I practice Yoga of Sound with 1-2-1 clients and groups. It is a process that has four elements, music, Yoga Nidra (a deep relaxation technique), psychotherapy and mindfulness.
The Yoga of Sound process begins with a sequence that lasts approx. 30 minutes.
First, while participants are lying out comfortably on a blanket/mat, awareness is encouraged, through dialogue from myself, to come into the here and now.
We then ground what is happening by working mindfully with the breath while encouraging a non-judgmental attitude.
This is followed by Yoga Nidra, a deep relaxation technique that helps to bypass habitual defences and armouring.
Then, within the space that is created, I sing very quietly, in a lullubaic fashion, with a Shruti box, into the silence. I use a vocal technique called Sounding.
Sounding has two aspects:
- I sing without words, instead using sounds – sounds that feel right. And it’s the ‘feel right’ that is the key. Communication and connection at this level are all about feelings and what I experience as the Sounder gives me valuable insights to the process that is going on for the person(s) I am working with and what is going on between us.
- Sounds that are improvisational, without preformed musical structures.
I then allow participants to lay there in silence for a short while. After this, participants sit up and we debrief, using therapeutic dialogue, to explore what happened for individuals – this has the function of normalizing the experience.
The yoga of sound process facilitates awareness around the workings of our minds and these workings are addressed through various aspects of Yoga philosophy and psychology, specifically:
- The kleshas (the causes of our suffering)– feeling the ties that bind, how we limit ourselves with habitual emotional patterning
- The five koshas (different levels – sheaths – of consciousness that comprise the body)– experiencing in awareness, shifts into these different levels of consciousness, especially vijnanamayakosha (the higher wisdom sheath)
- Continuing the practice of strengthening buddhi – the witness aspect of the mind.
People who experience the yoga of sound process reveal consistently shifts of consciousness out of rational/egoic consciousness into other levels of consciousness as described by the five koshas. It is in the egoic consciousness that the personality, the conditioned aspect of our self, is embedded. The personality is constructed of all the events and happenings throughout our life hence our experience of suffering is also embedded here. This is why it is so very difficult to change when we are embedded in the very thing we trying to alter/change. Shift of consciousness, especially into the vijnanamayakosha (the higher wisdom sheath) means that we transcend the personal and are able from that transcendent position to view our own suffering. And when we view with deep compassion the suffering of our own personality the relationship with the this is the great healing.
For a more detailed breakdown please visit the Yoga of Sound website.
For details of a BWY in service training day for BWY regional reps, visit the British Wheel of Yoga website. Then click on Course via tutor, then go to my name, Russell Stone.
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