At our recent Good Yoga Day retreat, we finished off the day with a beautiful sound healing session led by Carli Sherriff. After experiencing firsthand the power of this intuitive healing, and after learning about it from Carli, we wanted to share some information about this beautiful practice with our community.
While sound healing has very much become prevalent in modern wellness, it’s actually been around since Ancient Greek times when it was often used to help cure mental illness. Since then, various forms of sound healing have been used in different cultures throughout history.
Sound healing is all about using the vibrations from sound to heal and relax your mind and body. The atoms in our body are made up of particles that continually vibrate, and research suggests that our emotions can influence the rate at which they vibrate.
Sound healing works on the premise that emotions vibrate in our bodies at different frequencies and so we can essentially tune these vibrations using sound.
Positive emotions like love, joy and excitement tend to have a higher frequency whereas negative emotions like shame, sadness and anxiety tend to have a lower frequency. The more negative emotions that we keep inside us and allow to build up over weeks, months or years, the lower our inner vibrations become, causing our body and mind to feel stagnant.
When we asked Carli to give us a bit of a summary of what sound healing is all about, here’s what she said:
“Your intuition or sense is one way the soul communicates with you via the physical body. Are you ready to listen? Things that make you feel alive give you a sense of happiness, freedom, peace, love, connectedness and vitality. These things create space for the Soul. It’s your Soul saying YES! Do more of this!
Things that make you feel drained will do just that! You will feel tired, frustrated, agitated and unmotivated. These things create restriction and limits for the soul. It’s your soul saying PLEASE LISTEN! This doesn’t feel nice! Why are we doing this?
I use the 80/20 rule here and I encourage you to do the same. It’s not about being perfect, or getting it right, it’s about living more awake and becoming the observer of self in this life. No one can magically activate this process for you. It’s up to you to listen and live this wisdom.”
Below are some of the benefits that sound healing has been shown to have:
There are lots of different ways to practice sound healing but most use singing or some type of musical instrument. Below are some of the ways sound healing is commonly practiced:
If you would like to find out more about Carli and her sound healing sessions, check out her website The OM Project here. To learn about more mindfulness practices, yoga techniques and meditation tips, make sure you stay up to date with our Yoga For Good blog. And keep your eyes peeled for part two of this blog where we’ll cover the impacts that various emotions have on our various body systems.
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Ahimsadhara is an expert teacher and author in yoga for trauma survivors. After teaching War Veterans for many years, she is now focusing on international programs and further writing. In this class, she uses asanas to help with healthy breathing and as a preparation for pranayama and yoga nidra.
Angela is an experienced Yogi and Dru Teacher Trainer, environmental campaigner, peace educator, and avid traveller, always seeking the best methods to promote health through Dru Yoga’s practices. Join Angela on the mat for a simple journey through energy block release, alignment with sequence, asana and mudra to leave you feeling refreshed, inspired and welcoming change.
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