The Power of Sound - An Introduction to Vedic Chanting

Vedic Chanting

Short Workshops - 1 day or less

Short Workshops - 1 day or less



31 Oct 2020

31 Oct 2020


1pm - 5pm


$75 - $85

$75 for members - $85 for non members


Alyssa Bird

Vedic chanting is an ancient gift of India.  A powerful tool to bring about healing and transformation.

Heard in a deep state of meditation, the power of sound has commanded respect among the yogis of the past. It has the ability to reach the deeper levels of the body; this arises from the vibration of sound permeating the whole body. Chanting is one of the most important tools of yoga practice to bring about personal change and healing.

Adhyayanam is a Sanskrit term used for the study of Vedic Chanting. It literally means coming closer to you. Learning to chant the Vedas is a tool for self-observation – Svadhyaya.  Listening to your own voice becomes an awareness of your own nature.

What happens when you chant? It relieves duhkham – suffering, constriction, tightness.  It brings about calm and peace in body, mind and breath. Chanting lifts energy. Chanting becomes a positive experience.

In this workshop, you will develop listening, concentration, memory skills and practice several Vedic chants. You will experience and learn the nourishing qualities of chanting in Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation.

Vedic Chanting gives me peace when I’m agitated. It shifts my attention from the external towards a deeper Being within me. It helps me focus my mind, so that I can listen with attention and understand others without judgement. It has physically benefitted me regarding my ability to stay healthy and given me the energy for my pursuits. Most of all, I have learned to understand that the mind is not the master”.  TKV Desikachar


  • Gives confidence and empowers one to live a life of authenticity by promoting inner peace and purpose
  • The power of sound is considered one of the important tools of yoga
  • Vedic chanting explores listening and reciting as an integrating experience for body mind and breath.
  • It relieves dukham – which is constriction, tightness and suffering
  • Gives peace when the mind is agitated, leading to experiencing a sense of quiet and calm.
  • Brings mind to a state of complete attention
  • Shifts attention from the external towards a deeper being within oneself
  • Focus and concentration enhanced – dharana
  • Cleansing, improves health, promotes energy, physical and emotional wellbeing – svastha
  • Breathing is enhanced, lung capacity increased, exhalation is extended.
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Relaxes the body, alleviates stress, agitation tension dissipates, lowers blood pressure
  • Addresses disabilities – asthma, stammering
  • Chanting in a group – the effects are multiplied by the synchronicity of the group
  • Changes the subtle energy of the body

Our modern lifestyle contributes to over stimulation, agitation from the way our body, breath, mind and emotions function as an integrated whole. In this workshop chanting will give the experience of a subtle change of energy and a quiet settling down.

Lecturer: Janet Stevens

Janet Stevens has been practising yoga for over 30 years. In addition to her IYTA accreditation and Diploma in Education, Janet is a certified Vedic Chanting teacher and Viniyoga Therapist.  Viniyoga in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya, is a comprehensive application of yoga that includes the holistic tools of Asana, Pranayama, Samantraka, Vedic Chanting, Nyasa, and Meditation to connect to the individual needs of the student.

She has presented at the Australian Yoga Therapy Conference and Enlightened Events Conference. She has also enjoyed assisting Donna Farhi, teaching yoga in China, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, and the United Kingdom. A continuous learner, Janet has cherished the experience of studying with internationally acclaimed teachers including TKV. Desikachar, Madam Menaka Desikachar, Dr. Kausthub Desikachar, Judith Lasater, Rodney Yee and Angela Farmer.

Janet is an honorary member of the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame, based on her contribution to the development of sport in the country and her participation in the 1956 Olympic Games, in Melbourne Australia.

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