Basic principles of yoga sound meditation
There are various kinds of yoga meditation, but the most authoritative and popular is yoga sound meditation. Anyone can practice this method of meditation, which is very easy to learn. We can do it today.
These are some of the basic principles of yoga sound meditation:
- The technique centers around the repetition of specific ancient yoga sounds that have been passed down from yoga teacher to disciple from time immemorial. These sounds are usually repeated both audibly and mentally.
- Practitioners should try to focus their attention on the sounds as they hear them. In other words, when either you or someone else is saying the sounds, you should listen to them carefully. This keeps the mind from jumping about to all sorts of thoughts and worries. However, focusing your attention on the sound is not forceful—rather, it can be described as loose concentration. With this method you don't get upset when you discover that your mind has wandered off the yoga sound. You just gently bring your attention back to it.
- In yoga meditation the practitioner never tries to stop the mind or make it blank. According to yoga, such attempts will simply lead to frustration. It's actually impossible to make your mind completely blank or to stop it from working.
- Stay alert ... don't fall asleep.
- When you say the sound audibly, listen to it very carefully and closely. This means that you don't want to say the sound too softly or you won't be able to hear it, especially if there are other noises around.
- Don't worry about the pitch or the tone of the sound you are making or whether or not it sounds beautiful. In other words, don't be self-conscious about the quality of your voice.
Sometimes we do yoga sound meditation in synchronization with breathing, and sometimes we don't. Both of the techniques below use breath synchronization.
So, click on one of the videos above to practice yoga sound meditation with me now.