Continuing our work with Swadhyaya, which is self-study, brings us to the consideration of sound therapy. Can we get to know ourselves better by the use of mantra, chanting and repetition of the seed sounds?
We’ll begin our practice by sounding ‘OM’ three times. We’ll then lie down for the short relaxation and sigh away three breaths. I’ll sing the Gayatri Mantra to relax you all.
Once standing, we’ll employ Malla Kriya – the whooshing breath. As well as making a very satisfactory sound, this rids you of excess carbon dioxide which causes tiredness.
Now on to Salutation to the Moon. After each round we’ll chant the seed sounds beginning at the root chakra and working up to the crown chakra: Lam, Vam, Ram, Yam, Ham, OM, Soham.
Moving to the Mountain Sequence we’ll become aware of our feet rooted to Mother Earth. After each round we’ll sound the seed sound for the base chakra – 3 lovely loud Lam’s.
Then we’ll move to the sequence of poses which takes us from Warrior 2 into Triangle.These are powerful and fill our solar plexus chakras with prana, so let’s sound Ram – the seed sound for the solar plexus.
And now we’ll practise the Dancer’s pose. See how we look up to the Brow chakra – the seat of our intuition. We’ll sound the appropriate seed sound – OM.
Spreading the legs wide on the mat, we’ll practise a different form of our challenge pose. Can we go deeper if each out breath is accompanied by a loud sigh?
Through squat we move back down to the mat for Brahmari breath. Humming is a wonderful way to lengthen the out breath and to calm the mind.
Meditation features us all chanting the Gayatri Mantra. This is transformative.
Relaxation will feature the repetition of the seed sounds, but this time internally. Inner sound is deeply spiritual.
Do we know ourselves a little better at the end of this practice? Have we moved along the path of self-study? Try chanting while you’re waiting at the traffic lights, doing the ironing, cooking. Everyone benefits!
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti