Debby Badger

Vedic Chant & Yoga Teacher, Indi House, Brighton, Victoria, Australia

I am dedicated to teaching Vedic Chanting, to guide others on their journey of learning to chant the mantras of the Vedas. I seek to gently encourage students to be comfortable with their own sound and to experience the healing benefits of chanting. I am a passionate believer in the benefits of Vedic Chanting and bring to my teaching a deep understanding and faith in the capacity of human beings to grow and change. I am committed to continuing this tradition as it has been passed on from teacher to student through oral transmission for generations.

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As a student of yoga for over thirty years, a yoga teacher since 2009, and a Vedic Chanting Teacher since 2014, Vedic Chanting is now an important part of my daily practice. The power of chanting became evident to me through the teachings of yoga in the tradition of Krishnamacharya. Śrī TKV Desikachar was a student of his father, Professor T Krishnamacharya, for more than thirty years and brought chanting to millions of students throughout the world for health and healing. My teacher, Radha Sundararajan, was a long term student of Śrī TKV Desikachar, and his influence has been passed on to me through her. Tragically Radha passed away during the Covid pandemic in 2021. 

Śrī Desikachar always emphasised the relationship between teacher and student in the healing process and chanting helps create this close relationship. Chanting is still taught by call and response from teacher to student as it was established thousands of years ago. The teacher recites and the student listens with great attention, then the student repeats and is listened to by the teacher.  It is in the listening and being listened to that a powerful healing effect occurs.  Something unique happens when a student learns to chant with a teacher in this way.

In the words of Sri TKV Desikachar, “Chanting connects us to our heart”.

 Yoga Teacher (teachings of Krishnamacharya) 500 hours – Agama Yoga Centre, Melbourne 2006-2009 with Barbara Brian as mentor. Barbara was a student of Śrī TKV Desikachar.

Since 2005  Debby has attended many seminars, both in Australia and India, with the Desikachar family,  KHYF teachers  (Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation, Chennai), TSYP, UK and Sadhana Mala Yoga Training, UK. Seminars include Bhagavad Gītā, Chennai, February 2013, Yoga Psychology, Melbourne, November, 2016, Mahānārāyaṇa Upaniṣat, January, 2017, Guruśiṣya Paraṁparā, Spain, April 2021, Wheel of Fire Retreat, Perth, May, 2022, Āditya Hṛdayam Retreat, Perth, May 2023

Vedic Chanting Teacher – Chennai, India 2013/2014.  

Debby’s mentor, Radha Sundararajan, was herself a student of Śrī TKV Desikachar for 25 years. Radha taught students all over the world, she conducted Vedic Chant Teacher Training in several countries.  Debby was trained by Radha to be a trainer in the first Vedic Chant Teacher Training in Australia. 

Sanskrit language at Australian National University 2015/2016.

Debby was invited to speak about Vedic Chanting in Sanskrit at the 5th Australasian Sanskrit Conference at ANU, Canberra, December 2023.

 

Debby studied with her mentor Radha Sundararajan in regular classes from 2015 until she passed away during the Covid Pandemic in May 2021.  

Debby now has a mentor in Laurent Nadolski, Paris, France. 

Debby continues her studies with Laurent Nadolski, Senior Teacher in Yoga and Vedic Chanting. Laurent was also a student of Radha Sundararajan.

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During the Covid pandemic, many people struggled with isolation and I was encouraged by my teacher to start an Australian Vedic Chant Group online. Anyone could join in and chant or just listen. It enabled people from all over the world to see the faces of others, and we found that being in the same place and the same time for a common purpose brought many people comfort during a time of devastating isolation. We have continued to meet a few times a year even since Covid restrictions ended.
Next Meeting 21st January, 2024

Register your interest


During the Covid pandemic, many people struggled with isolation and I was encouraged by my teacher to start an Australian Vedic Chant Group online. Anyone could join in and chant or just listen. It enabled people from all over the world to see the faces of others, and we found that being in the same place and the same time for a common purpose brought many people comfort during a time of devastating isolation. We have continued to meet a few times a year even since Covid restrictions ended.
Next Meeting 21st January, 2024

Emma Langton-BunkerLawyer, Melbourne
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Debby is highly skilled and friendly, she is a good teacher as she is encouraging and a beautiful person all round. This was the best retreat ever.
Barbara J. BrianFounder/Director, Agama Yoga Centre, Melbourne
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I have known Debby Badger as a teacher trainee, a graduate and now a colleague teaching Vedic Chant at Agama Yoga Centre in the many and varied rituals, celebrations and specific workshops that we run. We receive very positive feedback from her various Vedic Chant contributions, testimonials to her skill, dedication, precision and her commitment in learning and sharing the gifts of Vedic Chant.
Kaye B
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I really appreciate your approach to the Yoga Sutras, it has this amazing depth yet there is an ease in understanding on a very real and heart felt level.
Deb EllisYoga Teacher, Vedic Chant Teacher Trainee
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"I enjoyed the sound with asana practice with Debby, it is the type of practice I love and feel nurtured by. Debby has a very calm, nurturing and relaxed nature which makes you feel at ease learning something new.
Liv Mitchell Yoga Teacher Melbourne Vic.
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As a beginner, I have enjoyed Debby’s Vedic chant teachings over the past three years. What a warm, welcoming inclusive experience it is. Debby is gently encouraging, tremendously patient and such a dedicated, learned teacher. I love the varied responses chanting brings from vitality and a clear mind to an even, peaceful hue.
Dr. McComas TaylorAssociate Professor at Australian National University
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Debby is a born teacher. Her happy, confident disposition illuminates everything she does, and she instantly connects with her students. From my very first class with Debby I noticed an improvement in my breathing technique.
Sally Riddell Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist, Perth, W.A.
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Debby is my chant teacher. I hear from Debby things that I simply don’t hear from other teachers. It’s not that they don’t say the same or similar things but I hear it from Debby. She is precise, clear and inspiring with her teaching. Her attention to detail is transmitted with grace and integrity. In a nutshell, she is a fabulous teacher and I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Robyn HenwoodYoga Therapist, Adelaide
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My husband made a comment after my chant class that my chanting was much improved, more natural and flowing and authentic. Thank you for helping me.
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