Sound moves the spirit, touches the soul, taps into emotions, triggers physical response, and can impact our mental state. The beauty of sound and music is that it is universal, it resonates with all of us, no matter the class, creed, age, culture, religion, etc. This is because we are all energetic vibrating beings. Sound taps into these vibrations. “Every cell in our body is a sound resonator, Every cell lives in a dynamic rhythmic pattern. Each and every system has a cycle, rhythm, pattern, and pulse that exist in resonant harmony and sympathy to the cycles of the earth and the heavens. These body systems respond to sound vibration, as do our spiritual, mental, and emotional states of consciousness.” (Donna Carey, Lac) Our bodies are made up of 70% water, an excellent conductor of vibration. Sound healing leverages instruments to shift brain waves, opening up possibility for relaxation and healing on many levels.
The power of gong vibrations can bring you into meditation where you will feel fully relaxed in a (theta) brainwave state in as little as 60-90 seconds. Being in this relaxed state can reduce stress, remove emotional blockages and align the chakras, and can stimulate altered states of consciousness. I use a combination of the Paiste Planetary (Chiron) Gong and Unlimited Dark Star Gong.
Dr. John Beaulieu (ND, PHD composer, Mental health Counselor and Naturopathic Doctor) has researched the biochemical effect of tuning forks on the nervous system. Vibrations transferred to neuronal, endothelial and immune cells through tuning forks can stimulate nitric oxide, setting off a cascade of physiological impacts on our health, well-being, state of mind, and consciousness. Impacts take place at the molecular level. I use a combination of the weighted Otto 128 tuning fork and BioSonic tunic fork set in my sessions.
Singing bowls are each tuned to a different note, triggering a specific chakra or combination of chakras. They can significantly reduce stress, stimulate the immune system, calm overactive adrenals, lower blood pressure, and increase mental and emotional clarity. I use a variety of Crystal Tones singing bowls made of the highest (99.992%) quartz crystal and finest gemstones and precious metals such as 24 karat gold, silver, and platinum, making the audible sound incredibly clear and resonant. “The high-grade quartz crystals in every bowl can help amplify, focus, transfer and transmute energy, transforming not only the bones and tissues, but penetrating the sub-atomic structure of the cell, creating the same benefits to conditions of the body as some prescription drugs.” Tryshe Dhevney, SoundShifting.com
Yoga in Sanskrit, means ‘union’. It combines physical exercise, mental meditation, and breathing techniques to support overall health and well-being. In the practice of Yoga, ‘prana’ is the vital energy that links restoration of the natural balance and flow of energy on all levels of existence: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. This asserts that health is the natural state of an organism, and illness or disease occurs when this state is deranged by an imbalance or lack of vital life force energy (prana). In the practice of yoga, prana is the motivating force that causes all things to come into existence, to breathe, to live, and ultimately to change and disappear through time. Prana is the link between matter and energy, between nature and consciousness, and the bridge to self-realization. All of yoga, in whatever form it is practiced, is based on the cultivation, consolidation, and circulation of prana. Through prana, consciousness is changed, and health and well-being is attained.
Yoga has taken various forms in Western society. I create custom classes depending on the needs of my students, whether we are focusing on stretching, flexibility and opening up the body after a long day of work and sitting, rejuvenating the mind with meditation and breath work, or a physical workout to release endorphins and sweat out toxins, focused on power Vinyasa movements.
Physical benefits can include increased flexibility, muscle strength and tone, improved respiration, energy and vitality, stress and weight reduction, improved posture, lower blood pressure, improved cardio and circulatory health, and helps with protection from injury.
I offer 60 minutes yoga classes, as well as integration of well-rounded 15-30 minute yoga flows leading into a sound healing session. Many people find it helpful to move and open up the body before lying down to receive the healing benefits of a sound bath.
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, but my nomadic soul has taken me all over the world to experience other cultures and I have lived in more than 20 cities the past 20 years. Working as a Marketing Director in Corporate America the last two decades, I found a common thread among colleagues, friends, family, and even the occasional stranger… that people seek and benefit from taking time to reconnect with their mind, body, spirit and give back to their overall health, but many don’t know how exactly to do this efficiently and effectively in an exhausting, stressful, and over stimulated world.