Why We Chant – Meditations and Mantras
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Mantra practice is a central aspect of traditional Yoga. The foundational, primary sounds are called seed vibrations in the most ancient Indian language of Sanskrit. In the Hindu and related Dharmic traditions that use mantra meditation as a regular part of yoga practice, there is a mantra for everything; for every illness, disease and every challenge. We don’t have to understand the words of the mantra and we don’t have to have a good singing voice to practice mantras. It’s not about singing in the usual sense, but rather the vibration of the sounds. By enunciating the Sanskrit words and vibrating a certain combination of sounds, the tongue taps certain points along the roof of our mouths, much like acupressure points, sending signals to the hypothalamus in the brain.