You mean you haven’t been to a gong bath? Then you haven’t lived!
Sound baths are becoming increasingly popular in the yogi community and for good reason too. Here’s a quick rundown on what to expect at your first gong experience.
Yesssss! We all love yoga. We’re down with this. The style can vary depending on who is running the session, but we find that a juicy flow is the best way to prepare yourself for a sensational savasana.
Most sound baths will follow the practice of asanas with a short seated meditation to close the sequence. During this time, you have the chance to clear your mind of all the crap that builds up over the day (e.g. “What will I have for dinner?” “I wonder if that hot yogi followed me back on Instagram” etc.).
The Sound Bath
Depending on who your sound practictioner is, the person leading the sound bath may use a range of instruments, including crystal bowls, gongs and shruti boxes. Baths can last from ten minutes to an hour and will leave you feeling like you’ve been to a different planet and back. The practitioner will work through the range of instruments, choosing frequencies to totally relax your body and mind. If you’ve opted for a longer session, don’t be surprised if you fall asleep, only to be gently woken up by the sound of a singing bowl.
Closing the session
There’s no rush, and believe us, you’ll want to take the time to enjoy your newfound nirvana. Chat with others around you about their experience – you’ll find that everyone has different experiences. Some people have flashbacks, weird dreams or even see solutions to current problems.
Join us for a sumptuous sound bath at MoreYoga Brixton with Leo Cosendai on Sunday 30th July. Book your tickets here!
If you’ve ever sat in a Jiva or Kundalini class wondering how on Earth you’re supposed to remember the minute long chant your teacher just sang and repeat it back, you’re not alone.
In more spiritual branches of yoga, you will certainly come across some form of chanting. Whether it’s just a simple om or a full on Sanskrit verse, here’s the lowdown on why we do it (and some of the more common mantras so you’ll at least have a clue what’s being said).
Aum (a.k.a. Om)
We personally don’t mind which way you spell it! This chant consists of four parts – bear with us for the spiritual part – A represents the beginning or creation, U connects us to a sense of something greater than ourselves and M purports the transformative energy of the universe. And the fourth sound? Silence, which represents the pure consciousness of the self. Ooh, we get chills just thinking about it.
Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
If you’ve struggles to remember the end of this mantra by the time you hit sukhino, you’re not alone. Although this isn’t the longest chant (yes, there are longer ones, eek), once you’ve got it down it brings a beautiful vibe to your practice. The translation from Sanskrit is “May this world be established with well-being and happiness”. Aww.
Literally translating to “Truth is my name”, Sat Nam is all about recognising the divinity within you. Sat reaches up to a higher plane, and Nam grounds it on our plane. We’re not sure what that means either, but it sure sounds cool.
Ra Ma Da Sa
Our favourite mantra, mainly because it’s so easy to remember. Ra ma da sa calls for compassion, self-love and healing. The perfect antidote to being too harsh on yourself and a great way to cultivate kind eyes when looking at others.
Chant your heart out at your next class. Don’t be embarrassed about messing it up – we can guarantee we’ve done it before!