Imagine you are in a galaxy surrounded by the most beautiful and the brightest stars. You notice how the stars twinkle and shine, the planets around you moving in their paths and all the gorgeous colors of the vast universe.
You become aware of your breath aligning with the rhythm of the sound you hear, harmonizing your mind and body making you feel all types of emotions, transcending you to a world where you feel that you are a large part of this vast cosmos.
Does it feel magical? Other-worldly?
This is the experience awaiting you at a sound healing session.
What is sound healing? How is it different from other meditation sounds? Can one be healed by sound?
These are some of the questions that arise when people hear about Sound healing therapy for the first time.
Sound healing therapy is an effective tool that uses the vibrations in order to improve physical and mental wellbeing. It is an ancient healing tool backed with numerous scientific researches.
The communication between the neurons within our brain is the cause of our thoughts, emotions, and behavior. The synchronized electrical pulses that are created during this communication are called brainwaves.
How do brainwaves factor in, in the sound healing process?
Each of us have five different brain wavelengths that occur called; delta, theta, beta, alpha, and gamma.
Theta brain waves occur the most when you are in a state of sleep or deep meditation. They occur when you experience sound healing.
These waves are extremely useful in decreasing your heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension, thereby obstructing our stress response, this is when you are in a completely relaxed state. It is also known as 'Altered State of Consciousness' which is connected with creativity, cellular renewal, potassium sodium balance (which results in mental refreshment) and multiple other positive benefits.
This state is targeted to achieve during sound healing because the absorption of the sound waves is higher when you are in a deep meditative state.
A Japanese scientist and healer Masaru Emoto discovered how sounds affect water’s structure. He discovered that when calming sounds and prayers were played near the water, it formed the pattern of a beautiful snowflake. However, when negative or evil words were said out loud the pattern of the water was destroyed.
The difference transpires as the sound pressure is equal to the frequency of the magnetic field of the Earth.
Our body is made up of 60 - 75% water, our brain and heart is composed of 73% water and the lungs consists of about 83% of water, the skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are about 31% water. This ensures that the effect of the sound waves on our body is like to the ones we see in the water. When we hear soothing sounds in a meditative state it helps realign our body patterns in a positive manner.
Sound healing is the combination of brainwaves and the effect of the vibrations of the sound on our body.
All types of music have a unique effect on our mind and body, but the intensity of this effect differs depending on the vibration of the sound. Sound healing has various intensities and frequencies that have different effects on us and help in healing us internally. It is more effective when a sound therapist is performing the healing process on you with focus and an anchored purpose.
Embark on the journey of the sound healing therapy with Diva Yoga.
While going through millions of life experiences, we're on a continuous journey of self-discovery.
We tend to migrate towards people who are of the same frequency as ours, who help us evolve in life and at the same time play a part in our journey.
However, this bond is not limited only to people, humans share a very special bond with animals and it is nothing short of dynamic and magical. We are more connected than just coexisting and sharing a planet.
Each one of us has a spirit animal that coincides with our traits. Have you ever wondered what might be your spirit animal?
Choose ONE of these characteristics groups!
Patient, Independent, Adventurous & Curious
Gentle, Innocent, Graceful & Ambitious
Passionate, Emotional, Driven & Free-spirited
Playful, Peaceful, Strong & Cooperative
Strong, Courageous, Self-confident & Powerful
Tranquil, Empowered, Spiritually evolved & Loving
Scroll down and find out what is your spirit animal!
The cat spirit animal is symbolic of a balance between contradicting things.
The cat is your spirit animal if curiosity is in your blood if you are attracted to the unknown and are always on the lookout to experience something unique.
The characteristics associated with a cat resembles are:
Your spirit animal is the cat if you are confident in yourself and have the knowledge and ability to know how to maintain your composure to act as you desire.
The deer symbolizes heightened sensitivity and great intuitive instincts.
The Deer is your spirit animal if you profoundly trust your gut and believe in your initial instincts. The deer is very agile on its feet, it trusts initial instincts to make decisions quickly and acts swiftly.
The characteristics associated with a deer are:
The deer is your spirit animal if you are in touch with your inner child, trust your intuitions and have ambitions to achieve greater heights.
The horse is the flag bearer for strong motivation. However, the horse spirit animal is both tame and wild, you have an equilibrium between wild and tame qualities.
The characteristics associated with a horse are:
The horse amongst all the spirit animals shows the personal drive and the fire within you, is what carries you through life.
Dolphins are intelligent mammals, they signify harmony and balance in life.
The dolphin is your spirit animal if your approach towards life is positive and joyful. The dolphin knows how to be peaceful and at the same time enjoy life to its fullest.
The characteristics associated with a dolphin are:
You strive to be happy in all situations and are a 'glass half full' kind of person!
The Lion is the king of the jungle and by far the most dominating spirit animal.
The lion symbolizes the fighting spirit in you, the dynamism and courage to go through life confidently.
The characteristics associated with a lion are:
The lion is your spirit animal if you boldly overcome difficulties in life and don't back down even when faced with the mightiest hurdles.
The Swan is a very graceful spirit animal. It symbolizes elegance and tranquility.
The swan is your spirit animal if you are comfortable in going with the flow and are comfortable in your skin.
The swan is your spirit animal if you tend to balance work and personal life well and at the same time know how to enjoy quality "me" time!
The characteristics associated with a swan are:
You know how to swiftly move through life and are not afraid to flaunt your individuality!
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Hello Divas! The last time we met, we entered the world of Sound Healing by giving you an outlook of what it is and the effect that sound has on us. Today, let's take a step forward and look at all the ways in how sound healing actually works on us!
There are three major techniques in which sound healing affects us - mentally, physically, and spiritually. Are you ready to take a leap into the world the sound healing? Fasten your seatbelt as we're about to enter the magical realm.
1. Brainwave Therapy
Sound healing therapy uses specially made metal bowls that increase the effectiveness of the healing rhythms on the brain. During therapy, the bowls are placed near the head to stimulate the brain into a specific state. It acts on the brain wavelengths, and the ideal wavelength is theta wherein you're in a completely relaxed state.
The sound healing therapy specialized for the brain has a positive effect on you, it's very useful to de-stress and calm the mind. It also helps relieve headaches, enhance focus and gives you clarity of thought.
2. Hand & Foot Reflexology
In this technique, the metal bowls are placed on the palms and touching the soles of the feet. The body absorbs the vibrations through the hand and feet. It regulates the blood flow while creating a calming effect on the body. This technique is extremely beneficial to those suffering from blood pressure and diabetes. Pressure is applied to certain regions of the hands and the feet that help in healing physical ailments. This ancient technique works wonders in detoxifying the body. It is also excellent in healing skin problems.
3. Aura Cleansing
Our 'aura' is the multi-layered energy field that surrounds our physical body. This energy field is susceptible to constant change. Which means that there is a chance of it being affected by negative energies and blockages. Sound healing for aura cleansing seeps in positive energy into your aura removing the toxins and negative energy. It cleanses, balances and energizes your chakras enabling you to have a supreme sense of well-being both physically and mentally.
This technique of healing empowers you to have a positive perspective towards life, feeling happy, balanced and vibrant!
Now that you know how sound healing exactly works on you and the power it holds to impact you positively, are you looking forward to experiencing it?
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In today's world, Instagram has managed to become a part of our very being like a limb or a thought that is forever stuck in our minds. Some might even say that it almost acts as an extension of ourselves that lives in the virtual world. A journal that we keep for all to see that notes down only our most perfect versions and actions. As we venture into this realm, the line between what is real and what is orchestrated has become blurry.
However, it's all about the perspective! Many people view it as a tool to spread positivity and build a community of like-minded individuals. Recent trends indicate that many fitness and lifestyle pages have popped up, which provide their followers with tips for leading well-rounded, healthy lives. If you want to contribute to this flow of positivity and meaningful content on Instagram, then scroll down! If you are a fitness enthusiast, someone who wants to share his or her love for yoga or just create a cute picture for the gram we've got you covered! Here are some truly Instagram worthy yoga poses.
Along with being an exceptional toning and strengthening asana, the camel pose i.e., Ustrasana looks really good on your Instagram page! This asana is known to have the ability to stretch and strengthen the shoulders and back and also relieve lower back pain!
Here's how you do it.
Step 1: Start on your knees with legs hip-width apart.
Step 2: Place both hands on your hips with thumbs on your sacrum.
Step 3: With a deep inhale, drop your hands towards your heels.
Step 4: Press the hands into the heels of the feet while keeping the sternum lifted.
Step 5: Lift the shoulders and lower the head and neck.
Step 6: Hold this pose for a few seconds. Release the hands from the heels coming back to starting position.
This fantastic asana is as good for your body and mind as it looks in the picture. This twisted looking pose helps you improve your balance and focus. It is the perfect pose to centre yourself and gain some calm.
Do you want to know how you do it? Here's how.
Step 1: Start with being in an awkward chair pose.
Step 2: Transfer your weight onto your left foot.
Step 3: Lift your right foot up off the floor.
Step 4: Cross your right thigh over your left thigh as high up the thigh as possible.
Step 5: Hook your right foot around your left calf.
Step 6: Bring both arms out in front of you.
Step 7: Cross the left arm over the right. Bend your elbows and wrap your right palm around so that it means your left palm.
Step 8: Keep your spine perpendicular to the floor and the crown of the head rising.
Step 9: Hold 5-10 breaths.
Step 10: Repeat on the other side.
The triangle pose is as precise as it looks. It is a beautiful pose that works on strengthening and stretching your muscles. It is a wonderful stress reliever!
Here's how you can do it!
Step 1: Stand with feet wide apart.
Step 2: Turn right foot out 90 degrees and left foot in by 15-20 degrees
Step 3: Inhale and exhale while bending the body to the right, while allowing the left hand to come up in the air while the right hand comes towards the floor.
Step 4: Make sure the arms are in a straight line.
Step 5: Keep your head in a neutral position or turn it to the left, eyes gazing softly at the left palm.
Step 6: As you inhale, come up, bring your arms down to your sides, and straighten the feet.
Step 7: Repeat on the other side.
Do you agree with our list? Do you want to add more? Upload an Insta-Worthy yoga pose according to you and tag us @thedivayoga!
Until next time, namaste!
We are all living a race; some with choice, some without. In our daily lives, we come across abundant situations, bitter, sweet, sad, celebratory and some shattering. Every day there is a new emotion when you open your eyes. On some days you,d want to dance and on some, you'd just want to stay in bed. While it's completely okay to undergo such mood swings, what is the one thing that can keep you going? All through the tunnel guiding you to light.
Positivity. Yes, that's right. A rather carelessly overused word, but means every bit of it, positivity is a game-changer. It isn't something you conjure out of the blue to protect yourself from a bad situation. In fact, positivity is a requirement for everyday life, irrespective of what the situation is. It might seem hard to remain positive in situations that test your strength but is necessary in order to not succumb to the negativity.
It requires practice to stay positive. As mentioned earlier, you can't suddenly choose to be positive and imagine scenarios that are life-changing instantly. Your decision to be positive is only the start of the beautiful things that you're about to experience. It is an everyday affair. In fact, studies suggest that, if you are to repeat certain positive thoughts to yourself every morning after you wake up, it surely changes the way you counter your daily tasks. And that is how you get into 'the practice'.
Here are 7 affirmations that will help you stay positive in your high and low tides.
1. Today, I am and brimming with joy and full of energy!
Waking up with this thought every morning is a mood changer. When you say and believe that you're overflowing with energy and joy, slowly your body and mind begin to believe the same. And that is the pulse you start your day with!
2. I have a healthy body, a sound mind, and a tranquil soul.
There are times when you'd feel like you are going to fall sick or experience a low day where you cannot fathom the reason. Such mood swings are normal and are bound to occur when the subconscious is pre-occupied with thoughts. In such a case, repeating and self-affirming that you are indeed fine is required.
PS: However, if such feelings persist over a prolonged period, then medical help can be sought.
3. It is okay to say "No" when I do not have the time or inclination to act.
We often tend to subdue what our heart feels and go ahead with the mind's voice in certain situations. This act is mostly based on our prejudices of how society might see us if we say a "NO." It is essential to understand that sometimes it's okay to turn down things and put ourselves head, our peace, and vulnerability in front of societal predisposes.
4. Everything that has happened, is happening now and is about to happen, is for my ultimate good.
This affirmation will give you the strength to take into stride everything good or bad that happens around you. It's always "hope" that will keep you going. And this affirmation gives you the hope that better days are coming your way.
5. I do not bow down to my fears.
Fear is a common disruptor. Fear of the society, fear of prejudices, fear of failure or fear of anything as simple as crossing the road! All these are just inhibitors to our success and even daily lives. The day we decide to not let our fears affect us and overtake them is the day we begin to succeed!
6. I am eternally grateful for the things I have.
It's okay to aspire, it's okay to wish for things, but it's not okay to let greed overtake you. Being content and happy with everything you possess is the key to maintaining sanity, peace, and happiness in life. Your needs will change, you might want something today and something else tomorrow, but what'll make you happy is the understanding that you can achieve or buy the things that you wish for. But if a situation arises where you cannot, then not getting dejected and counting your blessings is what makes the difference.
7. I will defeat my distractions and win my goals.
The biggest challenges on your path to achieving your goals is not the choice of path, but winning over your distractions. Repeat to yourself how important your goal and the victory is to you. Imagine you in the winning situation. The feel, the adrenaline rush etc, will make you crave victory more than ever. And at that point, tell yourself that your distractions can't deter you, believe in it and see the affirmation working it's magic!
All that said, you have to keep in mind that affirmations aren't the cure to the various mental blockages or illnesses that you might be undergoing. They are merely a facilitator to you on your path. They help you believe, tune your mind and body to your rhythm and set you on the path of your goals. From where your actions will define your way. Practicing Yoga and mindfulness coupled with these affirmations every day can work wonders for you. It'll help you channel positivity from within, boost your self-esteem such that you emanate an aura of self-confidence and poise. All ready to take over the world!Read More