Commitment, the first step to happiness
Kundalini Yoga and Mantra technology as a support for transitions
We learn that commitment is the first step to achieve happiness, actually the only one, as the other six will unfold easily if you keep the first. To keep commitment we need discipline, and most of us, are commited to things that do not end in happiness. We loose focus many times along the way and we end up, feeding unconcious patterns that only offer imediate relief from our suffering. When this relief takes the form of addictions or mental-health problems, the challenge to move forward in a different road gets bigger, and this is when Kundalini Yoga and Mantra enters.
This ancient teachings offer a variety of exercises, from conscious breathing, postures, meditation to mudras and mantra, all can be apply to strengthen the nervous system and to build a strong sense of the self, so the first step can be made, this time to serve the soul and not the pain or the “story”.
Based on this belief, Associação Ram Dass Guru offers regular Kundalini Yoga classes as well as Mantra sessions for groups, such as addiction recovery, prisons, elders, adults and children with mental disability.
Would you like to support this project?
2. Be part of the volunteer team as a Kundalini Yoga teacher and/or musician
3. Make a proposal to ARDG for a new institution that can benefit from it
Let us elevate each other in consciousness and compassion
It is part of ARDG mission to open and hold space for personal growth. The Social Project aims to create a communal movement where we serve each other, and there is no strict structure for that, the possibilities of service are as big as our hearts. In this Aquarian Age when the challenges of a simple life are always asking for more, a blessing to have effective tools like Kundalini Yoga and Mantras to helps to align the outside with the inside.
Kundalini Yoga in social institutions
Since its creation that ARDG offers Kundalini Yoga classes at a addictions recovery center, ATT Farol – Associação de Tratamento das Toxicodependências, a partnership that brings value to many lives.
Kirtan Travels – a project of several musicians from the local
yogic community to bring mantras to different places
Several passionate musicians combine their love of music and kundalini yoga tradition. The name of the project has been inspired by Guru Nanak’s travels, which he undertook during his life to many different places.
With this project, the mantras of the Kundalini Yoga tradition shall be brought to a wider community.
The word mantra literally means a mental wave, a mental vibration. Thus, repeating a mantra can help to quiet the mind and find inner peace. It can serve as a medicine for the soul, nurturing deeply our spirit, our inner voice.
The word Kirtan means praise. It is a time of devotional singing, when people come together to connect and tune in with themselves. Remembering, we are a spirit, having a human experience.
Whether listening or joining in and chanting, both forms can serve as a meditative and healing process on this journey of life.
KIRTAN TRAVELS AS A SOCIAL PROJECT
The project has two directions: regular concerts at various venues, and the work with different hospitals and social institutions.
With the work at the institutions, Kirtan Travels wants to bring the Naad (sacred sound) as a support for people going through challenging times in their lives.
A collaboration with the rehabilitation department of the psychiatric hospital of Lisbon is established. There Kirtan Travels offers regular mantra sessions to the patients with different instruments (harmonium, drums, shakers). The patients are invited to chant and play instruments which they enjoy doing.
Chanting from the heart brings relaxation and supports them on their healing journey. It allows them to listen better to their inner voice and connect them to their breath.
Kirtan Travels is open to collaborate with other institutions in the future.
Here are some impressions of Kirtan Travels in social institutions
Kirtan Travels as part of a scientific research
The psychiatric clinic in Lisbon made a scientific research on the impact of the mantra chanting on their patients with anxiety and symptoms of depression.
An article about the metodology and the results of this research was published in the scientific magazine “Revista Portuguesa de Alcoologia” in autumn 2023.