Venus and the Sun are both currently travelling through Aquarius helping us to focus on our relationship to the wider world. The sign of Aquarius is forward-looking and growth-oriented, concerned with social justice, equality and individual freedom for all.
Although Aquarius is represented by the water bearer, he is nonetheless an air sign, detached and intellectual. The waves pouring out of his vessel are energy waves. In yoga we can feel these energy waves circuiting through our bodies with the practice of chanting.
Chanting is a combination of sound, breath and rhythm that helps us channel our energy with the intention of transmitting certain frequency vibrations. This practice has subtle yet powerful psychological and physiological effects on our bodies. Everything living thing in the universe is in a state of vibration, when we are in a natural harmonious vibration we are in a state of health but if some part of the body begins to vibrate at a counter frequency, the energy becomes stuck and creates dis-ease. In yoga we use mantric chanting to release stuck energy in the body returning it to its natural state of wellness.
The vibrations created from chanting stimulates the hypothalamus gland in the brain which regulates communication between the nervous system and the endocrine system, it absorbs information from our body and transmits it outward again via our ‘happy hormones’ serotonin and dopamine. This help to balance our moods, our metabolism and our nervous system.
On an energetic level, chanting fills our bodies with breath carrying prana (life force) through each of the chakras from the base of the spine to the top of the crown where the vibrations we create are released out into the world. Stimulating our chakras this way helps in the smooth functioning of different body organs keeping them healthy.
On a spiritual level, chanting is the easiest way to raise our vibration and to harmonize our frequency with the divine universe, it allows us to unite with all of existence.
An appropriate mantra to chant during this humanitarian Aquarian time is “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu” which translates as “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.” This mantra has been used for centuries to invoke greater states of compassion and peace. By chanting this mantra, we move from our personal self and radiate an intention of love for all beings in existence, including all animals, plants, planets and galaxies. This mantra is a reminder that we can all make a positive impact on all of creation.
“Chanting opens the heart and makes love flow within us” - Swami Muktananda