Want to know more about the power of chanting?


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

    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.

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