“Before its incarnation the soul is sound.
It is for this reason that we love sound.”
Hazrat Inayat Khan
How does Sound heal?
Sounds and vibrations are a powerful form of energy. And just as a high-pitched voice can shatter glass, and ultrasound break down kidney stones, then the vibration of our voices, using carefully chosen sounds or mantras that hold healing vibrations, can clear, balance and strengthen us mentally, physically and emotionally.
Indeed, chants and mantras have been used for thousands of years, by people of all faiths and none, to achieve health, healing and spiritual connection. And whatever your own belief/non belief, the vibration of sound leads you more easily into a place of stillness and silence, where healing can occur, and (re)connection to your wise, inner self is made.
Simple humming has a direct impact on the 10th cranial nerve (the Vagus nerve) and soothes the nervous system, supports good digestion which in turn boosts the immune system. Research into the Vagus nerve (Polyvagal theory) also highlights how good Vagal tone helps us to feel safe – and connect with others in a healthy way. This primal need for connection is even more vital since the pandemic.
Sound…balanced with Silence
We incorporate silence and meditation into all sessions, and people report that following chanting their minds are far quieter than usual, or when practising other forms of meditation. This enables us to take better control of our “monkey mind” – learning how to notice (Witness) our thoughts and life events without judgement, and to be more present. A sense of alert stillness is often experienced. Guidance is given during these periods of silence.
Complete beginners, who have neither chanted, nor practiced yoga or other “alternative” forms of healing, have felt immediately “at home” with the chanting. As one new participant said
“I didn’t know quite why I went – but it has literally changed my life! It is my anchor, and a beautiful healing tool. Thank you Sarena for all your teaching and support.”
AF, Worle, Somerset
Individual Healing Chant Lessons
From personal healing and development, to supporting your spiritual inquiry – chant and mantra offer you sacred practices to support all aspects of your life. Taught in the traditional “Call & Response” tradition, you will learn “Japa” – mantras repeated in specific ways – and receive recordings for home support.
This can be combined with Positive Psychology & Resilience Coaching offering a wider tool kit for positive change.
Contact me here to arrange an initial free chat to explore your needs.
Sound & Silence
An open-to-all group meets both in person (nr Cheddar, Somerset) and via Zoom.
9th January – 6th March – 1st May – 3rd July 2022
These sessions are a great way to dip a toe, top up your sound experience, and come home to yourself.
This is a simple, spacious practice which includes setting our intention, chanting the Aum, Humming for Health, and the Bija/seed sounds (which clear, balance and strengthen our energy centres). Plus there are additional themed chants to reflect the time of year, or specific healing needs). In Person (nr Axbridge, Somerset) and Livestreaming via Zoom.
A 2 hour session 2pm – 4pm. Cost: £15
The Art of Healing Chant Series– 3 deep dive sessions
This is an exciting opportunity for a more in-depth experience of healing chant from different traditions. Build your repertoire of healing chants, develop a consistent home practice, receive support for your ongoing personal and spiritual development. With the pandemic and Climate Crises so much on our minds, this can be our way of healing the world through our own self-healing.
Roots – January/February 2022 – be grounded, rooted, feel secure and clear within your life and about who you are.
Cakras – exploring the energy centres, (cakras) through sound. May/June 2022. Learn healing chants from different traditions, that support, strengthen and reveal the multi-dimensional nature of the Chakras.
You Are Nature: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether…October/November 2022. From single syllable Bija/seed sounds to longer chants and mantras, we develop a greater awareness of the fundamental nature of ourselves
The Sound of Grace – The Programme and retreats
Drawing on the ancient wisdom of healing chant, the therapeutic use of Cross-cultural music and sound, creative movement, somatic yoga and, most importantly, the power of Community, the Sound of Grace offers women the space and support to find their voice, develop resilience and confidence and ignite a healthy sense of “Self”.
This Programme offers time and space for self-care, to tune in to your needs and facilitate change to bring balance back into your life.
The Sound of Grace Programme
The Sound of Grace Retreats (April & September 2022)