Rose quartz is a rosy pink variety of quartz and is one of the most popular crystals used in healing. Wearing an item of jewellery made from rose quartz is said to bestow the properties on the wearer – that is UNIVERSAL LOVE!
Rose quartz is said to restore trust and harmony in relationships – encouraging unconditional love. It is helpful to purify and open the heart on all levels and promotes love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing and feelings of calm and peace. I wear a 108 bead rose quartz mala next to my skin during any times of discourse – for use in mantra chanting and because it comes in contact with my heart 🙂
With Christmas coming up… there may be someone in your life who could do with a helping hand in the love and peace department. I think a piece of jewellery or mala beads are the perfect way to make use of crystal healing.
We have been listening to the wonderful music and chanting of artist Rajesh David at the beginning of our sessions this term. The CD (titled ‘Mantram’) is available from his website here and contains several mantras set to haunting melodies which are ideal for relaxation and meditation. All of the tunes are famous mantra chants. The one of particular interest to us has been the Gayatri which we have listened to a variety of versions this year.
The Gayatri chant is from the Rig Veda one of the oldest known written works. It has been sung from the very beginnings of time. Why not join in and hum or sing along? It has a calming and uplifting effect and once you know it you can do it anywhere. There are many benefits to chanting the Gayatri including helping you breathe more slowly, stimulating the subtle energy centres in the body and improving concentration. For 10 benefits of chanting the Gayatri see this site
There are many translations, here is one by Deva Premal:
Om bhur bhuvah svah
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dhiyo yonah prachodayat
Through the coming, going, and the balance of life
The essential nature illuminating existence is the adorable one
Last year a new Yoga Centre opened in Sheffield. Some students may be interested in the workshops and retreats they offer… The leaders are very friendly, I have been on several of their workshops and training days before.
As you’ll see below, they have some real treats in store for 2017.
The centre has a beautiful room for Yoga practice, but it is not huge and places are limited. Early booking is recommended for all these events.
I like to chant OM 3 times at the beginning and end of all my classes. I’m sure over the course of my teaching this might have put some people off coming to yoga – it is a bit weird to the Western ear. But I still like to do it even for people at their very first class. It makes me feel very calm and ready to teach the class. Everyone has the choice to chant or just listen.
It also helps students become ready for their class too. There are may theorised benefits about chanting or listening to OM –
helps to elongate the breath – this has many benefits including fully oxygenating the tissues of the body and gentle massaging of the heart by the diaphragm.
The sound vibrations help to calm the nervous system.
The single focus helps to clear the mind of daily clutter.
How to chant a good OM
Sit comfortably with your back straight. Lift the ribcage and elongate the spine.
Breath quietly and calmly for a few breaths.
Take a lovely, long deep inhale – expand you ribcage out to the sides of the room.
On the exhalation begin chanting OM – there are 4 distinct parts –
Chant twice more. (3 oms a day help you work, rest and play!)
There was an article recently published in the FT about how OM chanting affected the brain waves and is very good for your mental health – you can read it here – but again, more theory!! I think as with most things in life you have to suck it and see for yourself.
This mantra is sometimes sung at the beginning or end of a yoga class. It can be on its own or as part of a longer song or collection of matra. I think it is beautiful and often meditate on it – wishing good things to people and recognising that our own thoughts and actions have an impact on everyone is food for thought. It can help when we are making choices in our lives.
Chanting mantra has many health benefits, in my classes I use them to help extend the exhalation which in turn leads to a more complete in- breath – thus training the body to breath fully. The Sanskrit sounds, said to date back to the beginning of time, have vibrational qualities that sooth and resonate in different parts of our being – from the outer body right down into the inner soul. I like to teach the meanings of the words so that they can be thought of during the chant creating a positive mental attitude, similar to affirmations.
Once you have chanted the mantra 3 times or more, it’s important to sit, reflect and feel the silence for a few moments. It is surprising how clear your thoughts are when you have practiced this simple exercise.
If you’d like to find out more about this mantra try this website which gives you information about it’s background.