In recent years, the field of sound healing has gained significant popularity, with numerous individuals seeking complementary therapies through the power of sound. Even the football players on season three of Ted Lasso are using mantra meditation to access their inner powers! This made me LOL, but it's for real... the power of sound and mantra has gone mainstream.
As a certified yoga therapist and member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, specializing in sound and mantra, I am deeply committed to upholding the principles of integrity within the...
Prepare to be captivated by the mesmerizing melodies and musical wisdom of Sudhanshu Sharma as he embarks on his eagerly anticipated Nada Yoga tour in Australia!
A senior student of Pandit Baldev Raj Verma and a respected teacher of nāda yoga, Sudhanshu Sharma brings with him the rich musical traditions of the Indore Gharana. His nada yoga training workshops, concerts, and private lesson tour in Australia provides a unique opportunity for music enthusiasts and spiritual seekers alike to delve into the transformative power of sound and explore the depths of nāda...
ICYMI attending our monthly free sound bath online yesterday, it ended up being quite sweet, with a Mother's Day-ish theme. Find a comfy spot and tune in for about 40 minutes! (Video below!)
My personal goal was to make it richly textured with musical and mantra nuance, while keeping it atheist-friendly! (A simple sound experience for nervous system self-regulation and mental stability, y'all. No woo-woo.)
Why a Mantra Sound Bath?
In the realm of holistic wellness practices, sound baths and mantra meditation have gained popularity for their ability to promote...
Sitting in the temple for evening prayers last night, new words came to express the answer to the question I’ve been asking myself… Why mantra and nada yoga?
(After 3 years away from India and a rest from the intensity of my previous personal practice, I’m looking through different eyes and discerning anew my lifelong love affair with learning mantra and nada yoga in India.)
A friend of mine attended a live chant event I led last week, and gushed about how it felt like a sound bath to just listen to me singing, the bansuri flute playing, and hear the group singing along with the rāgas and mantras.
Normally, I try to get people to DO THE PRACTICE with us, because I figure it's like food... you get more out of it when you chew it and swallow it yourself vs. watching someone else eat. That's why I have (stubbornly) stuck to empowering people looking to really train in mantra and nada yoga with skills, techniques, and practices.
SO many people ask me how to learn traditional nāda yoga in India! There are a lot of confusing nada and mantra trainings out there, so I'll try to help you sort out what to look for. I went looking myself way back in 1997 and have gone down A LOT of unfruitful (even scary) roads before I found teachers I could trust, who led me on the mystical inner path of nada yoga!*
Unfortunately sexual misconduct by gurus is also all-too-common... almost every Western female who has gone to India to study nada yoga and mantra has a story (including me! several!)
So first of...
I shied away from using the term "sound healing" to describe what I do for over a decade, because I thought most people associated it with gong baths or crystal bowls. (That's not the type of sound healing I do or teach.)
However, the mantra and nada yoga courses we offer very definitely explore sound healing training in its most essential sense! It's my opinion that sound that comes from our own unique instrument - our voices - is the core of any sound healing practice for self growth.
Your voice is a one-of-a-kind, highly refined, infinitely sensitive healing...
Wondering how to spell Nāda yoga correctly? Or what it means?
Naad yoga training starts with understanding the meaning of the term (because it's easier to explain than the spelling!)
Whether you spell it Nada Yoga, Naada Yoga, or Nāda Yoga... or Nad Yog, Nād Yog, nAd, etc.
Nāda = vibration, sound, musical sound
Yoga = union, communion
When we use the term "nada yoga" we're talking about union through sound, a meditation on vibration, or communion through music and/or mantra.
Now for the many variations in spelling:
To learn why there are different spellings, first...
Cultivating a musical response to the symphony of dissonant notes screaming for attention in our world right now is not a distant, poetic idea. It’s a tangible, practical skill. Uncomfortable, yes. Difficult, yes. Full of the mess of aliveness, yes. A swift and tidy spiritual bypass would be much easier. But leaning in to listen deeply, to feel what’s truly alive in us, can also make this moment resonant with hope and possibility.
Have you been tempted to write off someone in your life who has (or hasn’t) adopted a particular conspiracy narrative...
Musings on the practical transformation I've experienced through my sound-based yoga practice... written while gazing out at the Himālayan range during a 2017 pilgrimage.
Ordinarily our awareness is limited to the sensations within the body. However, when we consciously enter sound, our awareness expands into the space within and surrounding our physical body. This vibratory sphere becomes our “sound body,” if you will, and gives us a visceral sense of transcendence. The dimensional quality is multi-directional; we can go within, to the point of...
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