Whether you’ve followed me for a while on Instagram or not, you may have seen me from time to time take a “Sound Bath.” Many people asked me about it, or even just what it is and why I do it that I wanted to write in lengthy detail why I am obsessed with them. In general, a sound bath is a meditative experience where those in attendance are “bathed” in sound waves. These waves are produced by various sources, including healing instruments such as gongs, singing bowls, percussion, chimes, rattles, tuning forks, and even the human voice itself.
Sounds affect our bodies, minds and spirit in many different dimensions. The vibrations of singing bowls projected onto and into a human body – through air or direct contact – promote a state of natural equilibrium called cell homeostasis, neutralizing any physical or emotional strains.
In general, a sound bath is a meditative experience where those in attendance are “bathed” in sound waves. These waves are produced by various sources, including healing instruments such as gongs, singing bowls, percussion, chimes, rattles, tuning forks, and even the human voice itself.
The first sound bath I ever took was while I was living in LA (of course it was). I belonged to this mediation place called “Unplug” in West Hollywood that offered all different types of meditation classes. I signed up for a “sound bath” honestly, because it had the word bath in it. It just sounded relaxing.
When I walked into the class, there were a bunch of mats and pillows on the floor. On the small stage were all these huge beautiful bowls, chimes even a gong! I’m pretty much the “try anything once girl” so I grabbed a blanket, laid on the floor, closed my eyes and had zero expectations.
To explain what a sound bath does to you is quite difficult. Every single person would have their own unique experience. Some of the sounds are weird, some are intense, some are so amazing, and they all make you feel a different emotion to it. Half way through it I was kind of in a lucid state, you know when you’re half awake, half day dreaming? The sound baths go on for an hour, but it feels like its ten minutes. When it was over I felt so calm and so relaxed. After that I was hooked. I would take one a week!
When I moved back to the East Coast, I was in search of places that had sound baths. LA is much different than Connecticut, and doesn’t have an abundance of things like this. Some yoga studios would host people that offered them and I would take them. Recently, I attended an amazing sound bath in New Canaan hosted by Grounded Meditation. They are starting to host them sporadically around the area. The next sound bath that they are hosting in New Canaan is on February 7th. I am taking one lucky subscriber with me for a free sound bath experience!!! All you have to do is respond to this email with your name and number to enter.
Not able to attend a sound bath and want to try something similar in the comfort of your own home?
Try listening to a sound bath on YouTube or if you want to purchase a Tibetan crystal bowl and experience sound therapy yourself, I have attached the link here.
Benefits of Sound Baths
- Calms your body and mind.
- Reduces stress and anxiety.
- Increases focus and clarity.
- Decreases tension and fatigue.
- Boosts your mood and reduces feelings of anger.
- Improves sleep.
- Elevates feelings of spiritual well-being.
What to bring to a Sound Bath:
-a yoga mat (even 2 if you want more support)
-a small pillow (I like to keep my head supported, the more comfortable I am, the more focused I am on the sounds and less on how much my back hurts....you might even want to bring a small one for under your knees too.)
-a blanket (once your start to relax, your body will feel cold and you want to be cozy)
-eye mask (in case the room is not entirely dark, plus it will help you to disconnect and relax)