The Art of Yogic Chanting

An Introduction to the Theory & Practice of Chanting from Vedic, Tantric & Bhakti Traditions

Mantra : The Songs of Yoga

Modular Training Course

Mantra : The Songs of Yoga

Chanting runs through each and every form of yoga. It enhances our asana, regulates our breathing, quietens the mind and fills our body with radiant energy. It is the thread that links all the classical texts, from the Vedas and the Sutras to the Tantric Puranas.

The sacred mantric sounds fell from the Divine source, were ‘heard’ by the Rishis whilst in trance states, and formulated into the cohesive body of Mantras that still exist today, forming an unbroken chain of sound energy stretching back to the Vedas. Each sound is precisely and exquisitely formed, creating powerful vibrations and connecting us back to this Divine source.

The ancient sages tell us that repeating a Mantra, placing it into our mind, our heart, and into the essence of our body, will eventually reveal its meaning to us.

Mantras can heal, they can bring enlightenment, they can calm and quieten the troubled mind, they can bring forth and manifest, and also create a shared sense of connection as we tap into this universal energy sound form – not only in our current time frame, but also stretching back to those original Vedic sounds.

These Training Modules will take you on a journey of exploration, theory and practice of Yogic Mantra.  You are invited to delve into the Songs of Yoga, to experience their subtle energies, and to understand Yogic Chanting in all its forms. The Modules will offer you the opportunity to understand and experience the theory, history and practice of Vedic Chanting, Tantric Shakti Mantras, Japa, Bija, Bhakti and Kirtan. The Sanskrit language will be introduced with an emphasis on pronunciation.

Your time and investment on these trainings will inspire you to develop a daily practice of chanting, and to feel confident to introduce it into your teaching.

Chanting is a transformational practice. The energetic sounds will gently work on your mind, body and spirit, slowly chipping away that which needs to be released.

If you have nurtured a desire to work with Mantra, but didn’t know where or how to start, or if you want to gain confidence to introduce mantras into your teaching, start here…….

Check out the Lakshmi video for a taster of my teaching style and the quality of the content that you can expect on the modules.

“There hasn’t been a moment that I didn’t LOVE the mantra and meditation course with Julie. It has been an amazing ride, challenging, loving, eye opening, grounding, reflecting but mostly Julie has given me powerful practices to guide me to myself so I can navigate life to my full potential.

She has taught different types and styles of meditation and mantra so there was always a practice I connected with. To be able to work with the practices for a longer period of time has helped me to understand them on a deeper level.

Julie has been an absolute rock: patient, caring, listening, and always there to answer questions. I’d definitely sign up for another course with her in the future, she’s a wonderful and very knowledgeable teacher.”

Ingrid van Oostrom – Summer Course Graduate

How do Modular Trainings Work?

Over the past two years, the landscape of training has changed. Our finances are being stretched ever further. Our ability to commit to long-term courses has been eroded. I am now happy to be able to offer a more time & finance-friendly option to study these wonderful practices. Each Module can be undertaken as a stand-alone training, complete with CPD Certificate. You can then chose to invest in another Module at a later date. This creates an opportunity to undertake the entire Mantra Course in bite-size offerings, without any commitment up front to your finances, or your time. You choose how many Modules you wish to complete.

The content is the same as the original 100 Hour Mantra Training Course, (if not a little deeper), and you get the same quality of teaching and resources. Choose from the Modules available:


Mantra Training Modules

module 1 : foundations of mantra

Introduction to Sanskrit, Mantra & Om.

module 2 : shakti mantras & Japa

Introduction to Tantra & The Goddess

module 3 : vedic chanting

Introduction to Chanting in the Vedas

module 4 : bhakti - songs of devotion

Songs of the Heart, Kirtan & Shiva & Krishna

The letters of the Sanskrit alphabet allow the human mind to interface with the primal energies of cosmic intelligence and receive its deeper insights.

David Frawley


Module 1 :

Foundations of Mantra & Sanskrit

Saturday 18th June : 9.30am to 3.30pm

Sunday 19th June : 9.30am to 3.30pm

Sunday 26th June : 7.30-9.00pm (Recitation & Consolidation Evening).


Module 1£165.00

Deposit : £50

CPD Hours : 10

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Module 2 :

Shakti Mantras, Japa & The Goddess

Saturday 17th September : 9.30am to 3.30pm

Sunday 18th September : 9.30am to 3.30pm

Recitation & Consolidation Evening – tbc by course participants

This Module is only suitable for those who have completed Module 1 or have studied the foundations of Sanskrit elsewhere.


Module 2£165.00

Deposit : £70

CPD Hours : 10

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Module 3 :

Vedic Chanting

TBC : Early 2023

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Module 4 :

Bhakti & Kirtan

TBC : Mid 2023

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Format :

Online via Zoom.

All trainings include comprehensive PDF Notes and access to a private Resource Portal with recordings, videos and supplementary content.

Do I have to attend the Modules in Sequence?

It is advisable to do the trainings in the order they are set out. The Foundations of Mantra module will focus on the theory of Mantra and the practice of correctly pronouncing Sanskrit. These will be the building blocks of your mantra journey. However, if you have previously studied Mantra Theory & Sanskrit, then you may feel able to jump ahead and dive into one of the specialised modules.

Are the Trainings Live or Recorded?

To be able to qualify for CPD points, you have to attend trainings live. Each Module will be delivered as a Live Training day, either online via Zoom, or at some point, in person. There are also a wealth of resources on your private Training Portal, including video recordings and audios of the practices, plus copious PDF notes.

Can I complete the full Mantra Training Course?

Yes. All the content delivered in the Modules comprises the full Mantra Training Course. To complete the full course, you will have to attend all 4 Modules and complete 5  assessments, plus undertake the regular Personal Practices. You will then recieve the Mantra Training Course Certificate.

Tutor: Julie Hemmings

Julie is a BWY Trained, Senior YAP Teacher and Trainer with over 26 years of teaching experience.  She has studied on many residential courses at the Mandala Yoga Ashram, and under the guidance of the resident Swamis, has experienced many blissful hours spent chanting many, many mantras.

Julie has a regular personal Mantra, Pranayama and Meditation practice, plus consistently integrates the techniques into her regular classes and workshops. She teaches the CPD Day ‘Mantra & Meditation‘ and the 150 Hour Pranayama Training Course.  She is also one half of Joyful Heart Kirtan, a Midlands-based duo bringing Kirtan events to the local area.

During Lockdown in 2020 she continued her journey of learning and studying the language of Yoga – Sanskrit, as well as undertaking courses to deepen her knowledge and experience of Mantra.


“I’m currently doing Julie’s Mantra & Meditation course and it’s been absolutely wonderful. The depth of the course has been extraordinary, learning about Sanskrit pronounciation and different types of mantra has really enhanced my own practice. I’ve been really impressed by the quantity and quality of the materials provided – plenty to keep me going well beyond the end of the course!

Julie’s attention to detail is amazing and it’s clear that she is teaching from her own personal experience of mantra and meditation. Her passion and own understanding shines through. And I am finally sticking to a meditation routine after many years of trying!”
 Course Graduate Felicity Pryke


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Module 1 - Introduction to Sanskrit & Mantra


1. The Theory of Sanskrit

2. Sanskrit Pronunciation – Consonants, Vowels, Semi-vowels, Dipthongs, Anusvara & Visarga.

3. The Theory of Mantra

4. The Sanskrit Asya and the Tattwas

5. The Mantra Purusha/Mantric Body

6. Energetic Qualities of Sanskrit sounds


1. Bhramari and the ‘Violet Hum’

2. The Theory of Bija Mantras

4. The Chakra Bija Mantras

5. The Theory & Practice of Om

6. The 16 Matrika – ‘The Divine Mothers’

7. Chakra Bija Meditation

8. Saraswati – The Goddess of Sound


Module 2 - Tantra, Shakti Mantras & The Goddess


1. The Surya Mantras

2. The History and Theory of Tantra

3. Shakti Bija Mantras

4. The Rise of the Goddess

5. The Theory and Practice of Japa

6. Namah or Svaha?

7. Understanding Lakshmi


8. Surya & Chandra Bija Mantras

9. The Theory and Use of Malas

10.  Understanding Durga

11.  Devi Suktam



Module 3 - Vedic Chanting & Gayatri


1. The History of the Vedas and Vedic Mantra

2. The Ayur Mantra

3. The Theory of Gayatri Mantra

4. Practice of Gayatri – with Svara and Ekasruti

5. Patanjali Sutra Chanting – a selection of sutras

6. Saha Nau Vavatu Mantra


7. Mrtunjaya Mantra

8. Gayatri Meditation

9. The Shanti Path

10. Deity Gayatri Mantras

11. Sanskrit Grammar – Sandhi and Noun Declension


Module 4 - Bhakti & Consciousness


1. The History and Theory of Bhakti

2. Understanding Krishna

4. Understanding Shiva

5. The Theory and Practice of Kirtan


6. Understanding Rama, Sita & Hanuman

7. Practical – Devotional Chanting/Kirtan

8. Mahesvara Sutras

9. Nirvana Shatkam

10. The nature of consciousness

11. Exploring Mantras for Consciousness

12. Pujas, Artis & Havans – the Rituals of Yoga

Terms & Conditions

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Why do we Chant?

“We chant to join our voices to the voices of countless seekers, worshippers, mystics, and lovers of life, in every time and in every place, who have shared in sacred song.

We chant to fill our hearts and fill our homes with loving and peaceful vibrations of sound.

We chant because it’s fun.

We chant to help the stress and freneticness of our busy lives melt away.

We chant to spread our wings and let our soul take flight.

We chant for the sheer joy of letting our God-given voices sing out.

We chant for the heartful communion that we feel with others when we come together in song.

We chant our prayers to God, so that our lives may be graced by more intimate Presence of the One known by so many names.”

Robert Gass ‘Chanting : Discovering Spirit in Sound’

Not quite sure?

I’d be happy to chat with you to help you decide if this training is right for you. Please call Julie on: 07983 714848

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