We’re already aware of the benefits of sound, the right music can change our mood; an upbeat pop song can pump up our energy, or something a little slower and moody can allow us to become relaxed and calm. But, different sound frequencies can "hack" our brainwaves and promote healing in our bodies. Not to get all woo-woo, but by using specific rhythms and frequencies, you can shift your brain from the beta state (normal consciousness) to the theta state (relaxed consciousness) and even the delta state (sleep - where internal healing can occur).
What is sound healing?
Sound healer Minna Sivola describes sound healing as the use of sound vibration to enhance wellbeing in a multidimensional way; “Sound activates the wondering vagus nerve, which starts behind the ears and travels through all our organs. When the vagus nerve is activated, it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which takes us out from the fight or flight response by balancing our heart rate and enhancing relaxation. When our body is relaxed it is easier for the mind to relax as well.”
Some of the tools used in sound healing practices include voice (chanting, singing, humming), drumming, tuning forks and crystal singing bowls.
Can sound really heal?
Using sound as therapy can provide results for a variety of issues including sleep disorders, anxiety, stress and pain management.
A 2016 study found that singing bowl meditation reduced stress, anger, depression, and fatigue. All of these things are known to impact physical health and raise the risk for disease, suggesting that singing bowl therapy may be good for your physical, as well as emotional, well-being. A recent study on vibroacoustic therapy (when sounds and vibrations are applied directly to the body to penetrate you on a cellular level) found that the practice could be an effective treatment for chronic pain and injury recovery.
I want to try it!
Join Sofia and Glenn for a blissful Yin Yoga and Sound Healing Workshop. Improve your flexibility, open your heart centre and feel your positive energy rise.
In this workshop, Sofia and Glenn will transform your state of mind into a gentler and more peaceful existence. You can expect to practice conscious breathing (Pranayama) and physical postures (Asana) while Glenn plays the Chakra Crystal Singing Bowls in conjunction with Asana positions - a cleansing and harmonising experience for all.
This workshop explores ways to keep the energetic body active and resilient, resulting in vibrant health and higher energy levels, while the Yin Yoga sequence does not deplete the body of energy at all. At the end of this workshop you will feel deeply nourished, restored and inspired.
Yin Yoga is a restorative style of Yoga that uses long-held, passive poses to nourish the connect tissues in the body, promoting greater physical flexibility, organ health and peace of mind. The Crystal Singing Bowls allow you to release and let go of any unwanted tension or anxiety.
DATE: Sunday October 20th
TIME: 6.30pm - 8.00pm
INVESTMENT: $50 per person