Posts Tagged With: chanting

More About Mantras and Sound Healing

Currently I am chanting So Purkh for 40 days.  I’ve done this a few times over the past 3 years.  I was first introduced to So Purkh about 8 years ago, but I thought it was too difficult to learn.  I tried it a little, but I was also 8 months pregnant, super busy and super impatient at the time.

When I finally attempted it around the end of 2011 it was because of Marcia Canestrano, whose website had an English and Gurmukhi video of Nirinjan Kaur’s recording of the prayer.  Nirinjan’s voice, the calming music and the fact that the video was subtitled helped me a lot.  Marcia Canestrano’s site also introduced me to an idea I’d never heard of before…a chanting circle.  In Pasadena she holds 40 chanting circles and has been doing so for years.

Coincidentally she is a part of another group I’m in (Kristin Sweeting Morelli’s Pleasure Tribe) and when I saw her post there, I let her know just how amazing the prayer has been for me, and that it was because of her that I finally committed to the practice.  She invited me to join her online So Purkh group and since then I’ve been chanting So Purkh like I never have before.

Years ago So Purkh helped me to see my life completely differently in an extremely short period of time.  It helped me to see my long-term committed relationship for what it was.  It helped me to understand what I needed and deserved from a man, although I didn’t totally accept what it showed me, I knew at least that I didn’t have that and that I needed to leave.  It gave me strength as a woman and faith in myself that I’d never had before.  It also helped me to heal my relationship with my father and with parts of my past.

Now I am chanting So Purkh again and I find myself chanting it all day some days.  I find myself in awe of it’s power and my own creative power more often than not.  I find myself feeling warm and fuzzy, in the coldest part of the year that I usually want to hide away from.  And I feel myself becoming much more powerful in my understanding of masculinity and femininity and for the first time in my life, secure and certain in my romantic life.

I highly recommend So Purkh (The Power of Prayer) by Nirinjan Kaur and Marcia Canestrano.  I also highly recommend Simrit Kaur’s Supreme Sound Course.  Today is the last day to join so check it out here.

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A Special Treat for Your Home Yoga Practice

Every Friday Spirit Voyage has “Free Music Fridays”.  This Friday they opened up their new ebook store and included a free ebook and a collection of 6 mp3s to go with it.  The book and music collection are called “Yoga and Mantras for a Whole Heart”.   I would definitely recommend signing up for Spirit Voyage asap, because Free Music Friday deals end in a few days.

Visit www.spiritvoyage.com  

You will soon have a great collection of free music for your sadhana or home yoga practice…plus an ebook all about mantras.

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Kundalini Yoga and Fruit-Lover Events August 2013

The end of summer is nearing, that almost always means a ton of workshops, festivals and retreats will be taking place and that’s no exception in either the Kundalini Yoga world or the Fruit-based nutrition world.

Want fruit, fitness and fest-goers?  Check these out:

Aug. 18-25 is when the Woodstock Fruit Festival in New York starts.  http://www.thewoodstockfruitfestival.com/  You don’t have to attend for the whole festival and if you can’t attend at all, maybe you can attend the post-fest party on August 28th…here is a link for more information…Aimee and Chris are kinda my faves in the raw fruity world!  http://sundayisforlovers.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/you-are-invited-chris-kendall-plenty-of-fruits-plenty-of-friends-me/

Sept. 1-7 Then there is the Raw Fruit Festival in Spain in September, this is a festival on the farm site, with camping, tons of fruit and fitness and outdoor activities. http://www.raw-fruit-festival.net/festival.php

Sept. 15- 22– Strength, Health and Fitness Week with Dr. Doug Graham in Washington state in September.  http://foodnsport.com/store/health-fitness-week

 

So you want yoga events?…Here’s a few choices:

Aug. 19-28 Brazil Yoga, Music and Eco-Adventure Retreat:  I can’t do a better explanation than this: http://www.yoganonymous.com/featured-event/micheline-berry-brazil-yoga-music-eco-adventure-retreat-arena-copacabana-hotel-rio-de-janeiro-brazil/

Aug. 30- Sept. 2 Yoga Hoedown in New Lebanon, NY  music festival and yoga retreat in one

August 30-Sept. 2 Ecstatic Chant, Rhineback, NY With Snatam Kaur, Krishna Das, Ram Dass and many others

Sept. 5-8 Bhakti Fest in Joshua Tree, CA  A Yogic music festival with lots of chanting music.

Sept. 19-22 Pranafest Ashland, Oregon Sept. 20-28 Into The Mystic: Yoga, Music and Irish Culture , Westcove House, Castlecove, Kerry Ireland

Sept. 26-29  Sat Nam Fest East, Waynesboro, PA:: A Kundalini Yoga and music festival…if you can’t go during this time you can also try for the Sat Nam Fest party on Aug. 18th in New York City

Sept. 23-26 Liquidland Festival, Jalisco, Mexico

…and in a non-festival, but equally awesome right… on Sept. 1st there will be a concert with Nirinjan Kaur in Sacramento, CA!

If you’re really fast you can register for the Y.O.G.A for Youth Teacher Training, if you can be in the L.A. area right now: http://www.spiritvoyage.com/neweventPage_2012.aspx?eventId=TIX-902072

 

 

 

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Sound Healing Saturday

Gong plus original leather and wooden stick pu...

Gong purchased in 1850s India in the Ganges valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Sound healing is a big part of Kundalini Yoga. Traditional Kyoga sessions are begun with a mantra called the Adi mantra: Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo

And end with long Sat Nams…the “Namaste” of Kyoga.

Also in a traditional Kundalini Yoga class you will likely engage in some chanting, perhaps gongs and crystal bowls, and your yoga teacher might play guitar, harmonium, tablas or whatever else they may find conducive to the meditative environment.

You might make yogic sounds with your breath(you should anyway), your voice or your body. Kundalini Yoga is not quiet yoga. It can be…we love our silent deep relaxations, which seem long, but when it’s over you wish you could do it longer and realize how active your body and mind are during those silent, still moments. However, sometimes our meditations are loud, and even the kriyas themselves can be loud, or just resounding…that’s a better word.

Even if your class is absent of chanting and mantras, I’ll bet there is a smidgen of sound healing present.

Fridays on Spirit Voyage free music mp3s become available for download.

You have to visit Facebook.com and like Spirit Voyage, then click on the button to unlock the download.

https://www.facebook.com/spiritvoyage?sk=app_106029419487572

On another note 3HO’s Summer Solstice is in full force right now with some amazing yogis making amazing music. It will be followed by Women’s Camp and Youth Camp. You have plenty of time to prepare for another Yogi festival, however. Sat Nam Fest East takes place in Pennsylvania on September 13-16th and if you purchase your ticket(s) with me you get a discount and you might be able to win a free ticket. Use the code: SFEMERA on www.satnamfest.com

 

Do you have a sound healing practice you’re into right now?

Share stories below.

~~Sat Nam

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