Vedic Chanting Foundation Course
The main aim of the Vedic Chanting Foundation course is to chant and the emphasis is on enjoying this experience. The consistency of the group, from one session to the next, will encourage students to chant confidently and provide the opportunity for a deeper experience of the chants and continued personal development.
Our next VCFC is due to start in September 2022. Email Lisa at chanting@TSYP.yoga for more information
The course is 60 hours and has been designed to be done in a variety of ways to suit personal preference and circumstances. Some courses are taught entirely face-to-face, some with a blended learning approach both online and in-person, and some are taught entirely online.
- Chanting various types of Vedic chants (and some chants that are not Vedic). This category represents 70% of the course
- 6 Rules of Chanting
- History of Vedic Chanting and the Veda-s
- Benefits of chanting for health and well-being
- The use of sound in āsana, prāṇāyāma and meditative practice
- Sanskrit. The course will broaden experience and understanding of this ancient language.
Vedic Chanting Teacher Training Programme
This 200 hour Vedic Chant Teacher Training Course is intended for those who wish to develop their love of chanting, to either go on to teach students or for their personal development. It is an in-depth and thorough course that will deepen and increase the students’ knowledge of Vedic chanting, whilst also training them to be competent teachers of this profound practice.
This course is mainly a residential course with some on-line learning as well as 1-2-1 tuition.
The residential setting allows for an immersion into learning, away from the responsibilities of work and household life. The peaceful, simple surroundings help to create the setting that will allow the teachings to be absorbed more easily and deeply. The teacher-student relationship, so fundamental in Vedic chanting, can be nurtured as well. Additionally, the group dynamic is strengthened and also acts as a key teaching tool of the course. We learn from our teachers, but we learn from our own study and from each other.
Why Vedic chanting?
Vedic chanting is, as the name suggests, chanting the Vedas. The Vedas are a vast collection of texts in the form of chants, that were believed to be heard by ancient Indian sages when they were in deep meditation. They contain profound and timeless teaching on an enormous variety of subjects and form the foundation of the six classical Indian philosophies including Yoga.
Vedic chanting has been preserved virtually unchanged through thousands of years, by adherence to the form (the rules) and direct oral transmission from teacher to student. Thus, by chanting in this way today, we connect directly to that ancient wisdom.
What are the entry requirements?
- Successful completion of a TSYP 60-hour Vedic Chant Foundation Course (VCFC) Click here for more information.
Demonstrating sufficient competence in chanting the core chants of the TSYP VCFC syllabus and also some knowledge of the other elements of that course i.e. the 6 rules of chanting, the history of Vedic chanting and the Vedas, the benefits of chanting for health and well-being, the use of sound in āsana, prāṇāyāma and meditation, and Sanskrit.
- An attitude of respect for the practice of Vedic chanting, and of openness to the effects of chanting upon the self, that is personal development through chanting. If intending to teach, a commitment to teaching in a way that respects both the tradition and the student and a commitment to their own ongoing learning and development.
- To develop the student teachers’ own practice of Vedic chanting according to the rules and pedagogy of chanting
- To develop the student teachers’ ability to teach others in the use of sound and chanting at an appropriate level
- To introduce ways of using chanting as an important tool in āsana, prāṇāyāma and meditation
- To provide an understanding of the application of Vedic chanting for health and healing
- To explain the origin and evolution of the Veda-s and introduce their content and range
- To introduce student teachers to the Sanskrit language and script
- In summary, assessment will be through specific written assignments, assessment tasks, and observed teaching, and continuous assessment of the students’ progress in chanting by ongoing observation and listening in group and individual settings.
TSYP VCTT certificate will be awarded to students who meet the below conditions:
- attend 80% of the course hours
- make up for any missed course time by covering the missed content in 1:1 sessions with the course tutors at the student’s expense.
- practise chanting regularly
- meet completion dates for the written work and other assessment tasks. (Individual circumstances will be considered.)
- fulfil the assessment criteria, meeting a minimum satisfactory standard at final assessment