We recommend a movement practice alongside sound meditation. A mixture of vigorous movement and slower, long-held poses can help to integrate and further the benefits of sound meditation.
In a meditation practice, thoughts (often with a lot of energy behind them) can come up. Sometimes the energetics behind the thoughts demand to be felt before they can be released. They may even reside in a physical part of the body, and can be (without delving into the stories) released with conscious movement. This is why conscious movement plays a profound role in the process of self discovery and exploration.
One of the reasons people are drawn to the practice of sound meditation is the cleansing quality of the sound and vibrations. It allows us to remember who we are, underneath the layers of stories. A practical way to illuminate your inner life is by cleansing, tidying and distilling the essentials in your outer life - this can include the objects, experiences, and diet.
Many people experience a reset from our sound baths. Like having too many tabs open in your browser, and just having to do a restart by turning it off and on again.
How do you maintain this, besides adopting our sound baths as a modern ritual? Try to create the space for rest.
Even when it comes to rest, we ask - “How do I do that?” Often, we only speak of rest in terms of how it will improve productivity. It’s true that we need to slow down in order to speed up again. It’s also true that there are scenery and experiences that we only notice, when we move at a slower pace.
Connecting to the breath is a profound way to gain access to a healthy mind. Whether that is identifying limiting beliefs, negative thought patterns, or neutralising the unending stream of thoughts that are symptomatic of an anxious or over-active mind.
However, just like a physical practice - what you don’t know can hurt you. That is why we do not recommend embarking on breathwork practice without proper guidance. There are techniques that can be practiced safely up to a point. For example, alternative nostril breathing (anuloma vilom) is very beneficial to balance the body and mind. Yet, there are teachers who specify a particular count of breaths in a public class, without knowing the capacity of each student. This leads to straining, and only introduces even more unhealthy breathing patterns. It can often be arbitrary or taken from books, rather than true knowledge of this subtle practice.