The Yoga Place

The application of Yoga and Ayurveda in daily life

The Art of Mantra, Vedic Chant
& Spiritual Transformation with Alan McCrindle

Sunday 13th Jan 3-5 p.m. (orientation)
Monday 14th Jan to Friday 18th Jan 7am-1pm
Venue: The Yoga Place. Level 1, 374 Darling St, Balmain, 2041
COST: $400

To share Vedic Chant is to share an experience of silence through listening, a process of healing, and a link with nature, the deeper self and the divine." - TKV Desikachar

"He who knows the secrets of the sounds, knows the mystery of the whole universe." quote by Sufi Master Hazrat Inayat Khan

In the beginning was the the word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God - Paul 1.1 (Bible)

In the beginning there was Brahman with whom was vak (speech), and the word is Brahman - Vedas

Shabda Brahman - "Everything is word" - Vedas

"By sound vibration one becomes liberated" - (Vedanta-sutra 4.22)

Do you know how to chant Om properly and what it means? Do you know why mantra and chanting are considered pre-eminent transformational practices?

One simple truth is becoming clear to Yoga practitioners worldwide: For answers to life's most profound questions we must look beyond Asana - to Yoga's more meditative teachings. This workshop offers the opportunity to experience the deeper wisdom of sound as the primary transformation tool in yoga through the tools of Sanskrit, mantra and traditional vedic chanting.

Based on the timeless insights of the Vedas and The Yoga Sutra's of Patanjali, this workshop will explore the nature of the mind and why, transformation practices around the world claim that, sound is the essence of creation . Students will be led step-by-step through the same ancient spiritual practices used by India's great sages to observe, understand, refine, and direct the mind.

Each day we will start with an asana and pranayama practice to prepare for chanting. And at the end of each day we will close with a meditation practice that is based on chanting.

Although Sanskrit, mantra and vedic chanting are rule based in the extreme their mastery can only come through self reflective practice or svadhyaya. This works best in the spirit of playful, creative experimentation from a state of yoga or pure awareness. If you can imbibe this approach it will transform your other yoga practices.
This in-depth workshop is designed for those interested in exploring Yoga's more meditative aspects for their own spiritual transformation or to share with others (such as yoga teachers).

Participants will:

  • Learn to chant OM properly, what it means, why it is the primary mantra and the 4 stage process of "horizontal enlightenment"
  • Learn to chant the Sanskrit alphabet properly by leaning how to use your breath to support your voice and learning to feel the vibrations produced at the 5 mouth positions
  • Learn the 6 principles of correct articulation and pronunciation in chanting
  • Learn to use sound as a yoga tool for physical cleansing, memory development, mental concentration and meditation
  • Learn how to listen to others and yourself more deeply - chanting as svadhyaya (self awareness) and meditation
  • Learn how to read Sanskrit transliteration so you can pronounce yoga words like asana names authentically
  • Learn how to use chanting in asana, pranayama and meditation practices
  • Learn the Gayatri mantra and its representation as Om, the 3 main Vedas, the 24 tattvas of Sankhya philosophy and the 7 chakras
  • Learn a range of vedic chants and their meanings
  • Learn the Seed mantras for the chakra system and the process of "vertical enlightenment"
No previous experience is required, as this seminar will be as accessible to the beginner as it is profound for the advanced.

Workshop cost: $400. A deposit of $200 is required by and the balance is payable by 11 Jan 2008
For registration or information contact: Alan on 9555-7544 or 0417-655-601, or

About Alan McCrindle
Alan has broad experience in Yoga, Ayurveda, Jyotish and Functional medicine. Initially trained as a Chemical Engineer he worked at a University teaching academics , as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and started and ran two companies before opening The Yoga Place in 1997.

He started his yoga journey in 1987. He spent his first 8 years with Iyengar Yoga as his main practice. During this period he spent 3 months practising with the Iyengars in Pune. During that time he trained in Functional medicine, Shiatsu and meridian based yoga therapy with Andrzej Gospodarczyk. He started vipassana mediation in 1992 and was initiated into Yantra Yoga, a Tibetan Buddhist dzogchen practice, in 1993. In 1996 he started practising Ashtanga yoga and has worked with Richard Freeman and Pattabhi Jois. In 1997 he studied with a number of prominent American based yoga teachers - Patricia Walden, Sharon Gannon and David Life of Jivamukti yoga, Gary Krafstow, John Friend of Anusara yoga and Eric Shifman - as well as bhakti yoga chant master Krishna Das. During this trip he did level 1 training in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Learned the basics of Sanskrit from Vyaas Houston at the American Sanskrit Institute.

After attending the Maha Kumba Mela in India in 2000 he attended his first of many training sessions at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and with the Desikachars. Alan has participated in formal training in Vedic chanting at Vedavani (KYM). In addition he has done extensive one to one vedic chanting with the Desikachars and other KYM teachers and has learned the Taittiriya and Narayana Upanishads an can chant the samhita, pada, krama, jata and ghana versions of mantras such as Gayatri, Mahamritmunjaya and Ganapati.

Alan started his Ayurveda journey in 1995. During his first visit to India in 1995 he studied for 3 months one to one with an Ayurvedic doctor Subodh Jagdale in Pune. He studied the Ashtanga Hridayam and sat with him on consultations and learned the basics of panchakarma through direct experience. This lead on to more formal studies in Ayurveda with Dr David Frawley and Dr Rajen Cooppan. Every year that he has been back to India since his first visit he has studied one to one with Dr Kannan Vijayan who has also trained in Western Medicine.