The practice of moving while singing sacred chants has been called "praying with the body", or body prayer.
The body is the temple of the spirit, and moving the body to reflect our attitudes can enhance our experience. For example, opening the hands with palms up can increase our receptivity, while folding the hands at the heart can bring greater awareness of love.
Walking is especially important because we shift rhythmically from side to side while holding a balanced center. This has been shown to promote wholeness and healing on many levels.
Moving while singing sacred phrases can promote personal integration by linking the body, heart, mind and spirit. Moving together in this way is a cooperative effort that links the members of the circle together in community.