It's India" ... a solo Woman Travels 2018


Ok... Eight weeks travelling India alone, a single, mature-aged woman delving into a culture of extremes... I'll be adding my experiences periodically on my page "It's India" ... Why? India is so intense, its culture so bombastic, it's spirit so huge; India demands resilience & self-perserverence! India, a place not for the faint hearted! That's why...

Agra, India

The first 7 days ... March 6th, 2018

Gurukatal, Agra, India

This was the highlight for me & must see...

Walking the back streets of Agra...

Before the heat of Surya, the sun!

An unexpected moment of moments!

Savasana with Universal Peter Hess singing bowl

Vibrational Techniques ... that Heal!

Here are some common techniques used in vibrational Sound healing ...

Classical Music. Classical music has been show to increase the rate of development of synaptic connections in young children's minds. It also helps fuel creativity and enhance joy in adults. Classical music can even help address physical ailments like high blood pressure and muscle tension.

Humming. Humming not only lifts your spirits, it clears your head. According to a study conducted by Swedish researcher, and published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, humming may actually help keep your sinuses clear and healthy.

Singing Bowls. Whether metal or quartz crystal, a singing bowl sings when you run a felt-tipped mallet around its edge. Along with rhythms produced by striking the edge of the bowl, teh vibrations and tones slow down breathing, brain waves and heart rates, producing a deep sense of calm and well-being.

Tuning Forks. Originally used to tune musical instruments to the proper pitch, tuning forks have long been used by orthopedists to detect stress fractures in large bones. Now, sound therapists use the vibrations of tuning forks to increase the amount of energy in parts of the body they are trying to heal or energize. These good vibes can support relaxation, balance our nervous systems and increase physical energy.

Yogic Chanting and "Om"ing. Chanting, the first step to meditation, is also a means of maintaining health and well-being. Research shows that chanting can stabilize heart rate, lower blood pressure, improve circulation, produce endorphins and aid the process of metabolism. Chanting can also help the mind focus, which alleviates stress levels. For example, repeating the syllable "om," considered one of the most important mantras in yoga, is said to foster a deep mental clarity and promote a sense of connectedness with a higher power. , viewed 1/11/16

Yoga Nidra - a voice guided, lying down meditation

Nyasa – awakening subtle energy

The characteristic feature of Yoga Nidra is the systematic rotation of consciousness in the body, which originated from the tantric process of nyasa (meaning ‘to place’ or ‘to take the mind to a point’).

During nyasa, a yogi consciously touches various parts of his or her body while repeating mantras. When this is done in the prescribed manner, the yogi can awaken subtle energy within the physical matter of the body.

Links & References 2016

Readings on Naad (Nada) Yoga

Raj Academy Conservatoire viewed 28/9/16



Naad Yoga is the yoga of sound. All experience has a sound – whether expressed aloud or not – and the mastery of that sound within ourselves enables us to shape our experience.

If we can hear the expressions of our own mind and soul, and what prompts them, we can go deeper to engage with that process as it happens and to direct it. When we communicate with our inner experience in its own language – the sound of emotion, with its pitch, tone and rhythm – it becomes receptive to our influence. By composing our inner experience, we determine how we express ourselves to the external world, and its consequences.

Naad Yoga is a continual process of going inward and outward through listening and expressing: it is sound that provides the map, the points of reference, by which we recognise our own experience and that of others.

If we follow the path of sound inwards far enough, we will trace its expression back to its origin in an essential energy before sound with the potential to turn into anything: the vibration that is in fact the source of everything – Creator and Creation. Naad Yoga uncovers that reality within consciousness and taps into that potential.

Once the soul has heard and known the oneness of self, universe and Creator, it has found its true nature and resonates with it. The soul’s remembrance of its full truth in this way gently reminds the mind to be happy, which in turn releases the body’s ability to be healthy. 

This alignment with the oneness of everything allows a person to flourish because there is no stress. There is simply the truth of what is, and the person who has realised this can simply – and fully – be. Then there is need only to listen to the sound of life in all its subtle variation and to allow expression to act upon it where required to redress the balance towards wellbeing and success.

The Yoga of Sound

The fundamental nature of sound is indicated by its centrality to human awareness. As we are born and when we die, hearing is the first of the senses to appear and the last to disappear. Sound offers a key to mastery of our life by unlocking life's mechanism; Naad Yoga turns that key.

The Sikh tradition incorporates a highly developed form of Naad Yoga created by Guru Nanak (the first Sikh Guru). It embraces the ancient Indian musical system of raags (ragas). ‘Raag’ means ‘mood’, and each raag employs a particular combination of notes and rules of emphasis to evoke its characteristic emotional state.

The scripture Siri Guru Granth Sahib contains 60 raags, individually prescribed for the recitation of the shabads (sacred verses) that constitute most of the text. The title of each shabad instructs which specific raag should be used to sing it. This alliance of music and words gives access to a deeper message, absorbed beyond intellectual understanding.

The rendition of the sacred verses of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib in the prescribed raags is variously called Gurmat Sangeet, Kirtan, Sikh Music and Naad Yoga. The internal process is the same, whatever the name.

Yantra Tantra Mantra

Carefully chosen tools and techniques assist in achieving the goal of Naad Yoga.

Yantra means ‘tool’. A musical instrument is a helpful yantra, supporting the voice and reflecting the player’s state of being. Raj Academy teaches six instruments created or promoted by the Sikh Gurus: Rabab, Saranda, Jori, Sarangi, Taus and Dilruba.

Tantra means ‘knowledge’ or ‘technique’. It includes the skills of singing and playing an instrument, the knowledge of the rules of the raags and their effects on the psyche, and the pronunciation of the shabads.

Mantra means the power of particular sound to effect change – to re-mould experience in the moment: a solution. When yantra and tantra come together as instrument, musical technique and knowledge of the shabad, there is the potential for the mantra to be created if the person engages his or her soul and life experience with the making of the sound.

Misconceptions about Naad Yoga

Physical exercise: although Naad Yoga does benefit the body’s health, as well as that of the mind and spirit, it does so by means other than the physical poses that the word ‘yoga’ suggests to many people. Some physical exercises are recommended to develop the fitness that will help in the practice of Naad Yoga. These may overlap with some of those taught in other yoga classes, but they are only a small part of our training: the purpose of Naad Yoga is the experience of union with the Creator and Creation through sound, with all the possibilities that opens.