Naad Teaching Program

Trailor of a NAAD singing workshop

The Naad Teaching Program contains three parts:

Nada Yoga is the vedic Yoga of the sound. It is about merging the inner with the outer world using the tool of sound. It focuses on soundmeditation and energywork. The most known and the most difficult exercise described is the listening to the primordial sound OM, which can be heard in absorption, deep meditative states.

The outer part of working with sound contains two categories, rhythmically chanted Mantras (Nama) as well as music itself, which has a meter and a melody within a tonal system or Raag (Rupa).

Mantra chanting is about rhyhmical reciting of a Mantra. A Mantra has syllables with a implicit or explicit meaning. The Mantra gets repeated in a cycle, which has an effect on energy and mind – on condition of the right pronounciation! The NAAD Teaching Program offers Vedic Chanting, Buddhist Chanting and on request also Sufi and Christian Chants.

Dhrupadmusic focuses on the musical part of the sound. It is nowadays the only Indian style, which preserved the microtonality of the Ragas. Played with the Tanpura, each note of a Ragas scale can be set precisely within the 22 shrutis. Only the intervall between the Tanpuras drone-notes and the vocalists/instrumentalists melody bring alive a Raag.

There is a saying that 5000 years ago the Rishis were contemplating on how to merge with nature or become one with god. They contemplated in order to find the energetical equivalents to the outer physical states. This is how they discovered the Raga. For each time of day and season there are different Raga. In total there must be several hundred Raga! 

Dhrupad music is sung with what seem to be meaningless syllables, the Nomtom syllables. In fact they are derived from the Om Tarani Tom Mantra and contain the meaning “bring me from the darkness into the light”. Dhrupad music is derived from the vedic times and is so the mother of the mantra world. “Dhruva Pada” means “fixed star”, pointing out the principle of coming back to the initial place – each cycle on a higher spiritual level!

The breath plays an important role in Nada Yoga too as it carries the voice and flows naturally between the inside and outside of the body. Furthermore the breath and sound are energising for the body having decisive and positive impact.

Today, Dhrupad music is the only Indian style of music which has preserved the microtonality of the Raga. Performed together with the Tanpura, each note of a Raag scale can be set precisely within the 22 shrutis (microtones). Only the intervals between the Tanpura’s drone sound and the vocalist’s or instrumentalist’s melody bring a Raag to life. As soon as a tempered instrument like a harmonium is involved, the whole energy is destroyed. This is because the keys of such an instrument are fixed and so not in tune with the microtones of the Raag. So modern classical Indian music or Mantra Chanting with a Harmonium does not evove the full potential of the Ragamusic}

Dhrupad Yogi/Yogini Path

After all is to say that Dhrupad is a complete Sound Teaching, as this yogic music contains Nada Yoga (Sound) and Mantra (Sound and Rhythm or Laya) Chanting: Sound, Rhythm and Form through the musical modes, the Raga. Singing Dhrupad the singer applies Yoga techniques to open all chakras. Producing a stream of sound opens the energy channels, specially the column. Kundalini is rising and greeting! Connecting sound and mind allows the singer to fully dive into a Raag, to become the Raag! Beeing advanced, the vocalist can listen to him/herself and how the Raag is singing, just letting flow the melody. This is like “surfing in the universe”… After engaging first in a more intellectual way into this music, the listener too can absorbe in this divine music. This is the pure joy of Dhrupad Music, Mantra Chanting and Nada Yoga!

Saraswati riding with her Tanpura on the swan