Every part of us vibrates. Whether we realize it or not, within every cell, every tissue, every thought, and every memory is a specific vibration that makes up the total vibration of who we are. Everything around us also has a vibration, be it a plant, an animal, or a cell phone. Some of these vibrations combine and create harmonious patterns; some of these patterns create disharmony and dis-ease. Within our body, there are seven main chakras where subtle energy from higher planes becomes denser through acupuncture points and meridians eventually condensing into the physical body. The chakras get energized by specific vibrations enabling healing of the organs and emotions related to them. By balancing the chakras, imbalances in the physical body will often disappear.
Everything is in a constant state of vibration. As each and every atom produces a particular sound on account of its movement, rhythm or vibration, these form a universal harmony in which each element, while having its own function and character, contributes to the whole. Sound is a vibration that resonates in every cell of our body and has the power to heal not only on a physical level but also on emotional and spiritual levels. When we look up “heal” in the dictionary it says “to make sound”. When we look up “sound” in the dictionary it says “normal and healthy, not weak, diseased or impaired”. Sound healing is when we combine this powerful medium of vibration with the intention to heal allowing the body to adjust and recalibrate back to health. Join me on the auspicious evening of the equinox, a day of equal daylight and darkness, a day of balance on Saturday, September 22nd for Autumn Equinox Chakra Balancing. We will restore ourselves to wholeness, balance, and well-being using Tibetan singing bowls tuned to each chakra while lingering in restorative yoga postures creating more harmony in ourselves, our lives and in our world.
Water is life. Without water, there is no life. Our body composition is more than half of this simple but remarkable essential molecule, H2O. We use water to clean everything including our bodies internally and externally. Water is worthy of our attention and time, not only from an ecological perspective but also for our own healing. Take the time to care about the water you drink, from the container that holds it to the energetics it contains. Avoid drinking from plastic cups or purchasing plastic bottled water as these contain BPA (bisphenol A) which has been shown to disrupt the endocrine system and affect the brain and behavioral development in children.
Equally important is the energetics of the water. We have seven main energy centers of the body, called chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. All chakras are associated with a color and vibration. The heart chakra is green with a vibration at 528 Hz, the frequency for healing and DNA repair. Place water in a glass jar and fill a bathtub while playing a recording of 528 Hz or the F singing bowl so the water is constantly being vibrated by this love frequency. Water your houseplants and fill your pets’ water dishes with this loving healing water. Take a ritual bath with this water using La Luna Alchemy’s Ritual Bath placing the crystal on your heart space (Anahata chakra) while soaking. Feel negative energies release as its qualities open your heart, expand your consciousness, prompt peace and hasten healing. Love loudly yogis, Namaste.
Mantra means “instrument of thought” and is a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word, or group of words in Sanskrit. At it’s simplest, the word Om serves as a mantra. The earliest mantras were composed in Vedic Sanskrit by Hindus in India, and are at least 3000 years old. Kirtan is a musical form of chanting mantras. It is non-denominational, based on ancient chants and has the ability to quiet the mind if listened to with intention. Because kirtan has roots in India, most of the songs are sung in Sanskrit so that you can be completely immersed in the sound, with no words to distract the mind. The magic of the chants can then carry you within. In this style of music, the harmonium, a type of reed organ that generates sound with foot- or hand-pumped bellows, is often played as the lead instrument as the leader sings the mantra and the audience sing it back. As you sing with each other you experience a deep connection with the musicians, the other audience members and yourself. And when the music stops, your mind is quiet.
I have a deep love of mantra music and am an ardent student of the Hindu texts. As a yoga teacher, I offer a class once a week called Soulful Sunday Flow which includes chanting. After attending a Kirtan workshop this past month I realized what a wonderful addition a harmonium would be to this class and how far reaching its medicine is. Since this is a practice steeped in devotion, I came up with the idea to make malas for individuals to fund the purchase of a harmonium. Malas are prayer beads used to count the number of times a mantra is recited. The prayer beads of a mala are gemstones that carry specific energetic healing properties held as sacred and used to strengthen particular energies inside the person wearing them. For more information check out Fund Me A Harmonium on Indiegogo. Chant on yogis, Namaste.
Music is everything. I couldn’t imagine my life without it. Recent studies have shown that music floods the brain with a chemical called dopamine, the chemical in the brain associated with pleasure, motivation and reward. However what is unique to music is that it is an abstract reward, as opposed to a tangible reward such as eating or sleeping, that causes the release of dopamine. We’ve traditionally considered abstract rewards to be processed on a more cognitive level, but this shows us that our ancient reward circuits can be involved. More fascinating is the latest research in the past year showing that even sad music can lift your mood, while other studies suggest music can boost happiness and reduce anxiety. Anther study found that people who listened to music before, during or after surgery experienced less pain and anxiety, compared to patients who did not listen to music. And the music listeners didn’t even need as much pain medication. So overall music is the best thing ever.
Which leads me to this crazy disorder I came across called amusia. Amusia is a musical disorder that is a defect in processing pitch so that music sounds annoying or unpleasurable. Some have coined this term tone deafness. What is even more bizarre about this condition is that individuals struggle with recognizing highly familiar melodies but have no difficulty in recognizing the voices of well-known speakers. While amusia is a pitch-processing deficit, it does not seem to include speech intonation because pitch variations in speech are very coarse compared with those used in music. Currently, no forms of treatment have proven effective in treating amusia. So unlike a person who is deaf and simply can not hear, these individuals do and find it intolerable. And all I can think is how completely grateful I am to have this sense.
Music changed my life. I started with the piano as a child eventually leading into several musical instruments over my lifetime. My appreciation for all types of music stems from my musical studies. Following the Grateful Dead around as a teenager shaped my young adult life immeasurably which leads me to consider who would I be if I had been born with this disorder….hmmmmmm perhaps I would have started the yoga sooner. Gratefully dedicated, Namaste.