Can you hear it? Your own heartbeat, wind in the trees, squawking Stellar Jays, the
I’ve been playing with sound lately and discovering great beauty in this practice.
Apparently with the right sounds we can align with vibrations that foster health,
happiness and unity. So far all I can truly vouch for is that certain sound waves
traveling through my ears can rock my world.
Play a bit with your own musical memory and I’m sure you can remember a song or a
musical experience of joy, excitement, sudden sadness or being stopped dead in your
tracks unable to stop listening.
Nada Yoga, the yoga of sound divides vibrations into 2 main categories. Internal
sounds are called Anahata, named thus because they were originally said to be
‘perceived through the heart chakra’ and Ahata, sounds generated outside the body.
Yoga exists as a method of tuning the body in preparation for meditation. We stretch
and strengthen it, we listen to its messages of tightness and pain in order to move
through them and present the meditation mat with a calm body, breathing deeply and
vibrating or ‘humming’ at a low frequency. Then, with physical distractions on the down
low we are able to receive.
Think about savasana for a moment. The physical work is done and the room is quiet,
what does that ‘sound’ like on the inside? Listening internally connects us to our deeper
nature, our Yogi space, Buddha nature, voice within, soul, divine presence, truest self,
state of grace etc. Call it by whatever name you wish but chances are, if you’ve made it
to savasana even once then you’ve touched some level of restful quiet.
Jessica Mosiuk, Registered Holistic Nutritionist
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