This week we are pleased to discuss an amazing workshop that will be held on Saturday, November 23rd at 6PM with the dynamic duo of Michael Burke and Paige Dunford at the helm. In the Sound Body Sound Mind Workshop, restorative yoga is combined beautifully with a sound bath. But what is a "sound bath" exactly and why should it be on all of our "to do" lists? We all know time speeds up this time of year with community and holiday activities. It's during these times of fervent planning and effort when it is essential to take the time required to slow down and get back in alignment with oneself. Doing this just might make the entire holiday experience much more enjoyable!
What is restorative yoga? This is a style of yoga with an aim to nourish the body into a state of deep relaxation and rest. When we allow ourselves to dip into a state of calm, all of the body's natural healing mechanisms can come to life! When we enter this state on a regular basis, our efforts toward other areas of life are more productive and efficient.
What is a "Sound Bath"? This is a shared experience in which the physical environment is filled with ambient sounds created by a myriad of instruments and tools. Michael Burke explains, “We hear with much more than our ears. We hear/awaken with each cell of our being. We hear/feel through each pore of our skin. The Sound Bath is an invitation for your being to be massaged from within. These sounds help to release and rejuvenate all that we are.”
Why have you decided to pair yoga with live music? Combining restorative yoga with a sound bath is a way to induce ourselves into a deep meditative and restful state. This is not only an experience in calming down, but one that may increase awareness of self, creativity, healing and restoration. This is a beautiful way to welcome the end of the year and is a wonderful practice in which one may come home to their body.
How will the room be set up? Michael has a table he sets up ahead of time where he can mindfully place each of his bowls, Native American flutes, gongs, rain sticks, and drums. Paige will create a space for each yoga mat that includes a variety of yoga props to soften and mold the floor to meet your body with foundation, grounding, and comfort.
How will the evening unfold? Following a brief introduction, Paige will begin guiding the restorative yoga practice. She will provide assistance in allowing each of our unique bodies to settle into the support of the props. Breath guidance will also be used as a doorway into relaxation. All the while, Michael will begin creating healing sounds. He may walk slowly around the room with his instruments, so that participants may feel the vibrations even more prominently. All movements, shapes, and practices are optional. Know that full permission to allow your body to be the way it wants to be in each moment is always present.
How might one continue this practice at home? An individuals inner calm is always there for them. Experiences like this will help us realize how we can continue to connect to that space. For one person it might be creating a bedtime ritual that includes journaling or a warm cup of tea. For another person, sitting for 10 minutes in meditation early in the morning might be their reminder. At the end of the Sound Body Sound Mind workshop, we’ll all commune together to talk about ways to keep these good vibes going through the end of the year.