In my last blog post “The secret power of sound”, I discussed the relationship between sound and form. This post follows on from that theme, with hints and tips on how to practice ‘sound yoga’. I think sound yoga is a powerful meditation tool, but the Science of Sound may also hold the key to personal growth and transformation.
1/ CHOOSE THE RIGHT MANTRA FOR YOU …
Mantra’s are ‘subtle sounds’ designed for creating specific vibrational states. Mantra’s are associated with powerful sound vibrations. If you achieve mastery of a particular sound, you can use this to manifest the form.
Mantra’s can be used for success, healing, spiritual awareness, power and protection, stress-relief, peace, compassion and abundance etc
2/ PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT…
Continue to practice: singing, listening and chanting the same Mantra over and over again. The sound vibration of the specific Mantra will set the right psychological and physiological state in your body, mind, emotions and energies.
Just like any other discipline, regular practice is needed for lasting change: this enables the vibration behind the sound, to be activated in your consciousness. I have been listening to the mantra’s, humming the sounds and meditating on the mantra for 15 minutes a day.
3/ BE AWARE OF THE SPACE BETWEEN THE SOUNDS..
Be mindful of the silence between the sounds. I think of the silence as the space in which the sounds arise. The space is always there in the background.
Stay alert, giving as much attention as you can to the sounds and syllables; while observing the space in which they appear.
4/ WHEN MEDITATING: CLOSE YOUR EYES
Closing your eyes during meditation removes unnecessary visual distractions. I think it has a calming effect, helping you to focus on the mantra.
5/ WHEN MEDITATING SIT BUT DON’T SLOUCH
If you notice you are slouching or not sitting properly, adjust your posture: sit upright. Relax your shoulders and gradually ease into the practice.
6/ TAKE 3 CONSCIOUS BREATHS
I find it helps to start meditation by taking a few deep conscious breaths. I find it calms you down and makes you feel more relaxed.
Fill your lungs up with air, allowing your chest to expand and then slowly breathe out. Continue to breathe slowly and deeply.
7/ RELAX GENTLY INTO IT
Start scanning the body for any signs of tension. Slowly and naturally allow your body to relax. Visualize yourself on a beach meditating: relaxed, calm and peaceful. Allow any tension to drain away.
8/ MEDITATE ON THE MANTRA..
Meditating on the sounds and syllables of the mantra is very rewarding. When you get distracted, bring your attention back to the mantra. Your mind will always try and find something more important to think about. When your mind does this, gently guide it back to the mantra.
9/ BE COMPASSIONATE
I think it is important when learning anything new, to be compassionate with yourself. Do not judge yourself: If your thought processes are self-critical, allow these thoughts to be there without judgement.
Meditation is easy to learn; but difficult to do. I find Sound Yoga effortless in comparison to meditating on the breath. The subtle sounds allow me to feel calm, relaxed and peaceful.
10/ MAKE THE PRACTICE HABITUAL
It is hard to start a new practice, but sound yoga is a very enjoyable form of yoga. I found it easier to achieve great results with sound yoga than with standard meditation. The fundamental sounds used in sound yoga need to be practiced daily.
Sound yoga is an excellent tool that uses very subtle sounds to achieve very profound, lasting results.