Sound Baths have become increasingly popular in the United States in the past few decades and are commonly offered by yoga studios as an avenue for stress reduction, peace of mind, and greater wellness. Sound baths have their roots in an ancient meditative practice dating back about 2000 years ago in Tibet. During a sound bath, various instruments are used to create soothing and healing frequencies that “bathe” the practitioner and literally change the brain waves so that one begins to feel calmer and more relaxed. The tissues of the body are tuned to these higher frequencies, elevating wellness to optimal levels. For this reason, a sound bath can be both a relaxing experience, due to the meditative nature of the practice, and a stimulating one, where students may leave feeling revitalized and energized.
There is no physical standard of wellness for the practice of a sound bath. It is to be enjoyed primarily in stillness, by anyone who is willing to make themselves comfortable and be present on the mat. Comfortable clothing, adequate hydration, and willingness to show up are the only requirements. It is a practice of contemplation, so it is important that one arrives early so that they can be comfortable on their mat at the time that the sound bath is set to begin.
Instruments that may be used during a sound bath are Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, chimes, drums, tuning forks, rain sticks and the human voice. An immersive meditation experience, sound baths can benefit anyone who decides to practice. Reported benefits include deep relaxation, reduced anxiety and fatigue, increased clarity and focus, increased body awareness, lowered blood pressure, decreased physical pain, feelings of connection and peace, enhanced communication, and increased satisfaction and joy in general.
Sound baths have steadily increased in popularity because so many have enjoyed the benefits of the practice. Please join us at Thrive Yoga and Wellness to begin, or deepen, your yoga practice and your journey back to yourself. Namaste.