There’s nothing like hearing your one of your favorite chants being sung by a beautiful and melodic voice to really get you to slow down, turn inward and really enjoy your practice. That’s what Deva Premal and Miten did for me today.

I don’t normally practice with music, but yesterday’s class had a substitute whose style I really like, so when Vandana put on a DVD, I trusted enought that I was pretty certain it would help enhance the practice. It did. But it wasn’t until later in the practice when we were doing some final twists before Sivasana that it really took me to another place.

We were in Supta Padangusthasana, just breathing and letting the body surrender slightly to the challenging practice we had done, when, from the CD player behind me, I heard “Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha” being repeated from an artist whose voice was so soothing and so pure that I felt my heart open even more — and that after a lot of heart openers that we’d just completed.

It turns out that CD is called “Mantras for Precarious Times“. The CD includes: 

  • Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha (Removing of Obstacles)
  • Om Shanti Om (Peace)
  • Om Shree Dhanvantre Namaha (Healing)
  • Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya (Liberation)
  • Om Radha Krishnaya Namaha (Joy & Bliss)
  • Om Shreem Mahalakshmiyei Namaha (Abundance
  • Om Kama Pujitayei Namaha (Sacred Love Making)

Each is repeated 108 times.

Since then, their music from YouTube has been playing round the clock on my computer. (Seriously, what did we do before Pandora and YouTube!!)

You may not find yourself dancing down the hallway but you won’t fall asleep either.

Personally, I’ve found myself breathing more, slowing down and finding strength to do things I don’t really want to do. For anyone looking to add some calming sounds to their day or their practice, or a voice to chant along with, I highly recommend checking out their collection.