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Sanskrit Seed Sounds, Mantras and Kirtan- Part 1

  • Wholistic Sound 104 Blueberry Lane Tiverton, RI 02878 (map)

A Workshop on the Architecture of Mantras and Kirtan In Two Parts- Part 2 will be held on Sunday, January 27, from 1- 5 pm.
Cost: $45 for one day. $80 for both days
Space Limited- Please Pre-register!
To register call 727.479.9916 or email

The 50 seed sounds, or bijas, that make up the sacred Sanskrit alphabet are the building blocks to all mantras. Mantras are the foundation of kirtan, the devotional call-and-response chanting which is one of the primary practices of bhakti yoga, the path to union with God by way of the heart.

Sanskrit is an energetic language. Each bija carries its own particular and specific vibrational quality. Through chanting the bijas, either by themselves or combined as mantras, these qualities within us are imbued and strengthened. When we chant the names of God/Goddess in Sanskrit, we are in fact vibrating the essential qualities of that deity we are invoking within ourselves. This is the real power of chanting and what makes it such a powerful practice.

Both days we will begin the workshop by chanting the Sanskrit alphabet- the “varnamala”, or garland of letters- which stimulates and balances the 7 major chakras, all areas of the brain, and the 72,000 nadis (subtle energy channels) that run through the body. You will also learn the primary seed sound of each chakra. From here we will begin to understand the sounds and vibratory essence that form simple mantras. And finally, put these mantras together with melody for our kirtan, celebrating the Divine. We will have 60 minutes for kirtan at the end of each session.

Facilitated by Rosie Warburton, Sound Therapist- Student of Swami Shivananda Sarasvati (Sanskrit), Sri Shyam Bhatnagar (Nada Yoga), Namadeva Acharya Thomas Ashley-Farrand (Mantra Therapy), Jai Uttal (Kirtan), Silvia Nakkach (Sound Medicine, Mantras and Nada Yoga)

My dear Sanskrit teacher Swami Shivananda Sarasvati… I miss you.

My dear Sanskrit teacher Swami Shivananda Sarasvati… I miss you.