Nada Yoga means “union through sound.” Nanda Yoga is the ancient art of using sounds and tones to create inner transformations. Since Nanda Yoga (Sound Meditation) does not ask us to believe in anything, it can be used by anyone of any religion or spiritual aspiration, just as visiting a doctor does not require us to alter any of our beliefs or aspirations.
Sound is Universal
All beings, even infants and animals, enjoy listening to music. This is simply because sound (vibrations) penetrate all matter. As you know, when the mind is fully concentrated on anything, feelings of inner bliss naturally arise. We learn in Nada Yoga that the source of the sound may be either external or internal. We experience sounds as either “gross” or “subtle”. Gross sounds are “struck” out loud (Sanskrit: “ahat”), as from a voice or musical instrument. Subtle sounds are “unstruck” arise inwardly and are outwardly silent (Sanskrit: “anahat”), as from the subtle currents of prana energy (similar to ch’i, ki, gi, etc) moving throughout the body.
With practice, the mind will become calm and transparent when we concentrate on an ahat sound (gross, struck, or outer sound). After the mind has become quite, you may begin to become aware of your anahat sounds (subtle, unstruck, or inner sounds). As you concentrate on ahat sounds as you move from the outer realm to the inner realm, moving awareness from outer to inner sounds (Sanskrit: “nadam”). It is common for you to perceive your anahat sounds as bells, flutes, or even an electric hum. Some of these sounds are actually the sounds of your own body: your pumping blood, or the electrical energy of your nerves, even the vibrations of your inner ear. Your anahat sounds connect directly with the sound from Kundalini itself.
Nada Yoga is a highly enjoyable form of meditation as well as being relatively effortless. Remember the yogic saying, “Where you put your treasure, there you shall also find your heart.” Therefore, it is very important that you carefully choose your music and sounds for your Nada Yoga practice.
How to Begin your Nada Yoga Practice
Start with beautiful music, preferably music which sustains a level mood: calming, quiet, maintaining an even loudness and emotion. “New Age” music is usually a very good choice, as is North Indian sitar, Japanese shakuhachi (flute), and Native American flute. If you enjoy Western classical music, choose your piece with great care. Western classical music is often has a wide dynamic and emotional range, which is usually not conducive for meditative use. Whatever you choose, it is best to choose instrumental music, as the sound of the human voice and words are typically too distracting, which will make sound meditation very difficult.
Start by simply sitting quietly and focusing all of your attention on your chosen music for 10-15 minutes once or twice a day. Continue this practice regularly; listen to the same type of music and always give your music your fullest concentration. Gradually you may be able to hear anahat sounds, your subtle sounds that come from within, as well as the ahat sounds that come from outside. As you begin to be aware of the inner sounds, give them your fullest concentration, just as you did with your music. As your Nada practice continues, you can gradually turn down your music as your meditation becomes more and more about listening to your anahat sounds. Eventually you will not need music for meditation at all, though you may certainly keep using it if you find it helps, or if you simply enjoy it as part of your practice. The difference is that you no longer need your music; you can fully choose whether or not you want it.
There is no set period of time of progression, as everyone’s experience is unique. Your perception of your anahat change as your body and mind become purified and elevated.
The wonderful bonus of Nada yoga is that the practice itself. The journey itself is very pleasant, and every step of the way you are bathing yourself in uplifting sounds and music, balancing and healing your heart, mind and spirit. No matter what the specific outcome is, you can only benefit from this pursuit.
In day to day life, you will slowly notice some benefits, such as your listening skills. You will become more sensitive not only to music and sound, but to the subtle emotions and energies within yourself and in others. You will “listen” to others more completely and directly, and you’ll find you are able to hear what others are really saying, no matter how loudly they speak.
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Read this other article to learn more about sound meditation and its benefits: How Nada Yoga Works
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