I mostly share short, easy-to-learn chants and mantras in english and other languages.
I grew up singing lovely hippie chants (Libana anyone?) in English and other languages and falling asleep at drum circles with my parents. My mom is a music therapist, and her joy for song lives on in me. Thanks, Mom ( :
I find my brain soothed by chanting in another language like sanskrit, gurmukhi or native american languages...and I find my heart come alive with devotion when I sing english songs that are like little compasses for my heart and mind.
Kirtan (call-and-response Sanskrit chanting) is part of many yoga traditions. My husband Trevor Eller is a passionate non-sectarian kirtan chant leader and guitar player. We love to chant together around the house and listen to chanting music like a bunch of yoga dorks.
An embodiment practice helps to cultivate awareness of our spatial, visceral, emotional, mental, and energetic selves so as to gain a greater sense of choice, self-connection, self-regulation, and freedom.
An Embodiment Practice uses the body to slow down our automatic reactions and habituated patterns (physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally, etc.)
An Embodiment Practice can use guided or free-form movement, sounding, or stillness to access thoughts, feelings, and beliefs hidden from our day-to-day thinking patterns.
An Embodiment Practice can be a way to deepen and integrate the healing benefits of traditional Psychotherapy, Manual and Physical Therapies.
Do you think of your yoga practice as an embodiment practice?
Can you think of some daily routines you've turned into an embodiment practice? (dishes, nursing, gardening?)