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by Yogasādhaki Yogachārini Sangeeta Laura Biagi

This album is a collection of chants in Sanskrit (mantra and bhajans) that accompany the daily yoga practices at ICYER / Ananda Ashram in India. Chants are used to invoke and evoke protection, goodness, prosperity, beauty, and gratitude.
Genre: Spiritual: Mantras
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Morning Gayatri at Icyer
3:50 album only
2. Aum (108 Japa)
21:28 album only
3. Gayatri Mantra
4:12 album only
4. Guru Stotra
6:26 album only
5. Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
6:26 album only
6. Lokah Samastah
2:58 album only
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Album Notes
Born and raised in Italy, I have traveled the world to study languages, communication, art, music and dance. Since an early age, I have experimented with the power of sound vibration to comfort, stimulate and heal myself and others. I studied sound healing and performance at New York University, and at the New York Open Center, and performed in Europe and the US.

In 2009, I moved to India for two years to study at the International Center for Yoga Education and Research at Ananda Ashram (ICYER), in Pondicherry, India. Every day, we practiced various forms of yoga, from mantra yoga, to karma yoga, from hatha yoga, to yantra. Daily life in the Ashram is always accompanied by chanting. Sanskrit is a powerful language, a vibratory portal into a state of calm, full relaxation, and expanded awareness. Mantra chanting has healed many of my afflictions.

This album is born out of my desire to share these chants with you, with the blessings of the gurus and teachers of my paramparai, the lineage of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj. Infinite gratitude to the Guru! I feel honored, as a foreigner, to have been invited to learn in the home of the Guru and, now, to be able to share these chants. I ask for forgiveness for any mistake in the subtlety of intonation and pronunciation.

I recorded the chants in April 2019 in The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, with sound engineer Victoria Deiorio. I chose to record them as naturally as possible, only voice and a few accompanying instruments, and without too much processing. We decided to keep the original sounds of the in-breaths, the slight changes in tone and energy, the variations of color.

The lyrics of the chants are easily found on line in the original Sanskrit with transliteration and translation in English.

The six tracks are:
1. MORNING GAYATRI (fundamental tone: F/FA): Gayatri for Ganesha, Laskhmi, Saraswathi, Vishnu, Shiva, and the Guru; Om Asato Ma Sadgamaya; Mahamrityunjaya Mantra. These chants are sung every morning before dawn at ICYER to invoke protection, wealth, beauty and learning, prosperous change, and support. We rise in the early hours to face our fear of death and change. We light a lamp, and gather, and chant. This track can be used for grounding and courage.
2. AUM (108 JAPA) (fundamental tone: F/FA): The pranava AUM is the "mantra of mantras," quoted as highest vibratory syllable that can uplift humanity from suffering and create a sense of inner and outer peace. The repetitions in the recording are sung 108 without editing or looping. This track can be used to create a sense of relaxation and trust.
3. GAYATRI MANTRA (fundamental tone: C/DO): One of the oldest mantra, the Gayatri is chanted to celebrate the miracle of life, the Sun, the Solar System, the planets, all levels of existence, the harmony of the senses, the physical-emotional-mental and so much more. It is a great chant to sing at dawn, to ground oneself in gratitude and awe.
4. GURU STOTRA (fundamental tone: G/SOL): This beautiful and sweet chant is a song of love for the Guru, the outer and inner teacher, for the Guru's gurus. The Guru is the "dispeller of darkness," the source of Light and Guidance. We all have this light inside and, when we meet teachers who help us kindle our inner divinity, we are truly blessed. You can listen and sing this chant to thank yourself and all of the ones who are supporting you in your spiritual evolution.
5. OM NAMO BHAGAVATE (fundamental tone: D/RE): This is a bhajan, the only one in the album (the others are mantra). A bhajan is sung in a call and response style, generally in a gathering of sadhakas (seekers of truth). Bhajans are devotional songs that stimulate positive emotions and a sense of belonging (with the self, others, and the divine). This chant is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the blue-bodied diving principle of sustenance, the universal matrix that keeps all planes of existence working in a magical and intricate interplay. Sing along and dance!
6. LOKAH SAMASTAH (fundamental tone: B/SI): This is a chant for peace, harmony, and balance. At ICYER, we close all practices with this chant to humbly ask for protection for ourselves, others, our larger communities, and the planet as a whole system. It is an invocation for peace and serenity, and a call for equity and sustainability.


Chanting and Music: Yogasādhaki Yogachārini Sangeeta Laura Biagi
Sound Engineering: Victoria Deiorio
Album Cover Photo: Yogachārini Shalini Lenka Nebesařová
Album Design: Yogasādhaki Yogachārini Sangeeta Laura Biagi
Recorded and edited on May 25th, 2019 at The Theatre School at DePaul University, Chicago.

Located near the coast in the beautiful and culturally diverse Pondicherry, we are the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research. Educating people from all social levels from all over the world in the joys of yoga, dance, music and spirituality.
Our founder, Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri, was a rare humane being who traveled the world spreading the wisdom of yoga and awakening countless souls as he went. One of the most influential and potent yogis of his time, Swamiji was a master in both Allopathy and the Vedic arts. His ability to explain spirituality and the teachings of the Rishis in a clear, logistical, and rational way was what attracted so many people to his teachings. Since achieving Maha-Samadhi in 1993, his son Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani and Swamiji's wife and senior most disciple Ammaji Yogacharini, Kalaimamani Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani are now running, teaching, and heading all affairs at ICYER.
Our main Yoga course available is our 6 month residential teacher training program, which has been running annually since 1968. The program is completely comprehensive and covers a vast amount of knowledge during the 6 months including about 1,400 hours of practice. Over 375 Asanas, Mudras, and Kriyas are covered, and 40 pranayama techniques, yogic fasting, diet, and yoga therapy are all included in the training. A special additional 6 months advanced teachers training course is offered for those who have completed the first 6 months.All participants in the training program must commit to both vegetarianism and celibacy for the duration of the course. The course is offered from October to March every year.



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