Transform Consciousness Through Music

Music and Consciousness“Sound or vibration is the most powerful force in the universe, and music is a divine art, to be used not for pleasure but as a path to God-realization.”—Paramhansa Yogananda

More than just a recreational activity, listening to music can be a transformative and healing experience that can help you change the way you relate to everyday life and challenges. Our purpose is to help people to better understand the effect music has on our physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing, and the importance of making musical choices that support our health and happiness.

In this course you’ll experience music’s subtle yet powerful influence and learn to use it to help heal – body, mind, and soul. You are provided opportunities to discover for yourself how music affects you on all levels, and how you can tell what effect a specific piece is having on you.

You’ll learn to:

  • Gain access to a powerful tool for coping in troubled times.
  • Reduce stress by using music to calm your mind and heart.
  • Tap the power of music and use it to heal yourself and others.
  • Learn how to get the most out of music by listening with a receptive and open heart.
  • Realize how and why sound affects you.
  • Notice how your consciousness changes in response to a wide range of music.
  • Understand why it’s good to be more mindful and selective about what music you play and when you play it.
  • Discover an abundance of positive and inspiring music, much of it consciously composed with the intention of uplifting consciousness.

What you’ll receive:

  • Textbook (pdf format).
  • Audio learning tracks (mp3 format).
  • Experiential exercises for inner exploration.
  • Personal support (via email or telephone).
  • Certificate of Completion.
Associated Courses

Ramesha Nani

Ramesha (Fabio) Nani received his diploma in violin performance from the Music Conservatory in Como (Italy). But by the time he had finished his studies he had become disillusioned with music as a career and instead became a music teacher in his hometown of Lugano, Switzerland. During this time he shifted his musical focus to studying voice with Swiss soprano, Giovanna Zaugg-Casella. Years later, during repeated visits to the Ananda meditation and retreat center in Assisi (Italy), Ramesha was introduced to Ananda Music, and as he tuned into it more deeply he felt himself changing. His love of the violin was rekindled and he began to play again. But now, music has a completely different meaning for him. He realizes that what matters most is not how well he plays or sings, but rather how open he is as a channel for blessings to flow through the music and touch people’s hearts. A longtime disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, a Kriyaban and an Ananda minister, Ramesha is in demand as a vocal instructor; in addition to in-person lessons, he teaches online to students throughout the world. He's also a member of the NAMTA, the North American Music Teachers Association. He and his wife are part of the singing quartet "The Joy Singers", whose mission is to share positive, uplifting music. In 2013 they were asked to help lead Ananda Music worldwide.

Bhagavati Nani

Bhagavati (Sharon Brooks) Nani received her Master of Music in flute performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. For many years she performed and recorded with a number of orchestras and chamber ensembles in the greater Bay Area, including the San Francisco Opera and The Women’s Philharmonic. She began focusing on music as a ministry after finding Ananda and being initiated in Kriya Yoga in the late 90’s. Bhagavati plays and sings on various Ananda CDs (Secrets of Love, Relax: for Flute and Cello, I Came From Joy, and Scegli la gioia), as well her own CD, Illuminating Grace: Songs of Joy and Devotion. In 2002, she moved to Ananda Assisi (Italy), where she toured for two years as part of the Ananda Singers. Later, she and her husband, Ramesha—who are both Ananda ministers—helped lead the meditation group in Lugano (Switzerland), where they also taught meditation classes to adults and children. They returned to the United States in 2006 and currently live at Ananda Village near Nevada City, California. Bhagavati particularly loves when listeners share their stories of how deeply they were affected by the experience of listening to Ananda Music.

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