Sound Baths and Gong Baths
With the increasing awareness of the importance of self-care, it's no wonder that sound baths are becoming more and more popular all over the world.
Sound has been used for thousands of years as a way to help restore health as a result of dis-ease and stresses within the body, and with our current way of living thanks to WI-FI, smart phones and working-on-the-go, it's even more important that we give ourselves the time to properly switch off and disconnect from the phones, the office-in-the-pocket, the outside world, but also, to give ourselves the opportunity to switch off from ourselves.
Sound baths are a perfect way to relax and slow the body down, and from this place of stillness, the mind, too starts to slow down and through practice, the mind reaches a place of non-action and non-thought which creates a beautifully calming inner peace. With the mind well and truly out of the way, the body can start to rejuvenate and recharge itself, much in the same way as a good night's sleep recharges the body, which allows you to take on your tasks and your day with more energy and more clarity of mind.
Throughout the Sound Bath sessions I use an array of instruments including Himalayan Singing Bowls, my voice and Crystal Bowls.
During the Gong Baths I use less instruments and focus more on the gongs.
I offer Nada Yoga classes for private individuals, as well as group classes.
For information on Nada Yoga classes, please click here.
Kirtan and Singing Circles
Kirtan and Bhajan are forms of Bhakti Yoga - the Yoga of Devotion and are practised through song and chant.
Kirtan is a call and response style of devotional singing, based on the re-telling of stories and myths of deities and is usually performed with traditional Indian instruments including the harmonium, sitar, tabla drums and flutes. Where possible, Jody will have musicians to join the group but at other times she will lead the group alone either with the guitar or sitar.
Bhajan is another style of devotional singing that offers slightly more freedom than that of the Kirtan tradition as there are no set formulas for the singing or chanting. Melodies can take on any form and the singing is shared as a whole without the call and response style.
As well as devotional chants and songs taken from the tradition of Yoga, Jody will also share some of her own songs that she has written which follow the tradition of Bhakti.
Whether through the style of Kirtan and Bhajan, the Yoga of Devotion offers the participant a great way to move away from the business of the mind and open up to a more heart centred practice which is shared amongst the whole group.
Everyone can sing when it comes from the heart...