Singing is liberating. Music sets you free. Beyond that, it has the power to heal heartbreak, activate your thyroid, and clear the garbage from your mind.
Sound therapy is one of a growing number of subtle-energy therapies that make up the field of vibrational medicine. According to the law of physics, everything vibrates: the chair you’re sitting in, the food you eat, the rocks and trees.
We can alter consciousness by changing the chemical composition of the fluids in the brain.
There are eighty-four meridian points on the upper palate of a human’s mouth. One can feel the upper palate with the tongue and experience its different surfaces. There are two rows of meridian points on the upper palate and on the gum behind the upper teeth. The tongue stimulates those meridian points, and they in turn stimulate the hypothalamus which makes the pineal gland radiate. When the pineal radiates, it creates a pulse in the pituitary gland. When this happens to the pituitary, the entire glandular system secretes. Then the chemical composition of the brain becomes balanced, automatically changing one’s outlook on life. - 3HO Foundation
The concept that sound affects the health of your mind and body is not new. Chanting and mantra recitation have been part of Hindu spirituality and the healing power of yoga for thousands of years. Given the recent interest in mind-body medicine, it’s not surprising that this ancient tradition is experiencing a modern-day renaissance.
Chanting is part of my lineage, yet after so many years of being afraid of my voice, I'm finally realizing how healing it truly is...
I never really understood why my mom would run around the house as a child, humming, singing, and chanting words I didn't quite understand. She often would sing "Govindah" and other mantra that she loved, and sang them to me as a baby in lieu of the typical lullabies. I thought she was bat-shit crazy!
Years later, I respect her and have so much deep gratitude for the high vibration she channeled to me so early in my evolution.
As I've deepened my yoga practice over the past few years, I have gravitated towards Kundalini yoga, particularly due to the energetic and physical shifts I have experienced from my daily practice (sadhana).
For me, singing Kundalini mantra has been a way to really feel comfortable, supported, and protected. I feel enchanted by the sound current, I feel healed. It resets me vibrationally, clearing away any of the pain and connecting me to the universal sound current. One of the reasons I love practicing yoga in a group is that together the sound current multiplies and the collective power of our voices magnify.
Kundalini Yoga has helped me to heal the energetic imbalances in my throat by releasing the stagnation that has inflammed my endocrine system, and has taken me on a deep, introspective journey. I am finally learning how to free my voice, to love the highs, the lows, and the off-pitched sounds all the same. By allowing my throat chakra to express freely, by opening this passage, I am allowing the kundalini to move from my heart up into the higher centres of ajna (third-eye) and sahasrara (crown). THIS is LIBERATION.
Traditional Kundalini yoga techniques are the pillars of my Thyroid.Yoga™ method, which I have created to promote healthy hormone equilibrium, including movement focused on the meridians related to the thyroid and hormone function, breath and specific sound/vibrational techniques for the throat, and of course, mantra.
Try this simple exercise daily as part of your self-care for release of thyroid blockages.
MEDITATION ON THE SOUND CURRENT ONG (suggested for Thyroid)
Yogi Bhajan, 26 September 1974
Sit with a straight spine. Chant ONG 12 times per minute for 1-2 minutes. Inhale quickly between each call. Then chant rapidly at a rate of about ten repetitions every five seconds. Then chant powerfully for 1 minute. Relax and meditate within.
ONG is the sound of infinity as it is heard through the conch shell when we put in the breath of life. The sound of the conch is only an expanded ONG. When a disciplined yogi practices this at the center of the nose, his entire brain gets a very powerful vibration, then the nectar starts running.
If you start coughing while practicing this, it is a signal that the thyroid gland is having trouble taking the pressure of the chant. The thyroid gland is responsible for keeping you young and beautiful.
This sound gives a man three things: power, beauty, and youth. Through the time man started writing about it and reading about it, but he stopped practicing it, and the result was that he even forgot what the sound is. Then man became a shopper, going and begging from place to place, asking for peace. He forgot that what he was asking for was already within himself.
“Every element of the universe is in a constant state of vibration manifested to us as light, sound and energy. The human sense perceive only a fraction of the infinite range of vibration, so it is difficult to comprehened that the Word mentioned in the bible is actually the totality of vibration which underlies and sustains all creation. A person can tune his or her own consciousness into the awareness of that totality with the use of a mantra. By vibrating in rhythm with the breath to a particular sound that is proportional to the creative sound, or sound current, one can expand one’s sensitivity to the entire spectrum of vibration. It is similar to striking a note on a stringed instrument. In other words, as you vibrate, the universe vibrates with you.” ~Yogi Bhajan