That sound has healing properties is not a new discovery and the western scientific community also supporting this discovery helps take away the layered secrecy from this beautiful science.
Interestingly, the healing effects of sounds were known to ancient civilisations, including that of India. The ancient sages and yogis chanted different types of mantras and performed ‘satsang’, ‘kirtan’ and ‘aartis’. Even the Indian classical music also augurs good for sound healing purposes. The Nada Yoga of ancient Indian wellness therapy was a well-developed science. The Buddhist monks of Tibet have long used Tibetan Singing Bowls and other tools for producing sonic vibrations for unity of mind, body and soul. Rishikesh, the Yoga capital of the world, has many centres offering courses in these sound healing therapies or treatments.
Scientific basis of Sound Healing and waves…
Sound healing is based on the scientific principle that our bodies have energy frequencies with which the sound frequencies can be attuned. This attunement enables the body to heal itself. It brings relaxation, peace of mind, freshness, rejuvenation and positive emotions to our being. In fact, there is a separate branch of scientific study of sound as a healing therapy. This is called psychoacoustics.
It is well-known that the core of our emotions, thoughts and behaviours are neurones. When neurones interact with one another, a brain wave are generated. These waves operate in five basic frequency bands. The slowest waves are Delta waves (0.5 Hz to 3 Hz) and these are produced when in deep state of sleep. Theta waves (3 Hz to 8 Hz) are produced in sleep or deep meditation. Alpha waves (8 Hz to 12 Hz) are generated when one is in state of mindfulness meditation. Mental health can be improved by listening to sounds produced in this range. Classical music and Tibetan singing bowls produce these frequencies.
Beta Waves (12 Hz to 30 Hz) are produced when mind-related works are being done which require high levels of concentration. Fastest frequency waves are Gamma waves (25 Hz to 100 Hz) originate in highest state of conscious realm.
By using these different methods of producing sound at different frequencies, the brain waves can be activated to induce relaxation, altered states of consciousness, change moods and be more insightful. Thus, sound healing can be used for treating sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, stress and even in management of pain. To know about the connect between Yoga and Brain waves…
Sound Healing Centres in Rishikesh
In Rishikesh, different methods of producing these vibrations are mantra chanting, kirtan, satsang, Tibetan Bowls and Ganga Aarti. Even classical music has the same beneficial effect. Some of the centers which give courses in sound healing are listed below.
1/7. The Nada Yoga School
The Nada Yoga School essentially focuses on using music in the form of kirtan and mantras for healing purposes. It was established way back in 1950 by Late Swami D. R. Parvartikar Maharaj, popularly called Veena Baba. He was one of the first proponents of using music to seek holistic union of the body, mind and soul. He perceived music to be a common thread which can be used to get these three into one.
The center offers a 200 hr Nada yoga teachers training course (TTC) which is certified by Yoga Alliance. The course teaches theoretical aspects of sound as a healing therapy, Sanskrit mantra chanting, playing classical music instruments of India such as tabla, sitar, harmonium, etc. and certain practices of yoga and pranayama.
Besides this certified Nada Yoga course, the Yoga TTCs of 200 hr and 300 hr duration are also available. All the courses are residential programs where clean and hygienic accommodation is provided along with meals and other basic amenities.
|Address||Nada Yoga School, 20 Meters Left From Ram Jhula Bridge, |
Swargashram 249304, Rishikesh, India
2/7. Satyam Shivam Sundaram
If you are interested in learning the sound healing methods, then Rishikesh offers one of the most promising destinations for this purpose. Satyam Shivam Sundaram is a leading center in this respect. It offers courses in sound healing in Rishikesh, besides meditation.
These teacher training courses (TTCs) make use of the fact that the 7 chakras can be activated by producing sounds of different frequencies. The Tibetan Bowls are used for producing these sonic vibrations. These help in releasing suppressed emotions, relieve stress, anxiety and depression, improve digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems and have overall good effect on body and mind.
The 4 days Tibetan Singing Bowls Training course is a 36 hr duration course where in you are taught how to produce different rhythmic sounds using the metallic bowls as per Tibetan tradition.
Second course is of 8 days where in two modules of sound healing are taught- Tibetan Singing Bowls in module I and Nada Yoga and Mantra Chanting in module II. Some of the mantras which are chanted are Om, Durga mantra, Maha Mrityunjaya mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum and others.
Third course is of 8 Days Gong Master & Advance Level Singing Bowls. There are eligibility conditions for joining this course. People of less than 20 years and more than 65 years of age, those who consume alcohol or drugs, suffering from depression or anxiety and certain other conditions cannot join this course.
The fourth course is 12 Days Comprehensive Sound Healing Therapist Training course. This combines, beginner and advanced level Tibetan Singing Bowl courses, Mantra Chanting and Nada Yoga practices.
|Address||Behind Parmarth Niketan, Ram Jhula, |
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, 249304 INDIA
3/7. Haritha Yogshala
Human body is receptive of sonic vibrations and the frequencies can be used for healing the body and the mind by improving the functioning of its systems. These vibrations help to attain a holistic state of self-awareness, deep meditation and creative thoughts. Haritha Yogshala makes use of simple and ancient tools such as tuning forks, drums, sound baths, gong, cymbals, magnets, mantras, and Tibetan singing bowl. Tibetan Sound healing therapy repairs the frequency of the body to attain bliss.
The center offers two teacher training courses. First is the 12 Days Sound Healing Teacher Training Course which is divided in 4 modules. Second course is of Tibetan Sound Healing Course which is divided into 4 levels- Basic, Advanced, Professional and Master Level, each of which is of 3 days each.
All these courses are residential training programs wherein accommodation and meals are provided to students. The facility and amenities are neat, cleans and hygienic. Haritha Yogshala is certified by Yoga Alliance.
|Address||Near Parmarth Niketan, Swarg Ashram Area, |
Rishikesh – 249304, Uttarakhand, India
|Phone||+91 9105 888 020; +91 9105 888 021|
4/7. Kundalini Yoga Ashram
Kundalini Yoga Ashram is a center dedicated to healing by alternative means, using the ancient Indian practices of Yoga, Kundalini, Sound healing, Reiki, Meditation and others. Among these, the sound healing course makes use of the Yoga Nidra principles and Tibetan bowls for healing.
There are three levels of Sound Healing course conducted by Kundalini Yoga Ashram. Level 1 is an introduction to this method of healing and you will learn about bowls and tools and instruments used. Level 2 takes the next step forward to therapies to relieve pains, such as those of backache. Level 3 is next advanced level which focuses on integration of chakra activation with sound healing. Full body sound massage is also conducted.
|Address||Behind Police Station, Laxman Jhula, |
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249302
5/7. Maayaa International Healing School
Maayaa International Healing School offers certified courses in sound healing and Reiki. Ms Maayaa and Swami Prem Neerav have been offering their services by way of teaching sound healing for the last two decades.
The center offers teachers training course of 11 days in Tibetan Sound Healing. This course will enable you to know the scientific rationale behind sound healing and how the traditional Tibetan Singing Bowls healing works to heal the mind and body. The vibrations arising out the sounds made by striking the bowls with different tools are used to activate the seven chakras in body and for doing full body sound massage.
Besides Tibetan bowls, Indian Sanskrit mantras are also chanted to gain the same effect. It is believed that the mantras, when uttered in a particular way, attained a certain frequencies of vibrations which made healed the body and the mind.
Do check for the details of the sound healing classes by visiting the website of the organization.
|Address||Laxman Jhula , Near Dharamraj Temple |
Below Zorba Organic Restaurant
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Pin Code : 249302 INDIA
6/7. Yoga Sutra Foundation
Yoga Sutra Foundation is one of the many centers providing teacher training courses in Sound Healing to the learners from India and abroad. The school is situated in Rishikesh at a very opportune location amidst nature and in serene and fresh environment.
Yoga Sutra Foundation conducts only Level 1 course of teacher’s training. It makes use of the Tibetan Singing Bowls technique of sound healing through vibrations. The method makes use of various instruments such as Tibetan sound bowl, Gong, pan flute, tuning forks for healing, harp, drums, etc. The sonic waves thus produced are used to cure depression, anxiety, stress, bring peace to mind, activate and balance chakras and induce meditative state, besides many other benefits.
|Address||Hotel Hari Palace, Jonk, Swarg Ashram, |
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand India. Pin Code: 249304
7/7. Mindfulness & Meditation with Master Dev OM
Master Dev OM center provides sessions and courses in sound healing using the Tibetan Singing bowls. Ms Shruti Shah is the teacher who conducts this course in sound-based healing. This method of healing works on the principle that our body is receptive of vibrations and this have effect at the level of cells. These bowls have been used by the Tibetan Buddhist monks as a nature way of maintaining balance of energy, induce meditative influence and attain higher states of consciousness.
This teach training course is divided in two modules with a total of 80 minutes session. The sessions orient the learners about practical and theoretical aspects of sound bathing, nada yoga, chakra balancing and Aura cleansing.
You have the option of taking or not taking the residential accommodation.
|Address||The Lily Resort, Balaknath Temple Road, Tapovan, Rishikesh, India|
Do check out what courses are offered by various centres providing classes on ancient Indian science of in Sound Healing. Most of the centres nowadays are also opening up to the option of online classes.
Do your due diligence, ask questions, check the references and most importantly check their online presence to see what exactly are they teaching…