Comments on: What’s In A Sound? Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:38:12 +0000 hourly 1 By: yoga business Wed, 16 Mar 2011 12:16:45 +0000 Incorporating yoga and chanting is really great. I love the video you posted. Thanks!

By: Chanting Hub Wed, 16 Mar 2011 12:15:12 +0000 Thank you so much! this article is really very helpful. I love chanting!

By: yogaguide Wed, 05 Dec 2007 22:42:32 +0000 Right on on chanting! I love your theory about why it is such a feeling of wholeness. I’ve been reading _Your Brain on Music_ too & though I’m still at the beginning it’s deepening my understanding of body-brain functioning and my appreciation for the power of sound.

I was once one of the “none of that chanty stuff for me” crowd. It made me uncomfortable because it was unfamiliar and I didn’t understand it as part of a physical practice. But now I see everything I access through what can be seen as purely physical and it’s no surprise to me that sound waves produce in me spiritual experiences. Truly, in my experience, there is no actual difference, only different places to describe it from.

By: sovereign state Sun, 02 Dec 2007 16:19:53 +0000 Thank you so much for your in-depth advice on my yoga dilemma. I’m going to seek a class very soon. I think your idea to find a class really may be the reason I didn’t like my yoga video… no one there to tell me how to do a certain posture, no motivation or guidance… yes, it all makes sense now. Thank you!

p.s. I think I love your blog :)

By: gartenfische Sat, 01 Dec 2007 00:17:53 +0000 This is a great post. In ashtanga, we traditionally chant before practice (with om before and after). At first, I didn’t like it because the translated words seemed weird (I bow to the lotus feet of the guru? A jungle physician?), but now it would seem odd not to chant first. It is like a transition between ordinary life and practice.

It is difficult for newcomers, though—I have seen the discomfort when the chanting starts, and I sometimes wonder if that’s part of the reason some people never come back.

Here is the ashtanga opening chant:

vande gurunam charanaravinde sandarshita svatma sukhava bodhe
nih shreyase jangalikayamane samsara halahala mohasantyai
abahu purusharakam sankhachakrasi dharinam
sahasra shirsam svetam pranamami patanjali