This course is open for a limited time!


Be one of the first 20 people to sign up by January 10, 2022 and in addition to all the materials and videos inclusive in this course, you will also receive:

*A complementary one hour private tutoring session with Allison

*The Sanskrit 101 course on Teachable: nine 20-ish minute classes on Sanskrit pronunciation

*A talk with Dr. Robert Svoboda on the topic of Indian music, gurus, and cultural appropriation

*A talk with Prem Sadasivananda on the topic of Sanskrit

*A talk with K. Sridhar on the topic of Indian music


Here's what people are saying about An Ocean of Sound:

Allison has helped me fall more into love with Indian music, and has taught me things that have helped me better understand how to play it more skillfully myself. I've had a harmonium for ten years, but now I really understand so much more about chanting and playing and I'm excited to keep learning more as I dig into the music library packed full of songs to learn! - Paula Crossfield


It was such a wonderful course! I found it very approachable. I was able to quickly learn chanting fundamentals and also love that at my fingertips are endless possibilities for building my skills and practice! After being intimidated by the harmonium for some time, I was so pleasantly surprised about how this class went and how interwoven into my practice playing the harmonium has become. - Lauren Thie





An Ocean of Sound Includes:

*Ten pre-recorded 90 minute lessons + 60 minute kirtan with Allison Dennis and lifetime access to the class video recordings  

*Heart of Yoga School Chant Book: a fully transliterated chant book with over a hundred mantras and kirtan chants.

*Lifetime access to the digital Kirtan Music Library with over 50 video tutorials and instructional charts: you can chew on this material for years to come as you build your repertoire of chants.


Optional private session add-ons:

*As this course is pre-recorded, it is recommended that you add on weekly or monthly private harmonium and sanskrit tutoring sessions with Allison for as little as $75 per hour for 10 weeks after enrollment. After 10 weeks the price goes back to her normal sliding scale rate of $100-200.


This can help you stay on track with the practices, homework, and steady improvement from week to week. If you sign up by January 10, 2022 the first hour is free! Email Allison at [email protected] to schedule sessions.

 

Who is this course for?

*Brand new beginners

*Anyone who wants to learn to read the charts in the Heart of Yoga School Music Library

*Westerners who want to bring more of India into their already established mantra or kirtan practice

*Mature and interested children, with some musical background, who want to learn kirtan music

*Those who love kirtan and want to be in satsang to deepen their understanding of kirtan music

 

Course objectives:

 

*To learn at least one simple sanskrit chant on the harmonium and understand it's raga (what scale it's in), tala (rhythm), melody, pronunciation, meaning, and how to read the transliteration.

 

*To develop a shared vocabulary around Indian music and bhakti yoga, the yoga of love and devotion.

 

*To be open to and sensitive around how not to culturally appropriate Indian wisdom systems and religious practices. Understanding the culture helps you understand the concepts. We will collectively endeavor to understand this music as it is relative to India; her daughter so to speak.

 

*To better understand your voice and know what key you are most comfortable singing in

 

*To be introduced to a variety of traditional practices that are effective neuroplasticity exercises that increase focus and uplift the mind

 

*To better understand your loving nature as your core values are enlivened through singing.

 

*Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to navigate the Music Library and have the tools to comprehend the content

 

An Ocean of Sound:

Indian music is a vast ocean of sound and mysticism which serves as an inexhaustible source of inspiration and healing. I believe this introductory course will send your heart down paths of revelation and discovery around kirtan, the harmonium, and the beautiful sanskrit language.

Studying Indian music and sanskrit is like ascending a ladder up to the ancient mind by way of old sound wisdoms. These wisdoms are enduring, earthy, and rely on an ongoing interest in connecting to something bigger than the small self and the ego. 

Indian music teaches how to listen and, for an already developed Western ear, it teaches us to listen differently in so many ways. What better medicine could we give the planet right now than the willingness to switch frequencies, listen, and be lifted up through our immersion in this ocean of sound?


What is Indian Music?

The math of emotion, Indian music weaves a sonic web that creates a somatic experience. A raga is a song, a story, or improvisation built on a foundation of notes. Tala is time, rhythm, or the field which gives the song her existence. Mixed around in this milieu of sound also lives the alluring shrutis, the notes in-between notes.

Songs are expressions of desire colored by the sound of distances; just like our longing, grief, and elation.

Indian music fills in empty spaces, vibrates, and has a direct effect.


What is Sanskrit?

Sound and oral transmission were highly revered in ancient India, and the Sanskrit language is built on the premise that sound vibration is the meaning, is the object itself. The religious texts of Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism are all in Sanskrit.

This is not a language of semantics where the word implies the meaning of something. Instead, Sanskrit is a language where the sound itself creates the meaning.

Pronunciation is important as we want to create the vibrational meaning we intend.

 

What is a Harmonium?

The harmonium is a French instrument developed in the 1840's by Alexandre Debain. It was adopted by Indians and Middle Easterners because of its vibratory nature.

Essentially a pump organ, harmoniums have reeds that create tones when air blows through.


How do I buy a harmonium for the course?

Please email my friends in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India at: [email protected] and mention that you are taking a course with K. Sridhar’s American student Allison.

Ask Saptaswara Musicals about their money back guarantee if the instrument arrives damaged.

I suggest a double reeded harmonium without a coupler. At least seven stops. You don’t need anything fancy. With shipping it should cost $500-ish.


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Ocean of Sound

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Allison’s yoga journey began after a back injury as a performer in the off-broadway show De La Guarda. Unable to move around at a young age, she took to the philosophy of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras for comfort and perspective. Recovery took several years, and allowed for her eventual asana practice to be rooted in and emphasized by India’s wisdom systems.


A student since 2001, and a graduate of The Body Therapy Institute, Allison completed well over 1000 hours of formalized yoga teacher trainings before opening Heart of Yoga School in Carrboro, NC in 2010. Allison created an 800 hour YTT program dedicated to the foundational texts of yoga, and offered a deep dive into the language of Sanskrit, harmonium instruction, chanting, and the development of a daily prescriptive sadhana. Allison closed the physical space in 2018 to pursue travel and to teach to a wider audience. She now offers these Vedic teachings on an online platform which allows for the cultivation of community, healing, and mentorship to a broader student population. You can check out her Vedic online courses here


While building her online school, Allison remains eager to connect with communities in person through workshops, residencies, and festivals. In recent years she's presented at the Telluride Yoga Festival and the Stroud Sacred Music Festival in UK. 


Allison has travelled extensively in India. Deepening her understanding of Indian culture has better informed the way she aims to approach the practice and the teaching. She has led tours and retreats in India and Bali, which has allowed her students to experience first hand how these ancient philosophies and practices can be infused into our daily life. 


Always a student, her study is ongoing under the mentorship of K. Sridhar (Indian music), Steven Highburger (Vedic Astrology), Sabitha Madhav (Indian dance), and Dr. Robert Svoboda (Tantra). She is currently available for private instruction on harmonium as well as Vedic Astrology sessions. Check out her three kirtan albums here on Spotify, and her original music here.