Vocal Medicine Album Available for Free Streaming!

Group singing changes the chemistry of the brain and dissipates feelings of isolation and depression. Chanting is a form of meditation, a type of mantra yoga. No special postures required. Just a willingness to experience the energy created by sound moving through you and filling the space around you.

This album is in the kirtan genre–a style of music focused on participatory chanting with sacred themes. Chanting is a form of sound therapy that supports health on the physical and emotional levels, often producing a calorie-free, drug-free, full body buzz!

Album of original chants by Kathleen Karlsen includes Sita Ram, Padmadevi Chant, Lalita Shanti Om, Om Tare Tuttare, Devakinandana Gopala, Parvati Parashakti, and Lokah Samastah. Features the following contributing musicians: Kathleen Karlsen (vocals, harmonium), Andrew Karlsen (vocals, udu drum), Paul Bohak (vocal, bass, guitar) and Mahima Giri (vocals, kartals). Come chant with us!

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Goddess Chant Workshops: Idaho and Arizona

Learn chants to goddesses east and west. Find your inspiration and the bliss of the feminine energy pervading all of life. Workshop includes chants to female Buddhas, Hindu goddesses, and the Divine Feminine in nature.

Handouts included. Class led by Kathleen Karlsen. Workshop is available in Boise, ID on Saturday, January 18 from 2-4pm at Eyes of the World Imports and in Scottsdale, AZ from 10am to 12noon on February 15th at Abundant Space. $20 with pre-registration, $25 at door

More information at vocalmedicine.com/workshops. Tickets for Boise event available at vocalmedicine.com/calendar. Tickets for Scottsdale event through nicoleanneyoga.com.

Thyroid, Chanting and Mantras

When I first began chanting, I had been on thyroid medication for over twenty years. The thyroid is the largest organ associated directly with the throat. The women in my extended family have struggled with thyroid issues for generations. My genetics for this particular organ are probably not ideal.

Chanting is a fantastic tool for creating a healthy, balanced thyroid because the vibrations of singing pass directly through the thyroid gland. According to esoteric teachings, the throat is the seat of power, a place where emotions, intentions, praise, and criticism are all expressed.

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ART-RELATED BLOG POST: Creating on the Edge

The process of creation makes me feel ALIVE! Feeling totally alive is one of my top values. There is nothing as amazing as the process of creation–a child, a home, a business, a relationship or a piece of art.

I love to work in a flowing style with highly liquid paint because this increases the number of variables and therefore the level of excitement and creative chaos in my experiments. On the other hand, I also love the challenge of working with super thick paint and a palette knife. I guess I love the extremes!

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