A Journey of 1,001 Days
The Naad Yoga Diploma programme is delivered at your own pace of learning. Each grade is designed to be attained in 12 weeks but you can take longer if required (however you cannot complete a grade in a shorter time than 12 weeks).
The first year focuses on establishing a comprehensive understanding of the musical notes used in singing for Naad Yoga. Development of listening skills, vocal training and instrumental practice are integrated into the curriculum from the start.
Additional key components of the curriculum include: the basics of rhythm played on Tabla or Jori percussion instruments, correct pronunciation of verses from Gurbani and terminology for the musical notes used to compose a raag.
Grades completed: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
The second year supports progress from beginner to intermediate level. Listening skills, vocal training and instrumental practice continue to develop. New musical concepts such as meend and gamak are introduced, advancing the understanding of music and Naad Yoga to a greater depth.
In addition, the second year emphasises musicology in Naad Yoga – exploring the emotions in a raag; composition in music – an opportunity to begin exercising individual creativity; and key performance skills for sharing Naad Yoga with other people in a group setting or public performance.
Grades completed: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
The third year elevates knowledge and understanding of Naad Yoga to an expert level. There is recognition and appreciation of the intricacies of music as a means of communicating the message of Gurbani.
Students also develop understanding of the practical purpose of each studied raag, and are encouraged to apply the musicology of Naad Yoga in everyday life to enhance and uplift consciousness. Students work to acquire the skills to create new musical compositions inspired by life experiences, as well as to gain a deep understanding of musical ornamentation and arrangement in performance aesthetics.
Grades completed: Grade 7, Grade 8
The end of the third year completes the sacred journey of 1,001 days.