Sound Healing Meditation

Sound Healing Meditation in Italy

At last year’s Italian yoga retreat, it was probably unanimous that our time at the Convento del Carmine, was a highlight.

 

We were very fortunate to have this beautiful venue to ourselves, to experience its stillness and utter beauty.

 

I am delighted that we shall be returning again this year. After arriving, I shall take you through a gentle series of movements in the cloisters which are based on Tibetan Healing Exercises. Then you will be treated to a sound meditation, as the acoustics are wonderful there.

 

During your stay at the Watermill, you will experience a variety of meditations, whether its mindful walking of a morning, guided practice during our yoga sessions, as well as the optional silent sitting of an evening.

 

Sound is a healing modality as it is based on the vibration created that is not only heard through our ears, but felt at a very subtle level by the cells within our body.

 

“Music & rhythm find their way into the secret places of our soul”

Plato

 

I shall once again bring along my Tingshas (as in the image). These are used in many rituals within Tibetan Buddhism, as well as having a more recognised place in yoga and meditation classes. They are made of a sacred 12 metal alloy and are generally used to cleanse space before and after sessions.

 

Most of you will be familiar with Tibetan singing bowls – these come in a variety of sizes, but due to luggage restrictions, I shall only be bringing one with me. Bowls are made from consecrated 7 metal alloys that are created skilfully to produce at least five individual yet simultaneous tones.

 

The bowls sounds are said to synchronise brain waves and encourage a therapeutic effect on the body.

 

The seven alloys used and the principles attached to them are:

 

Silver               – Moon, time, joy, instinct

Gold                 – Sun, heart, spirit

Mercury          – Mercury, intellect and speech

Tin                   – Jupiter, insight and wisdom

Lead                – Saturn, conscience and discipline

Copper            – Venus, love and art

Iron                  – Mars, action and sexuality

 

“There’s no organ system in the body that’s not affected by sound, music and vibration”.

Mitchell Gaynor

 

All you will need to do is sit (we are fortunate that the cloisters has a very low wall all round, just perfect for sitting on) and allow the sound to come to you.

 

Even more fortunate, we shall be spending longer at the convent this year, and will enjoy a picnic lunch together, giving us longer to soak up the magical atmosphere that it offers.

 

Unable to join me in Italy? Then why not take a look at the many yoga and meditation offerings I have in Watford, Hertfordshire: Yoga & Meditation with Claire Murphy

Esprit Yoga

Passionate about teaching yoga and meditation and their many therapeutic and remedial uses, has been a way of life for Esprit Yoga for more than 25 years. Further details on classes & workshops can be found at: http://www.claire-murphy.com