Chanting is an ancient and universal practice. The continuous recitation of chants is used in meditation and religious or ritual ceremonies. Some call chanting a way of altering the consciousness and raising psychic power, others believe it connects them with the divine. That singing promotes respiratory fitness by strengthening the lungs and increasing oxygen levels in the blood is a well-established fact. But recent clinical research reveals that the health benefits of singing or chanting go much further. Chanting has been shown to relieve stress, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and depression and promote a sense of well-being.
Chanting in particular is becoming increasingly recognized by medical science. A new study by medical experts shows that you can actually chant yourself healthy. Following a research in the US, natural medicine expert Dr. Robert Schneider reportedly said “The clinical significant reductions in depression without drugs or psychotherapy in these studies suggest that transcendental meditation programme may improve mental and associated physical health in older high risk subjects.” Transcendental Meditation technique involves the daily chanting of a mantra.
Dr Sanford Nidich, of Maharishi University of Management ‘The findings of these studies have important implications for improving mental health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.’
Dr Alan Watkins, a senior lecturer in neuroscience at Imperial College London, revealed that teaching people to control their breathing and applying the musical structure of chanting can help their emotional state.
He said: “We have recently carried out research that demonstrates that the regular breathing and musical structure of chanting can have a significant and positive physiological impact.”
Chanting can lift the believer towards the higher self. In the recitation of chants, the sound is very important, for it can bring transformation in you while leading you power and strength. Different sounds have different effects on human psyche.
Chanting has rightfully been hailed as antidote to high blood pressure and depression.