The Yoga of Sound
Ayurveda understands that sound has a profound effect on our well-being. Sound can be used to reduce stress, maintain health, and also to invoke spiritual awakenings. The official term for the use of sound and music as a spiritual path is Nada Yoga, which translates from Sanskrit to mean “Sound Yoga.” Russill Paul is a world-renowned musician who was born and raised in India. He blends Indian and contemporary music in his recordings and performances. I just discovered his new book: “The Yoga of Sound: Tapping the Hidden Power of Music and Chant.” The book looks at the four streams of the Nada Yoga system: mantra (sound), mudra (sacred gestures), pranayama (yogic breathing), and dhyana (meditation). When talking about music, Paul explains that each note “has intrinsic properties that generate healing, wholeness, and love.” There are lots of chants, exercises, and meditations he gives that we can use right now. And the best part is that the book comes with a CD, so we can hear the music that goes with the teachings.