Develop an enjoyable daily meditation practice for vibrant health!
Sound vibrations have been an integral part of meditative practices for millennia because they generate a multitude of benefits. Today, science has ways of measuring these benefits and affirms that the use of sound stimulates the body’s natural healing capacity on many levels – whether from simple bīja mantra or vocal tones to more complex mantra which resonate with deeper meaning.
Developing a daily meditation practice based on sound will improve your breathing, lower blood pressure, increase heart rate variability (indicating resilience to stress), uplift your mood, energy, and creativity, while clearing your mind and sharpening concentration. Regular practice helps reduce stress symptoms like anxiety and headaches and improves sleep quality, leading to better immune function. And all of this at the tip of your tongue!
Join us twice a week over four weeks to explore how using different sound vibrations affects your breathing, energy levels and overall sense of wellbeing. Each week we shall work with a specific theme, develop the breath (Prāṇāyāma) in order to calm the mind, and finish each practice in the rich silence generated by your own vibrations.
Week One – Primordial Sound
Part 1 – Our practice is built on chanting Praṇava (\) with full attention on the physical and mental effects of the vibration when practiced intentionally
Part 2 – The Pranava practice is internalised through Bhramarī breathing (humming while withdrawing the outer senses)
Week Two – Expanded Primordial Sounds
Part 1 – We practice using bīja mantra while sensing their effects on the body/mind
Part 2 – Our practice develops through extended vocal toning with attention on the body
Week Three – Mantra Practice to Expand Breathing Capacity
Part 1 – We will chant the three components of the long-form Gāyatrī mantra as a method for developing concentration and expanding the breath
Part 2 – Our practice continues by putting all three components together to maximise breathing capacity
Week Four – From Japa to Ajapa & the Value of Silence
Part 1 – We will develop our meditation practice to emphasise internalised attention through silent mantra repetition (manasa japa) using nādi śodhana breathing as our guide
Part 2 – Our manasa japa practice expands with breath retention (Kumbhaka) as a support for longer periods of silence
‘A lifestyle is nothing but a long term pattern made up of our daily routines and habits‘
Make Meditation a daily habit!
When? Mondays (Part 1) starting March 22nd and Thursdays (Part 2) starting March 25th
Timing: Europe 13:30-14:15 (on 22 and 25 March) N.B. thereafter 14:30-15:15 due to time change!
India: 6-6:45 pm (IST)
There will be 15 minutes for Q & A after each 45-minute session
Where? Online via Zoom – details provided upon registration
How much? €75 for payments in Europe (please register with Susan here for payment instructions / 4800 Rs for payments in India (please register directly with Om Yoga Shala in Delhi omyogastudio (at) gmail (dot) com for payment instructions)
These sessions will be guided by Susan Hopkinson, who has been a student of yoga for 35 years and a teacher since 1998. She has been fortunate to learn from many great masters, including her most influential teachers, Swami Veda Bharati and the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. Susan helps people heal and find peace in their lives through Yoga and Meditation, Āyurveda, and Astrology for personal and spiritual growth.