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DEBBY BADGER, Vedic Chant & Yoga Teacher, Indi House, Brighton, Victoria, Australia

 

“To share chanting is to share an experience of silence through listening, a process of healing, and a link with nature, the deeper self and the divine.” Sri TKV Desikachar  

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Chanting the mantras of the Vedas offers great benefits, experienced by yogi-s since ancient times. The Vedas are the foundation of all philosophy in the Indian tradition.  The vibration of the sound while chanting the mantras of the Vedas brings health and healing.  The language of the Vedic mantras is Sanskrit. The specific vibrations of Sanskrit sounds create different healing effects.

The Sanskrit word for chanting, ‘adhyayanam’, means recitation or study and also means the process of going within to our inner self, to our heart. Chanting is open to anyone who has the desire to experience the power of sound.  

Vedic Chanting is considered to be one of the most important tools of yoga for healing, maintaining health and uplifting the spirit.

Professor T Krishnamacharya, the legendary yogacharya, known as the father of modern yoga,  was the one who pioneered the effort to teach Vedic Chanting to everyone who was interested in it. He believed that as more people experienced its powerful healing benefits, Vedic chanting would be preserved for future generations. His son and student for more than thirty years, Sri TKV Desikachar, has continued the tradition and  brought chanting to millions of students throughout the world for health and healing.

Chanting is an important tool of yoga for healing, general health, wellbeing and spirituality. Some of the specific benefits are:

 

  • better health and wellbeing
  • stronger, more nourishing breathing
  • improved emotional stability
  • increased ability to focus the mind
  • improved attention and memory
  • clarity of mind
  • stronger voice
  • increased physical stability and strength
  • improved energy and vitality
  • greater confidence
  • individuals connect with their inner joy
  • spiritual nourishment

Vedic Chanting is a process of meditation , it is a subtle tool that engages our internal faculties, and influences change from within us. The inherent benefit of chanting is its ability to heal through the power of vibration, and to bring positive feelings to the student.  It is a way of being present in the moment. Chanting brings out the light in our heart creating a total transformation in us which is the true essence of Yoga.

Debby is a born teacher. Her happy, confident disposition illuminates everything she does, and she instantly connects with her students. From my very first class with Debby I noticed an improvement in my breathing technique.

Dr McComas Taylor, SFHEA, Associate Professor, Reader in Sanskrit ANU College of Asia and the Pacific