The Sound of Yoga –
Incorporating Sound Healing into Your Yoga Class or Personal Yoga Practice
Yoga: The yoking of the body, mind, and spirit. The ancient technology of yoga is a science. Combining asana, pranayama, mudra, mantra, and meditation has a direct and profound effect on one’s overall physical, emotional, and spiritual health and wellbeing. Why do we practice yoga? Most often it is to feel good. Why do we feel good when we practice? Because yogic postures, breath, meditation, and chanting directly effect the glandular system, changing both blood and brain chemistry, balancing the left and right sides of the brain, and clearing the primary energy channels or chakras.
Western yogic practices focus primarily on asana (postures) and Pranayama (breath) allowing the practice to become meditative by connecting the body and breath. Adding additional elements of sound healing into a yoga class or into one’s personal practice further integrates the many physical and emotional benefits of yoga and promotes healing at a cellular level.
When an organ or body part is healthy, it creates a natural resonant frequency that is in harmony with the rest of the body. When the vibration of a specific body part is out of harmony, we become dis-eased. With dis-ease, a different sound pattern is established in the affected part of the body or mind. Projecting sound into the dis-eased area then corrects and restores healthy harmonic patterns.
Scientific studies show that sound can produce changes in the autonomic, immune, endocrine and neuropeptide systems. Every atom, molecule, cell, gland, and organ of the human body absorbs and emits sound. The entire body, as well as our brain waves in a relaxed state, vibrates at a fundamental frequency of about 8 cycles per second, literally entraining and attuning us to the basic electromagnetic field of the earth itself! There are many methods of healing with sound.
Mantras, chanting, and toning have been used for thousands of years. Many cultures and religions revere sound so deeply as to believe it called the universe into being. For the Hindus, all was dark and quiet in the universe, until the first movement in the universe created the sound "AUM". It is the mother tone, containing the frequencies of all other sounds.
Crystal Singing Bowls
Crystal singing bowls are becoming more widely used in healing and meditation practices and are gradually making their way into the yogic community. They are a practical and versatile tool to expand one’s practice and add an additional layer of relaxation, deepening meditation, allowing the body and psyche to come into balance and a natural state for healing.
Quartz crystals have many physical properties. They amplify, transform, store, focus, and transmute energy. Our bodies, too, are crystalline in structure. When working with crystals, there may be profound effects on the organs, tissues, and cells, as well as the circulatory, endocrine, and metabolic systems.
Alchemy singing bowls add a further layer of healing by combining the healing properties of the quartz crystal with the additional healing of various gemstones, minerals, and precious metals. Gold, platinum, emerald, ruby, citrine, to name a few, each have their own healing frequencies and properties. Alchemy singing bowls are tuned to specific notes and frequencies and with their multitude of overtones and undertones, have the capacity to clear chakras and their corresponding physical and emotional attributes. They balance imbalance by adding in the missing vibrational frequencies thus allowing the body and mind adequate space to promote healing.
There are various methods to incorporating sound into one’s yoga class or practice:
Chant! Chant AUM, recite mantra, practice a meditation with mantra. 3 minutes of chanting stimulated the glandular system sufficiently to change blood and brain chemistry evoking clarity, mental balance, a marked reduction in anxiety, lowering blood pressure and so much more.
Play crystal singing bowls during a chakra meditation! Use a specifically tuned bowl in the corresponding note for each chakra… Root (c) through Crown (b) while toning with the accompanying chakra tones. This practice rapidly clears and brings balance to the chakra energy centers allowing space for the body to focus on healing.re
Evoke the sounds of the bowls during yin/restorative postures to promote deeper relaxation and stretching into postures.
And ahhhhhhhhh, Savasana. Where the real yoga occurs. The posture that allows us to fully yoke the benefits of our practice at the level of body, mind, and spirit. The sonic vibrations of crystal singing bowls allow us to relax and let go at the deepest level allowing for balance and healing at the cellular level.
Ronee Kipnes is owner of ANAHATA Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing in North Scottsdale. ANAHATA incorporates sound vibration into each of its 30+ weekly classes and workshops and offers private sound and energy healing sessions.
ANAHATA has developed partnerships with Mayo Clinic/The American Cancer Society, Virginia G Piper Cancer Center, and various local recovery programs offering free sound therapy and yoga classes to the community.
ANAHATA is one of 14 Crystal Tones, Crystal Bowl Temples in the world and is home to over 100 Crystal Singing Bowls and Crystal Alchemy Bowls. Ronee leads Tuesday night gong meditations and Wednesday night crystal bowl baths combined with yoga, chanting and meditation. She is actively teaching Crystal Singing Bowl workshops and teacher trainings throughout the valley in The Sound of Yoga.