Want to know more about the power of chanting?

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550681_196108370529076_1886022677_nThe Meaning of Brahmananda Swarupa – A Consecrated Chant.

I find often in my yoga classes that folks are bashful and/or reluctant to actually utter the sounds during chanting times during the sadhana/class.  Its not that they are ready to leave but I think if they knew that they are missing such a powerful benefit for their own energies they might just start sharing their sounds to the group chanting.  I often remind participants that uttering Sanskrit words for invocation is not mumble- jumble but a known scientific fact that the sounds actually create the quality of peace with vibrations in their cells, thus a benefit.  If you click the link above this paragraph you can listen to a short video in which Sadhguru from The Isha Foundation explains about one such powerful Chant.  Below is an audio soundclip from Soundcloud that you can listen to the chant for one straight hour and notice any peaceful benefits that come your way. Thanks again to Sadhguru and the Volunteers at Isha Foundation for sharing so much media with us to be able to tap into the ancient science of classical Indian hatha yoga.  Namaskaram OM

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  1. This post, focusing on the power of chanting, reveals that the Sanskrit words that are uttered have a specific, scientifically proven to create the quality of peace with their vibrations. As the video discusses, a chant is a carefully constructed combination of sounds. The meaning of the chant is then enhanced by the individual’s mind and emotions. Additionally, he goes on to explain the meaning of some of the words found in chants.
    As noted on the blog post, it’s common for people to be reluctant to make the noises in class. This is understandable, as many people never partake in such a communal utterance. It can be extremely uncomfortable, especially if you are new to it, or if you’re not sure the meaning as to why you’re chanting what you’re chanting, or even why you’re chanting in the first place. However, giving in to the chant, and joining along with other people can be liberating. Each additional individual releases their own energies into the world through chanting, and the culmination of many voices participating in a chant can create a much more meaningful and beneficial experience for all parties involved.

  2. Chant with meaning. The meaning can enhance the emotions because humans have mind and emotions. The meaning of Brahmanada Swarupa is “Image of ultimate blissfulness” – what a nice meaning. The chant is soothing too – a clever arrangement of sound indeed that can provides positive energy. While singing is not the same as singing, this reminds me of something I had read in my Science of Happiness course:

    As a coordinated and often synchronous activity, for example, in terms of breath and heart rhythms, as well as timing and pitch [36], it is unsurprising that singing has also been linked with elevated β-endorphin levels [28].

    Eiluned Pearce jacques Launay Robin I.M. Dunbar. The ice breaker effect : singing mediates fast social bonding. 2. Royal Society Open Science. http://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.150221

    But I think there might be similarities to chanting and singing and the releasing of β-endorphins. When I chant in class, the feeling is different than chanting alone when I’m doing my Isha Kriya. Even the aahhs feel different. There is a different energy in a room full of people in harmony and in spirit. I guess I can begin to see the difference of practicing yoga from a video tape and performing the asana than a more total experience in practicing yoga in a class.

  3. In the small video, Sadhguru was talking about how the chant itself doesn’t matter, it is more about the actual sound that it produces. People often just use an actual chant to attach a meaning for themselves to make more sense to them. The chant is suppose to help achieve blissfulness, and the sound is energized, so the actual words do not matter as long as they help you achieve this blissfulness.
    I was curious about why I always seem to be reading about Isha Kriya and meditation and things related and it always has chants in other languages but then in our yoga class we do an english chant. It makes sense because it creates a better connection between us and the bliss we want to achieve out of our Isha Kriyas.
    On Ekhart Yoga, there is an article about “Toning Your Truth”, explaining different tonal exercises you can use during your meditation to help better yourself. I checked it out and was using it when I was waiting in the elevator or walking to classes and I found that some of these helped me to relax or enjoy myself a little more in my day to day activities and I’d be curious to add it to meditations that I do outside of Isha Kriya.

  4. Our bodies are instruments, our voices are able to carry a different vary of sounds. It creates a nice vibration of warm energy in and around you when you chant. From my experience in class I’ve noticed it feels a lot more powerful hen in a group of people chanting, or even if theres just one other person. It did feel weird at first to be vocal in physical exercises, but you begin to focus and feel the vibrations that you’re creating. Then when you’re with others, you’re all sharing that energy together and it a very peaceful experience.

    My mind ends up getting very distracted when my body isn’t active but focusing on the chanting was extremely helpful. It helps you stay on tract, and even if you end up getting off track in class, everyone around you is also doing it so it brings your attention back. It gets easier over time to ease into a state of awareness when chanting, you start to focus on your body and how different it feels while chanting. Its really fascinating to notice how each chant has its own different strengths of vibrations.

    Its exciting to know that yoga can pen you to very intriguing experiences. You learn so much about yourself and how to benefit yourself. When chanting, once I don’t try to focus on the fact that I’m saying words and I just focus on the sounds im making, it feels very different. It turns into a nice blend of harmony when chanting in class as well.

  5. Georgia Cummings
    Monday Yoga 6:30-9:50
    3/18/19

    According to Sadhguru, Brahmananda Swarupa means a reflection of ultimate joy or bliss.
    While explaining the meaning of this chant, Sadhguru discusses the relationship between existence and chanting. He states, “The one who rules the existence is ultimate blissfulness”. I believe he is saying that when we are aware of our own existence and content with it while chanting, we experience pure peace.

    This idea of blissfulness and chanting reminded me of the Isha Kriya. I have continued doing it five times a week before bed. I have found that I am able to get lost in the chants and my mind does not wander much anymore. This brings me a lot of peace and allows me to remove some stress from my mind at night. Sadhguru believes that chanting is “consecrating the sound” just as we would consecrate objects and spaces to allow for a certain divine or religious experience. In this case, the experience is one of pure bliss.

  6. I have never thought in my whole life that chanting would take such a huge impact on my life. At first I was very timid about chanting during or out of class and I find myself getting more and more comfortable with it. Not only am I more comfortable but I find myself doing it more and more as my days go on. I have taught others how to do it and also taught them why it important. For me, the importance of chanting is feeling the vibrations run through my body and almost in a way letting the toxins out and letting my body take control. I have found myself to be more focused as well. This may have a lot to do with IK in general, but the chanting aspect has a huge factor in the IK practice.
    I have found myself chanting in my truck a lot recently. My eyes have to be open and I have to be mindful of driving and not bring my full attention into the chant, but as I chant it calms my nerves of dealing with other drivers around me, and I find myself being less negative about my travels. I also enjoy doing it while driving because it is fun to see how long I can chant without a breathe. I have gotten very good at chanting for a longer period of time. Lastly, I found out that chanting at a lower pitch, you can do longer than chanting in a high pitch. With all of this said, I am excited to learn more on where chanting will take me, but for now I am enjoying the vibrations that run through my body, and keep me more mindful, and grounded.

    Here is a link of someone chanting while driving. I wanted to see if I was alone while doing this but it turns out this is a very normal thing! I am posting the link for others to see that if they are doing it as well, they are not alone and should continue to chant no matter where they are!

  7. Sadhguru is very relaxing to listen to. His voice is super sweet and calming and I feel like I could fall asleep even if he is talking about how rainbows are formed. Watching the video made me understand the good parts of chanting.
    I personally don’t like to say anything when I’m doing yoga, mainly because it would become a distraction for me. I feel like for now on, I should try to open up to the possibilities and let the moment happen and let things happen. After I’ve listened to the audio tonight, I noticed how much deeper and how you could almost feel within your head the vibrations of the voice, it sort of reminded me of ASMR. When I closed my eyes, I feel like I could just see waves of water rippling from said vibrations, and that the different sound of voice sort of all blended together. Even trying to chant again after listening to this, things still didn’t feel right by me chanting out loud. I think I need more practice.
    Mackenzie Depietro, Spring 2019, Wednesday Class

  8. Kache’ Mumford
    Yoga Wed 8:30-11:50

    The article “Want to know more about the power of chanting” discusses the importance of uttering sounds during chanting times. Based on the article the vibrations made when chanting creates peace in a persons cell. The chanting and sounds should be loud and not mumble. When you don’t make sounds or if you mumble you aren’t owning your power from within. Chanting and vibrations come from a deep power sighing and when you use that power you are claiming it and releasing it into the world.

    Honestly when we started doing Isha Kriya I was a little nervous to make the sounds. My chanting was also very low. I didn’t like the idea of others hearing me. As we kept doing it I got more comfortable and have been able to do it. After talking to others after class I learned that I wasn’t the only one who felt this way. Many of the other students were self conscious at first too.

    The sound cloud that was connected to the article was very interesting. The sounds were very soothing, at least to me. There was a power and effortlessness to them that was nice. I think this could be a great example for how chanting should be. I also believe that it’s a great example of how calming the sounds of chanting can make you, therefore proving the benefit.

  9. This dialogue about chanting is so important to talk about because I always find myself during class a little reluctant in chanting or just making a sound. However, sound and chanting are so important in the yogic experience, it is apart of it. It is also interesting because the more I do my ik, the more I get more comfortable and it becomes rote, and my ik experience is not whole without the chant and repetitions. In the video, it is argued that chanting is supposed to take you to ultimate blissfulness, which I found to be interesting and something to think about. When chanting the focal point is in the physicality and the energy that runs all through your body and the mind, and when making sounds you are consciously aligning these two together. “Becuase the sound is concentrated, it is alive”, this really resonates with my own experience because sound and chanting is an action that is audible and it further expands that relationship with oneself. Having that understanding and bring it to class with the rest of my fellow classmates, is a whole experience that makes the yogic experience more wholesome.

  10. Sadhguru explains about chants and defines a chant as “simply a clever arrangement of sound”. Utilizing the chants helps your energy levels guide you through meditation. But we need to be careful on how we say the chants and loud enough so it can cause a vibration of energy. Sadhguru defines Barhmananda Swarupa as “the image of ultimate blissfulness”. Also, he brings up Shiva and describes himself as being nothing because of that, he was referring to himself as anything and by any name. If he somehow managed to exist as a certain something, we would not have the ability to do this.

    Before taking a Yoga class, I never put much thought on chanting. I knew that chanting was a way of guiding your energy, but never really tried because I didn’t know how. I found it interesting that to make sounds truly takes an individual to a better place, and maybe trigger new energy healing waiting to be opened. Listening to the clip, I felt the strength of vibration. While chanting I felt the sounds around me like a wavelength. I felt the energy running through my body, felt empowering!

    While doing the IK in class and doing it at home you feel the difference in sound and the power of the vibration energy in the room. Like the saying goes, “the more the merrier” because it adds more healing energy to everyone in the room. I’m beginning to see how there are many components of energy and it identifies with the human/animal/spirituality being that we call life on Earth.

  11. The chant works at an energy level- this is something I could feel, but could not put into words. Yes, the mind is very dominant- but energy is the prevailing facet to be in touch with when chanting. Though our minds demand meaning, this demand is diminished when chanting and contributes to a trance like state where we reject material matters and physical demands for meaning. Swarupa means reflection, and Brahmananda means Ultimate Joy- So to chant the Brahmananda Swarupa is to convey intention for ultimate joy to be reflected within ourselves when we chant it.
    My personal experiences with chanting are mostly limited to the Isha Kriya. When I do the Isha Kriya the idea of peace is reflected through me. Chanting “I am not this body… I am not even this mind” has helped me detach from the physical world that demands me to perceive it constantly. It helps me re connect with my essence and ignore the daily demands of life.
    From the website isha.sadhguru.org, the question the page is answering is “Why do we chant the Brahmanda Swarupa?”
    The answer is, that we chant it in order to see everything in the image of “the ecstasy of the creator”. The intention behind it is for a “large part of youto become stillness” and this stllness will act as a shield but you will “retain the liveliness around you”. Basically, I think that the essence of all life will consume us all if we practice this regularly. The more, the better!

  12. This talks about the chant. when we chant I feel like its all about focus and everything will work while chanting during your yoga practice. when I chant during my yoga practice feel more free and relaxed. One thing that stood out to me is that the chants always has a meaning behind it. This all connects to real-life situations as well. When you sing a song and you sing it for fun you feel and relate to what the song is saying. when you’re at a concert you singing along to the songs that are being played. as a theatre, major chanting is not a problem for me. One thing I realized is that when your chanting during a yoga practice you’re focusing on yourself but also on what you’re saying and how are you saying it. I feel like it shouldn’t matter as to how loud or quiet you’re saying it, you should just let everything out.

  13. Being quiet is important when creating peace but so can sound. In yoga we utter sounds when breathing out and chant consecrated words. Every chant and every sound has meaning in yoga. Before yoga I never knew sound can be made to find relaxation but these words that we breathe out creates blissfulness in our body and mind. It creates a vibration that also consecrates the environment around us. To me when we utter these sounds together in class, I feel a sense that we are in unison. In unison because we have created a scared space together and we are in the moment of finding out who we are. Sometimes music is played in class but not always. The sounds of the music also helps in creating an environment that we are experiencing yoga and positivity together.

  14. In the beginning of the semester, I found chanting very awkward and uncomfortable as everyone would say it along, but as the semester continued and I was encouraged to let out A’s and breathing, I realized how much of a relief it really is. Especially when some positions that we perform have to do with stretching, I learned with chanting and releasing a sound, it really helps my intention towards that specific movement to be embraced a lot more than without any intention. This video helped me learned about a lot more chanting that yoga practices have. “Brahmananda Swarupa means, Swarupa means the image or a reflection of that – image of that rather. Brahmananda means ultimate joy or ultimate bliss. So this is the image of ultimate blissfulness” (Sadhguru). Even though this chanting are constantly used, it has no purpose if performed without knowing the meaning behind it. One’s emotions/feelings need to be expressed through the chant or else there will be no complete effect.

    Kathy Mathews
    Wednesday 8:30 am Yoga Class

  15. What I have learned about the importance of chanting is the empowerment that comes from the volume and sound. The Sadhguru from The Isha Foundation explains that the chants doesn’t need to evoke a certain thing through the recitation of words, but instead bring one towards complete positivity and better clarity when speaking the words. The benefits from this practice and the revelations within this video bring a different notion of the chant into play when considering the practice of the Isha Kriya.

    I completely agree that chants can be powerful when you project loud enough sound. I can feel the vibrations sounds coming out our mouths and lighting up a fire inside our bodies. Putting aside our energy level, we have to focus on our emotional stability and our mind. Chanting in class is great because you can tell we all chant at different speeds depending on our breathing. Also it sounds really powerful and feels the vibrations coming from every corner.

  16. This video talks about the power of chanting and why it is scientifically proven to have peaceful effects on the mind and body. According to the video, the actual sound and vibrations that our vocals produce while chanting is one of the calming aspects of meditation. In our Isha Kriya practices we do a chanting portion, and I have definitely found it to be physically soothing. Although at first it felt uncomfortable and I understand why it would, it helps to know the science and concept behind chanting.
    I believe that the chanting helps me stay focused on the meditation, because if you do it consistently for long enough it will become a reflex instead of something that distracts you. When I was first taught the Isha Kriya I found myself trying to make sense of the words were were chanting, but now I realize it’s not the words, it’s the tone you use and the vibrations that come from it.
    The harmony created while chanting during the Isha Kriya in class is very peaceful due to many factors. After getting past the thought of what the words mean and the uncomfortable feeling of chanting in general, the benefits were definitely clear. I had noticed before how relaxing the chanting felt, because of the vibrations, the harmony, and the deep breaths you are forced to take in between chanting.

  17. Chanting is a practice that has become apparent in its significance to me as a result of recent events in my life. The power of intent and will are capable of great things on a metaphysical level, and a powerful way to present intent and will is through a chant. At the beginning of the year I was presently aware of my awkwardness at chanting and even now find loud exhalation to be uncomfortable and unpleasant. However, the importance in the practice in order to achieve desired results is undeniable. To not subject oneself to the totality of the practice closes off your mind from expansion and your body from cleansing.

    The idea of the image of a reflection speaks to me personally about how our perceptions are not wholes of the truth but realities subject to our personal machinations and distorted through the lens of our experiences. To regard the self as a whole without acknowledging the whole within the universe is a paradox.

    Chants are powerful rituals. They overcome those participating and create manifested will through vibration of air molecules and the expansion of our minds.

  18. Majlinda Novaj
    Honors Yoga Journal #6
    10/19/19
    “Want to know more about the power of chanting?”
    In this hour long clip, I listened to the chanting. Chanting is known for its “quality of peace with vibrations in their cells” The chanting is purposely done because it is scientifically helpful and gives off good energy. Chanting soothing. It is also a great way to feel the good energy in your Yoga practice as well as have a meaningful experience.

    For example, I do Isha Kriya. I usually do it 3 times a week. Everyone time I perform Isha Kriya I feel so connected to the Earth. This most likely is due to the fact that I am chanting “I am not this body, I am not even this mind” to myself for a while. I feel the energy flowing in my mind and emotions and it is very peaceful. I also want to point out while listening to this audio, I felt super peaceful and I noticed that my heart rate was very slow and I had no negative energy. Chanting truly helps one clean their mind and body.

    https://switchonnow.com/magazine/chanting-kirtan/ speaks of how “Chanting is a practice of repeating certain sounds that can have just that effect on your psyche… The mantra ‘Om’ vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, considered the basic sound of everything in the universe. Om chanting helps us tune into our connection to all living things. All this spiritual stuff is all very well, but how does chanting work to calm us down? The movement of the tongue on the palate while you chant a mantra, activates circuits through the body that slow down the nervous system” I agree with this claim. Chanting is very important because it allows the mind to focus. Chanting is one of the many things that allows for us to reach our highest potential and go through a journey of realization of ourselves and being mindful.

  19. Jordan Reynolds

    We are beings made of energy. Chants do not havt to have a meaning to affect us, but since we have a mind and emotions it is helpful to give words meaning. Meaning enhances the mind and emotion. Chanting provides positive benefits for the cells and helps them to regenerate.
    This was a very informative reading. I definitely clicked the link to watch the video for more information about how chanting can benefit the individual. I have never truly felt comfortable chanting aloud, especially in a room full of strangers. I believe that I am going to try to overcome my discomfort because the benefits outweigh the small insecurity I have.
    I wanted to know some of the benefits of chanting and so I found https://www.google.com/amp/s/portugalyogaretreats.com/2019/03/10/the-science-and-benefits-of-chanting-mantras/amp/ . A benefit that I liked was the reduction of heart rate as well as

  20. Jordan Reynolds

    We are beings made of energy. Chants do not havt to have a meaning to affect us, but since we have a mind and emotions it is helpful to give words meaning. Meaning enhances the mind and emotion. Chanting provides positive benefits for the cells and helps them to regenerate.
    This was a very informative reading. I definitely clicked the link to watch the video for more information about how chanting can benefit the individual. I have never truly felt comfortable chanting aloud, especially in a room full of strangers. I believe that I am going to try to overcome my discomfort because the benefits outweigh the small insecurity I have.
    I wanted to know some of the benefits of chanting and so I found https://www.google.com/amp/s/portugalyogaretreats.com/2019/03/10/the-science-and-benefits-of-chanting-mantras/amp/ . A benefit that I liked was the reduction of heart rate as well as lowered blood pressure. High blood pressure runs in my family and if there is a way that I can prevent myself from feeling this discomfort I will. I found that the vibrations that result from chanting also reduce stress. I am going to be more involved in my chants for the remainder of the course.

  21. This is the first time I’ve participated in a yoga class that actually involves chanting. As mentioned in the post, it is certainly something that people are wary of, and I’ve struggled with it as well. Part of it, I think, is definitely because of the fact that chanting is not normalized in Western culture and is not something we do in our day to day lives. However, I think that another part of it that makes people reluctant is that they often don’t understand the full extent of what the words and phrases that are chanted in yoga actually mean, so they try to brush them off as just meaningless phrases. I know I’ve certainly had that problem.

    Still, I now think that chanting can be incredibly helpful, in a number of different ways. For example, when we chant during Isha Kriya, it helps me in two different ways. First, the mantra itself is something that can help calm someone and give them some perspective. It can calm anxieties from daily life. The second way it is helpful is that for me personally, it helps me to focus. Not only does it draw my attention away from anything physical that might distract me (such as an itch on my shoulder that I don’t like but I don’t want to break Isha Kriya for it), but it also keeps my mind focused on the pose and chanting itself. The outside world goes away, and things like anxieties about schoolwork for other classes leave my mind for the time being.

    I think chanting can be really good for people who practice it regularly, allowing them to stay centered, calm, and focused.

  22. Chanting is all about the arrangement of sounds. It should have meaning and contain a lot of energy. Chanting can enhance the mind and emotion of someone. After chanting for a long time, you can find the ultimate blissfulness. The use of chanting is universal all throughout yoga.
    At first, I was very reluctant to chanting in class. I had never done it before, I’ve never experienced it before this class, and didn’t understand the deeper meaning of it. After a few weeks have gone by of practicing I have found it easier and easier to talk in my normal voice. I think I will always start kind of quiet when practicing like the Isha Kriya in class, but I always warm up to it.
    I have found additional reasons why chanting is good. It can help relieve stress; the rhythm of the sound can move energy throughout the body and can regulate the chemicals in our brains. Chanting can also regulate heart rate, increase immune functions, lower blood pressure, and can suppress negative thoughts. The article talks about more aspects that chanting effects in our lives I just felt as though that these ones are what helps me from chanting.
    Source: https://eocinstitute.org/meditation/how-mantras-enhance-meditation/

    -Charlotte Johansen

  23. In this post, the point is that chanting is something that new people to yoga should not be afraid or embarrassed of. It is beneficial to our overall health. Some of the benefits of chanting are that it releases stress hormones, increases immune function, and also keeps our muscles and joints flexible. Personally, at first I was skeptical about the chanting. However, overtime I found that chanting is an essential and beneficial part of my yoga experience. It is a way for me to let out stress and tension in my body. I will continue this and encourage others to participate in the chants as well.

  24. Natalie Morrow
    A chant is, at its most basic, an arrangement of sounds. If we were not mentally and/or emotionally inclined, this would be enough for our energy. However, we are emotionally and mentally inclined so a chant must also have a meaning. The sound is energized, alive, and consecrated. The meaning of the Brahmanada Swarupa chant can be translated in a few ways. One of these ways is “the whole existence is an image of ecstasy of the creator”. Any way you define it, it is to bring the individual closer to ultimate blissfulness. By chanting the Brahmanada Swarupa, one becomes closer and closer to joy.

    I think that the energy of sound is beautiful. We work a lot with it in theatre and if we decide to amplify it or not. The same way that sound enhances theatre, it also enhances the chanting practice. The volume of the sound is significant in both. Some people believe that theatre was derived from sacred chanting practices. The vibration of sound energy through the body can be very powerful.

    This video reminds me of hearing an organ and a choir in church when I was younger. Similar sound energy vibrates within the space and within the individual when you hear it. It enhances the service and has a freeing feeling.

  25. People want meaningful meanings for things, but not everything has to have a meaning. The chant he discusses in the video basically refers to the “Image of ultimate blissfulness.” He goes on to explain that Shiva is nothing but also all things, so we can call him whatever we want; whatever makes us happy. The simple act of chanting is beneficial for our bodies, our mind and our spirit, and yet, people cannot do it without questioning what it means.
    This is interesting to me because I understand wanting to know what something means especially if it is a part of another culture. You want to fully appreciate the history behind it, but many times there isn’t a concrete reason or meaning. Why do people want a reason to do something that has been proven to make them happier? Why can’t people be content with the mystery behind something spiritual? It makes me think of when I was growing up in catholic school, I always got in trouble for questioning why we were worshipping certain statues and participating in certain rituals; they never had answers for me. Yes I could have accepted what we were doing and that is it, but I wanted to know why this was supposed to make me feel good when it didn’t make me feel any different. However, with meditation I feel different. Hearing that I have the option to interpret things for myself is comforting because spirituality is so inclusive.
    Religion, a man-made institution, never seems to have the answers to any question people have; unless they are discouraging us from asking questions. Spirituality on the other hand welcomes all questions and answers because it is inclusive, as mentioned in last week’s video and this short video. Spirituality can mean whatever you want it to mean for yourself, it is a sort of guide to an ultimate image of blissfulness. Despite all the worries and negativity happening around you, you can fall back on your spirituality because it is there to take care of you mentally, physically and emotionally. There are no rules and no expectations, just a commitment to yourself to find what makes you happy and what brings you ultimate bliss.

  26. This video focuses on chanting with purpose. It is not necessarily about the chanting itself but more of what the sounds that is being produced. Chanting can be peaceful and relaxing to the body and mind. Words can convey the message through the warm energy while you meditate. Especially when you with others, you will feel the peaceful energy together.

    I thought the video is very interesting since I normally do not think chanting can be any beneficial or meaningful to me. In class when we do the IK practice at the beginning, I really like the rich sounds of us chanting which vibrates and filled the whole room with warm energy.

  27. This article is a video about the importance of chanting during the sadhana. The video says that because we have a mind and emotion, we look for meaning in what we are chanting regardless what the meaning is, but we would prefer a pleasant meaning. It says that these chants can tae you towards ultimate blissfulness, and said that you can do this with chanting throughout the day. It also says that sounds from chanting are alive.

    This video was interesting to me, because I personally feel as if one of the hardest parts of my IK practice is the chants and having to actually say the words “I am not this body, I am not even this mind” outloud. It is something I have continued to get better at as the semester has gone on, but there is room for significant improvement. The chanting that started at minute 7 was actually very pretty and was really enjoyable to listen to.

    A source that is connected to this video is a video found on the YouTube channel Association for Yoga and meditation India. The video is a guided class on how to master te Om (AUM) mantra chant. The video is about 9 minutes long and is very informative. Before watching this video, I thought the Om chant was less intricate than it actually is.

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENY1MBciB2k

    Nicole Laing
    Yoga Spring 2020

  28. In the video provided Sadhguru discusses the power and meaning of chanting. He lists the meanings of a few Sanskrit words, and discusses how the sound had being about focus and peacefulness. A chant is defined as a constructed combination of sounds. The meaning of the chant is then is up to the person chanting in and their mentality.
    When we were still meeting in person I noticed, especially during our isha kriya sessions that classmates seemed hesitant or even embarrassed to partake in the chanting. I know that I initially found myself in that position as well, especially since when I did it by my self I didn’t say it as a chant but just as a spoken sentence. But when we all chanted together and our voices all harmonized it did enhanced the experience.
    This powers of chants made me think about how a friend of mine shared that she liked to listen to Gregorian hymns and chants while painting and found that it stimulated her work in a trance-like manor at times. I also find myself very comforted and lifted by Gregorian hymns.
    https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/jun/25/chant-a-healing-art/

  29. A chant is an arrangement of sounds, but the meaning doesn’t matter. The mind is more dominant than energy. Mentally and emotionally we will build up resistance to it, so an emotional meaning is necessary. The image of ultimate blissfulness. Isha means boundless. Everything has a meaning. In this video there is an emphasis on meaning and how it pertains to the understanding of chant and why we do it during meditation or practice, and the history and why these words are what they are. The meaning of existence is ultimate bliss.

    In the beginning of yoga in January, for the first few classes, I was hesitant to breathe loudly or chant loudly. I’m not sure why because everyone else was too and it was a part of the class, but once I got past that personal block of chanting, I really saw the benefits of doing it and practicing IK properly. I continue to see benefits especially during this time of struggle.

  30. Brian Halliday

    Chanting in yoga isn’t about the sound but about the intent and meaning behind it. Sadhguru talks about how if we were just beings of energy, then all we would need is the sound, but since none of us are the emotion is the most important thing. In a way its like if we were telling as story but all we were doing was a making sounds without words attached, no one would understand what we are trying to convey. Same goes for the words with our chants, except in this case, the words are just for us.
    I think this idea is very important and something I need to work on better for myself while doing my yoga practices. If we use words that really mean something to us then that’ll really connect us to ourselves even in a time that we are dedicating to ourselves in the first place. If we don’t put are whole effort into it while we are practicing yoga (just like with everything else in life) then why even bother doing it. We would be just wasting our own time.

  31. Emily Lomberg

    I found it interesting to finally learn the importance and meaning behind these chants. The video explains that although having meaning, the importance of the chants is in the energy that is released. The chants are consecrated sounds which take you to joyous and blissful place because the sound is energized and alive. Immediately I was able to connect this with my experience with chanting.

    I had done some small Yoga classes when I was about 12 with people my age and we were all very shy and reluctant when it came to chants, I think partially due to the fact that we did not know the benefits and meaning behind them. Through this Yoga course, I have found that chanting during my Isha Kriya helps me to maintain focus and the vibrations provide energy throughout my body. Also, by ending the class with a chant, I am able to leave with a sense of joy and inner peace.

  32. This video explains the meaning of the Brahmanansa Swarupa chant, which translates to “the image of ultimate blissfulness”. Sadghuru says that the chant is supposed to take you to a place of ultimate bliss because the sound itself is consecrated, or energized. He also explains that chants must not only be clever organizations of sound, but most also satisfy our very human need for deep meaning.

    At first, I was definitely hesitant to put my full energy into any chanting or organized sounds that we did in class, but as the weeks went on, I found myself feeling more and more comfortable with it. It’s a shame that we can’t experience that anymore because I felt a very visceral sense of community and togetherness and intense comfort while being surrounded by everyone’s collective sounds. Chanting is definitely a very powerful action.

    This discussion about collective sounds and chanting got me thinking about something I had learned about in my music class, which this source elaborates on (http://www.ox.ac.uk/research/choir-singing-improves-health-happiness-–-and-perfect-icebreaker). This article talks about how singing in groups actually boosts endorphin levels and reduces cortisol levels, which leads to increased happiness and immune system functioning. While not exactly the same thing, I believe that the science behind collective singing may explain the feelings of comfort and peace that I personally felt when chanting in class.

    – Sofia Gandolfo

    • Well stated and I hope you continue to enjoy group singing in choruses and do look for Kirtan, which is group chanting led by one person. Krishna Das is someone who leds programs in the Northeast and all over the country. There are many others, so when programs resume, Google Kirtan and find some you can enjoy. Also Ashrams have chanting as a part of their regular Satsang. Next semester if you are on campus drop into our classes. Namaste 🙏🏽

  33. David White
    Professor Broglin
    Yoga
    5 April 2020
    Journal #7: Chanting
    In this video the Sadhguru elaborates upon the Brahmananda Swarupa chant. He explains that a Chant is simply an arrangement of sounds. (comprised of chord changes/ intervallic relationships concerning pitch values) He mentions that the meaning of a chant enhances because we all have a mind and emotion, we are not just pure energy. The forms of balance between mind and matter can be achieved through a matter of even energy. Meaning matters to us, humans want to have a pleasant meaning attached to the chant as giving significance to a vibrational projection enhances mind and emotion. Exploring the true meaning of the Brahmananda Swarupa leads to an “ultimate joy” the image of ultimate blissfulness. He concludes the discussion by explaining that these consecrate sounds in the chant provide new vibrations. Thus, proper chanting provides vibration that heals our cells.
    I found this video to be very enlightening concerning that it has shed light upon how chants are utilized. A common chant to practice in Vinyāsa yoga is simply repeating the words “Aham Aarogyamyoga” which translates to “I am healthy”. A simple yet beneficial chant, its meaning is transparent and is very useful during meditation. I was always under the impression that chanting was usually based off ritual tradition/ cultural convention but now I realize that chanting contains both musical and vibrational elements within its practice. It is of course derived from its cultural origin, but its musical gravity is a characteristic that provides an accessibility to all no matter what your background is. The Sadhguru’s implementation of both humor and positivity within his lecture regarding chanting was also quite enjoyable. His elaboration provided much information as to how chanting allows us to tap into ourselves so that we may be present in healing our minds, bodies, and those around us.
    The video below is another discussion from Sadhguru, he discusses the significance of ‘AUM’/’OM’ chanting. He explains that its vibrational energy has a direct connection to healing the mind and soul. These sounds correlate with the maintenance of well-being and balance within our lives by correcting chemical imbalances within our brains. He continues to explain that different sounds, just as simply as exclaiming “Ah” channels through different parts of the body to potentiate the healing process.

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