Gemma Perry

Dedicated to the field of mantra meditation research, and how it’s positive outcomes can impact society, Gemma scientifically investigates the effects of chanting mantras on emotional and cognitive processes. She completed her Honours and Masters of Research in mantra meditation and is now continuing her research with a PhD at Macquarie University.

Gemma is a qualified yoga teacher, who has been practicing and studying yoga psychology and philosophy for over 10 years. She has explored various meditation techniques throughout the world and believes chanting mantras is particularly suited to the modern lifestyle and can be used as a tool to heal and discover our full human potential. Gemma has dedicated much of her study, both formally and informally, to exploring this ancient method of heightening states of awareness and promoting health and wellbeing. She regularly visits her teacher in India, deepening her own practice and exploring ways to share meditation to make it appropriate and accessible to the modern day lifestyle.

Gemma is a passionate and engaging communicator and is currently focused on sharing meditation practices and research through international science conferences, yoga festivals, charity events and workshops.


Perry, G., Polito, V & Thompson, W. F. (2016). Chanting Meditation Improves Mood
and Social Cohesion
, “Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition” [324], July 5-9, 2016, San Francisco

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Mantra Meditation Decreases Stress

We found that just 12 minutes of vocal or silent chanting decreased a stress hormone called cortisol

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Projects in Development

PhD (Psychology) at Macquarie University Sydney, researching the effects of mantra meditation on stress and altruism

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Chanting Research

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Past Presentations


International Yoga Day, Indian Cultural Centre - Sydney, June 2018

The Science of Mantra

Yoga Australia Conference - Melbourne, 16-18 March 2018

Mantra as Medicine

Science of Consciousness Conference - Tucson, Arizona, April 2016

Perry, G., Polito, V & Thompson, W. F. (2016). Chanting Meditation Improves Mood and Social Cohesion


Mind Body Spirit Festival – Sydney, Australia, October 2016

The Science of Mantra Meditation


A Sound Life Music Facilitator Training Day- Sydney, Australia, 8 April 2017

Music as Medicine


Experimental Psychology Conference – Shoal Bay, 19-22 April 2017

Perry, G., Polito, V & Thompson, W. F. (2016)

Chanting Meditation Improves Mood and Social Cohesion


Nada Yoga Retreat (Mangrove Yoga)- Mangrove Creek, 23 April 2017

The Science of Mantra Meditation



Past Workshops

Shri Yoga Studio - Brisbane, QLD, June 2018

Mantra Medicine

 NRG Yoga and Mindfulness Training - Sunshine Coast, QLD,  June 2018

Music Mind and Movement 

Yoga Australia Continuing Professional Development (CPD)  Newcastle, NSW May 2018

Mantra and Chanting Workshop 

 Yoga Australia Continuing Professional Development (CPD)  Glenbrook, NSW November 2017

Mantra Meditation: The Science of Sound

Kihei Yoga Studio - Maui, Hawaii, December 2016

 Mantra Meditation Workshop













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