Mantra and the Yoga of Sound
with Brenda McMorrow
Friday, March 27, 2020 to Sunday, March 29, 2020

“Singing together – chanting the Divine names – encourages our hearts to open and the beauty of our true beings to shine!”
– Brenda McMorrow

Course Outline

This course begins with a Friday evening Kirtan (pronounced keer-tahn) Concert. Kirtan is a participatory, call and response form of singing which is expanding throughout North America as westerners discover it’s uplifting, healing and joyous effects. Kirtan is a beautiful opportunity for people to come together to open their hearts and chant the many names of the Divine.

The Saturday and Sunday sessions focus on studying the history of Kirtan and Mantras, learning common Sanskrit and yogic chants, and exploring the meanings of chants with insight into the most beloved Hindu deities through stories, myths and archetypal representations.

The training will cover breath practices and singing techniques to support chanting practice, the use of mantra in personal meditations (Japa Yoga) and in daily life, and ways that mantra can be presented and shared. There will also be an opportunity to practice participating in and leading chants (at your own comfort level). The benefits of chanting for body, mind and spirit will be revealed through experiential learning, discussion, and group sharing.

Learn to integrate the heart expanding aspects of Bhakti (Yoga of Devotion) with the vibrancy and aliveness of physical asana practice!

*If participants have musical instruments they are encouraged to bring them, however all that is required is to use your own body (i.e. voice, hands and heart) to create music together. Absolutely no musical experience required.

Learning Objectives

  • Deepen inner and outer listening as well as connection with your own authentic voice.
  • Understand the history of Kirtan and Mantra, and the meaning of common Sanskrit and yogic chants.
  • Learn ways to seamlessly incorporate chanting into your personal practice and yoga teaching.

Dates and Times

March 27-29, 2020

  • Friday: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm (Kirtan Concert)
  • Saturday: 1 pm to 6 pm
  • Sunday: 1 pm to 6 pm

Includes small periodic breaks.

Cost and Registration

$250.00 per person before February 15, 2020,  $295.00 per person thereafter.  Includes the Friday evening Kirtan Concert fee.

This course is open to the general public. 6 months to 1 year of regular yoga practice is recommended for participation.

Please consult the Course Outline and complete the required readings listed before the start of the course.

For 200 Hour certified Yoga Teachers this course provides CEUs with Yoga Alliance. This course is also part of our Yoga Alliance 300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training.

300 Hour Core Module: 10 Hours

In the event you are unable to attend the course after registration, please refer to our Refund Policy.

About Your Teacher

Brenda McMorrow is a Devotional Kirtan (pronounced “Keer-than”) artist who has had a rich and diverse musical career (from folk to jazz to bluegrass). Now, with a deep love and recognition of the healing power of sound, she is invited to travel worldwide to share her unique blend of original, folk-inspired melodies and sacred Indian devotional chants. Brenda is known for her unique and warmly embracing style of mantra music, a mix of acoustic folk, world rhythms and ancient Indian mantras engagingly presented with a sweetly introspective singer-songwriter’s sensibility. Yoga Journal describes Brenda as having “a knack for expressing the deepest realizations in the sparsest lyrics”. As spiritual teacher Ram Dass has said: “Brenda has a gift”, and her music has been touching people’s hearts worldwide.

With 5 celebrated devotional chant albums, Brenda is a featured artist on the White Swan Records roster, a Colorado label well known for it’s high-profile yoga-inspired artists like Deva Premal. Brenda has been invited to Festivals and events across North and Latin America, Europe and Asia as part of her most recent tour schedule.

Find out more about Brenda at: www.brendamcmorrow.com