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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sa Ta Na Ma Meditation for Chronic Pain and Illness

Sa Ta Na Ma Meditation is a powerful tool for increasing perception, thinking, reasoning, remembering, and reducing stress levels while improving short-term memory. Something of which chronic pain and illness patients need desperately.

Let's face it.  If you aren't ready to try chanting meditations then you haven't reached rock bottom, and really, do you want to reach rock bottom where there is no hope and you are desperate for anything that might work? No. You don't.

So try it for a week and see how you feel.  If I'm brave enough to film myself doing this, then you are brave enough to try it.



I will say this is the first chant that I have felt comfortable enough to actually chant out loud in yoga class. I was super interested in what my yoga teacher was saying about the studies that the scientific community has done with this meditation.

This is what I found in my research:

Two studies were done at the University of Pennsylvania and one continuing studying is being done at UCLA University of California. The University of Pennsylvania study was published in 2010 in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Their second study was published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine in 2010.
The Canadian Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation is recommending the meditation as a daily practice to slow down the effects of Alzheimer’s which is great since it seems everything causes Alzheimer's nowadays.

Sa Ta Na Ma Meditation is a Kundalini Kirtan Kriya (KEER-tun KREE-a) brought to North America by Yogi Bhajan.

Kirtan Kriya is Sanskrit, a classical language of India. Kirtan means “song” or “praise” and Kriya means “to do” or “action.”

The meditation is a combination of chanting a mantra while moving the hands through mudra’s.

Mantra and mudra are also Sanskrit words.

Mantra means “an often repeated word or phrase” and mudra means “a motion of the hands” or “a dance of the hands.” To fully experience the benefits of the meditation, a combination of singing, whispering and silently repeating the mantra are used.

Let’s start first with understanding the mantra Sa Ta Na Ma.

SA is birth, the beginning, infinity, the totality of everything that ever was, is, or will be.

TA is life, existence, and creativity which manifests from infinity.

NA is death, change, and the transformation of consciousness.

MA is rebirth, regeneration, and resurrection which allows us to consciously experience the joy of the infinite.


How cool is that?  Chanting and moving the fingertips at the same time really brings my focus to the forefront. Again, I urge you to try 6 minutes of this meditation and track your energy levels through the week.

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