Monday, March 09, 2015

The transformative power of yoga and sound

“Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” B.K.S. Iyengar

  Our human nature has a tendency to fixate on the stress and the difficulties in life, rather than the positive.  Yoga is about making you more aware of your own power to choose what you will focus on in your life, and thus create. So, Yoga is more than just exercise!

When yoga postures (called ‘asanas’) are combined with conscious awareness of the flow of breath in and out of the body, this naturally releases and opens areas of the body that feel tight and restricted.

The entire body is a finely tuned receiver and transmitter of energies (thought and emotion), recording and ‘remembering’ every experience we have.  

Experience is not just the outer event!  Fundamentally, experience is an internal event. How do we perceive what happens to us? What thoughts and emotions do we create around an event?

If we create resistance in our mind, this expresses through the body. With the passage of time, resistant thought becomes physicalized in the body. It can, and often does, lead to illness.

We most often think of ourselves as dense physical matter, but it is more appropriate to think of ourselves as light and information, expressing through a physical medium. WE are light ‘in formation’. Quantum science tells us we are 99.99% percent space, so it is pure illusion that we appear solid, and feel solid!

We are so much more than the image we see before us in the mirror!

Through asana practice, yoga becomes a moving meditation that helps us regain awareness of the subtle nature of our Being, and allows us to see where we are holding onto trapped energy and/or emotions.  It is not simply about the physical, although it begins from that starting point.

The breath is the bridge between mind and body, and allows us to tap into areas that have become ‘rigid’ or ‘stuck’. Though the breath we can begin to release discordant energy patterning and dis-ease from the whole body.

Thus yoga brings us our health – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

Sound, which is tied to the conscious use of breath, is also an extremely powerful tool for releasing and transforming negative energy ‘stuck’ in the cellular matrix of the body’s tissues, organs and glands, and is often combined with yoga to bring about even deeper healing.

Most of us are aware of the benefits of music in helping the body and mind to relax and unwind. Taken to a deeper level, the vibration of self-created sound, through toning and chanting, can be directed to all the cells of the body, causing profound changes in our internal state of being. Through this altered state, every system of the body responds and begins to ‘fine tune’ itself back to a state of harmony and wholeness.

Yoga, combined with conscious breathing and sound (chanting mantras or vowel sounds), has a deeply transformative effect. By mentally and physically directing the sound to different parts of the body, we reconnect with those parts to heal and balance them.

Many yoga students end up having devotional practices, chanting mantras at the beginning and/or end of class.

Yoga is for everyone – young, old, fit or not. Do you have to be flexible or strong? Of course not!

If the requirement to start yoga was to put your legs behind your head, or to perform a complicated arm balance (like ‘flying pigeon’), many of us would have never become students or teachers, myself included.

Yoga and Sound are both journeys of awareness leading to the path of Self-transformation. They challenge us to go deeper.

Today, too many people lack vital awareness of the inner body, subtle bodies, and the mind… those which are unseen. The brain and intellect has become their primary focus, to the detriment of everything else, and society relies too heavily on drugs, surgery and a flawed medical model of the world which keeps much of humanity trapped in unhealthy patterns of thinking, doing and being. This is why we are seeing a grassroots movement towards natural healing, and a massive uptake in yoga and other spiritual disciplines.

In spiritual terms, an accident, injury or illness is a way of the body trying to get our attention. 

Due to the passage of time, the vast majority of people feel that events happen to them, rather than because of them. Yet, we are always at cause in what we draw to us. The Universe is utterly precise and unerring in its wisdom, and we are part of that unfolding wisdom, even if our human selves seem prone to error.

As we get older, and more disconnected from our bodies, it seems that we have no real role to play in healing them, but this simply isn’t true.

So many times I hear, ‘oh, my back went… I was tying my shoe laces and it happened… must be a sign of getting older!’

This false belief that we ‘get sick’ as we get older is rife amongst us.  It is hidden – subconsciously, we fear old age, and death. We have become so identified with the form of the body, that we think we are our bodies.

Yoga is an invitation to, once again, regain that joyful, light and playful feeling of being in the body.  It is also about conquering our fears about ageing and death.

The body is meant to be a cherished home for the Soul, and it deserves much care and attention.  If we will simply listen, it will tell us what we need to know.

If you contract your abdominals during class, then you will regain vital awareness of that area, and you will automatically do the same thing when tying your shoe laces, well into your later years.

If you use your fingers to grab and pull during class, you will develop an inner, textile strength to them, and they will serve you into your later years, rather than becoming weak.

If you do backbends, your upper back will not ‘round’ forward as much (how many of us suffer from ‘computer backs’?), and you will maintain a freer, open heart energy. 

Yoga classes bring vital awareness before we ‘need’ to experience an illness or accident, so we can heal the parts of ourselves that need attention.

Ultimately, Yoga is about loving the Self.

Jaime Tanna
Founder and Director

Join myself and Jennifer for a fabulous sunset yoga class at the MBS Expo at the St. Raphael Resort in Limassol, Cyprus on Saturday, 14th March and experience the transformative power of yoga and sound! 5-7PM

Other Energy Therapy Presentations at the MBS Event:
The Japanese Art of Reiki (Workshop): Saturday, 12-2pm
The Art of Indian Champissage (Workshop): Saturday, 2-3pm

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