Vedic Astrology is the astrology of India. In Sanskrit the word jyotish is translated as the "science of light." It is one of the six Vedangas, or holy limbs of the Vedas, one of the oldest written texts on the planet with astronomical, mathematical, and philosophical wisdom that is over 5000 years old. As a Vedic astrologer for the past 25 years, I have come to realize that the planets and stars are living beings that transmit information, or shakti, to those who know how to listen. The ancient seers and mystics could hear these messages and they developed practices like yoga, meditation, and jyotish to help us expand our consciousness with the cosmos.The language of the stars is one of light and sound, and it steps down to human consciousness in the form of symbols and archetypes.
A Vedic Astrology reading examines these celestial patterns shining light on your soul's journey. It may reveal your gifts and talents, your challenges, your health issues, your life purpose, and your unique expression of divine consciousness. A reading requires your birth data, including date of birth, time (am/pm) and location. Time is important because it sets the foundation of the chart with the constellations rising on the Eastern horizon at the moment of your first breath. The light of these stars reflect your dharma, or life purpose, and set the path of your journey year after year around the sun. I looks forward to illuminating the light of the universe that is within you. Namaste!
In Sanskrit nada brahma means "the world is sound," or vibration.
Many ancient cosmologies share the belief that the world was created with sound, or the Word.
Vibration expresses itself in two ways: mechanical waves (sound) and electromagnetic waves (light) manifesting the vast cosmic ocean of the Universe. Jyotish focuses on light waves and Nada Yoga on sound waves, and together help us understand the underlying vibration of creation.
Everything in the Universe vibrates -- just at different frequencies. If we want to convert sound to light we raise the frequency (by 40 octaves), or light to sound, we lower the frequency. According to the principle of forced resonance: when two frequencies are brought together, the lower will always rise to meet the higher. Vibratory tools like tuning forks raise vibrations of biological systems like cells, organs and energy fields in a sound healing session.
There is also a principle of free resonance in which the natural vibration of an object can be put into motion by other objects vibrating at the same frequency. For example, if an Ohm tuning fork (C#/136.10 hertz) is struck, then any object with the same frequency in the room will start to vibrate. But even more fascinating is that any nearby object with a harmonic ratio or resonance of C# (272.20, 544.40 etc) will also begin to vibrate, including our bodies. When our bodies are vibrating in a harmonious pattern we experience sound health, but if our physical or mental structures begin to "go out of tune" creating dis-harmony, we may begin to experience dis-ease.
Sound healing is the practice of restoring harmony by using the principle of resonance to raise our own vibrations. A sound healing session may include a brief health history and examination of your birth chart, taking of pulses to discern the flow of energy in the acupuncture meridians, and use of tuning forks on and around the body to assess the biofield, an electromagnetic field of energy surrounding the body. The goal is to raise the vibration of any areas that are out of tune and bring you into a deeply relaxed parasympathetic state.
Restorative Yoga is a practice of gentle poses and slow breath that was brought to the West from the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar and his senior teacher Judith Lasater. The slow pace and relaxed breathing foster a parasympathetic relaxation response known as 'rest and digest,' soothing the disharmonious affects of stress and sympathetic overdrive.
In a quiet environment, a Restorative class is structured around a few passive poses with props. Blocks, straps, blankets and bolsters are used extensively to support your body in supine or seated poses for longer periods of time allowing the fascia to stretch and give way releasing their bind on muscles. The goal is to reduce excess stimuli and keep the body and mind in a tranquil state. Often sound baths are incorporated into Restorative Yoga classes to amplify the internal vibration of tissue and to shift brainwave patterns out of a heightened alpha state to the deeply meditative theta state.
Yoga Nidra is a meditative practice derived from ancient tantric practices by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. While nidra is translated as sleep, it is actually a practice of awakening. By cultivating the state of consciousness between waking and sleep, the practitioner experiences an inner relaxation and bliss. According to Swami Satyandanda Saraswati: Sleep gives only mind and sense relaxation. Bliss relaxes the ātma, the inner self; that is why, in tantra, Yoga Nidra is the doorway to Samādhi. So while nidra is translated as sleep, it is actually a practice of awakening and a way of transitioning from the waking state to a deep delta state while remaining fully aware and alert. This beautiful practice requires no effort. It begins with clearly setting an intention, called a sankalpa, and is followed by a meditative body scan and breath exercises designed to lead the mind step by step into deeper and deeper states of relaxation creating pratyahara, the withdrawal of the senses. The practice of Yoga Nidra not only involves pratyhara, but also requires pranayama (breathing techniques) and dharana ("concentration").There are eight stages to Yoga Nidra designed to bring you to the highest state of consciousness, samadhi, through chidakash, the ‘space of mind consciousness’ inside your forehead behind your eyes or hridayakash the ‘space of heart consciousness’ at the center of your chest.
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While Tibetan bowls and gongs have been immersing recipients in seas of vibrating sound waves since the Bronze Age, crystal singing bowls were developed in the age of computers and technology. Crystal Singing bowls were developed in the 1980s out of the silicon industry in which quartz minerals were used to make computer chips that transmit information through sound and light waves.
It is said that Tibetan bowls are made from seven metals, each representing one of the visible planets, connecting the macrocosm of the heavens above through resonance to the trace metals in our body in the microcosm below. They have been used as healing tools for thousands of years. The introduction of quartz crystal as a vibratory instrument may be a reflection of the extraordinary changes of our post-modern digital age in which the exchange of information has gone from traveling as sound waves to light waves. Some believe that because our bodies, bones, cells and DNA are made of similar crystalline structures, silicon, we may responds more powerfully to crystal bowls than Tibetan bowls. What I have found is that the Crystal Singing bowls have a consistent and pure tone that seems to have more precision, perhaps because the sacred geometry created emitted by them can be held in place longer. Tibetan bowls and gong have more harmonic tones which are more organic and natural, perhaps because they seem to resonate with the metals of the planets and luminaries which are always shifting and changing.
A sound bath is often combined with a restorative yoga practice to amplify the parasympathetic relaxation response. Participants lay in comfortable positions on the floor while the penetrating tones of the crystal singing bowls raise our frequencies to more harmonious states. Many people report physical healing, and often experience a night rejuvenating sleep after the sound bath. My sound baths subtly weave the pure tones of crystal singing bowls with Tibetan bowls, chimes, and Hapi tongue drum that are tuned to A/432 hertz which is a harmonic of the magic Vedic number 108, a number connected to energy signatures found in nature as well as a harmonic of the Sun-Earth and Moon-Earth spacial relationship. Moreover, these frequencies create harmonic wave patterns in the shape of sacred geometry, click here for more. Last year my husband, Andrew, and I started combining one of the oldest healing instruments, the harp, with crystal singing bowls and the effect is heavenly.
Come explore the intersection of ancient and modern healing instruments in a sacred sound bath.
Liz Durkin has practiced Occupational Therapy and Tensegrity Medicine at the Center for Structural Medicine in Ballard since 2016 and Anacortes since 2021. She has more than 20 years of experience with a variety of healing modalities including Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Acutonics®, Therapeutic Massage, Reiki, and Bowen Therapy. She is passionate about supporting people on their journey back to health and believes in the body’s innate ability to heal when reconnected to its natural rhythms and harmonies. By combining the medical framework of occupational therapy with Eastern energy models, she addresses musculoskeletal disorders, chronic pain, and autoimmune disorders with a unique holistic approach to encourage well-being and being well.