• By Yoga Studio Calgary
  • 01 May, 2017
Sound vibration is one of the most ancient forms of healing human beings have used and explored over the millenniums. A sound healing mediation with alchemy crystal quartz bowls is a transcendent experience for the mind, body and soul. The benefits you will receive are literally infinite. During sound healing the mind journeys into a dreamlike state to receive intuitive intelligence from the higher form of self. This guided meditation allows us access to our higher consciousness. It is a very receiving state for the mind to be in, one where the body is relaxed and the mind is receiving. It is here we can begin to wash out limited beliefs and patterns that the subconscious mind holds, allowing us to plant new seeds of intention and resolve. The shifts that occur within our energy field are profound.

To begin to understand how sound vibration affects the body we can start by saying we all energy. Everything around us is energy, we are energetic beings, and the entirety of the Universe holds the bio energetic filed.

The basic units of energy are light and sound. Energy ~light and sound ~ moves in waves.

The sound vibration of crystal bowls is an energy that travels the energy system of our bodies, through the chakras (the energy centres of the body).

The body is designed through its system of energy centres – chakras to be an integrated and connected part of our surrounding bio energetic field – the Universal energies. If we can balance the energies within us and connect to the bio energetic field the result is perfect health, perfect balance and harmony. When we are not in harmony, it is a sign we have fallen away and are imbalanced in our chakras and disconnected from the bio energetic filed.

The solution is to reconnect, to activate and switch back on all the energy centres in your system and harmonize with the bio energy field. Essentially it’s to get “plugged back in”!

This is where the sound vibration comes in. The crystal bowls create sound waves that create a circular form of energy that spirals up and that surrounds the body and the bio energetic field. The higher energy frequencies enter in a clockwise direction, the body system energy releases in a counterclockwise action. This downward –upward streaming of energy created a double spiral of energy happening, and forming a scalar energy column of energy around us. High frequencies enter the body via the chakras, beginning a the crown and exits the body in a downward motion. This energy moves through the conduit of the spine and outward through the neural network, to be dispersed through out the bodies energy system.

We respond to the energy of the crystal bowls because we to are energy. Our energy centres, the chakras are centred along the spine and the core of the body, beginning at the tailbone and ascending to the crown of the head. This includes the seven major energy centres of the body as following: 1Root/ 2 Sacral / 3 Solar Plexus/ 4 Heart / 5 Throat / 3rd Eye / 7Crown. Each of our Chakras has a corresponding note or sound, the root is the note of C / Sacral is the note of D / Solar Plexus is E / Heart is F / Throat is G / 3rd Eye is A / Crown is B. There are also energy centres and notes that are above and below the Root and Crown chakras. As you can see we are built much like a musical instrument. Therefore we respond to sound healing and energy very well, as like energy attracts like energy.

When the crystal bowls are played a vibration and sound are emitted, this energy travels in sound waves. Each crystal bowl plays a specific sound note and then 4 tones above and below this note. The spiralling sound waves seek out the like notes in our energy body to be played one by one, note by note, moving through the bodies whole energetic structure. When the waves encounter a blockage in the body, sound vibrations begin the process of aligning and entraining, to create like vibration and frequency in the energy centre that is needing the balancing. It could be said you are being “tuned in”. This spiral wave makes its way up the body balancing, and tuning the body back into harmony. It is a balancing process for the body to harmonize and come back to wholeness it knows.

The brain experiences quiet a lot in this process of sound as well. While experiencing the sound waves of the crystal bowls the brain can no longer recognize the separation of the right and left hemispheres. The sound rolls right through the corpus callosum (the brain matter that separates the right and left hemisphere, and is what creates the duality of our human nature, the yin & the yang). The sound spirals round and round, reintegrating the two hemispheres, and we experience a shift from linear thought expression to one of global perception. Instead of isolated clusters of neural activity, here and there, the whole brain lights up. The mind is unified and goes global and experiences wholeness.

We are experiencing unity of consciousness in this state of mind. This is where people say they felt as if they “feel no space, no time”. It also may be hard to distinguish where the sound begins and ends, the sound seems to roll around the head (sometimes we experience dizziness and or feel like we are out of our body).

The crystal bowls allow us to move beyond separateness, to oneness, integration, wholeness of mind. In this free state of being, separation from the universe simply falls away. You may ask, is this like meditation then? Absolutely, it is a guided sound ~ energy meditation!

The brain waves synchronize with the spiralling sound waves, beginning to slow down in frequency. In our awake and alert state the brain functions at a Beta level: 20 cps (cycles per second). When we listen to the sound vibration of crystal bowls the brain shifts down from Beta (20 cps), to Alpha and on to Theta, which is 6-4 cps. You are in a meditative brain frequency.

The mind sinks into the subconscious layers and enters a dreamlike state. Here we can feel the release of emotions, fears, desires and memories. The consciousness is being given the opportunity to reflect on to its self, to process and integrate what it has experienced. The body is as if in a deep sleep, breathing slows, heart rate slows, blood pressure drops. All physiological phenomena advanced meditators reach, in self-directed meditation. The crystal bowls act as gentle guides, to lead you through levels of frequency, bands of energy and layers of consciousness.

You will experience amplified energy and shifts in your mind and body will occur with crystal bowl sound healing. It is an experience like no other, transcendent for the mind body and soul.

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By Yoga Studio Calgary 19 Jun, 2017
We all want to know that when we invest in anything, whether it be with our time, money, or efforts; that we will receive a payoff…..that is why we invest. An investment in a regular yoga practice will offer you the most valuable pay off, an enhanced state of living, a healthier you, a happy life.
By Yoga Studio Calgary 12 Jun, 2017
Restorative yoga postures along with yogic breath work can shift the ‘stress response’ of the sympathetic nervous system to the ‘relaxation response’ of the parasympathetic nervous system – creating the inner environment for healing.

Invoking the relaxation response is an acquired skill and is fundamental to healthy mind and body. .

When the body is fully supported it is then able to let go of deeply held tensions and stresses, releasing into deep relaxation. This allows for healing, replenishment, restoration and a return to homeostasis.

The passive nature of restorative yoga makes it available to practically anyone. However, even the most seasoned and skilled yogi and yogini will benefit from a regular restorative yoga practice. The balance of an active asana practice along with the stress reducing therapeutic or restorative practice, create the state of santosha (contentment) we desire from our personal practice.

Take your practice a step further by learning the art and skill of restorative yoga with Calgary’s most senior restorative yoga teacher, Trish Robbins at her 3 day workshop. Through practice, discussion and hands-on experience, learn the art and skill of practicing or teaching classical restorative postures. This training is suitable for yoga teachers, trainees and health care professionals. The skills learned in this training allow for a deeper, more effective personal practice and the skills to help others.

Trish is Co-Director of The Yoga Studio College Gold Yoga Therapist Certification Program and Calgary’s most senior restorative teacher trainer. Sign up early to avoid disappointment. Bring a notebook, a copy of Relax and Renew and your own mat.
By Yoga Studio Calgary 05 Jun, 2017
Yoga isn’t all about showing up to class, rolling out your mat, and reaching for your toes. Yoga is so much more than. The amazing news is; if yoga is so much more, then we have so much more to gain and benefit from yoga. Here are 5 ways you can be yoga when you’re not just doing yoga.

  1. Start thinking about all the things you have already accomplished in your day, your year, your career….instead of thinking about all the things you still have to do. You’re running up a checklist in your mind already why not make it one that makes you feel good.
  2.  When you feel uneasy about something or you are pushing yourself further than before….pause….ask yourself; am I ok now? Will I pay for this later (either physical soreness or mentally over analyzing everything)?…..if you answer yes and then no then carrying on, friend, use your breath if you need it. If you answered no and then yes stop and come back to honouring your soul. 
  3.  Breathe……Breathe……Breathe……I know you have heard it before. Maybe even many many times. Here it is one more time….nothing is more powerful at reducing the stress hormones surging through your body during tense times than your very own breath. 
  4. Realize that every choice you make matters. This isn’t to overwhelm you, but simply show you how easy it is to create the life you want to live. You are in control of your thoughts and choices. Therefore you are in control of creating your life. 
  5. As often as you can keep your mouth ever so slightly open. This reduces subvocalization, the very subtle jaw movements that are created during mental chatter, therefore reducing that mental chatter. 

Try these out and see how you begin to feel. Yoga is for everyday. Yoga is for life.
By Yoga Studio Calgary 29 May, 2017
Practicing daily affirmations is a very powerful way to transform your self talk from negative/sadness/worry/ fear to positive/happiness/excitement/contentment. It is a tool you already have. What is an affirmation? It is anything you think or say. The content of these thoughts and talk have the precious ability to change our lives. They allow us to feel good about ourselves, overcome adversity, troubles, even addictions of all kinds. Here are 15 daily affirmations;

1) I deserve love
2) It is safe for me to share my thoughts
3) I honour who I am
4) I am grateful for my entire life and all that it is
5) I accept myself exactly how I am
6) I appreciate my body
7) Love is always around me
8) Old and negative thoughts no longer serve me
9) I surrender to the flow of life
10) Now is the time to let go and trust
11) I am worthy of love
12) I have unlimited potential
13) I release fear and worry
14) Only positive rests in my body
15) I give love always

Speak these simple, yet powerful words to yourself as often as you can. You will then begin to notice how strong you will begin to feel.

Join Val Petrich this weekend for her Yoga for Addictions Workshop to learn how yoga can compliment a daily affirmation practice. This workshop is recommended for anyone wanting to learn a willful, sustained practice to help release tension associated with addictions.

By Yoga Studio Calgary 22 May, 2017
Stop thinking. Stop talking. Stop worrying…..start consciously breathing, and then see how fast your life changes. Our breath is the single most accessible and powerful source for stress and anxiety reduction, yet is so often gets ignored. Breath (prana) is our link between the body and mind. Through simple breathing techniques we can develop a relationship and find balance between these two systems facilitating health and well-being
By Yoga Studio Calgary 15 May, 2017
Yoga asana (the poses) that we practice in class or on our own, are simply the surface of the oh so powerful world of yoga. It is the greatest way to walk through the door and into the amazing world of being yoga and not just doing yoga. As Sri T Krishnamacharya says - “ Yoga is the process of replacing old patterns with new  and more appropriate patterns. ” Our lives are ever evolving and so shall our yogic lifestyle. Practice on fellow yogis! Practice on and off the mat, come home to yourself.

Here are some simple tips on how to bring the other limbs of yoga into your daily life.

We begin by learning about our external ethics (Yamas). It is simply knowing and acting on what’s right and what’s wrong.
  1. Ahimsa - Replace hurt or violence (to others and yourself) with compassion. It takes courage - a lot of it - to look deep enough to see the quiet ways in which it is better to use compassion. 
  2. Satya - Would your soul rather be real or appear perfect? Know your truth and live it. It may not feel safe at first, however you will quickly come to know it feels real. Be your unique self. 
  3. Asteya - Live a life of integrity. Our highest level of self cannot shine through if we steal our light from others or other places. 1 May 7, 2017 
  4. Brahmacharya - Ask yourself, what are you over indulging in? Too much is simply too much. Clear the clutter, release the junk, soften the density of blocking energies within you.
  5. Aparigraha - Realize nothing is permanent and clinging onto things as if they were possessions will only lead to fear, worry and a sense of scarcity. Remember expectations will only create limitations. 

Moving onto the Niyamas now, we focus on our internal ethics, the foundation of stepping into our brightest light.
  1. Saucha - purify your thoughts, your intentions, your self talk. The best form of a cleanse! 
  2. Santosha - Feel and know immense gratitude for all that you already have and all that you have created. Love your life wherever you may be. 
  3. Tapas - Hang in there! remind yourself how strong and courageous you really are as you walk through the fire, or have those days of needing to dig deep. 
  4. Svadhaya - What do you need to either release or bring into your life so you can truly know you? Fall in love with learning about YOU!
  5.  Ishvara Pranidhana - Surrender! Surrender! Surrender! Trust the flow of your life. Instead of trying to control, begin to simply pay attention. 

The remaining limbs or gifts we can gain from in a daily yoga life are;
Asana - our physical practice, what we know as yoga on the mat.
Pranayama - A practice of mindful breathing.
Pratyahara - looking inward by withdrawing from outside influences.
Dharana - Cultivating concentration, focusing your thoughts. Dhyana - A practice of mediation, as familiar to many as an asana practice. Samadhi - Sweet sweet bliss! Spiritual illumination and a sense of oneness with all.

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