Mental Health Crisis?
The Guardian reported [18th October 2021]: 29% rise in referrals for first suspected episode of psychosis between April 2019 and April 2021. Is it just the Covid restrictions, or is it becoming more and more difficult to live a meaningful and fulfilled life in our world?
Yoga and meditation are no substitute for a meaningful life in a society based on values which allow and encourage people to strive and fulfil their visions and vocations, and which appreciates people’s contributions to the community in diverse ways. But yoga and meditation do help to cope with challenges and the lack or obstruction of vision and opportunity for development and spiritual maturing. They might also help to bring ourselves to work towards the society we want to live in.
Meditation balances the variety of energies and tendencies in us, calms and clears our mental and emotional faculties, promotes processing of experience and challenges, and opens connections for inspiration and vision. Physical yoga provides the energy, vitality, courage and endurance to act on our intuition.
Kirtan Kriya, also called Panch Shabad (“the five sounds”), is a meditation technique that gives three simple focuses flowing easily together. One focus is the mantra “Sa Ta Na Ma,” a second focus is the successive pressing of fingertips in a dynamic mudra between thumb and index, thumb and middle, thumb and ring finger, thumb and pinkie (see picture below), synchronised together with the mantra, and a third focus is the visualisation of the energy of the syllables of the mantra received in through the crown and projected out through the third eye following the shape of the letter “L”.
The sequence of the mantra voices – sing, whisper, silent : silent, whisper, sing – sends us on a journey from the surface into the depth of being, then back to the surface, transmuted, transfigured. The repetitive succession of mantra syllables accompanied by the fingertip pressures balances the energies of the five elements and the coordination of corresponding brain regions and functions. The visualisation keeps mental focus and optical nerves engaged in a rhythmic pulse synchronising all physical, energetic and mental movements into oneness.
Effects of Kirtan Kriya
Research has shown these effects of practising Kirtan Kriya:
- Live longer, stay healthier, feel happier, think more clearly
- Enhances brain functioning and mental health
- Eases or reverses depression, anxiety, memory loss, cognitive impairment
- Prevents Alzheimer’s disease and geriatric depression
- Decreases mood aberration, improves mood
- Improves cerebral blood flow
- Increases brain connectivity
- Improves memory and ability to focus and multitask
- Improves visuospatial memory performance and verbal memory
- Increases activity in the frontal lobe (sharpens attention, concentration and focus)
- Replenishes vital neurotransmitters and brain chemicals, such as acetylcholine, norepinephrine, and dopamine (enhances general brain functioning)
- Increases energy levels
- Improves sleep quality, reduces stress (lower cortisol levels)
- Improves short- and long-term psychological health and spiritual well-being
- No side effects
Meditate with me
We loosen up and liberate the habitual pathways of our mind-emotion-body system with this Kundalini Meditation Classic.
This meditation brings a total mental balance to the individual psyche. Vibrating the sound on each fingertip alternates the electrical polarities. Index and ring fingers are considered negative relative to the other fingers. This causes a balance in the electromagnetic projection of the aura.
The mantra for the meditation are the four syllables “Sa Ta Na Ma.” The five primal sounds (Panch Shabad) S, T, N, M and A are representing the colours of the painter, the notes of the musician, letters of the poet, in abstraction the five elements
S – Air Element
T – Fire Element
N – Water Element
M – Earth Element
A – Ether Element (Space)
then, forming syllables, increasing complexity, representing
Sa – infinity, totality
Ta – birth, life, existence
Na – death, transformation
Ma – rebirth, resurrection
assembling further in combination for the Seed Mantra, “Sat Naam,” respresenting the completion of a cycle of creation, the heart lotus, the human being, child of the Divine.
Each time the mudra is closed by joining the thumb with a finger, the psyche seals the effect of that mudra in the consciousness.
31 Minute Kirtan Kriya Classes on Vimeo
To find more classes with shorter versions of Kirtan Kriya, go to Vimeo and search for “Kirtan.”
Download: Kirtan Kriya Full Instructions
Kirtan Kriya Research
 The Incredible Power of Kirtan Kriya: A Conversation on Brain Health and Longevity with Dr. Chris Walling:
(in Kripalu – Center for Yoga & Health)
 Yoga and Kirtan Kriya Meditation Bolster Brain Functioning:
(in Psychology Today)
 Why Yoga reduces stress:
(in UCLA Health)
 To reduce pre-Alzheimer’s cognitive impairment, get to the yoga mat:
(in UCLS Newsroom)
 ARPF – Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation:
 A randomized controlled trial of Kundalini yoga in mild cognitive impairment:
(in US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health)
 A Yoga Intervention for Posttraumatic Stress: A Preliminary Randomized Control Trial:
(in Harvard Library)
 Cerebral blood flow changes during chanting meditation
(in Nuclear Medicine Communications)
 KABC Reports the Benefits of Kirtan Kriya Meditation for Caregivers
(in UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior)