empathetic listing, playing and chanting rāga-based songs).
In addition to your personal practice, you'll want to spend 2-5 hours per week attending classes, reading, studying, watching video course content, and doing your homework and personal practice.
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," except that we can't guarantee that Anandra or other teaching team members will be available for live classes and interaction indefinitely.
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.
Attending a 5-day Retreat into the Heart of Sound is normally a prerequisite to taking our in-person teacher training. For the online version of the TT, the 5-day Retreat is included in the curriculum.
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! Starting in November we're offering the option for Heart of Sound graduates to re-take the training online and get additional certification credits.
Our 500-hr application has been approved with Yoga Alliance and we'll be working with International Association of Yoga Therapists to certify there as well.
For more information, contact us at [email protected]
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.
Here is the unedited audio from a Chai Time Q&A call from September 10th 2020, in which a variety of questions were asked (fast forward to the time indicated to hear the question you are interested in):
5:04 - For the foreseeable future, are all of the programs going to be online?
5:14 - What is the best path to bring grounded, tradition-based chanting into the yoga community through your offerings?
9:34 - Are people getting more sensitive to the Sanskrit origins and proper pronunciation?
16:15 - Where do I find the schedule? Will the live half-day sessions be on weekdays or weekends?
18:22 - Is a 40 day practice included in the 200hr Online TT cost?
19:59 - Is there a closing date to register?
23:12 - How can I be respectful navigating correct Sanskrit pronunciation when leading kīrtan to a mixed audience of Indians and white English speakers?
27:42 - What is the difference between the Mentorship Circle and the 300hr Advanced Online TT?
33:20 - What do you learn in the 300hr Advanced Online TT?
41:08 - Is there any training in the 200hr Online TT on how to play the harmonium? Do you need to buy a harmonium before the course? Any guidance for a beginner?
50:20 - Where in Rishikesh do you go? Can I do one to one or in-person training with you in the USA?
58:40 - When will you know for sure the scheduling for live calls for the new trainings?
1:01:19 - If I have already done Module 1 were do I go from here?
1:08:50 - What community gathering can we do?
1:13:24 - Will you do the Mentorship Circle ongoing? ie. next year?
1:18:02 - Why would the Mentorship Circle be different than doing a private session with you? Why in a group?
1:23:36 - When will there be live meetings and a chance to talk things through regarding the ongoing self-study?
1:28:32 - Do you think it is a good idea to take the course online? Or should I chant and pray that Covid goes away as I am an in-person learner?
1:37:35 - How much in the 300hr Advanced Online TT will we focus on cultivating our niche?
1:42:07 - Can I take the course without the intention of teaching?
1:45:46 - How does it work with the 500hr Advanced Online TT? Do I do the 200hr TT work first?
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
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 earlier 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.
Hop on a ZOOM call, say "Hi" in real time, and ask your questions about the 200hr Online Teacher Training, the NEW 500hr Advanced Teacher Training, and the private + small group Mentorship track.