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We Are All Made of Sacred Sound by Genevieve McClendon

Posted on: June 21st, 2017 1 Comment

“I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts.  Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart, like my blood.  It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene.”

-Ray Charles

We are all made of sacred sound.  Each one of us living our own unique vibration in the orchestra of the universe.  I love even visualizing this! Nada yoga allows us to celebrate and honor the healing capacity of sound.  Nada means inner mystical sound and yoga means, union.  The union of sound within, honoring the divine sound within. One way we can empower our vibration is through mantra.  Mantra is a group of words that hold a psychological and spiritual power.  When we align a mantra to our energy system, aka chakra system, we are able to take responsibility and alchemize our very being.  Dr. David Frawley explains, when a mantra is carefully chosen and used silently, mantras are said to have the ability to help alter your subconscious impulses, habits, and afflictions. Mantras, when spoken or chanted, direct the healing power of Prana (life force energy) and, in traditional Vedic practices, can be used to energize and access spiritual states of consciousness. Mantra is a spiritual practice that should be done on a regular basis for several months for its desired effects to take place. We can empower ourselves by learning which chakras within our own energy field need support and align a mantra with that chakra. There are sacred mantras for each chakra to help create inner peace and harmony.  This map shows the chakras and the mantras that heal and align each chakra, you will know which of your chakras need support as you read:

Root Chakra-

Mantra-  Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha

On the rainbow bridge the Root Chakra’s color is red and its sound is LAM.  It is based at the bottom of tail bone.  The Root Chakra’s energy is stability, feeling safe, security, and standing up under pressure.  When Root Chakra is out of alignment one may experience fear, insecurity, lack of courage, muscle and structural weakness, and hip, knee and foot problems.  A way to come back into harmany is to honor Ganesha, the remover of obstacles with this mantra.

2nd Chakra- Sacral Plexus

Mantra- Om Shrim Maha Lakshmyai Namaha

The Sacral Plexus is the color orange and its sound is VAM.  It is right above the Root Chakra in the pelvic bowl.  The Sacral Chakra energy radiates powerful emotional and creative forces, along with movement, sensuality, and relationship to ourselves and others.  When the Sacral Plexus is out of alignment we may feel controlling, guilty, frigid, dependent, a lack of creativity, close minded, emotionally stuck, and difficulty in relationships.

3rd Chakra- Solar Plexus

Mantra- Om Hum Hanumate Namaha

The Solar Plexus color is yellow and its sound is RAM.  It radiates in the belly right above the Sacral Plexus. This energy center holds self-confidence, self-empowerment, honesty, digesting life easily, courageousness and authenticity.  When the Solar Plexus is out of alignment one may experience shame, powerlessness, shyness, worry and victimization.

4th Chakra- Heart

Mantra- Om Shri Krishnaya Namaha

The Heart Chakra is green and its sound is HUM.  It shines at the heart and chest right above the Solar Plexus.  It is the energy center where the earth self and the divine self connect.  The Heart Chakra’s energy when in alignment is of love, compassion, forgiveness, acceptance of others, open heartedness, connected mind and heart, joyfulness, happiness, gratitude and grace.  When out of alignment the Heart Chakra may contribute to experiences of anger, hostility, resentment, jealousy, attachment to others, sadness, grief, sadness, rage and violence.

5th Chakra- Throat

Mantra- Om Namah Shivaya

Throat Chakra’s color is blue and its sound is YUM.  It is located at the throat and neck space above the collar bone.  The Throat Chakra’s energy is of honesty, mercy, compassionate words, positive words, speaking truth, being heard.  When out of alignment the Throat Chakra may cause babbling, verbal diarrhea, empty words, criticism of self and others, or victimized words.

6th Chakra- Third Eye

Mantra- AUM

The Third Eye’s Chakra color is indigo and its sound is OM.  It is located between the eyebrows, on the forehead. The Third Eye’s energy is of wisdom, intuition, clairvoyants, clairaudient, heightened smell, clairsentience, all knowing, seeing beyond illusions.  When the Third Eye is out of alignment we may experience narrow mindedness, arrogant, narcissistic, stuck in structured paradigms and avidya (ignorance).

Crown Chakra

Mantra- Silent AUM

The Crown Chakra’s color is white light.  It is located at the crown of the head. The Crown Chakra’s energy is our connection to source and divine.  This energy center radiates self realization, self love, expanded consciousness, all seeing, all knowing, all feeling, all sensing, walking between the illusions of the world.  When the Crown Chakra is out of alignment we may experience lack of spirituality, underdeveloped higher self, addictions to substances, belongings and emotions.

Once you have identified which mantra you would like to use to empower and strengthen your chakra system aka life force, try repeating your mantra everyday for 40 days.  I know, 40 days can feel like a lot!  But allow yourself to witness how the sacred sound of this mantra will uplift and empower your inner sound!  You can do this by finding a quite place to sit, relax your body and tune into your breath.  Then state your mantra silently as you inhale and exhale. When we align the helpful mantra vibration with our chakra system we allow ourselves to be even more connected to the divine with in.  This helps our mind to focus and dissolve the ego’s belief that we are separate from each other and divine source.  We are “One Verse”, we are the “Uni-Verse”.  Each one of us plays our part, vibrating our own unique sound in the cosmic band of the universe.  Let us take responsibility for our own sound and vibration we put into the world.

“The path to enlightenment is not a group trip.  It’s between you and God.  This means you’ve got to go inside.  The fewer external distractions and the more concentration you have, the easier it is to get there.”

-Bhagavan Das

Genevieve is committed to serving and helping others come into their wholeness. She is a compassionate teacher that invites all her students to live their truth and celebrate who they are as they are. She is a passionate Reiki Master/Teacher. Genevieve teaches Restorative Yoga with Reiki at Laughing Lotus on Friday from 6:45-8:00pm and Sunday from 6:15-7:30. Her website is http://www.InLightandSoul.com


The Intuitive Ear by Adriana Feliciana

Posted on: June 14th, 2017 No Comments
The practice of Nada Yoga…a time to celebrate the beauty of sound. It makes sense that the first organ developed in the fetus is the ear when you think about sound being the first thing that was made when the Universe was created.
When my children were little, I quickly learned to hone in on the lack of sound – 9 times out of 10 it meant trouble. Once I found my 4 year old son, his little brows knitted together with such silent concentration, as he painted, back and forth in large bold moves, all over my brand new white couch…with my waterproof black mascara.
Now that my children are adults, I am trained to listen to the silent gaps in a conversation that usually mean they have something important to tell me. I can still remember the scary silence I heard when my daughter was trying to tell me she was all grown up and moving out to live on her own. I knew the time was coming, she was over 18, but I still wasn’t ready to hear it. I tried hard to let the silence happen so she could speak,
Staying present and listening to what people are truly saying can be a challenge sometimes. There are so many distractions that can easily lead us astray. Mantras are an excellent way to focus and celebrate the beauty of sound. Easwaran said, “Mantras are handrails for the mind.” So Hum is an excellent mantra for staying present. The meaning of this mantra is simply, “I am.” It helps us enter the ground of our being. Bede Griffiths describes the ground of our being as, “Being present everywhere, in everything, yet always escaping our grasp.”
To practice this mantra, lengthen the spine, roll your shoulders up by your ears, and then press them back to open the heart. Allow your shoulders to melt into your back, and let your heart stay open. As you attune to your breath, use the syllable “So” on the inhalation and “Hum” on the exhalation. Take your time and allow the power of the inner sound to resonate. This mantra can be used in silence with the breath being the only audible sound. Think of it as one of your “pocket mantras” to keep on hand the next time your mind starts to wander during a challenging time or conversation.

Adriana loves yoga because the practice allows her to truly inhabit her body and find a comfortable and livable space deep within. Inspired by Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga, Adriana blends compassion for all beings with a challenging mindful asana practice that supports where her students are while encouraging them to explore their edge. Come to class with her, and your prana will be stoked through conscious breathing techniques while cultivating inner perceptual awareness and increasing concentration.