If you’ve ever tried to meditate, you know that “clearing your mind” isn’t as easy as 1-2-3. The beauty of sound healing is that it gives your mind an anchor — one that naturally dissolves tension and anxiety.
Translation? When it comes to sound baths, stress doesn’t stand a chance!
Sound Healing At Haven
In Yin Yoga & Sound Meditation, yoga instructor Heather Jefferson will guide you through yin yoga postures, which are held for 4-5 minutes to gently allow the muscles to relax and the fascia and connective tissue to release. Meanwhile, our resident sound healer, Josh Howell, will produce unique sounds using gongs, chimes, singing bowls and other instruments. This relaxing workshop is finished off with a 30-minute gong savasana to help you float away.
Ready to soak up the healing benefits yourself? Good news: Haven offers monthly Yin Yoga and Sound Meditation workshops on Friday evenings, and no prior experience or special ability is needed. Anyone ages 18 and older (both members and non-members) is welcome to join.
To register, call 410-715-3020 or sign up online at ColumbiaAssociation.org/login. Make sure to wear comfy clothes and bring your own supplies (mask, yoga mat and any props you may need such as blocks, bolsters, straps and/or a blanket). To stay up-to-date on upcoming workshops, visit havenonthelake.org/calendar/2020.
Soothing Stress with Sound Healing
By intentionally harnessing the power of mind-opening, heart-opening frequencies, a deep sense of relaxation is created — and when you add yoga to the mix, that natural relaxation response is amplified even more.
To help you visualize how the practice works, Howell says to imagine the waves created by tossing a stone in a lake.
“The human body is more than 60% water, so the same ripple effect happens. Harmonic sounds move molecules in your body at a cellular level and vibrate for positive effects, like relaxation,” he says.
In fact, sound healing allows you to reach the deeper Alpha and Theta brainwave frequencies that Buddhist monks enter in extended meditation, but much more quickly. In this state of mind, you can tap into a part of your subconscious that’s typically inaccessible, which means greater clarity, peacefulness, creativity and insight.
You also experience a nervous system reset, improved sleep, better focus, and decreased heart rate and blood pressure.
“Essentially, anything that reduces stress is beneficial to your physical and mental health, which is why combining sound healing and yoga is such a deeply rejuvenating experience,” shares Jefferson.