Sunday conversation: How do you like your opening chant?

This past week, we talked a little bit about Ashtanga’s opening chant.

Bobbie’s found where and when she needs to speak it loud and proud. Me, not so much.

And so a question.

Do you prefer the call-and-response style of the opening chant or the “all together now” way of doing things? Does one way trigger a different response or attitude in your subsequent practice?

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2 thoughts on “Sunday conversation: How do you like your opening chant?”

  1. It’s great to sing it all at once and together, absolutely. But, call and response is probably the best/only way to learn it, so both have their place. (For example, in Mysore classes, we just chant it without break, while in Led Beginners, call and response seems to work best.)

  2. I like to do it all together…as long as everyone knows it. If not,then you have to do call and response. The volume depends on how it comes out. Some days I open my mouth and it is loud, others it is soft.

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