SOURCE: Deva Premal & Miten

January 30, 2007 05:47 ET

Valentine's: The Perfect Time to Reduce Stress and Heart Attack Risk With Mantra Music

Leading Yoga Recording Artists, Deva Premal & Miten, Offer Devotional Love Songs and Online Tips to Promote a Happy, Content Heart

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 30, 2007 -- With Valentine's Day around the corner, matters of the heart are top of everyone's mind, and not just matters concerning romantic love.

Doctors at Harvard University recently found that just one bout with anger can increase the risk of heart attack within two hours for those prone to irregular heart rhythms. Anger triggers an adrenaline surge, which increases blood pressure and heart rate, while potentially disrupting heart rhythms, and activating platelets that can cause blood clots.

The researchers recommend behavioral strategies, including mindfulness practices, to help people keep their cool and protect their heart. For many, that chill factor comes in the unusual form of chanting and listening to ancient mantras, songs of Divine love that invoke an open, happy heart.

"I started listening to Deva Premal's mantra melodies on my daily commute," says Virginia, a self-described high-strung real estate executive in her fifties. "The music helps me relax and release the frustrations of my work day and rush hour traffic."

With an estimated 12 percent of Americans practicing some form of yoga, growing numbers have found that singing mantras, either aloud or silently, is helpful in stilling the mind, improving memory and diffusing stress. "We get e-mails all the time from people sharing how this music calms them, often mentioning road rage and attention deficit disorder," says Deva Premal of the performing duo Deva Premal & Miten, best-selling mantra musicians who count His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Cher and Edward James Olmos among their fans.

The duo has been singing mantras with audiences around the world since 1991. Deva Premal fans in a variety of situations find mantra chanting has a profound influence on their lives, including a police officer who listens in her patrol car to relax, a daughter assisting her dying father, a business executive in spiritual crisis, new parents experiencing their baby's birth, and a wild kitten with strangely tamed behavior. A mother recently wrote, "My two young daughters love to listen to the Dakshina CD. Last night while Om Namah Shivaya was playing, my 7-year-old said, 'I know this is a different language but I can feel what she's singing -- it's I love you.'"

When it comes to expertise on love and a happy heart, who could argue with the wisdom of a child?

Deva Premal & Miten offer tips on using mantra meditation to experience more inner peace at, where you can sample their yoga music and download text of mantras from many of the world's spiritual origins.

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