For me chanting has helped me to find my voice, to express myself in ways I have previously struggled. I have gained inner strength to teach and become more self-reliant. Apart from my improved self-confidence, chanting has also improved my bodily health. Long standing issues that have affected my wellbeing such as constipation and insomnia, have both improved significantly.
I believe chanting brings positive change to all layers of who we are: body, breath, mind, emotions and spirit, and increases our capacity for a joyful life.
Vedic chanting is an important tool of yoga for health and healing. It is chanting the mantras of the Vedas and is usually taught in a “call and response”- where the teacher chants and everyone repeats.
The Vedas are a collection of hymns or mantras which are the foundation of all philosophy in India. The mantras have been transmitted from teacher to student over thousands of years following an oral tradition. The language of the Vedas is Sanskrit and the particular pronunciation of Sanskrit sounds affects the body bringing health and healing.
When we chant, we are chanting on our out breath (exhale). The more we chant, the greater the output of air, so this leads to a greater intake of air. Over time the breath becomes longer and deeper bringing in more vitality leading to a longer life. Extending our breath helps to cleanse and purify our system. The way we breathe is very important for our health and vitality.
When we are chanting Vedic mantras, our mind becomes single focussed. Emotions are more settled when our mind is calm and focussed. We are then able to experience our true capacity for joy, as the sacred mantras of the Vedas nourish our spirit.
Chanting Vedic mantras connects us with our own voice. It builds confidence and inner strength. We know our bodies are made up of a large percentage of water. When we chant the Sanskrit sounds create vibrations influencing our body, bringing balance and creating positive energy.
There are many health benefits for our body with the practice of Vedic chanting. Chanting may help with digestion and constipation problems and even hormonal problems as emotional blocks are removed from these areas. Most importantly, chanting connects us with ourselves and brings a sense of wellbeing and joy.
Debby Badger has been practising Yoga for twenty years, teaching Yoga since 2009 and teaching Vedic Chanting since 2012. She is passionate about the health benefits of Vedic Chanting and has devoted her time to teaching and sharing the benefits of regular practice with her students. If you are interested in learning more please check her website for more information: www.vedicchanting.com.au
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