Stressed? Try Chanting the Chakras!!
Maybe you know all of this already. But for those of you who don't, chanting the chakras is a great way to relax.
A chakra is an energy point in the body. There are seven of them. Says Wikipedia:
"Their name [chakra] derives from the Sanskrit word for "wheel" or "turning," but in the yogic context a better translation of the word is 'vortex or whirlpool'."
Chanting the sounds associated with these chakras is a little like giving your energy body a kind of vocal massage, up and down your spine (each chakra is associated with a different color light.)
It's easy to chant the chakras, and it doesn't take long. If you have five minutes to spare in the morning, set a timer and then make these sounds one by one (taking a big breath in before chanting each chakra):
Chakra one, corresponding to the Crown Chakra at the top of the head and the third eye in the middle of the forehead: Say "EEEEEEE"
Chakra two, corresponding to the Throat Chakra: Say "AYYYYYYYY"
Chakra three, corresponding to the Heart Chakra: Say "OHHHHHHH"
Chakra four, corresponding to the Solar Plexus Chakra: "UUUUUUU"
Chakra five, corresponding to the Lung Chakra: "AHHHHHHHH"
Chakra six, corresponding to the Reproductive System: "MMMMMMMM"
Chakra seven, corresponding to the Base of the Spine: "SSSSSSSSS"
Try making each chant last as long as you can. Over time, you will find that you go on and on with the vocalization!
If you do this chanting daily, you will be amazed how much they help reduce stress. One artist friend of mine, says she chants the chakras "to tune herself up in the morning."
I hope it works for you as well as it has for me. Good luck with this, and have a good day!