Just spending minutes a day consciously making sound can shift the dense frequencies of stress or disharmony and lift your spirits.
But why take my word for it? Give it a try!
Get comfortable, relax your tongue and the muscles in your neck and face, open wide, and in a mid-range pitch that feels comfortable for you, begin to tone, aaaaahhhhh. Stay with this tone for a minute or so and then stop and listen to your body. Don’t you feel better—a little more peaceful, more relaxed, less stressed out?
Just seconds of toning will energize the breath, oxygenate the entire body, relax the muscles and stimulate the flow of energy through your body. As you hold these tones you accelerate the release of any resistance, emotional and physical, and create an experience of being in the flow.
What have you got to lose except maybe a little suffocating fear or the stress of a vein-popping day? Not only will you feel better, the world around you will reflect your good feeling as well.
Play with your voice every day. You can tone while in your car, puttering in your garden (plants love taking a big drink of your voice), while putting on your makeup (a sonic facial), playing with your pet, and working out—even yawning. Experience the power of your own voice as you access a deeper resonance and calming power within.
Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way and Vein of Gold, sums it up beautifully: “The human voice and our conscious use of it as an instrument can penetrate and heal even the deepest shadows of our human condition.”
You’ve come this far, why not play with all the vowel tones?
- Sit comfortably.
- Imagine a little cord attached to the center of your chest bone gently lifting and extending your chest and spine upward and relax your belly muscles.
- With that lift, notice how effortless it is to breathe into your belly and lower back.
- Relax your jaw and tongue and let your mouth fall open (the width of two fingers).
- Ease into the vocals by simply letting out a loud sigh, at the end of the sigh push the rest of the breath out of the belly. Repeat a couple times.
- Slowly give voice to the vowel tones ‘aa’ (as in play), ee, ah, oh and ooo (as in smoothe) sliding the tones higher then lower. Sustain each tone to the end of each out breath.
According to noted author and lecturer Dr. Deepak Chopra, “The body is held together by sound, and the presence of disease indicates that some sounds are out of tune…primordial sound is the mysterious link that holds the universe together in a web that is the quantum field.”