We’re really looking forward to our upcoming Sound Bath with Guru Mitar Kaur at Goorus on February 12! We asked Guru Mitar a few questions so that you can know what to expect.
What is a Breathwork Soundbath?
It is a sacred healing journey; it is like a very deep and lasting massage tuning the body and soul to its greatest possible resonance. Like adjusting a piano, your body can be tuned to achieve optimal physical balance. Within a breathing sound journey, you allow the breath and vibrational sound to bring the body back to its full potential.
What was your first introduction to sound baths and how did you get started?
My first experience of a sound bath was in a Kundalini yoga class back in 2004. My teacher was an expert in sound therapy; he would always bathe us in a sound bath at the end of each class. There was one particular evening when he was playing Venus the Gong of Love, that I felt like I had an out of body experience; it was as if I merged with the gong and was traveling beyond my physical body. After the session, I felt amazingly full of life and energy. After that experience I wanted to share the experience with others, so I purchased my own Gong of Love.
What kind of sounds do you create, what instruments do you use, and what are the healing aspects of the sounds, if any?
Scientifically, the sounds relax our nervous system and activate right brain activity (the creative, intuitive side). Our left brain (the logical side) relaxes, resulting in less mind chatter. During our waking state, the normal frequency of our brain waves is that of Beta; during the sound bath the brain-waves move into the deeper Alpha and Theta brain wave frequencies where profoundly deep healing can occur.
Today I use many sacred instruments, from drums, to gongs, healings inging bowls, winds chimes, tuning forks, tingsha meditation bells.
The drum creates a low frequency and deeply penetrating sound vibration moving the brainwave activity to the Delta waves, similar to deep restorative sleep. It is within Delta brains waves that healing and regeneration are stimulated within the body.
The sound of the gong is the sound of the universe and by listening to it you are tuning in to the sounds of the cosmos. The gong has many unpredictable sounds which help the brain move smoothly from an active brain wave to deeper states of relaxation (Theta or Delta).
I also play quartz crystal singings bowls. Quartz has the ability to transform, store, and amplify energy and is used in a variety of common items today including watches and computers. The human body is crystalline in nature and the sound of the bowls has a powerful healing effect on all of our bodily systems.
Tibetan singing bowls are considered a symbol of “the unknowable,” and their vibrations have been described as the “sound of the universe manifesting.” The pure sonic waves that ring from the bowls are said to have the ability to awaken every cell within the body.
What can people expect during your Breathwork Soundbath with us on February 12th?
First we will use the breath; the breath is a powerful healing tool. When you want to hold down and repress your feeling and emotions, you do so instinctively by holding your breath. The opposite is also true; if you consciously breathe you can allow deeply-held feelings and emotions to free themselves. Then, you simply allow the sacred healing sound to heal every cell within the body.
Guru Mitar Kaur teaches Kundalini yoga at Goorus on Thursdays at 8:30am.