Join us as Dr Perry explores the current research and historical role of chanting, considers a therapeutic intervention for individuals with breathing problems including asthma, COPD, and long-COVID, and leads us through some chanting practices.
Dr Perry did her PhD investigating various chanting traditions, altered states of consciousness and psychosocial implications.
The perfect way to end the year!
Cost – US$30
10 am Friday 9 December Sydney time (12pm Fri NZ, 3pm Thurs 8th LA, 6pm Thurs 9th Boston, 11pm Thurs 8th London)
Chanting has a long history as a ritual/spiritual practice, but current research is showing its use as a therapeutic intervention.
Chanting is a form of repetitive, rhythmic vocalisation that is practiced in almost every tradition around the world.
Chanting has been used throughout history as a form of worship, healing, ritual, strengthening community and overcoming psychological challenges.
This workshop will include opportunities to try chanting practices as well as outline the current research on chanting, propose a model of the active mechanisms, and describe how chanting may be used as a therapeutic intervention for individuals with breathing problems including asthma, COPD, and long-COVID.
Dr Gemma Perry B. Psych (Hons.), M. Research, PhD is a yoga and meditation teacher, dedicated to researching the psychological and physiological effects of chanting. Her interests are primarily in how chanting specific sounds can decrease psychological and physiological stress, increase social connection, and ultimately expand states of awareness.
Gemma’s Honours in psychology involved looking at the effects of chanting practices on mood and altruism. She found that a 10-minute group chanting intervention increased positive mood and altruism for both experienced and novice meditators.
For her Masters, Gemma ran a study examining the effects of chanting on altruism and the stress hormone, cortisol. She found that both a vocal and silent 12-minute group chanting intervention increased self-reported altruism and decreased salivary cortisol.
Her PhD investigated various chanting traditions, altered states of consciousness and psychosocial implications. From this, she has published a paper on chanting and mystical states, and another on zoom chanting, stress and social connection.