The use of sound to elevate, relax and improve the body and mind can be traced back to the oldest sacred texts, the Vedas, c.1900BC. Through reading the many instruction manuals of these works it becomes evident that recitation of the Vedas was a science. Sound, rhythm and precise placement of limbs generated an elevation of the reciter’s quality of being to a new dimension of experience. It was believed that while the reciter was to benefit the most from this practise, the participating audience would also profit, thereby extending to the welfare of the rest of the world. The Yajnavalkya Siksa (a Vedic manual) states that sound is a nutrient. Through the listening faculty, it touches the five senses, and penetrates the tissues. It affects the circulation of blood, the metabolism, the nervous system, and changes ones mood.
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. It is not surprising then, that recitation and singing is considered a powerful tool for self cultivation.
“Singing is one of the major means for recharging the brain. Certainly the brain is not concerned with aesthetics, as long as it gets recharged” ~Alfred Tomatis
Sound Sadhana and the dance of Shiva
Using sound as a warm up for the practise of yoga and dance is a great way to make use of its subtle impact on the human body.
The 38 karanas practised for the cultivation of the inner light are also sung.
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