Learn About Kirtan (Sacred Chanting) For Healing

How Kirtan Chants Can Help HealWhat is Kirtan?
Kirtan is a practice of traditional Indian Devotional Chanting- an enjoyable and simple way to achieve a blissful state of yogic peace and purification. Kirtan, means, “to praise what is exalted,” for to create Divine Relationship. Sanskrit literature tells us that divinity represents Supreme Truth, light and sound, and when sacred sound is coupled with soulful intent, it creates a

  • divine emotional condition,
  • an insightful state of being called Bhava. Bhava, the
  • enlightened devotional mood, not only allows us the ability to taste
  • the refined spiritual essence but also
  • creates in the practitioner humility and dharma fortitude.

The effects of chanting, or even effortless listening, can be felt immediately. When we engage in kirtan with bhava, the Bliss Being who resides at the core of the mantra is awakened.

When a group of people sing together each mind that usually vibrates within its own independence transforms into a unified field of consciousness. This sense of belongingness is a core human value.

How Kirtan Chants Can Help Heal
Because the ancient Sanskrit lyrics are not familiar to many of us Westerners, these words take us away from the mind’s constant chatter. The powerful healing and transformational energies of these ancient chants can help to reconnect us to the Ever-Present and Eternal Being that lies within us all. All the mantras, melodies, and instruments of kirtan are designed to lead us toward this meditative state.

How Kirtan Chants Quiet Your Mind, Feel Your Self!
Kirtan helps the mind become quiet, and when the mind quiets, we can begin to perceive the mystical things, the sacred experiences, that are around us always. In the silence between the songs, when the song stops, you can feel something. And that something is you. There is no greater experience than the experience of one’s Self. And that vibration is always within you, that vibration is you. That’s the beauty of any chant experience-with little or no effort we can experience and enjoy the vibrations of peace, energy, healing and inspiration that are always within us.

Breast Cancer Yoga & Kirtan
Breast Cancer Yoga’s long time friends and kirtan duo Benji and Heather Wertheimer also known as Shantala are feature in our Gentle Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery DVD. Take a moment and watch the featured video below.

“Sri is an intoxicating mix of Eastern and Western… a sense of playfulness, devotion and authenticity shines through in each track.”

-Yoga Journal, August 2008

Benjy and Heather Wertheimer lead kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide as the duo Shantala, with soul-stirring vocals, sacred lyrics and exotic instrumentation. The weaving of Benjy’s Indian classical singing and instrumentation with Heather’s soaring vocals is freshly original and profoundly moving. Together they create music with beauty, passion, and reverence.  Kirtan is a celebration of spirit through the chanting of sacred names, carrying the audience into a state of heightened awareness, bliss, and devotion. The audience is invited to participate fully through call-and-response chanting, dance, and meditation.

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For more about Benjy Wertheimer, visit www.benjymusic.com

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Sound and the Healing Voice – Part 1

by Andrea Garvey

Heart-JOY_MeditationSound shifts our energy and therefore our thoughts and feelings. Think of the times you have listened to soothing classical music, or sung a baby to sleep with a lullaby. Did you ever experience the power of voices raised in songs of protest, or wallow in the “he/she did me wrong” song? How about deriving positive energy from “I Will Survive”? These are every day ways that we use sound to change or enhance our moods. Intentional spiritual music and chanting can be even more effective, but whether we listen/sing with awareness or not, sound is a powerful transformer.

So, How Does it Work?

Everything in the universe is in a state of vibration – from the orbits of the planets around our sun, to the movement of electrons around the nucleus of an atom, every organ, bone, tissue and cell in the body has it’s own separate resonant frequency. Together, they make up a composite frequency, a harmonic that is your own personal vibration.

How Do We Measure Vibration?

Vibration is measured in Hertz (Hz) or cycles per second. We may be most familiar with this in terms of an orchestra tuning to the standard note “A” vibrating at 440 Hz. All notes have their own particular vibration. As humans, we hear within a range of 16 to 26,000 Hz (sounds above 26,000 Hz are called ultrasonic). The slower a sound vibrates, the lower we perceive it. The faster a sound vibrates, the higher we perceive it. Colors are vibrating as well, with red the lower end of the spectrum and violet at the higher. Higher or lower does not mean that one is “better” than the other!

Sound and Disease

Disease may occur when an organ or another portion of the body is vibrating “out of tune”. Through the principle of resonance, sound can be used to change disharmonius frequencies of the body back to their normal, healthful vibrations.  This principle behind changing vibration through sound is called entrainment. Entrainment is the ability of more powerful rhythmic vibrations of one object to change the less powerful rhythmic vibrations of another object causing them to synchronize their rhythms with the first object. This is the reason why, after listening to, playing, or singing music, we may notice our mood has completely shifted. This same process of entrainment can be used to bring the body/mind back towards a state of health.

Sound can dissolve obstructions. A practical use of sound applied in today’s medical field, is through the use of a lithotripter machine, which can dissolve gallstones and kidney stones by bombarding them with sound waves.


An important key

Intention is the purpose behind the sound. By the power of our intention, we invite transformation. Intention encompasses the overall state of the person making or receiving the sound — the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. Is the conscious intent to heal or to hurt, or is there no specific purpose at all? When we align with the purpose of the higher self or “divine will,” we become a vehicle for sacred sound. Our formula is: Sound + Intention = Healing.

A Sound Meditation to Increase Your JOY

Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed.

Sit comfortably with the back straight and eyes gently closed.

Focus on your breath, following the flow of air at the nostrils.

Take a moment to ground yourself by imagining a cord of light extending downwards from your tailbone, deep into the earth.

Once you feel connected, bring your attention to your heart chakra at the center of your chest. Breathe into the heart.

Now picture someone or something that gives you great JOY. Something that makes you smile when you think of it (this could be a person, pet, a place, an experience).

Focus on this feeling of joy and visualize this joy as a light in your heart space.

Feel this JOY begin to expand, filling the chest with light.

On your next exhalation, chant the syllable “Haa”. Continue to breathe into the heart of joy and light on the inhale, and exhale on Haa.

Let the tone of the sound be one that feels natural to you. Feel the vibration in your heart and slowly let it expand until your JOY fills your whole body. When you feel complete, just rest in the vibration of JOY, breathing quietly.

JOY is the highest vibration, so know that you have raised your vibration to one of health, vitality and happiness.

Andrea Garvey, CHHC, RYT, is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor, and a Young Living Essential Oils Executive and Educator. A former professional opera singer, Andrea loves using her intuitive voice for healing and empowering others and maintains a private practice in Greenlawn, NY. A yoga practitioner for over 40 years, she teaches at Inner Spirit Yoga in East Northport, NY, and offers special workshops focusing on the Chakra System, EFT and Sound Healing. Contact her at: andrea@creationsmagazine.com. Andrea and her husband Neil publish Creations Magazine (www.creationsmagazine.com). Subscribe at: http://www.creationsmagazine.com/bits/Subscribe.html

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