Chanting & Philosophy Weekend

Chanting & Yoga Philosophy Weekend with Tara Mitra

Join us for a weekend of workshops on traditional Yoga Philosophy and Chanting taught by Certified Yoga Therapist, Tara Mitra.  These workshops will enrich your practice by deepening your understanding of the 8-limbed path of Ashtanga Yoga.

Workshop #1: Chanting From The Beginning

Fri, May 5, 6:30-8:30pm


Sharing tips on Sanskrit pronunciation using the classic rules of grammar as written in the
ancient texts.

We will learn to read English transliterations, the posture names as an example and a śanti mantras.

We'll close this sessions with a 30 minute "Chat & Chai" / Q&A period.

Workshop Cost: $50

Workshop #2: Opening & Closing Chants

Sat, May 6, 1:30-3pm


Chanting at the beginning of our practice helps focus our attention and bring ourselves into the present moment preparing the space to practice yoga, reminding us we are practicing something precious and sacred.

In this workshop we will explore the history and significance of these two chants. Sharing correct pronunciation, its importance as well as a clear translation bringing deeper meanings behind these sacred words.

The ancient practice of chanting works at a subconscious level and can be used to purify mental and physical blockages within in the body. Through continual practice of mantras (vibrational sounds) one can become energized and peaceful helping to maintain equilibrium within the self. From a scientific aspect it has been said that chanting holds several calming, therapeutic, psychological and spiritual benefits.

Workshop Cost: $50

Workshop #3: The 8 Limbs of Yoga in Daily Life

Sat, May 6, 3:30-5pm


Ashtanga Yoga or 8-limbed yoga is an 8-part method as referenced in the Yoga Sutras of  Patanjali.

Tara will move through each of these limbs discussing them from a philosophical lens while highlighting how you can integrate these eight limbs of ashtanga yoga into our modern daily life. Linking Traditional Yoga to Everyday Life.

Workshop Cost: $50

Workshop #4: The Diet / Mind Connection – Philosophy & Ayurveda

Sun, May 7, 11:30am-1pm


In this workshop we will discuss:
- How the food we eat affects both our mental and physical health.
- Food & Mood – the common connection between the two. Exploring this idea deeper by looking at not only what we eat, but how we eat, when we eat and the preparation of the meal.
- Linking how these factors contribute to the intelligent connection between food (nourishment) and the mind (manas).
- Agni (digestive fire), ways to determine your current
digestion and needs to replenish and nurture your body and mind.

Only when body is clean can healing and clarity expand.

Workshop Cost: $50

Workshop #5: Understanding The Mind Through Yoga

Sun, May 7, 2-4pm


We will explore several ideas from the shastras (sacred texts) to help us understand what influences our actions, ideas, responses, triggers, our decisions. Helping us to understand how we interact with the world outside through inside. The concepts shared are mainly coming from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

We will end with a small dhāranā practice, sharing ways to concentrate or hold the mind still. Only from this space of silence, moving inwards can hear clearly.

Only when body is clean can healing and clarity expand.

Workshop Cost: $50

Workshop Schedule

Friday, May 5
6:30-8p: Chanting from the Beginning
8-8:30pm: Chat & Chai / Q&A

Saturday, May 6
1:30-3pm: Opening & Closing Chants
3:30-5pm: 8 Limbs of Yoga in Daily Life

Sunday, May 7
11:30am-1pm: Diet/Mind Connection Philosophy & Ayurveda
2-4pm Understanding Our Mind Through Yoga








About Tara


Tara’s curiosity for understanding the mind and body led her to study psychology (since 1993) and nutrition (since 1999).

She is a trained Chef, has worked with many healing modalities, and has recently spent 5 years living in Mysore, India in order to seek and learn pure knowledge directly from the source and continues to visits India every 6 months to be with her teachers. Tara has also studied classical Carnatic music with two of Mysore’s greatest teachers and she has and continues to study Ayurveda with Dr. R. Padmini.

Tara believes that to be a good teacher one needs to be a good student. Therefore, she continually expands her knowledge on the subjects of yoga, health, nutrition and healing through sound and other methods.

She teaches in a traditional yet playful manner incorporating the teachings of her teachers.