Chanting can be a little woo woo for a first timer. If you’ve never done it, you might feel awkward, uncomfortable or even embarrassed. This is not uncommon.
What is chanting? Chanting is a sound repeated with intention to transmit a certain frequency. By repeating these words or sounds, we begin to vibrate from the inside out, becoming quite literally our own tuning fork.
Before we delve int the benefits, let’s look at why we do it.
When we chant we focus our attention on the sound or word. We use chants to bring devotion, peace, gratitude and reverence. Chanting can be done freely and openly, It can be done in groups or alone, and can be done at any volume that the chanter feels comfortable. It is commonplace in a Kundalini Yoga class.
Science has proven that when we chant we improve our mental and physical health.
It helps to regulate the hypothalamus in the brain, which is where emotional control comes from. Chanting calms the amygdala, the anger centre of the brain, and overall has a calming effect on the brain.
Anxiety can dissipate and depression ease As the limbo system is activated. It also helps to moderate fear and anxiety by lowering the theta levels in the brain.
It lowers the blood pressure and heart rate as chanting produces dopamine due to the steadiness of the breath.
At this point you might be thinking, well this all sounds great, but what am I meant to actually chant?
In Kundalini Yoga one of the most common chants is that of Sat Nam. This translates to Truth is my name. This mantra or chant invokes the truth of our soul. It is used to awaken the Kundalini Yoga in the body, which is to create the spiritual potential in the body and spirit.
Chanting reacts on a cellular level in the body. It can help guide you into that perfect state of consciousness.