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Chanting to reduce stress

I get lots of emails about health-realted topics, but it’s rare to get two emails related to mantra-based meditation — or chanting —  in a span of a few days. 

In case you’re curious: Researchers from a Philadelphia hospital system found that mantra-based meditation can ease stress, fatigue and anxiety in adults with memory problems, according to a press release.

In the small study, researchers from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital had 15 older adults with memory problems do 12 minutes a day of Kirtan Kriya, a mantra-based kind of meditation, for eight weeks and compared their responses to a control group of people who listened to classical music for 12 minutes a day.

“Study participants who performed the mantra-based meditation reported some improvement in tension, fatigue, depression, anger and confusion, with observed significance in tension and fatigue over the control group,” the press release said.

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Locally, a mantra workshop will be held April 7, offering “three hours of transformational chanting and meditation,” according to a flyer about the event. It will be held from 1-4 p.m. at Healing Arts Yoga Center at 2300 Fall Hill Avenue in  Fredericksburg. Cost to register: $30. More information is available at or by emailing mantra instructor Ralph Davis at

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine offers information about meditation on its website: