The Yoga of Mantra CD Release & Free Chant: Saturday, Sept. 1

Monique Parker & The Bhagavan Patanjali Goddess Choir

From Top Row, L2R: Debby Halpern, Raquela Moncada. Middle Row: Martha Flanders, Monique Parker, Whitney Lake. Bottom Row: Elisabeth Martin, Julie Cortopassi.

Svastha Yoga Institute wishes to invite the Taos community to participate in a FREE afternoon of Yogic and Vedic Chanting on Saturday, September 1st, from 4-5:30pm at AwarenessWorks Feldekrais Studio located at the Northstar Plaza in El Prado: #65 Highway 522, Suite C.

The event is to celebrate the release of Monique Parker’s first chant CD entitled “The Yoga of Mantra: Call and Response Sanskrit Chants,” which includes members from the Bhagavan Patanjali Goddess Choir, a group of seven Taos women who have all either completed or are currently enrolled in the Yoga Teacher Training Program at UNM-Taos. The Bhagavan Patanajali Goddess Choir consists of: Martha Flanders, Julie Cortopassi, Elisabeth Martin, Raquela Moncada, Debby Halpern, Whitney Lake, and Tessa Cone.

Mantra yoga is the cornerstone of traditional yoga practice. It has been said that mantra is supreme among all disciplines, and that by reciting mantras we achieve and accelerate the awakening of the divine spiritual forces within.

The Director of Svastha Yoga Institute and the Yoga Teacher Training Program at UNM-Taos, Monique Parker said call and response chanting with a teacher is one of the oldest and most sacred traditions on the planet. “The word mantra in Sanskrit means “mind protection”.

We chant sacred sound vibrations to protect ourselves from the disturbances that arise from our own minds. Basically, we open the heart and focus the mind as a way to tap into our innate state of peace,” Parker added. The program includes classic yoga invocations as well as popular peace chants from the Vedas. These universal sounds and vibrations are chanted to bring unity, peace, prosperity and harmony to all.

There will be handouts so participants can follow along, as well as CDs available for purchase. Please bring a pillow or blanket to sit on. AwarenessWorks Feldenkrais studio is located 4/10 of a mile north of the intersection of NM highways 522, 150 and 64.

Parker was named one of the Remarkable Women of Taos in the Health and Fitness category. She launched Svastha Yoga Institute, the U.S. affiliate school of Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda in Chennai, India earlier this year. “My teachers A.G. and Indra Mohan gave me their blessings to continue to share the Sri T. Krishnamacharya lineage, the father of modern yoga, here in the US,” she added.  “My hope is to attract people who live busy city lives and who want to deepen their practice—to come to Taos to experience the richness and depth of not only the ancient teachings, but also the beauty and peace that Northern New Mexico affords.

For further information, please contact Monique at 575-586-1229 or