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 permeates the entire being. It affects the circulation of blood, the metabolism, the nervous system, and changes ones mood.
The potential of the system lies in the fact that everything within our universe, is in a state of movement (one of the Sanskrit words for universe states this clearly: jagat, means ‘that which moves’). This signifies that everything vibrates, and that which vibrates can be broken down into a wave. This implies that all things create their own unique sound. A quick investigation into the study of cymatics will uncover how sound influences all matter. It is not surprising then, that recitation and singing is considered a powerful tool for self cultivation.
What to Expect
Šrutipadam yoyam svayam râjate ?
Primordial sound (Onkâra) is self luminous.
These words from the very opening verse of the SangÌta Ratnâkara reveal the essence of Sound Sadhana. The aim is to make every note shine by itself. Singing techniques and Indian ragas will be the means by which this is accessed.
The instrument of sound is the human body. As one affects the other, cultivation of the voice must also integrate a cultivation of the body. As the voice develops, so must its residence, in tandem. All courses will have an element of physical movement, some more than others. It is therefore advisable to bring loose clothing.
A quote for those of you who are hesitant about using the voice:
“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
Open to all levels of participants.
Nrtta Sound Sadhana
The 38 karanas practised for the cultivation of the inner light are also sung. The learning of the Nrtta song constitutes the basis of these courses.