Japa is the repetition of a sacred sound or mantra.
Sanskrit mantras are Divine energetic vibrations, with specific qualities, which can be invoked into our energy fields by their repetition either silently or out loud, thereby expanding individual 'I' centredness into 'Unity' consciousness.
All Sanskrit mantras contain transformative Divine power (Shakti) from the Source of our Being, which manifest through sound and correspond to our energy vortices (chakras) and energy pathways (nadis) within our subtle bodies.
Each mantra has 'bija' (seed) syllables, with specific frequencies and by doing japa we can invoke a specific frequency into our energy fields. Each mantra is also represented by a Deity, Saint or Siddha, and by repeating the mantra we can invoke their presence and blessings.
Japa is most powerful when done with Faith, Love and Devotion. By allowing the mantra to repeat itself in our minds, we choose to invoke Divine qualities rather than feeding our habitual contracted thoughts and patterns, and gradually these Divine qualities will take root and blossom.
Pranayama is the scientific art of mastering the breath.
Breathing is the only physiological function in our body, which is both voluntary and involuntary. It's possible to consciously control our rate and depth of breath by using our mind, or allow breathing to function automatically like our other physiological processes.
Breathing is therefore a very important tool which we can use as a bridge between the mind and body and use to influence both. Our breathing patterns are very affected by our mental and emotional states, so by consciously using our breath we can indirectly uplift our thoughts and feelings.
We can also use our breath in specific pranayama techniques to powerfully tap into our inner reservoir of Life force, and draw high frequency energy into our body and subtle bodies.
In Shine Meditation, I regularly share simple pranayama techniques for these purposes.
Kirtan or Bhajan are Sanskrit words meaning to chant or verbally repeat Sacred devotional phrases or mantras, which are usually sung to music.