LIBERATION THROUGH SACRED SOUND
A 3 WEEK COURSE WITH KAMALA ANGEL
We are so excited to be offering another dive into the yogic teachings of Patanjali with our beloved Kamala Angel. This time we will be exploring the concept of Liberation through Sacred Sounds.
तस्य वाचकः प्रणवः ॥२७॥
tasya vācakaḥ praṇavaḥ || YS_1.27 ||
He manifests in the word Oṃ
We will meet 3 weeks on Friday mornings from 7-9am: November 12th, 19th and 26th.
We have chosen this time in the morning as it is known that it is most effective to dive deeper into these teachings early in the morning when our minds are still sharp and we can more easily focus and concentrate.
If for any reason you are unable to attend the session at the time it is run, you can still enroll and recordings will be available to view for 7 days.
Each week we will focus on a different element:
WEEK 1: THE ETERNAL OM
In seven exquisite sūtras in the Pātañjalayogaśāstra, Patañjali gives us the practice of meditation on Īśvara leading to the direct experience of the Self. In this workshop we will seek to understand the nature of Īśvara, the eternal Oṃ, and the sonic means to samādhi given to us by Patañjali.
WEEK 2: SACRED SOUND
In this workshop we will look at the history of sacred sound: Vāk, Śabda-Brahman, and Nāda-Brahman; we will look at the three levels of sound corresponding to levels of consciousness or awareness; and finally, we will look at some of the Haṭha Yoga practices given to us by the great Nāth Yogīs. We will conclude with the practice of Nāda Yoga prescribed by Svātmārāma in the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā.
WEEK 3: MANTRA
‘A mantra is a mystical energy encased in a sound structure. Every mantra contains within its vibrations a certain power. Upon concentration and repetition of a given mantra, it’s energy is elicited and takes form. Japa, or Mantra Yoga is the practice by which the power contained within mantras is applied for specific purposes.’
We will conclude our study of Liberation through Sacred Sound by looking at the three different kinds of mantra, two of which are used in the practice of Japa. How to choose which is the right mantra for me? In this workshop we will seek to understand which personalities are drawn to specific practices, to aid in the choice of a personal mantra.
Kamala is a Sivananda accredited Yoga Teacher who has been teaching in Katoomba (Blue Mountains, NSW) since 1989. She commenced her practice in Sydney in 1977 with respected Yoga Teacher Acharya Upendra Roy, and taught at Acharya’s Yoga Meditation Centre in 1979 under his guidance.
Kamala completed the Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course in 1981 and the Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training Course in 1988 under the direction of renowned Yoga Master Swami Vishnudevananda Saraswati. In 1992 Kamala accompanied Swami Vishnudevananda on a Ganga Parigrama – a pilgrimage down the Ganges from its source at Gomukh in the Himalayas. Since 1999 Kamala has been cataloguing Swami Vishnudevananda’s archives – personal papers, lecture tapes and photographs – in preparation for his Biography. In 2003 she edited the Autobiography of respected Vedantin and Sanskrit scholar, Swami Chaitanyananda of Uttarkashi. In 2006 Kamala edited Vishnudevananda Upadesa, a collection of extracts from the existing transcripts of Swami Vishnudevananda’s satsangs, talks and lectures. She is currently auditing Swami Vishnudevananda’s lectures, satsangs and talks for uploading to the web (http://audioarchive.sivananda.eu) and editing Swami Swaroopananda’s Advanced Raja Yoga Course lectures for publication in 2012. Kamala has been giving workshops to Level I and Level II Yoga Teacher Trainees since 2006.