Yoga Vacation Program
February 14 — 18, 2024

The Power of Chant

Nina Rao

Join Nina Rao for this transformational offering where you will learn traditional ancient chants:

Feb 14: Veda Chanting for Clarity
Nina will share her practice of chanting of the profound Gāyatrī mantra as she has learned in the ancient continuing lineage of her teacher from South India. We will learn the pronunciation, intonation, and practice japa (repetition) of this powerful mantra. Bring your mala. This practice will be in traditional recitation form without musical accompaniment. No experience is necessary.

Feb 15: Prayer to the Goddess:
Through music and mantra, we will invoke the divine in her feminine form as the Great Mother by singing traditional prayers and kirtan. Nina will share stories from her guru Sri Siddhi Ma. No experience is necessary.

Feb 18: Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa:
The Hanuman Chalisa is a sacred 40-verse devotional hymn recited for hundreds of years in India to the Hindu monkey god Hanuman. Together we will chant the Chalisa along with musical accompaniment and discover how this ancient practice is still relevant to us today.

Offered as three afternoon workshops and two satsangs (subject to change).

Nina Rao learned traditional chants from her grandfather in a village in south India when she was nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. In 1998 she met her guru, Sri Siddhi Ma in the foothills of the Himalayas and spent time with her regularly for 19 years. For many years Nina has been Krishna Das’ business manager and accompanies him musically as well. In 2007, she recorded the track ‘Nina Chalisa’ on Krishna Das’ CD “Flow of Grace”; January 2013 she released her debut double-album, “Antarayaami-Knower of All Hearts”; August 2018 her second album “Anubhav” was released entirely crowd-funded.

Nina regularly leads kirtan, workshops, and retreats in New York and beyond, and leads workshops and courses online across many platforms. She is also founder and chairwoman of the non-profit Saving Wild Tigers which supports conservation of wild tigers and all species in their natural habitat in India. In addition, she hosts a podcast series on the Be Here Now Network exploring spirituality, practice, and conservation of wilderness and Nature. She is currently recording mantras to Tara in the Buddhist tradition, with 21 Taras Collective.


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